This past weekend, I was honored to be a speaker at the Colorado Women’s Expo. Not only did I get to meet some great Colorado crafters; I also had a little time to explore the beautiful city and see an old friend.
Denver was truly a great city and I am so thankful to everyone at The Colorado Women’s Expo, The Denver Post, Ground Floor Media and NBC-9 News for making me feel so warm, welcome and taken care of. The show was a smashing success with great vendors, wonderful discounts, pet adoptions, health information, cooking lessons, fashion ideas and tons of great speakers!! This was their second year and by the looks of it, they are well on their way to many many more great expos.
I loved Denver so much that my Hubby and I have decided to move our annual ski trip from California to Colorado next year. Maybe Eliza in Texas will join us?
DAY 1 of my trip
I stayed at The Curtis hotel. It was tons of fun! The hotel is hip & fresh and features humor at every corner. The hotel is located so close to everything…I was able to walk to many main Denver attractions.
Two different prom groups were staying at the hotel while I was there. The kids pulled the fire alarms twice. I know it was a pain for the hotel staff as well as the fire department, but it was kind of funny to see. I also realllllly enjoyed the prom fashions. Be still my “young love” heart.
After exploring my hotel, I ventured down to the 16th street shopping area. It was filled with lots of colorful people, restaurants and mainstream shops. I was looking for cupcakes for Sunday’s presentation at the Expo…but I could not find any…..so I popped into Walgreens and picked up 3 packages of snowballs. I felt like a junk food junky – I almost wanted to explain to the clerk that I was purchasing the six snowballs to showcase my scrapbook-paper cupcake toppers and that I was not planning to devour them during an episode of One Life To Live.
DAY 1 of the Expo – DAY 1 of my trip
Visit this link to see the video of the presentation.
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After my presentation I took a shuttle over to the Denver Art Museum. It was fabulous! Lots of activities for kids and families and it is located next to the main library of Denver.
A huge dustpan installation. I photo-shopped the pic so you could see the scale. I almost died laughing when I saw this. Eddie and I have a running joke because I don’t mind sweeping, but I hate using a dust pan.
As I walked…..I got lost and stumbled upon the guard at the US Mint. I tried flirting with guard to give me weekend tour of the mint…I even told him about my smooshed penny collection and then I realized that smooshing pennies is illegal as it is defacing US money. No tour – just directions back to The Curtis.
DAY 2 of the Expo – DAY 3 of my trip
He was being very professional and trying to sell me a nail decorating kit. He explained that with the pens I could paint hundreds of different designs onto my nails, he even had a chart for design ideas. He offered to paint one of my nails to show me how the pens work and offered to remove the design if I did not like it.
I did not really feel like explaining to him that I generally only wear clear or very pale pink polish due to the fact that my hands are photographed all the time and bright polish can sometimes distract from the project. I just bellied my pinkie up to the nail bar and let him have a whack at it.
Party favors made with recycled tin cans that have been Mod Podged with paper, stuffed with candy, wrapped with cello and adored with glittery chip board letters.
Altered party tiaras…Made from Bratz tiaras from the dollar store. I used the new Extreme Glitter from Plaid to glitter the background and then I just layered papers, flowers and rhinestones with a combination of Mod Podge and Hot Glue.