Sorry, we're skipping Soup Spotting today. I wanted to give some updates over the weekend as well as share some fun photos from our recent trip to the Netherlands, but that just didn't happen. Family time came first and it was good - we headed out to the pumpkin patch on the most beautiful day in October!
Anyhow, a few things before I get to our trip photos...
* Thank you again to all who submitted for our Millionth Sprout Project Contest! I was thrilled to see some new uses for the Jillibean Journaling Sprouts! If you haven't checked out Cammie's winning mini-album, you can do so here.
* Christmas Chesnut Soup is shipping NOW! Retailers, please call us at 1-888-212-1177 to place an order.
* In mid-Sept, the girls and I attended a fundraising event in Celina, Ohio and Lisa Bearnson (founder of Creating Keepsakes Magazine) was there. We had a chance to chat with her and she ended up taking some of the cards that I used in my card class. I was thrilled to see that she had posted them on her blog. Thank you Lisa for the shout-out!!!
* I just got an e-mail that someone found one of the Millionth Sprout Golden tickets!!!! More on that later.
* Did you see that new blog header? A big THANK YOU to Laina for providing such an adorable header for the Bean Talk blog.
On to the Netherlands...
Kimber and I had the best time in the Netherlands! The people were so friendly and fun. We really felt welcome and loved our time there. Truike (store owner) of Paper & Pictures is just a great person that I came to admire the more I was around her. She has a great group of gals working in her store and another group of designers she calls her Paper Girlz. We were priviledged to meet several of these gals.
Here are several pics from the trip...
Paper & Pictures storefront
Peter and Soraya met Kimber and I (well, me anyhow) at the airport. They were very helpful when Kimber did not make it on the flight with me from Newark to Amsterdam (weather). When I arrived in Holland, I didn't even know if Kimber was on her way. She was re-routed and eventually flew through Chicago. Peter and Soraya helped me figure out where and when Kimber was coming! Both were at the event all weekend as well. Soraya is an expert in crochet. She crocheted several flowers for Kimber and I while she was working (she just kept everything in her pockets and kept whipping them up!) . We tried to talk Peter into taking us to Paris but it didn't happen. Next time Peter. ;)
Also, these two have a side business going on...they manufacture these:
Storage containers for your Distressing Inks. You can check out more info on their website here.
Kimber's (Core'dinations) first class was in a castle. This shot is not the best but you can see some of the artwork in the background. Very cool to teach in such a different classroom! The students were great!
Kim and I. You can barely see it, but Kim has this funky, cool ring on her finger in the last pic. I was admiring it profusely (right Kimber) so she sat down and made me 4 of them for me (not 1 but 4!). You can see them below...
On our last day, Truike planned a day of sightseeing. I'm laying on the ground taking this photo - it's Kimber, Don and Jan from Bo Bunny, Truike and Yolanda. We were admiring some beautiful old wooden boats. I was actually laying on the ground to take a pic of this:
On our day of sightseeing, we visited a place called the Museum in Northern Holland. Of course they had a windmill! There's Kimber and I doing a Kelly Purkey (jumping up for the shot). It's very green over there - lots of rain.
Thanks for taking the time to read my extra-long post! I hope you enjoyed coming along for the journey. I will be posting more pics on my personal blog in the next week or so.
Thanks again to our generous host Truike and her amazing group of gals!