almost ready

it’s sat.
i am sick.
i am not really sure where it came from. eric and i are both sick…colds. i am sure that the stress, not sleeping and just being a little overwhelmed is to blame…i hate being sick. and i have to KICK IT before THURSDAY because i just can’t be sick for CREATIVE ESACPE… hellO! no chance… so i have to share these photos. i snapped them last week when i was at Bazzill working on some of the CE surprises!  everyone has been chipping in to get stuff done… you would not believe all the work that it has taken to get things ready. emily has been the driving force behind all the kids… emily is a kitting NAZI… she thinks they have packed approx. 10,000 kits (at least)… people… that is a freaking lot of kits. just to give you a tiny  bit of insight:
here is mr. bazzill himself. he is amazing. he has been totally involved with every step of this process.. including every single meeting… operating the fork lift.. climbing through the shelves to arrange all the kits, opening the product packs to prep for kitting… the works. this is a great guy. he’s for sure the boss. his employees love him..
you can just tell… he is an amazing person. it’s been a delight to work with him.. and all the bazzill folks. i know i have said it before, but these people know how to work.  Carol-who is the GM at bazzill- her hubby designed this fancy ribbon measuring device for all the millions of yards of ribbon that was cut and collated for various purposes throughout the event. i think that it would make us all freak out if we actually knew how many yards of ribbon went into this event. it’s OBCENE. but you have to laugh at the precision at which doug is stacking the ribbon as he cuts it… can you see that in this photo? funny…




Lots_of_ribbon in order to make the classes flow as quickly and easily as possible… everything is pre-cut to the right sizes…and kitting according to pages and with exactnes.. it’s really pretty impressive! it’s been a life altering project for all those who have been involved… and now, it’s like 5 days away. i can’t believe it. we have been planning and preparing for so long… it’s almost here. it’s going to be so awesome. i can’t wait to have it all come together. i can’t wait to see all my friends that are coming.. women i have met and connected with at past events…familiar faces as well as some of my closest friends and family.  i am so excited. it’s totally a dream come true. it’s taken so much work. from so many people. what a learning and growing experience it has been for me… and i am sure for all of us.  today me and emily and liz and quincy and capri are going shopping for new clothes to wear to the event. that is the funnest part! basically, i can’t fit into anything- so i have a legitimate reason for buying new clothes! although i hope the new stuff wont’ fit for long.   capri is a month old on monday. the time has flown by, much to my dismay. what a joy she is–word’s can’t express… not only is she just the sweeetest, most happy precious soul… i am so happy to NOT BE PREGNANT anymore. (sigh of relief). chuckle… but i will admit, having a baby…4 weeks before the biggest event of my life- not the smartest thing i have ever done!  but it’s almost here… we are almost ready and it’s going to rock.

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  1. janna 2 September, 2006 at 9:20 am - Reply

    too cool! awesome to see what goes on behind the scenes! i’m crossing my fingers for next year!! i can’t wait to see pics from CE… i’m hoping my turn is next year! have a blast!

  2. Paula Martone 2 September, 2006 at 9:34 am - Reply

    wow, how amazing of all that goes into one of these events! alot of work involved too. wish we had something like that up here in ANchorage where I live………..

  3. sheila 2 September, 2006 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Ohhh, I wish I could be there! I too had a baby 1 month ago & I can’t imagine how you’ve gotten so much accomplished with a little one. I’m sure next week it will all be worth the time/effort you’ve put into it. have fun & don’t forget to post photos for us!

  4. Diane McVey 2 September, 2006 at 9:54 am - Reply

    You are SUPERWOMAN!!!! AMAZING! Precious Capri can’t be a month old already…oh, so sweet…and beautiful! I hope after this event you get to REST…remember REST???!!! Have fun getting the clothes for everyone, that should be a blast. Best of luck with the big event! You will rock everyone’s world, I’m sure! πŸ™‚

  5. Mandie 2 September, 2006 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Have to say how stunned I was to see you refer to Emily as a knitting NAZI…
    poor choice of word… i am not jewish, yet I find the term horribly offensive, joke or no joke.

  6. Stefanie 2 September, 2006 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I am exhausted just reading this! I have to give you huge props because you’re just a trooper. Your friends, family, students and life artists everywhere are fortunate to be able to share your passion. Rock on Sistah!

