Posted on April 13, 2014
We have been in Sacramento California the past couple of days at the Original Rubber Stamp show, today is day 3! Our last day at the show but I wanted to share some FUN highlights from Set up dat and day 1!
If you have heard that I don’t travel light, I am here to tell you that it’s true… I don’t. LOL! This however was not all my luggage. Its a FUN display at the Sacramento international airport. I just had to take a picture…
Set up was smooth and fast. We have done this a few times before… This time however we had a new bloom to share and that made set up so exciting!
We hosted our first mini opportunity gathering in Sacramento and it was a hit! I am so delighted that our stampers in Sacramento LOVE our stamps, dies and new journey.
We had over 30 ladies come and learn about this unique opportunity to bloom and the response was overwhelming! THANK YOU for all that love and support.
I shared some new exclusive sneak peeks of product as well as spoke about our compensation plan any how you can bloom with us in the months and years to come.
Product showcase as always is on the top of my list. I love that creating hand made cards, scrapbooks and gifts brings us all together.
It was a GRAND day 1 and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us today. Thank you Sacramento for your warmth and excitement. Let me be the first to say WELCOME to the Journey!
Posted on April 4, 2014
Doors opened for the early birds at 9am and we where busy, busy, busy! The stampers and scrappers here in Collinsville are a hoot and I love that you all LOVED the new Journey Blooms Opportunity! We can’t help but be thrilled with this opportunity to share this creative journey but in just a few more weeks our web transitions and kick off party will take place.
Let me share some images of today…
My girl Kazan rocking the demo table as usual… You Go Ms Kazan!
Our make n’ takes as always busy and FUN!
Lynn and Rose educating on our journey and Spellbinders product!
Our Journey Blooms garden wall was a HUGE HIT! Lots of photos taken here…
Here are some step outs of the FUN Journey Hug demo and give away I was hosting! This new die matches the flower party stamp set!
As you can see we created dies that fit this set perfectly, you can now line up your die to the stamp with ease. Simply add some removable tape to secure.
Once out of your Journey Grand, carefully remove the removable tape from your die and card stock.
Remove the card stock from your die and create a gentle curl with a bone folder.
Mount your leafs and flowers with foam squares and enjoy!
All in a days work… So blessed to have the opportunity to share my journey with those who want to bloom with me, Thank you.
We are in stormy and tornado warning Collinsville IL! I have to admit that it’s the first time I have received a tornado alert. NOT FUN! Despite the crazy weather we have been working and getting ready for our guest here in Collinsville IL!
The show floor is huge with lots of vendors! Our booth looks Devine! Full of yummy and delicious product to play with.
Our retired stamps are up and available while supplies last.
David and Kazan are the pricing police!
Lynn and Rose are making sure all our stamps and blooms are in order..
So exciting! I get to demo today with our very own Journey Grand! EEKKKK!
I hope you take the time and come visit us. Its time to bloom and I can smell the delicious fragrance that our blooming garden has to offer.
Posted on March 19, 2014
Its time for another great Scrapbook Expo show this time we are in Anaheim California. We are always delighted and happy to meet our crafting family. This show is extra special for we will be hosting an Opportunity Night that in our hearts will be making history!
If you have been following our journey for some time know, you may have heard me talk about my Journey Coaches. Well its now time for me to share with everyone the Journey Coach opportunity! My heart is full as I see all that the home office is doing to put all the elements of the journey together for you. The opportunity I know will come as a blessing to many and that is a huge reward for me. I know that this will just be AMAZINGLY FUN and that our relationship to this journey will simply soar.
The Details: Please Come Join Us!
Delicious food drinks will be provided
Sneak peek of new unreleased products
Learn about the Journey Coach opportunity
Meet our current Journey Coaches
When: Saturday March 22nd 2014 from 7pm – 9pm
Where: Anaheim Marriott 700 West Convention Way Anaheim, California 92802
Thank you all for joining us on this creative journey!
