Friday, July 10, 2009

In 3...2...1...

Yeah, they really counted down and everything!! But I am jumping ahead in the Tales of Taping a Bead Baubles & Jewels segment.

Back to the beginning.

Wednesday morning I was a nervous wreck as previously posted. My laid-back-too-busy-with-other-things-to-worry-about-it attitude flew out the window and I hunkered down to prepare for the show. I did a run through of my segment a few times while packing up all the supplies, tools and materials needed to the segment. After that I vacuumed my van for the 4 hour drive down to Cleveland, grabbed a quick shower, and headed out the door. I took a quick detour before hitting the interstate. I ran into the library and picked up the book Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger on CD to listen to on the ride down. (I know you are giggling about that... Kerry don't you have an iPod with iTunes? can't you just download something to listen to?... no I can't and I don't and I won't... I like the library, and I like my CDs.)

sky to cleveland

The drive down was great. No traffic, no construction, beautiful billowing clouds. And I got completely lost in the story I was listening too. It totally erased my nerves! I was in Ohio by 4:00. I checked into the hotel... practiced doing my hair for the next morning (yes, we get our make up done, but have to do our own hair... ask my sister, I HATE doing my hair! it is all about controlling root direction and I suck at controlling root direction.) Then I waited... and waited. Bored.

practicing hair

While surfing Facebook, Melanie Brooks binged me a message that she was in the hotel too, with Diane Hawkey, did I want to come down to their room? Well OF COURSE I do!! So we chit chatted for a while. Talked about the different segments we had planned. Exchanged publishing stories... Melanie is in Chain-Style too! (and Creative Jewelry, and Beadwork, and Step By Step Beads)It was a great way to pass the time until dinner.

peppermint thai ~ mango curry

Dinner was fan-freaking-tastic!! The crowd was Kathie Stull (show producer), Katherine (also with the show), Marc and Audrey from Rio Grande, Marlene Blessing (Beadwork Magazine Editor In Chief), Leslie Rogalski (Step By Step Beads Editor In Chief), Marcia DeCoaster (one of Beadwork magazine's Designers of the Year), Melanie and Diane. (I linked to blogs, y'all know you would go there anyway, I just made it easier for you.) Plus one extra special guess I was super excited to finally get to meet in person... Jean Campbell!

jean and me

Why was I so excited to meet Jean? It is a secret I haven't gotten to share with you yet. Now here it is... Jean is editing my book! We have been emailing each other daily for weeks now and a few nerve calming phone calls too. What an amazing treat to have her there at the taping, doing three segments of her own, to give me pointers and chat in the green room. Over dinner I got a big high five in celebration of finishing the edits of my book. I also got to hear the tale of how she got started in publishing. It is an interesting story.

There are so many things from dinner I want to remember. Jean's story, Marcia's endless curiosity (she asked lots of questions, all things I was dying to know), being asked to contribute on a new magazine, and hearing I almost had a second cover this summer. We were back to the hotel by 9:30, and I had to get some sleep for the big night, but of course I was too excited!!

More tomorrow on what happened the next day... I don't think I could fit it all in one post if I tried.


TesoriTrovati said...

That is all so very awesome Kerry! Congratulations on making your dreams come true. You deserve all the wonderful accolades. How cool to meet all those people in one place? Can't wait to hear more! Enjoy the day! Erin

Cindy said...

Great update, Kerry! Thanks for filling us in.. what a power-packed group of talented ladies all at one dinner. A night to remember...can't wait to hear more of the details about the things you've hinted at here! :-)

SassyStoppers said...

It was so fun reading your update! Can't wait to hear more!!! Thanks for sharing! :) :)

Ellen said...

Holy cow! I feel like I was right there with you. Can't wait to hear more.