2016 – My Wish for you, Girlfriend

2016 digital sunrise2016 – My Wish for you, Girlfriend!

I have never been the ‘resolution kind of gal’ but I have tried to ‘pick a word’ to guide me through the year — this has never worked. Oh…. I think about the word for maybe the first few weeks of the new year, but then I just stop.  I wasn’t planning to pick any 2016 electric light bulbwords this year, but something came in the mail today that got me thinking….

Every year, at the beginning of the year, our MP (Federal Member of Parliament) sends out an obligatory complimentary calendar to all his/her constituents. I NEVER look at it: it’s a thin, cheap paper booklet AND it’s in black and white. (my eyes! my eyes!).  However, I decided to browse through it this evening and discovered that each month of the year was represented by one of Canada’s provinces and territories.  Each province, except for Quebec (their’s is en français)  and the 2 northwestern territories has a latin motto: and this really intrigued me!

I am not sure what I am going to do with all this information, but I wanted to share with you the one motto that resonated with me; It is the motto of my home province, Ontario ( the greatest largest province) in Canada:2016 digital rendering of an eye

Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet

English translation: “Loyal she began and loyal she remains.”

I can think of several wonderful women in my life who this applies to and I would hope that they, in return, would feel the same way about me.

True friendship is priceless and I am so lucky to have, and have had, incredible and (some) life-long friends.  So here is to all the wonderful women I know and love – my 2016 wish for you –  Ut incepit fidelis sic permanet: I will be there for you, fiercely loyal – always.2016 Digital Illustration of a Fractal

Do you have friends like this? Let them know how you feel. 🙂



Planning for The CHAShow 2016

I have been planning for the CHAShow 2016 for almost 5 months.

This is my first time attending the annual MEGA Craft & Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim, California, and the anticipation is building!  For the CHAMegaShow website: CLICK Here

What to do about the OVERLOAD of information to digest?CHA Show crazy housewifeAll my CHAshow-related emails are in their own folder. As I read through I am making notes of what booths and people I want to see. My registration info is there along with any special invites or important info I will need while I am at the show. All my travel info is in there, too.

I downloaded the CHAShow Mobile App for my cell and I’m taking the time to use it to its full potential.

chashow app

The CHAShow app Dashboard helps you navigate the show, input your schedule, make contacts, etc.

Make sure you take the time to add yourself to the attendees list so people can find you.

It also allows you to view the Exhibitors List and ‘mark off’ who you want to see. All the booths you check are highlighted on the accompanying map, and the app even suggests the most ‘optimal route’ for you to walk. 🙂 — That’s cool!

I have signed up for all the workshops that interest me (kept it to a minimum). I am also not arriving until late Friday night. I decided not to spend time or money this time on crafting workshops.

One of the first pieces of advice I was told a while ago was ‘Don’t over-schedule yourself and just focus on spending time on the Show Floor, browsing the booths, and networking.’ This is what I plan to do.

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I have plenty of business cards and maybe a special somethin-somethin to go with each one I hand out. *wink — We Canadians have goodies up our warm, CanadaGoose sleeves 🙂CHA Show Cdn foodMy bag is partially packed. I am leaving lots of room to bring things back with me to Niagara Falls. 🙂  and my friend, Lisa, is bringing each of us ‘rolly suitcases’ to schlep all over the CHAShow to hopefully fill up with lots of creative inspiration!

CHA Canada logoI am looking forward to many get-togethers, and especially the CHA Canada meeting on Monday morning at 7:45. So ALL YOU Canadians better be there for coffee and noshes! I am a PROUD Canadian CHA member and would love everyone to become involved.


P.S. Tomorrow I will have a fun announcement about what I will be doing at the Show- so stay tuned!