I never got a real good shot of our room with everyone in it... but imagine this little ballroom filled to the max with creativity and a bunch of super creative women... yup, that about sums up my weekend.
We had a great time -- 60 attendees, and loads of helpers. We had a "Home for the Holidays" theme this year complete with presents under the tree, Christmas music and a big Gift Giveaway to wrap it all up. Here are a few highlights from the weekend.
This was the Gift Giveaway/Prize Patrol tree. Each time I called someone's name they got to pick a present from under this tree. It was super fun to watch them lift and shake all the presents -- for those that don't like surprises (or didn't want to get something they already owned), I told them they could turn the gift over to reveal what was inside!
Throughout the weekend Cape Cod Creative Escape attendees get "pillow gifts" - hand-stamped gifts just to spoil them. This welcome "pillow gift" was certainly a good one -- the lovely Joanne made over 60 pillow boxes using the pillow box die, while Miss Anna volunteered to make dozens and dozens of homemade cookies (each attendee got three!) -- and they were yummy!
This was pillow gift #2 - one of two product-themed pillow gifts...
Cape Cod Creative Escape isn't designed for weight loss, unfortunately. Pillow Gift #3 included some yummy Kettle Corn Popcorn... a yummy after dinner snack.
Of course in between pillow gifts and presents there were classes and make and takes... above was a shot of one of our make and take sessions and below was some "posing" during the Hello December album class.
Pillow Gift #4 was a challenge -- those that took the challenge were required to make a Christmas tag using all of the elements included in this cello bag. Each person got a different tag (we split up the product in the Oh What Fun Tag Kit in the 2015 Holiday Catalog). It was really fun to see what everyone came up with. Unfortunately, I never took a photo of the full table of tags. I think my niece did so I'll have to update this post with her picture!
We also had some "Make in your Seat" projects that everyone could do with just the products included in their goody bag and a few basic tools like adhesive and black ink.
Two of the amazing Cape Cod Creative Escape helpers -- Helene & Joanne. It was thanks to them that all the presents got wrapped!!
Another yummy treat! Saturday night I brought in some delicious double-dipped pretzel rods from Stephanie's Sweet Treats. Oh gosh were these good! (I had to do quality control, you know :)
Sisters Marie & Barbara enjoying their pretzels!
On Sunday we did a Last Chance Gift Giveaway where we had some amazing products to give out... including a full set of Marvelous Markers, several bundles and the Watercolor Wishes card kit - among other things... so fun!
Pillow Gifts #5 and #6 were also product-based goodies... Unfortunately, the weekend had to eventually come to an end (I must admit I was a bit ready for that -- I only slept 12 hours in three nights!). Overall, though, another successful event. As much work as this event is and as tired as I get (staying up until 3AM and getting up at 8 catches up with a girl as she gets older!), it is truly one of my favorite events. We have so much fun spoiling everyone and my favorite part is being together in one room for three days... it's always great to catch up with these amazing ladies... some of them I don't see but this one time each year!
So thank you all for attending Cape Cod Creative Escape -- and watch your inbox for details and dates for the Spring edition in March or April. What? You're not on my mailing list?? Well, let's fix this... just click on the "Sign up for My Newsletter" link in the right hand column and you'll be "in the know!"
Okay... I've got lots of thank you cards to catch up on and a team meeting to prep for... so I'm off for now!
Be sure to visit again soon...