A Hot Florida Day—Worth It for the Workshop

The minute I landed in Florida, I remembered why I’m a desert girl—it was so humid! Hot I can handle; humidity is harder! But I guess that’s what air conditioning is for, right?

And I’ll tackle all the humidity in the world to meet Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and customers—and that’s what I did this weekend at Christopher Walker’s Workshop of a Lifetime!

Christopher was the only male demonstrator to win a Workshop of a Lifetime. He joined Stampin’ Up! a little bit more than a year ago because he loves to create (he sews as well and loves our fabric—he’s already promised me a handmade purse!) and wanted the discount; he has literally everything we sell—and more than one of some things! He didn’t start thinking about the business aspect of things until his stamping friends and family started asking if they could order through him. . . sound familiar?

His workshop was fun. He is in the middle of remodeling his house, so his friend Teresa invited him to have the workshop at her house. (“I’m the house, Christopher’s the host,” Teresa kept saying when I tried to give her a hostess gift.) They both did a fantastic job! Teresa’s home was warm and inviting, and Christopher was the perfect gentleman and host. He had prepared a fantastic array of nibbles that hit the spot; I had to try everything, of course!

His workshop guests were a nice mix of experienced stampers and newbies; several were Christopher’s relatives, so it was fun to get to meet them as well.

Both the Make & Take and the demonstration project featured emboss resist, one of my very favorite techniques, because it’s so easy and fun. The workshop guests seemed to enjoy trying their hand at it. (If you make the “Life Is Beautiful” card, remember to work from the center out, and use a light hand, especially as you near the outside edges, or your image will be blotchy. . . )

As I left the workshop, Christopher was tallying up orders, so I’m not sure of his total, but he did get three bookings, which I was excited about. And I enjoyed doing his workshop; I have missed doing workshops and enjoyed being back in a group of people, sharing what I love so much!

The group meeting (organized by Christopher’s upline) was also delightful, with lots of stamping there as well (which I didn’t have to be in charge of!). I got several great project ideas, and enjoyed listening to the training and tips that were shared. And I can’t forget the food there either! The group meeting was in the morning, so we enjoyed a divine brunch to kick things off, and then after the meeting, I had to go back for seconds, because I didn’t get to taste everything the first time around!

As I left Florida, I realized that between the two events, I had met three or four dozen people I would have never met before—and thinking of that made me happy! Our lives are made rich by the people we meet, and my life was certainly richer for having spent the day with Christopher and his stamping friends!