Posted on March 6, 2014
It’s my birthday March 7th! The biggest gift is that I get to go home to my family! Well not really, I have a pit stop at Carson for the Rubber Stamp show in California then I get to go home to my family! Today is travel day. I am leaving now at 5am to Hong Kong and should arrive by 9am then catch the noon flight to San Francisco… the USA!!!! Oh sweet Lord! I can’t wait to see signs and hear music I can understand. I have LOVED visiting China and its people. I have enjoyed meeting you, connecting with you and praying for you but I am eager to see my beautiful wife and boys!
Now for some Tea!
Its all quite new to me and very interesting… You first start off by heating your water.
It has to be boiling hot!
pour the hot water over and in your tea pot and dishes to sterilize them.
Brake off some of the tea from your tea cake and add to your adorable tea pot.
You then add the boiling hot water to your tea pot close the lid and add boiling hot water to the outside of your tea pot again. This is all to clean your pot and dishes before you enjoy your tea.
You then strain your tea and wash the outside of your strainer with the brand new tea you just made. This is to remove any dust your tea may have in its first brew as well as clean your dishes and sterilize them again.
You then dump the sterilized tea over your pot and proceed to rinsing your cups with it as well.
You would rinse them with the same hot water then with the first tea batch. Once you have completely soaked them on all sides in the hot tea water, you dump the tea and add new water to your tea pot.
You strain it one more time, you are now ready to serve your self a tea cup and enjoy!
It seems like such a long process but so peaceful and coming. It’s the best way I have ever had tea. You better believe I am taking home a little starter set!
Once again THANK YOU, today I celebrate my 36th Birthday from the skies and head back home! See you in the USA!!!! May God bless our journey home and may he bless the people of China. Although most of the populations is atheist, I know that our God has a plan and that He will cover the earth with His glory! God Bless the people of China and God Bless the USA!
Traveling back to Shangri-La! I have been in the airport most of the day as we took the 4 hour plane ride to Shangri-La! It has been a crazy last few days but I am sure glad to be heading to warmer temperatures and then home!
The plane does a stop for 45 min to re-fuel and pick up new passengers!
Loved the view of the fisher men boats and the containers getting ready to ship all over the world.
Once we landed in Shangri-La I met this cool man who carved stamps out of stone… Great piece to take back home.
Tomorrow I celebrate my first birthday in China! It’s actually a day early for me so I get to Celebrate twice! I am blessed beyond words to have had this experience and am ever so grateful to be going home. Although it’s still another 24hrs before I even get to the US the journey continues. Who is ready for some yummy product!!!!
Please keep us in prayer as we journey on home and thank you for joining me on this journey to China, your prayers for my family and I and for always sharing our creative journey with those around you. Since tomorrow I will be flying for hours on end I will post the Tea ritual that I had mentioned days earlier. It’s quite the experience and I hope you enjoy it!
Just got wifi again and I wanted to share day 8 with you. It has been an amazing part of this journey. We ended our work early since Mr Woo the owner of a factory that does work for us wanted to greet us and invite us to his home. He picked us up at 4pm and drove us about 2hr away from the city. The country side is magical. The culture is rich and the farm land went for miles.
I loved the view and fresh air that we experienced here.
And check this out a Green Tea farm. Oh My! I had never seen such a thing. It smelled divine and it was so delicious.
Mr. Woo invited us to see his impressive collection of aged alcohol. This stuff is STRONG! Oh my I could only handle a little sip.
He then treated us to a resort in between the mountains that hosted natural hot spring pools. I had never been in a natural hot spring pool and it is HOT! It is said to host many minerals and medicinal benefits. It was hard to get use to at first but once I was in, I loved it! When they first told me where I was going.. I was a bit concerned since it’s 30 degrees outside and we where to strip down and jump into these hot tubs (with swimming trunks of course)… I’m thinking not so much!
