A Different Show

The first regional of the year is always exciting, and this year, the minute I walked into the room, I knew it was going to be new and different. I won’t go into details (don’t want to give it away for those who will be attending this year), but it was a fresh, fun event that kept many of the great things about regionals that people love, while adding elements that made it a wonderful new experience!

 The energy in the room was high, which is great if you’re one of the presenters! The presenters were all fabulous—I learned new things listening to each of them. The weather cooperated perfectly. I loved chatting with our demonstrators and guests . . . the whole regional felt more relaxed.

Demonstrators who I talked to agreed . . . we think it’s because of the changes in the agenda. Several demonstrators mentioned that they were able to finish their Make & Takes (one demonstrator told me she calls them Take & Never Make . . . I laughed), which almost never happens. Overall, it was just a comfortable, casual atmosphere.

I left the minute we ended our Saturday regional—literally. I walked off the stage grabbed my luggage (which was backstage) and headed for the airport. I have some Church responsibilities tomorrow morning, so I had to get home tonight. (I’m teaching adults for the first time in years. . . .feeling a little nervous!) I’m sad to miss helping out cleaning up and hanging out with our home office staff; that’s always a highlight for me.

Here’s my regional project—our Halloween treat for the grandkids. It was kind of fun being a little bit ahead of the game this year. Typically I show a project for an occasion that is only a few days away, and so, while people might like it, they often can’t actually use it. Since it’s only August, several demonstrators mentioned that they were going to do this project at a Halloween workshop or class . . . I’m glad I could help out! And I’m also glad that I’ve got our grandchildren’s surprises done; all I have left to do is buy the surprise inside!

This was made using the Petal Cone die for the bat’s body and the Perfect Pennant die for his wings. Notice the veins on the bat’s wings? Made using the spider web embossing folder  . . . I thought that was a nice touch. I also embossed tiny bats (from the Wicked Cool Set) on the bat’s body and finished the project with a light (very, VERY light) spray of adhesive and sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds.

It’s easy, although not necessarily quick. But there are several steps you could eliminate to simplify the project. Our grandchildren won’t necessarily appreciate the time and effort that went into this, but I know their moms will confiscate this little fellow as soon as the candy is gone to use as Halloween  décor!