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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Steam Punk Smash Journal a big success in Santa Fe and another great Albuquerque stamp convention

I'm still recovering from our week in Albuquerque and Santa Fe teaching classes at Guadalupe's and participating in the Albuquerque stamp convention.  So great to see so many old friends in the classes and at the show...great show, too!  Jody and I took the train from LA on a Tuesday evening and arrived in Albuquerque on Wed about 11 am.  Found out that we snagged one of the last rental cars in town because it was Spring Break AND the NCAA basketball playoffs at UNM in Albuquerque.  Enterprise "picked us up" at the train station and made things very easy.  Visited our favorite haunts in Albuquerque (Nob Hill area), had lunch at Flying Star and visited the gals at the Mariposa Gallery.  Planned to stop back to do serious shopping if I had a FABulous show...headed up to Santa Fe to stay with friends for a couple of days and to teach two classes at Guadalupe's.  First time for the "steam punk smash journal" class and also did the fiber wrapped necklace.  So nice to have a "home" to stay in for a few days while in Santa Fe but the Barcelona Suites in Albuquerque were fine the weekend of the show.  Had a "suite" with a separate bedroom and two beds, kitchenette, living room with sleeper sofa, two TVs and the "red" phone in the bathroom...didn't figure out what that was cooked breakfast for all in room and only $79 a night.  Not bad; better than Motel 6, almost the same price, underground parking, and close to the fairgrounds.  Crazy weather all weekend!  Rain, snow, then it warmed up into the 70's or more.  At one point we had as many as 10 people lined up to pay for their stamps at the booth.  I told Jody to take a photo -- when was the last time we'd seen a line like that!!!  Partly because I was one of only a couple of vendors with "weird, artsy stuff" and the customers returned to the booth several times during the day.  Had a morning after the show to walk up Canyon in Santa Fe and look at the galleries.  Everything is still open 7 days a week thank goodness.  So many great ideas and wonderful images around every corner.  Uneventful return to LA except that I've had a cold ever since returning...looking forward to teaching the Steam Punk Smash Journal class at the Northern Idaho Rubber Stamp convention in April.  Check out the sample and the link to the show.

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