I was hesitant to attend the Stampin’ Up event in Utah since the actual event only lasted about a day and a 1/2. But I went and met my mom there so we could do other “touristy” things and I’m glad I did because I had a great trip, well, with a few snags.
I met up with some old friends. Pictured above is Lorene from California, Me, my mother, Brenda from Florida, and Veronica from Hawaii. (I think Veronica stopped smiling after we waited in line for 20 minutes to get this photo taken. lol)
I saw demonstrations using new items from the 2016-2017 catalog. Here are some of the highlights:
New canning jars:
Beautiful new diecuts:
And an “Oh-So-Cute!” fox stamp and punch:
The “snag” of this trip was my hotel. I always stay at a quaint family run establishment. Something has happened to it since my last trip. There was only one other room occupied by Stampin’ Up demonstrators, so the clientele has changed. For example, people checked in with their clothes in plastic bags instead of luggage. (And many of the younger folks staying there were missing teeth, which to me means that they may have some drug addiction problems.) Worse still, was the cleanliness of the room. The hotel has always been dated with a 1980s color scheme. I was OK with that, but this time it was filthy too. I’m not a neat housekeeper. There are dog hair “tumbleweeds” currently floating across my hard floors and I have tons of clutter, especially in my craftroom. There is a difference between clutter and filth. This hotel can be characterized as the later. I took photos of the mini-blinds in my 2nd suite. The 1st was even dirtier and smelled horrible. We attempted to try to do some cleaning since we were stuck there, but it was beyond belief. The blinds need to be thrown away. Here are some gross photos for you.
After the convention activities ended, we checked out. Finding another hotel was tricky since there was another convention in town, but I went to the University Guest House on the University of Utah campus. It was not convenient to downtown, but that was OK once convention was over. I contacted an acquaintance on Facebook (whom I had never met in person!) to see if she’d pick us up. Between my mom and I we had 7 pieces of luggage and 2 bags of groceries and no car. The hotel suggested we take the TRAX train system, but I knew that wouldn’t work with all of our stuff. (Note to self: try to travel with less stuff in the future!) Fortunately she was SO kind and came to save us! Once in the new & clean hotel, we set up our crafting area. But, we only made about 4 cards over the 3 days we were there. lol
The hotel has a courtesy shuttle that would take us to restaurants, shopping areas, and other attractions, so we took advantage of that service. We spent a day at Red Butte Gardens. Everything looked so pretty, you would have never known there were snowflakes a week earlier. (Oh yes, I forgot to mention that it was cold and we had some snow flurries on Thursday morning. Our nasty hotel (the 1st one) didn’t have heat. They gave us a small space heater to put between the 2 bedrooms, which caused a blown fuse and left us in the dark.)
Now it’s time to get back to reality. I unpacked my crafting items yesterday and began taking photos of my card swaps. I’ll be sharing those with you in the future. I need to do some laundry and check to see if I should clean my blinds because I never want them to get as dirty as that hotel.
Have a good weekend!