  7. krisfred 2 September, 2006 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Cannot even begin to tell you how much anticipation there is to be surrounded by so much talent AND FUN! I’ll see you on Thursday!! SO EXCITED!!

  8. RScrapIT 2 September, 2006 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Ohhhh I am soooo jealous! I wish I could come. Maybe next year! Have a GREAT time everyone! It looks like it is going to be AWESOME!
    Heidi – I’m glad you are enjoying Capri! It is sad how fast time flies, but they also just get more and more fun each day. Today my 18 month old said “Hi kitty” in her 18 month old baby talk to my mom & dad’s cat and I just thought it was the ABSOLUTELY CUTEST thing ever! She’s just so stinking cute I almost can’t stand it! Keep enjoying that baby and have a BLAST at CE! I hope to meet you in person there next year!

  9. Amber C 2 September, 2006 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I hope you kick the cold soon! Take a little extra vitamin C!
    The escape sounds so fun and I’m sure you will have a fabulous time!

  10. Jana Perenchio 2 September, 2006 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Hope you had a successful shopping trip and found some cute stuff to wear. You always look adorable! Thanks for sharing some behind the scenes pics, I SO wish I was coming but I’ll have to shoot for next year if you’re brave enough to tackle all of this again. πŸ˜‰ Best of luck!!!

  11. kim in Camas - ScrapToMyLu 2 September, 2006 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the sneakpeek into Bazzill. Nice to see that my money goes to such a down to earth kind of company.
    Also, I just finished a cold! What is up with a summer cold! Ugh! It went quick, if that’s any help.

  12. Erin 2 September, 2006 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Nothing works better for preventing and getting over a cold than AIRBORN!! You can get it everywhere even Costco, practically straight across the aisle from your awesome kit in my store here in California.
    You drop it in a some water, let it fizz, and drink it. All Herbal and works so well. I am a teacher, and the product was developed by a teacher who was tired of getting colds from her students!! Totally awesome stuff, nothing works better!!
    Heidi, I can’t tell you how excited I am for this event!!! Thank You for all your hard work, and all the Bazzill crew too!!!
    Can’t wait
    Erin Coleman

  13. Melissa Cavanaugh 2 September, 2006 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    So glad you posted a photo of Mr. Bazzill cutting the ribbon, and yes, he is a great boss, so fun to work for…I have loved watching all of this come together from “behind the scenes”, boxes and boxes and boxes of product, and then even more boxes. More goodies arrrived just yesterday, the lobby will be so empty and lonely without all the peeps making the kits, counting kits, which rub on is this? Yesterday we sorted SEI buttons… It’s been great, the hardest part has been keeping everything a secret…can’t wait for thursday. See you then

  14. LenaS 2 September, 2006 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Yes, it’s going to ROCK!!! Thank you all for all the hard work and worry. I’ve heard some pretty sad stories of gals and their recent personal losses that need this escape to uplift their spirits and I know this will help. H, you look great no matter what you wear. Mr. B too bad you are already spoken for! LOL! I would love to help make kits if you need extra hands. LMK.

  15. inle 2 September, 2006 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    wow! i’d think having a beautiful, healthy baby WOULD be the BIGGEST EVENT of your life… guess our priorities are different

  16. Pam 2 September, 2006 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks to all involved for all the hard work to make this come together. Can’t wait to see the results in a few days!

  17. Brianna 2 September, 2006 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Have fun. You have an incredible amount of energy to do all this a month after having Capri.

  18. Diane McVey 2 September, 2006 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    IGNORE the negative comments today…some people just want to hurt others. We all know what a great person you are! So just ignore those that are jealous of your success…too bad they have to cloud the day…

  19. Laura Daniel 2 September, 2006 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Good Luck with everything this week. Sure wish I lived out west, so I could go. It seems like it will be so fun. Enjoy,Enjoy! Just kick that cold.

  20. Bree 2 September, 2006 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait til’ Thursday!!! WHoo hooo!

  21. Lyn Cheever 2 September, 2006 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Oh, no, Heidi, you can’t be sick. I’ve been fighting pneumonia for almost a month, told the doctor last week: be aggressive, I have only until the 7th to be well. Several others on the Yahoo board are sick too. But, you, you have to be there…no doubt about it. Get better fast. Sending good vibes your way. I’m so excited; I’ve told friends if I have to I’ll come on a gurney!!!

