At convention there are so many emotions going on, there is excitement, anticipation, nervousness, sleeplessness, happiness, and yes even sadness. This year my BFF Tracy did not go to Convention and so it felt weird not having her there. She was sad in PA not being there, and I was sad in UT not having her there. One night after our extra class that Kristen and I did, we were the only ones from our group that got into it. The rest of our group that didn't get into it went to the mall and stuff, so when I got back to my room after carrying all the stuff we got my arms were killing me. I stuck my head in Lynda & Jacque's room and they were all sitting in the dark watching the Workshop WOW DVD on someone's laptop. Well I knew I wouldn't be able to hear it, so I told them to let me know when they were done.
Well then I did a bad thing alone in my room…hey get your mind out of the gutter!!! I got my jammies on and turned on the TV, and 20/20 or something was on and they were talking about the book "The Help" and OMG! I watched some of the interviews and I sat there sobbing, I mean ugly crying where tears were streaming down my face and I was making noises when I cried. I am sure a lot of it was being tired but I know most of it was not having my BFF there with me, cause we are pretty much inseparable when we are together, so I was missing her cause she would have been there to hug, and dang it, I probably wouldn't have had the danged old TV on anyway…ha! So anyway, I just had to share that, cause really the friendships I have made since joining Stampin' Up! are priceless, NOT tearless, but definitely priceless.
If you want to come to convention next year and bawl like a baby with me, then you definitely don't want to miss the $99.00 starter kit special. I would love to have you join my team. I've got girls all over the US, and they are the best too! Come on, I'll bring the kleenex!
So today I felt almost human (I am still coughing as if I was a smoker, I have lots of rattling going on and that has never happened to me in all my…well…over 40 + years). I should maybe get some mucinex or something.
I got my FLICKs cards done and I will show you that tomorrow or so. I was late on them cause of convention and then being sick but they will go out in the mail tomorrow.
Then my window pane was screaming to be done. I did shabby paint it up the other day, I think I told you that, if not…I just did.
So I put some of the Beau Chateau DSP in the back of the window panes.
Jeff added some chain to it (the same chain he used on my chandelier) and hung it on a stud…he says he is the stud, but he also found one in the wall. This way I can take it down and change out the papers once in a while, like I will put Christmas paper in it for Valentines…ha! just kidding, I was just seeing if you were reading or just looking.
Then I added some cards for display…cute eh? I have them stuck on with removable tape but I also put a little clothespin on them so it looks like the clothespin is holding the card on. I also made a little banner.
It needed something in the corner, I just used the new Pennant punch and decorated it simple like with some pearls, and flowers, and buttons. It is held on with the mini clothepins too. I used the Beau Chateau paper for the pennants too.
I found a cute saying in one of the Hostess sets "Faith in Nature" and I just used part of it so the banner reads "beautiful things". I think it turned out adorable. Even Jeff really liked it.
Added since original post:
*some of the cards on the window pane I have posted on my blog already and some I have not as they were swaps, and I certainly can.
*I am reading "The Help" on my Nook and love it and can't put it down, but I have to as I have lots of work to catch up on.
*No worries (but I am loving your sweet comments), I got plenty of hugs when Marlene came back to our room and she brought Rhonda, and they noticed my red eyes and they hugged this old blubber butt good.
*oh and the BFF, she has already told me she won't be missing another Convention.
Well I better say nightie night and clean up my room.
Tomorrow I need to get cracking on Fall Fest stuff, we are sold out! I am so excited!!!
Have an awesome Friday and thanks for stopping in!
Shannon Roberts says
Diana You must read the book it is soooo good. I can not wait for the movie next month! And the window pane turned out great!
Carey Rogers says
Oh, I am so sorry you felt that way- I would have been happy to give you a huge hug and hang with you. I felt that way at the 2010 convention. It was my first one and I came alone. I felt so lonely. Yes, I met some wonderful people but I wanted to share it with someone. This year I roomed with a friend that I have known online for the last 4 summers and it made a huge difference. Your window pane display thing turned out fabulous. You are so doggone creative. Thanks for sharing it with us and inspiring us.
Hugs after convention from
Carey and Roscoe
nice job, great idea, wish i had space to do that…..i'd be copying 🙂 Hope your feeling better soon!
Dee in N.H. says
That's gorgeous Diana! I love all the details, very pretty! That bug you caught is awful, the cough part lasts almost 2 weeks. It was up here in the northeast last month. Maybe the cough stuff will help. Have a great Friday!
Jacqui Lines says
have you read the book The Help? It is very good. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, but I don't think they will be able to capture the emotion that they can in the book. We'll see.
Debbie Keane says
Love, love your window pane. It is awesome Di. Didn't see the special on the "Help" but I loved the book. While you were missing your BFF, Tracey, I was missing you and everyone at Convention. I only met Tracey for that brief moment at Leadership but how wonderful to have such a great relationship with someone that shares the same passion for a craft. I will think of you especially today as the temp climbs to over 100 degrees. I will be staying inside and STAMPING! Have a great weekend girl.
Maria H. says
The window turned out amazing! LOVE it! Glad you are feeling better too!
wendy d says
Wow, love this idea. My dad just gave me an old window and hhad no clue what to do with it. I did not see the 20/20 show oon the Help, but read and loved the book and can't wait to go see the movie. Have a great weekend, try to stay cool, no such luck here in the South.
Laura Howell says
I was wondering how you had the clothespins holding the cards up! Great trick, I'm so glad you shared or I would have been trying to figure it out. The window turned out beautiful! Sorry you had time for tv in Salt Lake, I never even saw you this year. Thanks again for a great blog.
