David and I have been working all day packing a U-Haul trailer full of the different elements that will be used to build our booth.  We pull out first thing at 6am this morning to make the 10 hour drive to Orlando.  The kids have been dropped off at their grandparents for the week.  I've arranged for my dearest neighbor to feed my cats and pick up my mail.  Everything is just about ready to go!

For today's peek I thought I would show you our make & take schedule.  Did you know that we will be hosting a whole SIX different projects over the course of the two days of the show?  YEP!  Debbie, Michelle and I will be taking turns!  We can seat seven stampers at a time and the projects should only take about 10 minutes to make!

(click schedule to enlarge)


Headshot As a side note, I don't post many photos of myself and the headshot in the side bar is well over two years old, so I thought it might be a good idea to update you with a new photo (so you'll come up and say hi at the show and know who in the world you are talking to!).  I had David snap a quick pic outside this morning before we left to run errands. Since my old headshot I've grown out my hair a little past my shoulders and have stopped straightening it, *trying* to embrace some natural curl I mysteriously gained after I started having babies!  I wear it up a lot and will most likely be doing so at the show!  (That may have been way more information than you wanted to know, but I thought I would share anyway!)

Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I share one last little preview for you before the live from CHA posts begin!

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  • 1
    Renee V. says:

    Have a safe trip down and we’ll see you there! I’m so excited about the make & takes but mostly meeting all of you!
    Thanks for the newer picture too – so cute!
    One question… maybe someone else can answer it…
    How many make & takes can we do? Can we make one of each of the six you are doing? (not that I can do all six – I’m leaving on Saturday). Just curious.

  • 2
    Nichole says:

    the make & takes are all first come first serve, so if you are there during the appropriate times for each scheduled project and gain the appropriate place in line, you can definitely can make all 6! Be forewarned though, I have no idea what the lines will be like! 🙂


  • 3

    OMWord, Nichole, you do NOT look like the same person from the old to new picture!! – – holy hat what a difference 2 years makes…getting older and looking good, girl!
    Sounds like a fun gig at CHA – – I live in Idaho….need to try and hit the one in CA sometime. Enjoy – – and safe travels.

  • 4
    Sue Lelli says:

    Thanks for the updated pic because I am so looking forward to meeting you! I can’t believe it’s almost here! Don’t use up all of your energy building the booth because you have so many fans who can’t wait to meet you!

  • 5
    Gail says:

    OH I am soooo going to miss not being there and you guys just up the road from us so to speak. Can’t wait to hear all the juicy details….

  • 6

    Too cute, Nichole! Can’t wait to see you there! I hope to do do make and takes with you and Mish and Debbie too! 🙂 Thanks for posting the schedule!

  • 7
    Karen says:

    Isn’t it amazing what changes after having kidlets??! Good luck and have a blast at CHA! Since I’m not able to come play, I’m hoping you are still planning on sharing some fabulous pics for us inquiring minds! :>:>

  • 8
    Toni Storie says:

    I guess if you can embrace your pregnancy inspired natural curl, I can too! Is really is quite mysterious, isn’t it? Wish I was heading to CHA…(sigh) I will just have to follow along in blogland!

  • 9

    I like your new longer curly style Nichole it looks fab. Will you change the pic in your sidebar?

  • 10
    SueB says:

    Love the photo of you. I can imagine your booth will be super busy. Safe journeys for you.

  • 11
    Mishy says:

    Nicole.. wishing you a safe journey.. Wish I was going to be there! Love the look.. Living in south texas I no long embrace my curlier side like I did in Clarksville.. Down here my hair just looks fried when I try.. Best of luck on your CHA trip.. hope it’s successful beyond your dreams.


  • 12
    Naomi chokr says:

    i look forward to seeing you there!!! i will be at the your make and take on saturday!!!

  • 13
    Lee Cockrum says:

    I love your hair that way!! I cannot make it to CHA:( But I have a proxy shopper, so I will have to make do with that!!

  • 14

    Oh what I wouldn’t DO to have curly hair! I *hoped* for a few curls after babies! I’m trying to embrace my straightness :0) You guys have a blast, wish I could meet everyone…sigh…maybe next year!

  • 15
    Carla Grace, Middleburg, Florida says:

    Thanks so much for the schedule – I’ve printed it out and will pass it around my caravan so we all know where to be- it’s going to be so much fun.

    I hope you have a safe trip and enjoy yourselves while staying in Orlando – it’s a fun place but busy, busy, busy!

    Also, the curlier hairstyle works perfectly with Florida’s humid weather…I’ve decided to go wavy myself instead of constantly fighting with the flat iron. Why make it hard on ourselves?

    I can’t wait to see you!

  • 16

    You look lovely! Good luck with the show! I wish I could be there and will be waiting for the ‘after show’ postings! Wishing you a great day and a safe trip!

    Barbara Diane

  • 17
    Julie Masse says:

    Can’t wait to see you and David again Nichole!! I’m so excited to see your beautiful booth! I should post the headshot thing too – my hairdresser had a “blonde accident” so I’m waaaaaaaay blonde! Hope people know it’s ME!! LOL! 🙂 Safe travels!

  • 18
    Brenda says:

    I so wish I was going to CHA! Your booth would most definitely be a must see for me. (sigh) maybe next year. I will eagerly look forward to blog updates.
    By the way, your new pic looks fantastic! Love your hair that way.

  • 19
    Bernice says:

    Wow! You look so different! I love your natural curls! Have fun at CHA!

