Friday, June 18, 2010

My Visit with my BSF's and Taylor of Taylored Expressions

I can't believe after all that waiting I'm already back from my trip to Minneapolis and Des Moines, visiting, playing and shopping with my BSFs from my Yahoo group.  I flew to Minneapolis last Saturday and stayed over night with my friend Lynette.  On Sunday we drove to Des Moines, Iowa and met with most of the group for lunch in Valley Junction.  After lunch we went to the Heirloom Scrapbooking Store for some shopping therapy!  On Monday we spent the day at Archivers. This is the 3rd year that we've done this - we use one of their classrooms and we share techniques, shop and stamp from 10AM-9PM!  I had arranged a visit to Taylored Expressions in Taylor Van Bruggen's home for Tuesday morning.  I met Taylor at the winter CHA Super Show and we talked about my group visiting this summer.  She had planned a make and take, gave us a demo using the Companion Workshop templates with Maya Mist and then opened her store for shopping!  Here is Taylor in her classroom and store:

Here is a pic of the Make and Take we did:
Here is a picture of me with Taylor and her mom Linda:
and me with Taylor and Lynette:
and with Taylor, Sheri (and Flat Char) and Linda:
And the icing on the (cup)cake - Taylor had cupcakes, lemonade and a goodie bag for each of us! 
What a wonderful visit we had and we hope to go back again next year!  Thanks again Taylor for such a fun time!
Thanks for coming by!


  1. oh you so look like you had a ball! fabulous pictures.

    you remind me (and i think i've said this before) of my very dear friend barbara - tho' we call her elvis ann. she's as bubbly as you. not quiet as crafty but she makes some totally awesome jewelry.

    i'm rambling! gorgeous pixtures!

  2. And a great time was had by all! LOL! Seriously, it was awesome, and I can't wait to do it again next year. I'm so glad you get to spend a couple extra days here with me, too.

  3. oh wow! thanks for sharing pics - looks like y'all had a great time and Taylor is quite the hostess with the cupcakes, lemonade & goodie bags, huh?? so glad you were able to go!

  4. Looks like such fun! Glad you all had a great time and how nice of Taylor to do all that for you guys! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds like a really fun trip and shopping experience. tfs the photos-nice to see what everyone looks like.

  6. So it wasn't just a dream? We really did it. Last week at this time I was so excited! Now we have a whole year to wait :(

  7. I'm glad you had a fantastic time with your stampin' friends! I love all Taylor did for you! Great party!!

  8. Wow - what a fun trip and such an experience you had!!! How cute of Taylor to do that too!!! I don't own any of her stamps (yet) but I do admire them!!!
    Glad you had a great time :)

  9. Saw this on Taylor's blog yesterday and about passed out - you go girls! What a special opportunity!!!

    Love your SOTW card on the blog today; it's gorgeous!!!

  10. So fun to see all of your pictures, Harriet! It was a pleasure having you all here and I'm looking forward to next year too! :)

  11. OMG, Harriet...what a wonderful trip!!! How exciting to go see Taylor and spend some time in her lucky girl!!!!

  12. This gathering looks like sooo much fun! It's so nice to see you guys had a good time!