Patty Smith (National Sales Manager) and I ventured down under on February 28th to teach for our two Australian distributors, Print Blocks and Bumble Bee Crafts. The sold-out 6 full days of classes were held in Melbourne and Brisbane. (Patty wants me to thank Michelle and Leonie for helping her wash all those paint brushes over and over again.) Retailers from all states of Australia and New Zealand traveled up to seven hours to attend the event.
Even though it took us 27 hours of travel and we missed an entire day (March 1st) due to the time changes the trip was well worth it. The classes were awesome, the cities beautiful, and it is the end of summer so all the summer clothes are on sale. (We each bought 3 pair of sandals). We did a taste testing on the lattes and seriously they were fabulous. Now we are home and just back to Starbucks.
We are home again after 29 hours and 2 missed flights but we loved meeting so many enthusiastic and dedicated scrappers (and very funny too!) in the classes. Robyn Jacques and the staff at Print Blocks and Joy Kennedy and her staff at Bumble Bee made us feel so welcome, it was an awesome experience that neither of us will soon forget.
The girls from Printblocks, BumbleBee Patty and me outside the dinner tram in Melbourne.
The girls at Bumblebee.
Gail petting her new best friends (kangaroos) at the Australia Zoo (Steve Irvin's).
The gang from Printblocks.