Saturday, November 23, 2013

It was simply AMAZING!!!

Many of you may know I have just returned from a 2 week 'Make Pretty Stuff Down Under' tour around Australia teaching with Heidi Swapp. To say this was the most incredible experience is an understatement. Our months and months of planning had paid off for a set of inspirational classes across 6 states. I have come back full of love and support , full of inspiration and the desire to continue on my memory keeping journey.
It began when I met Heidi at Sydney International airport and whisked her off for some sightseeing around Sydney with my good friend Maria who we were staying with.

Our day ended with a diet coke at Jamie Oliver's restaurant in Sydney.

We then spent two full days in Sydney teaching at two different venues, Luddenham and Tuggerah. Everyone was presented with a Make Pretty Stuff makeup bag filled with ColorShine and other goodies.

The ladies created beautiful and inspiring ColorShine projects.

Heidi's beauty inside and out shined through every single day.

She presented a special keynote speech at the end of each day which moved everyone to tears with her honesty and sincerity.

We then flew home to Brisbane where Heidi stayed with  me. I was honoured that she wanted to see my projects.

That night we had a fabulous dinner with a very special group of friends who were instrumental in helping me kit all the goodies for the classes and set up and pack up for the class day in Brisbane. Words cannot express how thankful both Heidi and I are for these girls Gail Lindner, Kerryn Lawson, Leanne Allinson, Melinda Spinks and Chantalle McDaniel.

The next day Heidi spent some time creating a chalkboard sign from a vintage frame to use at our Brisbane class.

 and we spent the afternoon setting  up the hall.

The frame was placed in front of our lolly bar.

and the girls were there eager to help out where needed.

I loved teaching my Believe Memory File album class, I was tickled pink to see everyone enjoying the different interactive techniques.
We even got messy with paint!

We flew to Adelaide where Heidi and I were presented with some gorgeous aprons created by us from some of the girls from Escape to Create.

 Melbourne turned on the cold weather for us but we didn't mind. It meant we had to do a bit of shopping then headed out to St Kilda on the tram.

We were lucky to have another yummy lolly bar to keep up our energy on the day.

I have to say I was rather chuffed and very humbled to be asked to sign autographs and have photos taken, it made me feel very special.

I had the chance to catch up with my good friend Ebony who I miss dearly.

Heidi on the other hand was a real professional I loved watching her interact with her fans, she was warm and engaging and made every one feel extra special.

Our last stop was Perth. We spent a beautiful afternoon overlooking the city where we reflected upon this incredible journey that we had taken, the view was spectacular.

...and then we taught our last classes, the ladies were just so appreciative that we had made the trek across to Perth. It was a fabulous day!

We flew back to Sydney and I took Heidi to the revolving O restaurant in Sydney tower to get a last glimpse of Sydney before she flew back to her family in the US.

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for Heidi for having the faith in me in asking me to join her on this journey. I have grown so much and learnt so much from being with her for 18 days. We talked and laughed and cried and talked some more... I know it is one set of memories that I will treasure for ever. I also know I will treasure Heidi's friendship for along time to come.

                                                                    Thankyou Heidi.



Kerryn said...

You are both amazing women and I hope you enjoyed every minute of this tour. x

Heather Jacob said...

such a fabulous post .... wow wow wow you are both wonderful souls ... great work x

Trine Brandt-Lassen said...

I'm sure you had an amazing time! So very well deserved, Kim

Tarrah McLean said...

It was so amazing to have you both come to my local scrap shop...thank you so much Kim and Heidi, I had an absolute ball!! Love all your photos from your glad you had a ball too x

Rachael Funnell said...

WOW! this look like you have such a AMAZING time... It would have been AWESOME to been able to do 1 of these classes... maybe next time! :)

Lizzy Hill said...

Loooved having a peek at what you've been up to with Heidi S...& connecting faces to those magic Brissy girls you're so lucky to have around:):) LOOOVED that lolly bar snap, I must say....thanks for sharing this Kim....really great to see:):)

Marelize said...

What an incredible journey Kim! Great post! :)

Patricia Roebuck said...

You are amazing! Just the energy to do this makes me in awe. Plus Heidi staying at my house, I would be a terrible hostess.

Looks awesome! So excited about this adventure!!

Jennifer Shaw said...

Wow Kim what an amazing tour! Must have been a terrific experience. Thanks for sharing. :)

Jenny G said...

I loved reading your post. I was there in Adelaide with you and you did an awesome job. Your Christmas book was amazing and it was a pleasure to be taught and helped by you.

Shaz said...

I attended the class in Brisbane and I am so thankful and grateful to you and Heidi and your wonderful team of helpers to enable this to happen. I had the best day and was inspired by all that was done. Once again thanks for the chance to meet my scrapping idols.

lisa said...

Oh Kim, I feel rather emotional reading through your journey here. Amazing. What stars you both are : )
Thank you for sharing xxx