Friday, May 1, 2015

The Collins Group Spring Show Photos

Finally, I have recovered from my wonderful time at the Collins Group Show here in Westborough, Mass.  I have been trying to get into this show for many years now, I just wanted to go in and walk around, that's all.  Even to do that was impossible but it was still on my bucket list for years.  Lo and Behold!  Just when I had all but given up I was invited to teach at the show by IMAGINE CRAFTS!  Unbelievable.  My daughter, Holly, flew out from California to assist me.  Thank goodness.  The classes I was to teach kept growing until they were close to 30 students, the most I have ever taught at one time.  We weren't able to do our kitting until the last minute for the first class since all our supplies were under lock and key.  The classroom was not full of newbies at all, the students were from all kinds of craft stores and were mostly store owners.  Talk about intimidating!  They were all gracious, kind and really talented.  We were a little overwhelmed the first day since our set up time was limited to 15 mins for all classes.   We were assisted by the most wonderful group of craft angels from Stampendous, headed up by the fantastic Fran!  I couldn't believe how generous and sweet they were to swoop in as a team and help us set everything up.  Remarkable people.  They came back the next day and did the same thing.  I truly couldn't wrap my mind around how nice they were to us, they just wanted us to have a successful class and experience.  Here are the samples from my classes.

We thought we were all finished up after the Saturday night Make and Take Frenzy but we were asked to stay and help take orders all day on Sunday.  Who could say no to that?  That was really fun!  We were able to visit again with so many of the students from the previous days.  What a crazy, fun bunch of ladies we met!  It also gave me a chance to take photos of some of the projects and companies represented there.  Here is that peek into the show that I always wanted and maybe some of you wanted to see too!

Holly is being a good sport with our ugly table.  Hey!  We didn't know we'd be here.  (lol)

Wouldn't you know one of the cutest tables there is right next to us.

This was the best we could do to represent IC/T and all the wonderful new products we demoed all weekend long.
Here are some of the fantastic companies represented at the show with their samples.

This is one of our sweet helpers from Stampendous!  They also provided the stamps for my classes.

Sorry for such a long post but I can't leave without showing what was out in the parking lot.  Rumor has it there were some parties going on out there.

Thanks for dropping by today, I am so glad to be able to share this moment with all of you.  It was grand!

Dreams do come true.  Hugs ~ Renee


  1. Thanks for sharing Renee! I just got back from the Manchester Creative Scrapbooking Convention. Not quite so grand, but I too am always intimidated until 20 mins. are gone and then I find a new me!! LOL

  2. Renee, my dear sweet friend, you underestimate both yourself and your wonderful talent! I am so glad that you had a wonderful time even though, at times, it might have been overwhelming. Next year will be a breeze!

  3. Your class was awesome! You projects were beautiful and I truly learned so much! So glad to have gotten to visit rock!!!