Thursday, September 22, 2011

Well, it's about time.....

"I'll report tomorrow."

Famous last words. I didn't report tomorrow, or the next day or the next. I have been frantically searching for my camera since Sept. 10, so I could post photos and report on the Fork and Talk event by Craft Gossip in Little Rock. It finally appeared this morning, hiding in the black hole that is my travel purse. I had only looked there about ten times, so black hole is the only possible explanation.

Melony Bradley and I left Memphis around 9 a.m. and headed west. It was a gorgeous day and with all our jibber-jabbering, the two-hour trip seemed like 15 minutes.

When we arrived in Little Rock, we were 30 minutes ahead of schedule. That's when we got out our Mapquest directions. Mistake. Big Mistake.

While we were trying to figure out where we were in regards to our exit, we saw the name of the street we were looking for on a big green interstate sign, congratulated ourselves on our savvy navigation and headed off on an adventure. That's what my DH and I call it when we get hopelessly lost. A Great Adventure. Second mistake. You know how there are streets in some cities that traverse the entire city? Well that was one of them and guess what: We were obviously at the wrong end of that street, although we didn't know it.

Not being men, we decided to ask for directions. We called Trio's,the restaurant where we were supposed to be, got very detailed directions and headed off, sure that we were almost there. Third mistake. We called the restaurant again, got a different person and a whole new set of directions. Fourth mistake. Suffice to say that we got directions from three more people, all the while seeing the entire city in our quest, including Razorback tailgate parties and lots of traffic jams. Finally, a very nice man said, "I'm heading that way. Follow me." We did, he pointed out the exit and we finally arrived, only an hour late.

The gracious folks at Craft Gossip welcomed us with open arms. We ordered our lunch and visited with the sweet ladies at our table, including Stacie Hooder, jewelry editor at Craft Gossip, who modeled our hat, which was a group design project. Each table was given a plain black top hat and we selected embellishments from the Craft Gossip editors' stash – beautiful ribbon, feathers, flowers and a wealth of other great embellies. We had 15 minutes to make our hats gorgeous, and I think everyone will agree that we all stood up to the challenge. Nothing like a group project to fuse friendships between women who don't know each other, have no idea what kind of talents each had individually and were reluctant to speak up if they thought they had a better idea for fear of stepping on someone's toes. I guess that comes from living graciously in the South. In spite of that, we came up with a great topper, with the theme Creativity Inspires Courage.

The four editors of Craft Gossip who live in the Little Rock area were perfect hostesses. They had a fun afternoon planned with great products and stimulating conversation.



The photo here is of a portion of the contents of the wonderful swag bags – yes, I said "bags" as in two huge bags – given by EK Success to each attendee. I am so overwhelmed with all the goodies and will be featuring many of these products on my blog in the coming weeks.

If you are not a member of Craft Gossip, go to www.craftgossip.com and check it out. I have seen so many great projects as a result of the research of this great team, everything from paintings to cupcakes to needle arts to techniques.

And if they bring a Fork and Talk session to your area, be sure to sign up! You'll be glad you did!

Now, go hug someone you love. Wish I could hug the folks at Craft Gossip right now!

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