I just got back late last night from Spokane, Washington. I was there to sit on a retailer training and attend the hugely successful fundraiser/workshop for Project H.O.P.E., at Orphaned Decor. I had so much fun getting to know some of the retailers in the Washington and Oregon area. And they loved “hamming” it up for the camera!
Kim Biden, Leslie Stilwell and Alison Winchester
Let me tell you, I was with my people all weekend, and it felt sooooo good.
CeCe Caldwell herself came out for the event, as she truly tries to meet all the retailers, and support fundraisers that these amazing retailers are putting together.
Striking a pose and me just cracking up. Anne Skougard, Alison Winchester, CeCe Caldwell, Moi, Leslie Stilwel and Kim Biden
Not only is CeCe the most down to earth woman, she is an amazing woman. Her story of why she created the paint, the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren, and her philosophy about her company, and how it can truly benefit others. Well, let’s just say I cried before the whole story of how we all came together was finished. (hey, CeCe and Anne got choked up too. I am not the only leaky well around here!) Did you know this company is full of Magic? The paint is not magic, but it is close. I don’t believe “things” are magic, but people can be. The people who make up this company and the amazing things that come forward from it are Magic. As in, amazing things are produced from CeCe Caldwell’s and the far reaching impact so many of it’s retailers, customers, and Moi, are feeling and able to achieve.
CeCe Loves her retailers, and they love her.
I even got to meet some of my readers! Friday morning I got an email from a reader who said she and her twin sister were both from Spokane, and her sister still lived in the area. We made arrangements for her to meet me at the training, and how much fun it was!
Myself, CeCe and Mitzi
“Mitzi” is an amazingly talented girl. She made these little “Hope” words for myself and Leslie, who was heading up the fundraiser. CeCe was so impressed, she asked her to make 25 more and she paid for her seat at the fundraiser the next day. Mitzi collects junque like I do, but she crafts with hers. She has a dream to donate the things she finds to benefit others, especially children at risk. Her mission just fit in and added to the amazing things that are happening with Project H.O.P.E.
Leslie’s partner David, built these frames from reclaimed Barn wood. We added the pieces we made from this day, Mitzi’s HOPE pieces, aren’t they beautiful? And some fun embellishments Anne had provided.
I met two other readers, Debbie and Kathy, Kathy drove all the way from Seattle! I feel like I just expanded my circle of amazing friends. It was the most fulfilling weekend, and I loved every second of it.
Myself and Kathy, I didn’t get a picture of Debbie!
We had so much fun learning new techniques from teacher extrordinaire, Anne Skougard, who is the Western Distributor for CeCe Caldwell’s.
Anne has a lot of fun teaching, and it shows!
We laughed, we even cried a little! And overall, we were fed, and I don’t just mean food.
We were fed with the feeling and power of expressing yourself Creatively. We were fed with the amazing feeling of meeting others who share a passion to take something old and neglected, maybe even bound for the dump, and breathe new life into it. We were fed creatively as we learned new skills. And most of all, we were fed with the joy of being together.
Even CeCe participates in the workshops! Hey, there is Debbie, with the long ponytail!
And oh yes, we were FED, wow, Spokane, you have some good restaurants! And I definitely tried out the best there was to offer.
Thanks for stopping by and reading about my amazing weekend. I hope this little post might inspire you to think about what you can create out of junque, old, worn out, or just ugly and make it beautiful. And, if you really want some help in making it beautiful, pick up a can of CeCe Caldwell’s, 100% natural paint. Once you crack open that can and start painting, you will know what all the hype is about. Closest thing to a magic paint I have found. And THAT makes me feel really good.
PS Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who emailed me with sweet words and prayers for my stepfather “Todd”. He is doing better each day, and I know he is benefiting so much from all the prayers, and good thoughts you are sending his way.
PPS Be sure to come back tomorrow for my “Trashy Tuesday” series!