At the end of the day I was glad I did it! It was a first for me but I would definitely do it again. My hair did get messed up though… and the facility did not host hair gel… sigh…
My time here is coming to an end. It’s the year of the horse here in China and I was born on the year of the hours. It has been a great adventure and my college has been truly a joy to be around this past week. Thanks Jeppe for showing me around and Frank…. It was GRAND! Mr Woo thank you for your hospitality it has been the best experience here by far!
Posted on March 4, 2014
A successful day! So much accomplished today. I must say that I did not expect the market place to be what it is and it goes on for miles and miles and 4 levels of floors… My feet are screaming. I knew I should have lost some weight before coming here… sigh..
You can find everything here! Absolutely everything! Its a hit and miss, thus having to walk for miles and miles. Its bitter cold and without a translator you are pretty much done for.
We landed in Christmas land and that went on forever! I think I caught my self singing down the aisles as I am walking through…”I hear those sleigh bells…”
Then we landed in the lighting area, Holly Molly! IT WAS BRIGHT! Nice and warm though…
It was lunch time and there it was Mc Donald’s! YAY!!!! I was dreading lunch time at this point. but the Golden Arches saved the day!
Menu was a bit different and still no Diet Coke, but atlas THE BIG MAC! I now have a new love for MCD’s
On our way back I enjoyed seeing all the food vendors. Many of the farmers come down to the market place and sell their crop and street meals.
Pineapple on a stick and sugar canes!
This farmer carries the two large baskets of fruit on this long stick.
The cherries did look yummy!
It was back to the market place and see what treasures we could find. I must say what fascinates me the most here are the people and its culture. Going a mile a minute and not skipping a bit.
Jeppe has been a good sport! I am sure he has never done this much shopping. I am getting use to saying I want this, and he pays! LOVE IT! He is a great entertainer too! Have you ever thought, “What would Jeppe look like with hair?” Well think no more!
All in a days work! Great finds and lots of memories! A few more days to go then I head back to my world, my beautiful family, my amazing staff and lots more work!
Thanks everyone for your continued prayers! I LOVE AND FEEL THEM HERE IN CHINA!
Posted on March 3, 2014
The adventure continues… I have to train my self to stop and take more photographs. I get so busy during the day that I neglect taking images of some truly neat stuff. I did want to share the images from my room in Shangjing! Its been rainy and overcast and very cold.
Busy town lots of honking all day and night.
I have seen people from all over the world here. Unlike the original place we were at, this place has so many buyers in a every language you can think of.
It has been fascinating to see the interaction between these buyers and the market place. Many of the buyers hire an interpreter that follows them around through the market place. Good thing we have Frank!
And to end this post, here is an image of things I will NOT be eating. Where is In and Out when you need it… sigh…
Well off I go to another adventure, Its now Tuesday Morning and I have so much to do! Thanks for your prayers, until next time!
Posted on March 2, 2014
Today we prepared to leave on another adventure to Shangjing. I am excited since I have never traveled from one China airport to another. This should be FUN!
I took some time this morning before we departed to snap some photographs of the beautiful hotel where we have stayed the last two days.
This building was actually across the street. I love all the trees and peace it brings.
The ponds where magical. I have to share that several years ago I had a dream. I was walking to a pond and I leaned over to see all these beautiful fish; suddenly, I caught glimpse of a gorgeous sparkly golden fish. It had long fins and a long tail. It was as if it wanted me to catch, it would swim around and around and left glitter trails behind it. I reached in as it was rapidly going around and caught it! With a simple smile I let it swim away… I could not help bet remember that dream as I was standing next to this pond. Bliss!
We left this beautiful place and set journey to Shangjing.
We left our 70 degrees weather to this lovely temperature! Should be FUN!
The airport has gorgeous architecture everywhere I turned. The texture, the style. I LOVE IT! I envision some amazing new product coming our way!!!!!
So off we went, The Three Musketeers in search of new and exciting things!
Thanks for reading and for your blessings. I am ever so grateful to our Heavenly Father for keeping my family safe as well as for bringing me all of you who constantly pray for our well being!
THANK YOU with all my heart.