Monday, August 12, 2013

Crazy Hats . . .

The theme for the Friday Night Preview Party at Stampaway 2013 in Cincinnati last weekend was Crazy Hats.  And I took lots of pictures of vendors and customers.  So today I’ll share what we saw Friday night, and tomorrow I’ll share what we saw during the show on Saturday.

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This was mine.  There wasn’t time to create something – we’re in the middle of shows on three consecutive weekends and I barely have time to make sure we have enough products in the booth to try to make everybody happy.  I saw one of these on a Reds television broadcast a month or two ago, and it seemed to fit the bill.  So when people asked me what I was going to wear, I just told them I was wearing a baseball hat . . .

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And Karen’s – it takes four angles to see everything, and obviously it’s much more creative.  We soon learned that she wasn’t the only attendee who thought of displaying products on her chapeau . . .

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Sam from Stamp On It was my choice for best vendor hat – he said he couldn’t smile because he was a bandito.  And this lady brought a backup hat that she wore after the original got too heavy on her head.

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I think this lady won the customer contest – I tried taking pictures from two angles and never did see her face.  Everyone was talking about “the hat with the chicken on it.”


Most painful entry – from every angle, it looked like the scissors were imbedded in her head . . .

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Best idea of the night – Ted and Michelle Cutts from Art Gone Wild/Inky Antics/Stampers Anonymous/Darcie’s Country Folk (someday they’ll own all of us) commissioned two balloon artists to create hats for anyone who wanted one.  And I told Jackie Lewis from Inky Antics that if the Preview Party theme is ever “Sweetest Smile”, she’ll win easily . . .

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Ted went to the more creative of his balloon artists and designed a custom headdress for Lucie from Luni Stamps.  Apparently it was “one size fits all” because it looked great on Nicole, too!

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Kathy Lenhart from Rubber Cottage didn’t have a crazy hat at the beginning of the evening – but her husband Joe quickly fixed that . . .

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Karen and Kathy visit before the customers flooded the building.  Gail from Gary Burlin and Bill from Repeat Impressions – I told Bill that his hat would have been more authentic if cans had disappeared during the evening.

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Wendy and Adrie from Repeat Impressions (I spelled “Adrie” phonetically – forgot to ask her how it’s spelled) and some of the customers I saw during the evening.

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Pat and Paul Niemuth from Northwoods Rubber Stamps – Pat said the staff back in Minnesota designed their entries.

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The Dauber Sisters from Christy’s Main Street Memories were one short of a quartet again – this time, it was Diane who couldn’t make the trip.  And I told this lady that she probably felt right at home in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Joe Rotella was playing The Mad Hatter in our booth demoing USArtQuest products.  I had to shoot Judy Ferrell’s panda hat from the side so I could get the eyes.

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The lady on the left said she got her hat from her husband’s collection – he gets a different one each year at a convention in Las Vegas.  And the entry from the lady on the right reminded me of the Water Buffalo hats from the Flintstones, except hers had a tiara on top.

Since Connie Williams was all over the place taking pictures during the evening, I suspect that more vendor and customer hats will appear on her website within a week or two (the staff was planning a vacation first), so here’s a link you can click on later to get there.

1 comment:

  1. It's so much fun when people join in - the hats are fabulous! each and every one!!!!