  22. Susie 2 September, 2006 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Good luck with everything! When it rains, it pours! Hopefully you can relax a bit more after CE.

  23. Jen U 3 September, 2006 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Can’t you please come down to Australia and organize a retreat for us. It would be awesome. Have a great time

  24. lisa 3 September, 2006 at 8:22 am - Reply

    i cannot wait for this weekend!!! I am soo looking forward to it! glad your baby is doing well–hope you feel better!!!

  25. Kim Loewen 3 September, 2006 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I am so excited too! And reading your blog and seeing photos makes me even more excited! I know it’s going to be amazing.

  26. suetreiber 3 September, 2006 at 8:53 am - Reply

    oooh I wish I could go! I expect to see pix of cute girls in matching outfits.

  27. melissa 3 September, 2006 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Lots of Vitamin C – Zinc – and B12 and REST!!!!! drink your water and REST. Squeeze it in.. you deserve it and things will still take place. You just gave birth. HONOR you and REST!!!!!

  28. kari 3 September, 2006 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Our lives seem so similar sometimes – I have an 8 week-old baby and cannot fit into any of my clothes either! Bummer! Anyway, still have 15 lbs. to go so hopefully they’ll fit soon enough.
    We also just are getting over horrible colds/coughs – I knew we were due to be sick b/c we hadn’t been sick all summer. Bad thing is that preschool for my other 2 children starts next week and I hate to think of all the germs lurking there. Best of luck and hope you feel better soon!

  29. Heather 3 September, 2006 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Oooohh dear! I am always amazed by the little things that people choose to get their knickers in a twist about. Lighten up girls & don’t take life so seriously. Anyone who reads this blog, even sporadically, couldn’t have any doubt as to the author’s love for & appreciation of her family, friends & co-workers.
    Heidi, I can’t wait to get to Phoenix this Thursday! Many thanks to you & everyone else who made Creative Escape happen. I’ve never attended a large scrapbooking event such as this but I feel sure that it will be an experience to remember & just the first of others that I’ll go to.
    Much love from Atlanta!

  30. Kristine Cline 3 September, 2006 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Ok, I just don’t get the negative comments…have they SEEN the soup nazi episode of Seinfeld? And this is a huge event…and I don’t think you are downplaying your new darling sweet precious baby girl…YOU ROCK!
    Um, yeah and when will this event be taking place again(lol it isn’t even here yet!)and will you possibly be taking it on the road? I am a teacher and this timing would never work for me…just wouldn’t feel right taking personal days right at the beginning of the shool year…please let us know if this event will be at other locations or times of the year!
    Again, you ROCK!

  31. Therese 3 September, 2006 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Please, please, please come to Sweden and organize a smiliar retreat here, that would be sooo amazing.
    Lots of hugs to you and to your family

  32. Pam Davidson 3 September, 2006 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Good Grief! Some people just need to get over themselves, don’t worry about the negative comments…. I knew what you meant, and took no offense!
    Have fun and enjoy yourself, wish I could be there!

  33. jill barnett 3 September, 2006 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    you are super woman doing this! πŸ™‚ you are a wonderful teacher (I was in your cku-nashville-super-secret class in 05) and I cannot WAIT to make it to another event where you are! and seeing as I love arizona, maybe someday πŸ˜‰

  34. Not a NAZI 3 September, 2006 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I adore you and read your blog all the time. You are delightful and creative and I have no heard feelings about you or your success. BUT the word NAZI (all in CAPS) was not a great choice of words. I am not Jewish, but it STILL is offensive.

  35. Judy in Carefree 3 September, 2006 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I’m probably twice the age of many of you and grew up during WWII and I can’t believe how petty some people are being. It’s Heidi’s blog, she’s paying the bill and SHE CAN SAY ANYTHING SHE WANTS! If you’re so offended go read someone else’s blog. Can’t wait for Thursday and thank you for ALL your hard work. Get some sleep, get over your cold and love that baby of yours.

