What an awesome day I had yesterday. It was the day that I got to meet Tami Wood. Okay, let me back up a little. First of all Anne and I met at the Target parking lot so that I could leave my truck there. Anne was kind enough to drive to The Paper Tree store in Manchester, NH so that the both of us would be able to meet Tami. I met Tami through the A-Muse-A-Palooza contest. She is a certified instructor for A Muse and just happen to choose my blog to look at. Since that time she and I had become friends via my blog and letters to one another. To say that Tami is an awesome woman would be an understatement. She is extremely talented,loves stamping, designing cards and teaching.
Look at her beautiful smile! When I saw her smile or heard her laugh I found myself doing the same. Tami is from NH but has been living in Minnesotta since 1986 I believe. You gals living in Minnesotta are so lucky to have this woman living near to you. But I am sure you all ready know that.Please double click on pictures to see them larger.
We met at The Paper Tree because Anne and I decided to meet Tami closer to where she was staying, which was at her parents home. The Paper Tree has a studio that you can use for a nominal fee and that filled the bill for us.Tami's Mom was kind enough to drive her there. What a sweet and lovely woman Ellie (Tami's Mother) is. It was such a pleasure to meet her. I can see where Tami gets her sweet nature and sense of humor.
While at the Paper Tree we did a make and take that Tami brought with her. We made an adorable little card using the new A Muse stamp shop stamp. It is very cute and very popular. We chatted and laughed and had a wonderful time. Anne and I always have a great time together but with Tami there it was even more fun. I am fairly certain that Anne feels the same way too.
Okay before I write more about our day I want to say something about The Paper Tree store and the owner, Michelle. As soon as Anne and I walked into her store we were greeted with a huge smile and a very big hello. What a warm and welcoming feeling that was. It is always so nice to be greeted with a wonderful attitude by some one who works or owns the store. It does not happen as often as it should so this was a terrific surprise. The store is filled with lots of beautiful papers, stamps, card-stock, embellishments etc... The thing that I loved most was how the ribbon was displayed. Michelle had all of the ribbons placed in lovely glass jars. I wish that I had taken a picture of the ribbon but in all of the excitement I forgot. The next time that Anne and I go there I will take pictures of that. Going to The Paper Tree was a wonderful experience and I am so glad that Anne and I will be going back there again soon.
One last picture of Tami and Michelle. They were both such good sports about having their pictures taken. Thank you Tami and Michelle for putting up with Anne and I taking picture after picture. Notice how they are standing next to the A Muse Island? ;)
After our visit with Tami, shopping at the Paper Tree and then having a photo op we all hugged Michelle good-bye and thanked her for helping our special day be even more special. Thanks so much Michelle. :)
Off we went to AC. Moore so that Tami could catch a ride home from her Mom, Ellie. We stood in the parking lot and chatted for awhile of course. :) Tami came into AC. Moore with Anne and I for just a few minutes. Then it was time to say good-bye. Once again, we all hugged with the promise of staying in touch. I know that I will for certain. Beautiful people like Tami are not easy to come by. Tami just might come back to NH in December and that would be fantastic! Anne and I did a little *very little*shopping at AC. Moore. They did not have much that either of us wanted. Hard to believe huh? Before heading home, Anne and I stopped at the food court in the mall and we each got a large Julius triple berry smoothie. As Rachel Ray says and I have taken from her YUMO! Oh my goodness those smoothies are so good. I swear the one large smoothie must equal at least 2,000 calories? Ha-ha. not really sure about the caloric intake but as long as I don't have one more than 2 times a year no big deal right? Unfortunately we left Manchester during rush hour traffic the rushing traffic turned into a crawl most of the way. Anne took an exit that she knew would get us out of the heavy traffic.YAY! Finally back to Concord, stopped at a few stores.I picked up a new Martha Stewart Bat punch and the day came to an end. By the time I got home it was dark. Thank you Anne for all that you did. I had a blast and I look forward to another one of our adventures soon.
Here are 2 pictures of some of the things that I bought yesterday.
I wanted to buy lots more things but did not have enough time to shop more. Just as well. ;)
In this picture you will see some of the items that I bought at the Paper Tree. On the left hand side of this picture I put the A Muse stamps and ribbon that Tami brought me from MN. Wasn't that sweet of her? Tami, you are an awesome person and an awesome designer and should be on the A Muse design team. ;)
Thank you ladies for stopping by and looking at my very long post. I had so much more I wanted to write about but I know that time is limited for everyone. I appreciate your stopping by. I hope that your weekend is as wonderful as mine has been thus far. Smile. :)