It turned out so cute! 🙂 Sorry your bff wasn't there at convention. 🙁 I hope she'll be there with you next time.
Karel Hamilton says
Love the window. So cool 😀
Karen Seitz says
Your window is beautiful! I really like how it turned out — thanks for sharing. Your story about joining your team and crying with you would have gotten me to sign up if I weren't already a demonstrator. And I have a great upline too, so I feel lucky.
Looking forward to running into you at another SU! event.
Doris D. says
What a clever idea. I have an old window from our house (built in 1842) when we replaced our windows years ago. I will have to do something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.
Barb Gornick says
Oh my gosh! Love it! I told you my hubby brought home an old window pane earlier this summer and was redoing it for our backyard fence. This looks so great. Love the Beau Chateau paper on it!!! The chicken wire is perfect for you! I have absolutely no wall space anywhere in my house but that looks great!
Debbie O. says
Awesome cute window Di. Hubby is so cooperative too. You inspired me! I am going to cover the old picture frame insides that I had steel put in. They are steel (not galvanized) so I can put magnets on back of translucent envelopes to hold cards. I like Beau Chateau for that too. Prettier than just plain steel background. Are you going to post the individual cards you put in your frame? I also found a great air conditioner grid for cards. Check my blog later for a pic. – Debbie O.
Love the window pane display idea…I need to steal that. I have cards I have made that I would love to display and I think this is just the perfect way to do it…now all I need to do is find a window pane!
Love what you did with the window. You are so creative, it blows my mind. Have been vacillating on reading the Help and then seeing the movie. I tend to avoid weepers. I do enough of that without asking for it. Wish I could come to your Fall Fest, but you're gonna tell us all about it, right?
Julieta J. says
Great wall hanging! Can't wait to see what Christmas papers you choose in Feb ;).
I love all of the little elements. Too pretty!
I love your window! What a great idea for displaying cards and crafts.
LOVE IT.. Ihave had a window to "redo" for something and I have had it for 4 years. My hubby has threatened to throw it out several times. NOW I know whata to do to it!! Thanks Di for the idea. It is really really cute!! p.s. how is Fiji? Would love to see photos of her now that she is growing.
Very Lovely Window–I think Christmas paper in Feb would be great–if not, just use winter colors. Keep up the GREAT work!!
Janice Rosenthal Rock says
LOVE the window! Dang . . .I had one I had gotten at an antique shop, and finally sold it as I wasn't sure what to do with it! This is adorable! . .. and yep, BFF stampin' friends are THE BEST!
You need to send Shelli a picture of your window. It looks like something she would absolutely love. Did you know, (I bet you did) The Help movie comes out on August 10th? When I was growing up, we lived in a two story house, but the upstairs was not finished. Just studs (not like your husband) and unfinished walls. But square in the middle, there was a working toilet. My sister and I use to think it was funny to go upstairs and use the toilet. After reading The Help, I loaned my mom the book and she told me that the upstairs toilet was for the maid of the previous owners of our house. It makes me sad to think of the way people were once treated in the South–and sometimes still are–based on the color of the skin. Anyway, love, love, love your window!!
JoAnn Burnham says
Love your window pane and the way you decorated it. This is a great idea. TFS
Shelly Whelen says
Well, shoot! I just got back from hitting the yard sales and saw a window pane… I procrastinated about my catty kick-off for tonight and don't have time to go back. 🙂 Your window pane is ADORABLE!!! And I'd probably get around to changing the paper to Christmas around Valentines day… I call that being REALLY early.
Feeling better? Hope so! Thanks for all the card ideas, too.
Read "The Help" a few weeks ago Di. I was sad for it to end. It really was an interesting book. Loved your window art! Take care!
Tracy Altemose says
Oh My Land!!! I've just revisited "My Big Ol Baby Cry" again as I was remembering you contacting me that night at convention. I hated being away from you that week. I Miss You BFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stef Perry says
Wow, that window is fabulous, what a creative way to use it!!! I just ordered my Beau Chateau dp and can hardly wait to get my hands on it. I don't know much about "The Help" other than tonight I just saw trailers for the movie and have a sense as to why it would be upsetting! Best shared with a BFF, glad she is planning on being there next year!! Take care!
Dawn Hoffman says
Just finished "The Help" last night (at 1 a.m.). Now I can't wait for the movie to come out! Wish I would've seen the 20/20 segment on it! Love your window –I've got to dig mine out that I have in ….. storage….somewhere…..TFS.
Amy Fink says
I LOVED The Help, too! In fact, I just sent my mom a copy to read so she can read it before the movie comes out and my sister, my mom, and I are going to go to the movie together.
I LOVE the window!! And, your cards are beautiful as always! So glad I got to see you at Convention even if it was on the last day! I'm saving for Leadership so I'll see you there 🙂
Debbie Martin says
First, hope you feel better soon! Love the window and thanks for sharing it with us. The Help had me crying through it the whole way, listened to it on CD. Read it first before seeing the movie, that way you won't miss any of it. It is hard to imagine that we could treat any human being that way!
Kathya H. says
Great job on the window Di, love it! Can't wait to see it in person. I too am currently reading "The Help" and I can't put it down. Hopefully I'll finish it before the movie comes out. You'd think this all happen long ago but no, sad time in our history.
Hey darlin'! I can see why you cried at those 20/20 interviews…..that whole story is so touching. I listened to the book on CD and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this. There are five different women who perform the various roles and they ARE….SO….GOOD. It's a fabulous book…..can't wait to see the movie! Sorry you were missing your BFF…..You guys have such a special friendship. You were entitled to little boo-hooing. Hugs!
Good grief, that is the cutest thing!!