Over the past two decades of this convention, I find that I take less and less stuff with me. I have learned that I'm really not going to spend a lot of time in the hotel room. And what time I do spend, I'm not going to read a lot of books or magazines, or work on any big projects. This time, I decided to take a small notebook I had lying around, a few pens, and my Zenspirations book. The plan was to just play around with zentangle borders. Here's my portable studio below. In spite of trying to travel light, I did end up putting more and more things into the pockets.
We did have a few surprises while we were there. We went to the Friday night preview/shopping party, and for the first time ever, I did not bring a camera or a phone. My purse gets heavier and heavier it seems, and I just decided there was nothing I needed to take pictures of that night and left my camera in the hotel room. But what a surprise to have a rare sighting of a Pam Sussman! That is an elusive creature indeed, and not one I have seen in Cincinnati in years! You'll just have to take my word for it!
Also, I had a bit of a surreal experience I wasn't expecting. One of the best booths there is always Stamper's Anonymous. I knew Tim Holtz was demo-ing all weekend, and while I love his products and love to see him work, the crowd around that area is always packed. I got kind of claustrophobic and moved away from the demo area and went to the other end of the booth. There, I spied a table full of beautiful, colorful journals. Sitting at the table was a woman with red hair and a polkadot dress. There were bottles of Dylusions spray sitting on the table. I literally had to remember to breathe for a minute. I am not often starstruck, but I knew this could not be anyone other than Dyan Reaveley. Unlike Tim's table, there were no on-lookers (she had just returned from a break she said). I love her products so much and love watching her videos - how is it that I had no idea she would be at this convention? I still didn't believe it, though, and had to talk to her for a couple of minutes to verify the British accent and know for sure it was her!
She could not have been nicer to me. I looked though some of her journals, she answered questions, she showed me some of the new things in her Dylusions line. Plus I finally got to see the Dylusions blank journals available. I've been hesitant to order one, not having held on in my hands. Next time I need a blank journal, that will definitely be at the top of the list as it has great paper to work on.
When I went back to the Saturday convention, I made sure to take my camera and took the picture above. And now I have a whole new Stampaway memory to take home. You just never know when you make a trip to Cincinnati in August.