  36. Wendy Treseder 3 September, 2006 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Oh so jealous of the Creative Escape event and I’m sure it will be fabulous, I just wish I could come too. The kits look so exciting!
    Mr Bazzill looks like the perfect man.
    You are always so upbeat and positive I’m sure you will recover in time for CE. Take care of yourself ’til then.

  37. Suzanne 3 September, 2006 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    OMG! I’m so excited! I can’t stand it! Thursday can’t get here quick enough! A big thank you in advance to all of you wonderful people for putting so much work into this event. You all rock and I can’t wait to see you all and thank you all in person!

  38. Grace 4 September, 2006 at 6:14 am - Reply

    AAAAHHHHHHHHH that was me screaming from NY can you hear me Heidi?? I am so excited have had 2 melanomas removed this summer from my leg and this is the medicine I need CE… Thank you so much for you all your gang and Bazzill and all of that gang amazing group of lovely people. I have had the honor of meeting you at a few CK events and have felt your sincerety warmness and love for your family and every friend (all of us reading) and know that you are a great person from inside out so don’t listen to the negative..In NY we have Soup Nazi all over the place, great soup I must add…My Jewish frends love it! So feel better shop on rest up eat some choc chip cookies smile and lets go to the best event ever! Thank you for the sneak peaks you are definately a great “SHE”! See you Thursday! Grace

  39. Willisa Hogarth 4 September, 2006 at 6:37 am - Reply

    SUPERWOMAN is the PERFECT way to describe you Heidi!!! Hmmm actually I’d like to change that. If asked to describe you I’d say “SHE is SUPERWOMAN!” πŸ˜‰ I’m so jealous of EVERYONE lucky enough to be heading to CE!! And I totally 2nd the request to get a CE downunder!!!
    And to all those people offended, I think the only person who is entited to be offended is Emily, and I don’t see her name here. Sticks and Stones and all that.

  40. sophie 4 September, 2006 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    regardless of talent or payment, when one posts to a board, one must also assume the responsiblity.. while heidi has the right to write what she wants to, readers have the same right to post their views… I sincerely doubt that the comments made regarding her use of the offensive term were borne on jealousy .. an to deem them as being of that is to slight a horrible autrocity. Heidi, you are a wonderfully creative spirit and I’m sure you have a giving heart above all others. Comments made were not to slander you as a person, but to bring light to how we must all treat each other with kindness and respect, no matter our heritage. Would we not want that for our sons and daughters, if not for ourselves? Good luck on this week and may all go well and good memories be made!

  41. Alicia 4 September, 2006 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Heidi, you are such an amazing example for everyone. The “She” wouldn’t have become so popular, if you didn’t fit that exact person, the “She”. I love your personality, your sense of humor, and how your family values are so strong. Any one who knows you Heidi, knows your stand on “Family.” Your Career is taking off, and Career wise, Yes this CE is such a huge event! I think it is so wonderful, that you can work like you do, and still be a mommy, and be home like you are. I love that! Thank you for your example!
    Lots of love!

  42. Cherry Moss 5 September, 2006 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Heidi, you are so generous, and full of such love for others, and your family. thank you for being such a good example. love what Alicia wrote. Ditto.
    lots of love!

  43. Lauri 6 September, 2006 at 9:41 am - Reply

    does anyone have a room avail that can’t make it to CE in arizona at either hotel?? eek, we’re registered but they claim there are no more rooms blocked out at either location squaw peak/tapatio

  44. Kim 7 September, 2006 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I am still having this dream that I am going to be here scrapping in my kitchen and someone is going to knock on the front door. I will walk to the door and it is you! I of course scream and all of my neighbors come out of their homes to see what is going on. You explain that I have one a trip to the Creative Escape in Arizona and we are flying out of Chicago tonight.
    A girl can dream, right? I wouldn’t even scream if it was Ed McM. But you, it would definitely be a dream come true. πŸ™‚

  45. erin yamabe 10 September, 2006 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    i hope you all had the TIME of your life! had i not been preggers, i would have been there! hoping that this is the first and not the first/last of such types of retreats, as i would love to be involved in something special like this!
    can’t wait to see what my lss owner and friend will bring back home!

  46. Marie 15 September, 2006 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Wow that is awesome and a lot of hard work. How neat to see the behind the scenes.

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