Good Times in Richmond
I had such a fabulous weekend! Sandy Moriarty and I left Friday morning and headed to Richmond, VA, for Stampin’ Up!’s #OnStage2017 Local in Richmond. I love the local gatherings, because they’re a little smaller and you can meet more people.
I was a “Display Stamper,” so I had to be there by 2. Sandy was very sweet to wake up at dawn to be sure we’d be there on time. We had such a good time catching up and chatting – and we left early enough that we missed the horrible traffic that snarled the drive for a lot of attendees. In fact, a lot of the conversation Friday night and Saturday centered around how much longer it took to get to Richmond. (I 95 from DC to Richmond is not fun on the best of days.)
Friday night, Holly Obier (Christy Tobin’s upline) and I headed to CentreStage. It was wonderful! The dinner was amazing, and fit really well with my “eating style” these days. We’re trying to avoid carbs and wheat. In fact, it’s the first time in over 10 years that all of us have been eating the same thing. Family dinners are lots of fun now!
I realized most of my pictures are of me. I’m not narcissistic (or, at least, not too much!), but the other pics have product in the background or scattered catalogs, and I can’t show you those until later this afternoon.
This is Holly and me after CentreStage. Besides the delicious dinner, we learned a few easy tips to help our team members advance, and we heard some exciting news from Stampin’ Up!. The best part (besides hanging with Holly) – we got to look at some new product and product samples. Oh, and we were given the new 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
We went back to the hotel, met up with Christy, Sandy, Judy Hockman and Carol Forthman, and had a little impromptu party in my room. I gave everyone their candy bars and card so they wouldn’t have to carry it around (with everything else) on Saturday. Christy and Judy had quite a few swaps, so I know they didn’t want one more thing to carry.
Saturday started bright and early. In face, I took this photo of the sunrise over the Convention Center just to prove to my family that I can get up early.
We saw some beautiful new products, learned a lot of tips and tricks, and had a blast. We all won a Prize Patrol, plus a few “all attendee” giveaways, and some extras that were given away by our emcee, Scott Nielsen. Scott is so much fun and so friendly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a smile – even when crazy Stampin’ Up! demonstrators interrupt his breakfast.
And, finally – here’s a picture from one of the recognitions at OnStage. In April, the recognize career sales milestones, anniversaries, and title promotions. I thought I could just stand and wave, but…
I was going to try to skip the “walk across stage.” I have no problem presenting anything in public – sharing, performing, whatever. But having to receive recognition like this is hard for me. However, they called our names – and there weren’t very many, so it would have been obvious if someone didn’t show up. And besides, everyone at my table was saying, “Go. You have to go!” So here I am – “going.” (That’s Scott in the background. I didn’t realize I already had a picture with him. Guess I didn’t have to interrupt his breakfast after all. Sorry, Scott!)
Stampin’ Up! holds events every November and April. If you’re interested in being treated like royalty for a couple of days and having the time of your life, you can! Plus you can make lots of new friends, get a discount on all your crafting supplies, and make some extra money. In fact, if being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is your full-time job, you can make a nice living. I’m not going to “shine you on;” It takes work to make a lot of money, but it’s fun work! Contact me today to join my team of awesome demonstrators as Stampin’ Up! plans for our 30th anniversary!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Check back later this afternoon for pictures of fun, new products!