  • 20
    Maureen L. says:

    Love the new ‘do! its very soft. I laughed when you said you are going natural curly, because I am naturally straight and would kill for the wave you have! ha! Have a wonderful time at CHA – wish I could join you, but I’ll just have to live vicariously through the ‘net this time around

  • 21
    peggysue says:

    What a cute photo! I was thinking, gee, she must be introducing a new guest designer . . . glad you posted the photo so now we can ‘see’ you better. All kinds of things change when you have kids, including hair texture sometimes. Have a great CHA.

  • 22
    Helen F. says:

    Hey Nicole, love the “new” curly Do! I know you will be happy to have your natural curl once you reach hot hot hot and humid FL — where EVERYBODY has curly hair :o) Have a safe trip!

  • 23
    CherylQuilts at SCS says:

    Fabulous photo, Nichole! Getting older has agreed with you, and I love the curl! Sure wish I could be there…I so wanted to meet you, Mish, and Debbie! You all are my favorites, and I hope we get to see some of what you’ll be doing. Any live streaming? Have a wonderful time…and much success! Hugs!

  • 24
    Kristina says:

    I love your new photo! I think you should replace the old one with the new one. :0) It’s gorgeous! Have fun at the craft show. I wish I was there. What a blast that would be!

  • 25
    ChrisTea says:

    I won’t get to meet you, but I wish you all the best – love and light on your journey!

    Fantastic photo. You’re very relaxed and natural in it (which is amazing since you’re prepping for a major convention!).

  • 26
    Susan says:

    You look fabulous. Love the curls and you for embracing them. Have a great time. Wish I could be there. Just love all your products. Ever wish that your fairy godmother would grant you the wish to go to the CHA?

    Have a safe trip.

  • 27
    Kerry from PA says:

    *Sigh* I so wish I could go! It looks like you guys will have your hands full. Hope all goes well.

  • 28

    Why is it that our hair curls and our feet grow after having babies? Totally weird, it happened to me too!! Anywho, have fun!

  • 29
    Kiko says:

    Gorgeous photo. You look absolutely radiant. Love the soft waves in your hair! Have an amazing CHA (like there’s any doubt!)!!!

  • 30
    Shona Watson says:

    Hi Nicole! Your new picture is great! You’re beautiful in both, but I like the new one better! I feel your pain with the natural curl and what to do with it! LOL! Have a great trip! Wish I could be there to meet you!

  • 31
    Stampin Pam says:

    So sad I can’t make CHA – darn work interferes with FUN! Nichole I love your hair – you wore it curly for us one day (or two) on the cruise and we said the curl was adorable and we meant it – go with it girl – it’s a TOTALLY flattering look on you. Have a blast at CHA – know that there are thousands of us PTI worshippers who WON”T be there so don’t forget about all of us while in the midst of your adoring fans. 🙂 Hugs n smiles and Hi to David also – HE IS A GEM!

  • 32
    Sally says:

    SOOOOO excited! Embracing the curl is the only way! After about 30 years of fighting it, I am a CURLY GIRL always! Make and Take Schedule printed and in CHA file, check. Clothes washed, check. Transfer from saving to checking, still determining my personal limit. Do need new tires, but I could go a few hundred more miles for CHA. Looking forward to meeting so many of my crafting heroes!

  • 33

    You look like a different person, in a WONDERFUL way! SO BEAUTIFUL! Although you were pretty before, too! I LOVE the wavy!!

  • 34
    Lisa says:

    Oh I am so JEALOUS!!! I totally want to drive to Florida this instant!! Hahahaha

  • 35
    diane mcvey says:

    YOU LOOK GREAT!!! I love your waves, and I have to PAY to get curls in MY hair!!!
    I do so wish I could be at CHA…your sneak peek is GORGEOUS! What a lucky bunch of ladies…oh well….can’t have everything we want, can we??!! Have a WONDERFUL time! 😀

  • 36
    Willireb says:

    The new “do” looks good on you. Have a safe trip. Wish I could be there.

  • 37
    Deborah (Glitterati) says:

    I wish so much that I could come to CHA. I’d probably spend most of my time at your booth! Thanks for posting your gorgeous new photo.

  • 38
    Mary Myers says:

    What a beautiful picture, Nichole!! As they say, you are not getting older, you are getting better!! I would love to be able to go to Orlando and meet you in person, but I will just have to enjoy knowing you through your wonderful blog!
    Take care and have a safe trip!

  • 39
    jgf says:

    You totally need to replace that photo. You are bar far more beautiful than what the old one does for you

  • 40
    Gay Ferland says:

    You look so different; more mature, sophisicated, and savy! I love the new look!!! Have fun at CHA! Drive safe! Don’t forget to buckle up!

  • 41
    Chris says:

    Funny…my hair did the same thing too!

  • 42
    Julie Martin says:

    oh i’m so excited! i love the natural curls (i’m a curly girl, myself, and i always wear it up, too…it’s just so hot outside!) but your hair looks great and i look forward to meeting you!

  • 43
    Robbie says:

    Your photo is great but meeting you in person was MUCH better! I have come to love Papertrey Ink through Dawn McVey’s blog and daily inspiration. So I was so excited to see their booth. Now that I know where to “find” you, I’ll be keeping up with your blog, too.

    Your new friend,
    Robbie Headrick

  • 44
    Stacy C. says:

    You have such a beautiful smile!!

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