Ciao ciao peeps! How are you? I’m excited to begin my new Friday Features today! Because the wonderful Laura Vegas is now Bella’s daily blog host, I’m looking forward to organizing some fun content for you every Friday, direct from the Bella Blvd Studio! Because I’m going through some blogging withdrawals, I have so much to say and tell you, so I hope you’ll bare with me! ;)
Just a couple more photos to share from CHA in Chicago. What a world win! One would think the CHA Trade show would be longer after enduring all the preparation, planning and hard work. My team did a wonderful job. A big thank-you to Robin, Angela and Therese for their passion and dedication!
Got to meet Elle of Elle’s Studio at the show. She’s such a sweetheart and we are already in cahoots to plan another DT swap and feature week!
Must share a quick little story from CHA with you. Each day our make-n-takes began right when the show opened, and waiting there for us was this sweet man! E.V.E.R.Y.D.A.Y. he would return to create the new make-n-take!
His name is Mark Kilma and he’s the husband of Sharon, the darling lady that owns Buffalo Stamps & Stuff in Buffalo, NY. We had to take his photo because we will always remember his funny jokes and how great he was at using all the scrapbooking tools. Thanks Mark!!
Now that CHA is over, the Bella team is already busy looking ahead. There are some exciting new things in the future that I can’t wait to tell you more about, and here’s a sneak!
We are not making the “official” announcement quite yet ... but for all you quilters and needlepointers out there ... you’re going to LOVE THIS!
Emily, Bella’s summer Design Intern, has been busy plugging away, giving our e-newsletter, The Bella Buzz, a face lift! I’m excited to announce that the Bella Buzz will be re-released and returning soon, with it's very first 2011 issue, on August 15th!
Don’t forget to be sure you get a copy for FREE by signing up by visiting our HOME PAGE, and inserting your name and email address in the “free newsletter” feature! You won’t want to miss out on the fresh new look inspiration and even a giveaway too!
On a sadder note, this week I drove to Cedarburg (about 25 minutes from the Bella studio) for a farewell lunch with Colleen and her staff at Legacy Scrapbooks.
Colleen has decided to close her store, and it’s with a heavy heart that I said goodbye this week. Cedarburg was one of the first stores to carry Bella Blvd and hosted events at which I taught at, helping get the word out about my new company back in 2008.
Her sweet and creative employees will be missed, but I know great things are ahead for Colleen! Thank you for your loyalty and friendship to Bella Blvd! I know we will continue to stay in touch-and hopefully scrapbook soon!!
Speaking of scrapbooking, I created a gift book for Artista Gail Hoecker recently.
I can’t wait to show you the whole thing next week Friday, when I’ll be back right here chattin’ with you! Until then, happy scrappin’!