I would say good morning, but it’s taken me all day to get myself moving and work on some pictures. Jeanne and I went to San Mateo this past weekend to work the Heirloom Stamp Show with Rubbernecker. It was such a wonderful experience to see how the booth is set up and all the work entailed in getting ready for a show. We stayed busy the entire time, but had such a good time. I was working on a demo for Ranger products making tags. I had so much fun playing with the Ranger Paint Daubers, Grunge Board, Crackle Paint, Alcohol Inks and the Tim Holtz Fragments. My fingers are still stained with ink! That’s how I know I had fun!!! On Saturday, SCSer Harriet Kelly came by the booth to visit us. It was so exciting to finally get to meet Harriet. We’ve talked online and by email for so long, and it’s such a pleasure to meet someone who you know will be an instant friend.

Harriet

After the show on Saturday, we hung around and Dave and Pat took Jeanne and me into San Francisco for some sight seeing. Even though I had been to San Francisco a couple of times before, my last trip was in the early 80’s. It was fun for me to see what had changed. Our first stop was Lombard Street. I had mentioned to Dave earlier that I remembered my dad taking us there. Pat and I walked down, but Jeanne and Dave drove down. Dave’s truck is the black one in this picture.

Lombard Dave and Jeanne

I was so amazed by the sea lions that now gather in the Bay. I knew I hadn’t seen them there before and when we were leaving the wharf area, I saw signs that explained it all. After the 1983 earthquake the sea lions started to gather along the wharf in the area because of the fish supply. A few of them now stay year round and never leave the area.

Sea Lions

One of the many street artists was Captain Jack Sparerib. I think I could have stayed and watched his show all day. I am such a huge Johnny Depp fan and the ventriloquist looks just like him and was so funny and entertaining.

Captain Jack Sparerib

I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of the old man sitting on the sidewalk behind the bush. Here was this old guy, sitting on a box, and he was holding a screen of shrubbery and bush. He waited patiently for just the perfect person to walk by and would drop the shrub screen and yell out. He got a few passerbys – just ask Dave!

On the ride home, we had to make an unexpected stop. I really think Dave was just tired of us women. Here we stand on the side of the road where Dave left us. Pat took this picture of Jeanne and me.

Jeanne and Sherry on the road

And then I shot this picture of Pat.

Pat

As you can tell from this beautiful sunset that it really wasn’t all that late.

Sunset

And here’s Dave changing the tire on the trailer.

Dave Fixing flat

He had a spare in the trailer and after the blow out of the first tire, he put the spare on. We probably hadn’t gone maybe 6 miles when . . . . well, here’s a picture of the spare.

Spare Tire

After a few phone calls and directions, here is the guy with Dave supervising from the background, putting on the new tire.

Repair

We arrived back at Jeanne’s in-laws around midnight. Needless to say, I slept in this morning.

Our journey through CHA has come to an end. By mid-day today we had seen all that we were interested in and came away with some fabulous ideas. Some of the most exiting new products I was most taken with were from Ranger and/or Tim Holtz. Not only does Ranger have the new line of pigment inks coming out there is also the new White Opaque pen. I was able to get a photo of the white opaque pen sample board.

White Opaque Pen

Also at the Ranger booth I found some altered canvases using Grunge Board and the Crackle Paint.

Art Canvas
Canvas 2

I’ve been working on something similar for the last few weeks and now can’t wait to get home to try some of the new things that I saw.

Tim Holtz is coming out with some smaller Grunge Board that will be excellent for card makers. The pieces are the same elements that are now out, only a smaller version. One thing I did see at the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth was a Grunge Board flower.

Grunge Flower

One of our stops was the Maya Road booth. Some of the new books and little key chain pieces are just fabulous.

Maya Road

Maya Road Chipboard Book

Kittie leaves us tomorrow morning, and Jeanne and I head on into the valley for a few days. Both Jeanne and I will be working the Rubbernecker booth this coming weekend at the Heirloom’s San Mateo Rubber Stamps & Paper Arts Festival.

Monday was such a great day! Productive and fun!! The first place we headed was to the Ranger Booth to do the Make and Take. Ranger is coming out with a new line of pigment inks and a new white gel pen. The Make and Take was using both products, along with some Maya Road chipboard, and we wanted to be some of the first in line.

Make and Take

Jeanne, Pat and I were lucky enough to get a seat right away. Kittie had to wait a bit.

Make and Take 2

It seemed like we were at the Ranger booth quite a while today. The ladies from Flourishes came by and we had to have a photo op.

with Flourishes

Then we ran into Sherrie Siemens and Alli Miles . . . Another photo op.

with Sherrie Siemens

As we were just hanging around, we took the opportunity to have a Rubbernecker Team picture made.

Rubbernecker

I had been hoping for day to get the opportunity to meet Julie Ebersole. Today was the day! We finally found the A Muse Booth and Julie was there. I can’t even begin to imagine what was running through her mind when she turned around and all these Dirty Girls were standing there just smiling at her! How much fun!!

Julie2

Tonight was our Lizzie Anne Team Dinner and also the Dirty Dozen/Moderator dinner. Needless to say, we couldn’t be at two places at one time and the Lizzie Anne Team won over.

One more photo, Dave finally found some hair!

Dave

It’s a little late, and this girl’s flabby flanny is a draggin’ . . . more tomorrow.

Oh my Badness! I am so sorry. We have been so busy and I was so exhausted I crashed and burned. Jeanne said I was snoring before my head even hit the pillow and that was after five cups of coffee.

We are having a wonderful time, albeit busy. Kitties and I met up in Phoenix to fly the last leg in together and we landed Saturday around 3:00 PST. We have been running since. Saturday night after dinner we attended the Splitcoaststampers Reception. WOW is all I can say! I stood back at one point, looked around the room – there was sooooooooo much talent assembled in one place!

Dirty Girls

Needless to say, I didn’t get my camera out, by Kittie’s did. She has posted some pictures of the Dirty Dozen, past and current, that were assembled that night – HOLY MOLY!

Jeanne, Trudee, Kittie, Me

I can’t tell you how much fun I had meeting all these wonderful women who have so inspired me over the years! I can’t believe I finally got to meet Trudee! Love these girls!!!!

Yesterday we started out early, arriving at CHA a little after 9:00. We walked and we walked till our feet hurt and we couldn’t walk no more! The total highlight of the day for me — Getting to meet Tim Holtz!

Tim Holtz

This picture was just about the time I leaned over and told him WHY they call me BadSherry.

I also met the most fascinating designer yesterday. Judi Hodgkin who has a new line of paper with Product Performers, ScrapperDashery. This paper is matched to all the Adirondack inks, and is absolutely fabulous. I was able to get a picture of her with a mini book and a letter that she had made. I so need to try and make one of these books.

Judi Hodgkin

I hate to admit it, but we missed one of the gatherings we really wanted to attend on Sunday night. By the time we had finished dinner and headed back to our hotel, all we wanted was coffee and to get off our feet.

Even though I’m writing this all at one time, I’m going to break it down into segments. There is so much going on here in the background that I can’t keep focus. I need to regroup and start all over.

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