Phew! I'm home! Actually, been home for a few days now, but been sick with a bug and only just surfacing today!
I had all good intentions whilst we were away of updating my blog each day, post my photos as I could, and share the experience as I went along. Grrr... seems that the French wi-fi services didn't agree with my plan!!!! For the first few days the hotel server was down, then I couldn't upload to my blog. After that I simply gave up! Just enjoyed my time with Mik and decided to forget it until we got home! But of course I now have too much to share! Where to start!?!?!?!
The show in France was once again totally fabulous! I loved it, loved seeing people again, loved being back at a scrapping event after such a long break. It seemed all so familiar, even though I was in a different county where I couldn't speak the language. I loved NOT being the new girl on the block and just being able to spend my time getting to know all of the other fabulous tutors, helpers and students. It was also fun to have Mik there, showing him what I do when I leave him for days at a time!
So, some highlights of the weekend? Seeing Sally M again! How weird that it would take a trip to France to see her in person! So much fun to have another Aussie there and recognise the accent! Kept my accent in check for those few days as well!!! I have a terrible habit of picking up both british and american accents pretty quickly which can get a little embarrassing!
What else... Meeting Ashley and Paul (totally gorgeous, and also vegetarian!), CD (would you believe it took until the LAST night for us to meet?!?!?! Crazy!), Anna (who is just hilarious!), Corinne (also hilarious, does that girl EVER stop!?!?), Mou (she is too funny!), and finally the delightful Margie! It was kinda different this year. Many more of us with partners there, and also being slightly out of town at Versailles, we tended to stick to ourselves a little more and did the sightseeing thing seperately. So didn't get to know the girls as well as I did last year, but still had so much fun regardless! Wishing we had more time to chat and share our stories, maybe I will finally get to the US sometime and will catch up with the girls again. I can hope, dream and plan can't I!?!?!?!
Other highlights of the weekend? My classes! Of course! So much fun to see everyone so happy to learn new things! I think everyone enjoyed my classes and I certainly had fun teaching! I hope that I didn't come across as being tired though! I think I did pretty well, until the last day when I hit a wall and felt AWFUL! I just had to apologise and get through the best I could! By the end of the day all was fine again, but that one class was a hard one!
I also got to do one class over the weekend with Ashley - totally loved it! Loved sitting and painting again, loved just playing for a change. I realised that I haven't just played with art supplies in so very long, rather using product only on my layouts. Missed playing, missed experimenting and missed getting my hands dirty. When I am settled here again I hope to get down and dirty once more, just like I once used to!
And I can't finish up this report without praising Celine and the rest of the girls on their wonderful work over the weekend. The event was so well organised, we were treated so wonderfully and everything was thought of for the whole weekend. I can't fault ANYTHING from the weekend and was so happy to be invovled in such a professional event! Big kisses to you all girls!
And did I get one photo from the event? Nope. Typical! I will use the excuse that Mik had the camera for the weekend, but the reality is that I wouldn't have used it even if I did have it! I am just HOPELESS! I did take 100s of photos elsewhere though, a few to share here, the rest to come over the coming days. I really need to get some housework done!! Coming home and then being sick has NOT been great for my house! Oops! So just a few random shots that I have already played with. Stories to go with some of them, will return later to fill you in!
I really hope that you are all well, happy and enjoying the improving weather!