I don’t even know how to begin to describe the time I spent just in Greece. Even though most of the trip revolved around work, it was work on a different level. For one, I was working on a Greek island! I was working with some of my very favorite people and I was working for an amazing group of women so that in the end, the work never really felt like work. Most of all it was incredibly rewarding to have brought together so many people in such a spectacular location with the some of the best instructors in the industry — how could that possibly feel like work?
I want to send out a big thank you to all of you who have sent emails, notes and in general have expressed how much you enjoyed the event. My intention from the start was to create an event that would not just be about scrapbooking. That can be done anywhere. I wanted everyone to have a chance to experience a unique destination, take classes from some women who are remarkable and most of all, to create a community of women with a common interest. Throughout the week I saw more and more interaction between all the attendees; I heard a gradual increase of chatter during get-togethers and I saw friendships form. On the last evening, I saw tears at the thought of leaving, I saw laughter, I saw hugs and I saw comraderie. It was so gratifying to see so many end their week on Mykonos not only with goodies and projects in their bags but with photo of those they met and emails exchanged to stay in touch with new friends around the world.
To me, one of the most uplifting sides of scrapbooking is its ability to bring together women of diverse backgrounds from different corners of the global. It was an unforgettable experience to see it happen right before my eyes.
As many of you know, I have turned over the reins of Cocoa Daisy to Christine Drumheller. I can not imagine a more perfect person to take over the business. Christine, as I’m sure you know, has an amazing eye and incredible talent. What you many not know is that she is also one of the most organized, detail oriented and astute people I have ever met. I think Cocoa Daisy will flourish under her direction and she will continue to bring you some of the very best kits in the industry. Remarkably, Christine and I met at a crossroad — each of us looking to take our lives in a different direction. I needed my life to be a bit calmer to work on our lastest “project,” baby #3 and Christine, with both boys in school, was looking for a creative way to put her talents to work for her. The timing could not have been more perfect.
I will miss the daily interaction with customers and sales reps (many of whom I now consider friends) that the business brought and as well as the satisfaction of creating and delivering a new kit each month. I’ll continue to stay involved in the background for the next few months to make sure it is a seamless transition for our customers. I also hope to be active on the message boards and most of all, I hope to find more time for scrapbooking! For now I’m looking at the next year or so as maternity leave and also an opportunity to work on what would be the best location for the next event!
I’ll be turning over this blog to Christine so she can keep you up to date on all the latest with Cocoa Daisy. I’ll be starting a new blog and will be sure to let you know where you can find me.
Thank you to each and everyone of you for making Cocoa Daisy possible and thank you for all the new friendships I have found through this site. Cocoa Daisy has been one of the most fulfilling chapters of my life and I thank all of you for being a part of that.
And if just in case you’d like to see a few more pictures from Mykonos, here you go!
Karen, Emily and I on our way to Delos. (Karen was feeling a little less perky shortly after this photo was taken!)
Jenni Bowlin at the lighthouse.
Paolo and some of the girls at a restaurant.
Elina and I at the windmills.
Jenni, Christine & me.
Jenni, Ali & Elina at the lighthouse.