Monday, August 24, 2009

CKC 2009: An Exploration into the Scraposphere (and a prize!)

Attention reader! You may already be a winner (provided you have a time machine). If you don't, it's okay. You still have the power to change the future! Keep reading or just scroll to the end for instructions. (Sure, I understand. You don't have time to read blogs all day. My self esteem won't be completely crushed by the fact that you find me too repugnant to spend five minutes reading what I spent hours putting together. No, really, don't feel bad.) The winner will be announced September 15.


A couple of years ago I went to CKC with Jen K's Table Scraps group (before it was called that) with absolutely no idea what I was getting into. I'd signed up for a couple of classes, and I knew you could shop there, but I had no idea how much goofy fun one craftnerd could have there. Since then,I've been in love with the Creating Keepsakes Convention though I still think "Creating Keepsakes" is a really unfortunate name. It sounds like a place where we all get together and sew eyelet lace onto doilies or lovingly hand-bronze babyshoes--no offense to those who do sew eyelet onto doilies and the like. It's just really not something I can imagine myself doing.

After that first completely exhausting day, I decided that a hotel room was a must from then on. With my spine, I don't have a choice. Last year was hard. I was in really bad shape the first night there and nearly missed the crop, but this year I was pretty proud of myself for having scheduled my events with several hours rest time between each. It made all the difference. Sure, I had to leave the crops early, but I still got to go and honestly, I've kind of come to accept that I generally won't be able to make it through a whole crop anyway. On one hand, it's a little sad to have to lower my expectations, but on the other hand, it's a lot less depressing than constantly being disappointed.


Speaking of crops, part of the reason the CKC crops rule is all the people you get to see who you normally don't. I love running into my friends from various message boards and whatnot, not to mention enjoying the company of people I happen to meet serendipitously at the convention, like the girls pictured above. We had so much fun Friday (despite the really awkward make-a-card game I think we all found disturbing) that we decided to do it all over again Saturday.


Here's Barbie at one of the SEI classes we took (I loooove their classes though it takes me an eternity to actually finish their ginormous projects.) I swear you cannot take a bad photo of that woman. I was really pleased with all of the classes I chose (the other two were a Technique Tuesday card class and a Rusty Pickle mini album one. I highly recommend any class you can take by either company.) which was likely facilitated by the early registration code I received from CKC this year so I was actually able to get all of my first choice classes. Always a plus.

The photo of Barbie, above, was taken just minutes prior to her annual injury. Last year she fell down the escalator, shredding her scheduled-for-surgery knee. This year she sliced her hand open changing the beyond-razor-sharp blade of her Fiskars rotary cutter, nearly causing a pass-out worthy bloodbath and panicking not only the SEI assistant and the CKC workers, but also security and anyone else within view. I would have followed her out as well, but I was afraid we'd exceed the women's room maximum capacity. Oh Barbie. I don't know if the Convention Center's insurance company is going to let you return if you keep this up.

Gentle reader, if you would like a nifty canvas mini tote (think purse-sized) emblazoned with those bright orange scissors we're all so familiar with, hand-stenciled by yours truly, leave a comment on this post (if you're lucky, there may even be some neat Fiskars goodies inside.) Due to the nature of this prize (by that, I mean orange), those who include their Fiskateer number will get two entries (A Nelson-style, "ha ha" to everyone else.) Keep in mind...anyone can be a Fiskateer if you wish really hard and go to www.Fiskateers.com and tell 'em I sent you. No, I don't get anything for recruiting you other than an extra bowl of low-protein mush from The Leader and the satisfaction of bringing another crafter into the cult--ahem--uh...group I mean. :)

P.S. If you look closely, you can a similar tote in one of the photos, above. :)

18 comments:

Lesa said...

I love your writing style--and you do have style! CKC sounds like a fabulous time--but I hope Barbie is okay! Ya know I sew but I've never sewn eyelet lace into doilies yet. Give me a decade or two and I just hope I'm here and able to do them!
Thank you for your generosity, Veronica. I'm Lesa, proud to be Fiskateer #5200!

Mardi said...

Great post! I would love one of those bags. TFS girlie!
Mardi
#2569

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Nice Post! Thanks for the RAK!
Viji#5858

Angela said...
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Angela said...

I loved the description of your RAK item...so much that I want to see it in person!

Angela, Fiskateer 947

Jenny said...

Oooo... It sounds AMAZING! I wouls be honored...

Fiskateer #6361!

Gotta love ORANGE!!!

BishopsMommie said...

looks like a blast...I am going this friday to one in Nashville tn ..cant wait..!!Thanks for the giveaway!! I am # 457

Rosalee said...

Wow great post. I've never seen those little baggies so this is something new to me.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Rosalee #5977

luv2stamp #3510 said...

Love reading your blog and I'd love one of these bags...Thanks for sharing!!

Stampingal #3510

Donna said...

I have been to the CKC in Seattle twice and I love it. Not the adventures you have had, I would not care to witness a blood bath!!
But loads of fun and way to much money spent LOL. Thanks for the chance. Donna # 4454

marla said...

A very fun blog post and prize. - Marla#3291

j said...

Sounds amazing,really need to see it yehawwwwww
Thanks so much for the oppertunity to be part of the rak :):)

Jeanjeany
Fiskateer #6608 ( Yes I am a newbie & proud to be )

Gail said...

Great blog, and thanks for the chance to win!
#5688

Lisa's Scrap Site said...

GREAT POST,I THOUGHT I WAS A FOLLOWER,THANKS FOR THE CHANCE,AND GLAD TO KNOW YOU,YOUR WRITING IS GREAT....

flowergirl said...

HI SS...just found out what ur "hint" meant in the last card u sent me..Great blog ..thanks for the chance

Aeify said...

Great post and way to go for taking care of yourself while cropping!!! Thanks for letting us share in the fun...
Charity #6271

Aeify said...

Great post and way to go for taking care of yourself while cropping!!! Thanks for letting us share in the fun...
Charity #6271

Mary said...

I loved your post, thanks for the chance! Fellow fiskateer Mary #5509