Thanks for the Memories, Anaheim Convention 2015!

Whew! Can you believe that it’s almost been a whole week since we said goodbye to each other at the end of Convention? We’re still trying to recover from the whirlwind of papercrafting bliss that was Convention. Some bags are still unpacked, some Consultants are still sleeping sound in their beds, and others have visions of Disneyland® churros dancing in their heads. Having fun is a lot of work! But it’s worth every minute. 🙂
For all of you that attended, we hope you had fun because we sure did! Before life gets too busy again, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the highlights of our week spent next door to “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Shall we?

As usual, Sticky Boy was up to his usual shenanigans. This year Sticky Boy decided to be a little less sticky and a little more sweet by posting hints about his hiding places on his Facebook page. This sent more than one Consultant racing down the halls in hot pursuit of his latest revealed location. Some were victorious; others barely missed him. He frequented the nooks and crannies of the hotel, popping up on drinking fountains, flower vases, and elevator walls. It was quite the hunt! We can’t wait to see where Sticky Boy will travel this year with his newfound friends and his little heart balloon in tow.

We raised enough monetary wattage to light up a whole lot of smiles. Between the Base & Bling necklaces, the auction, and the 5K run, we raised over $40,000 for Operation Smile™! Thank you to everyone one who was generous enough to donate to this important cause. After listening to Monica share stories from her Operation Smile mission in Mexico and showing us a special video featuring celebrity Kate Walsh, who went on the same mission as Monica, each of our hearts beat a little faster for Operation Smile and its unique quest to change the lives of children by giving them back their smiles. And, as a special announcement, we unveiled the new Operation Smile™ t-shirts, which will be available for order July 23! We will donate $10 of every shirt purchase to Operation Smile.

Love was in the air. With the theme of “Make It from Your Heart” combined with motifs from the movie Up, we should’ve guessed that something truly magical was going to happen. During the dance on Saturday night, Monica’s husband Jody Wihongi took the stage and sang “Marry Me” by Train. That was our first clue. After he finished the song, Monica invited one lucky Consultant up to the stage who was then surprised by her boyfriend who came from behind the stage, got down on one knee, and proposed! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in this special moment.

We got to hang out with Jeanette Lynton. When Jeanette Lynton takes the stage, you know you’re in for a treat. It’s always inspiring to hear and simply be in the same room with the visionary who gave this company its wings. She chatted with us about future plans for the company, her favorite movie, and what her children and grandchildren have been up to lately. She also gave a bit of advice: “I wish you would stop saying ‘I can’t’,” she said. “Because you can!”

It was a paper feast for the eyes. In addition to unveiling loads of new products, we also hosted a number of artistic showcases where Convention attendees were able to feast their eyes on art made by fellow Consultants, as well as all the exclusive art from the new idea books. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, there was plenty more to be seen in business and Extravaganza classes.

Oh, yeah. We released new editions of these things called idea books. Ever heard of them? We’re sure this isn’t interesting to you, so that’s why we left it for last. Just kidding! The release of not one but TWO new idea books was met with quite the enthusiastic response at Convention. After we released the beautiful Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book on the first day, there was one question left lingering in the air: What about Christmas? Well, the next day this question was answered in a magical way when, amongst flurries of snow and the jingle of bells in the ballroom, we unveiled the Holiday Expressions supplement!

*Both of these idea books will be available to all Consultants on August 1 and to customers on September 1.

Thank you for another wonderful Convention! All we have left to say is that we can’t wait until Convention next year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. We’ll see you then!

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Sticky Boy Speaks: Why Convention?

Sticky Boy here. I’ve come out of hiding today to personally invite you to the party you’ve been waiting for all year. You know, that beloved event when the world revolves around me: Convention!

I try to stay out of the spotlight because I don’t like making such a big deal of myself, but the way people fawn over me you’d think I was the only reason they came to Convention. So, I know I’m a pretty big deal, and I don’t blame them for wanting to hang out with me, but there are some other perks to attending Convention.

Let me name a few reasons why I love it so much.

I’ll start with one that’s very obvious: seeing my creator and friend Jeanette Lynton on stage is always inspiring for me. Her gifted hands crafted my perfect, round self, and I always enjoy seeing her smile beaming from the stage.

Next to seeing my favorite CEO, seeing the newest idea book, and seeing it FIRST, is definitely one of the highlights of my Convention experience every year. I obviously flip straight to the new stamp sets first and foremost, but maybe that’s just me.

To really nail down what I love most about Convention, you’ll have to experience firsthand the excitement that runs through the veins of every Consultant in attendance. The energy they feel for this company is contagious, even for little ol’ polymer me, and I’m pretty sure I don’t even have veins.

But excitement isn’t the only feeling you’ll experience at Convention. I may or may not have gotten a bit misty-eyed last year when I saw the lovely Dana Swadling receiving her surprise Spirit of Close To My Heart award—but who didn’t shed a few tears when they saw that? I love seeing hard-working people getting the recognition they deserve!

Okay, enough with the emotion. It’s time to talk business.

I’d be a liar if I said that my favorite part of Convention isn’t the thrill of the hunt—because it is! Oh, how I love the suspense and anticipation of watching so many of you walk right on by as I practically beg you to see me. Ba ha ha! My clever hiding places are just too good.

Sticky Boy hides

I admit that, after putting up some resistance, I do actually like to be found. If you never found me, how would you know how clever my hiding places are?

After you’ve found me (and bragged about me using #stickyboyctmh), your hospitality is always astounding. I love tagging along with you everywhere you go. On top of that, joining you at home broadens my worldview and gives me what my friends would call “culture” (which I’m happy to experience, as long as that “culture” doesn’t include being clamped between your dog’s teeth).

Folks, life doesn’t get much better than Close To My Heart Convention. If you haven’t signed up yet, you’d better hurry yourself on over to the Registration page to get started. You could be one of the lucky few to take me home this year, and that alone makes the trip worth it, right? I mean, come on. Just look at me!

Okay, that’s enough for now. I’ll see you there (even if you don’t see me, heh heh)!

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Is your handbag a winner?

We had so much fun reading through your comments on this post! We feel like we know each of you a little better now after getting a tiny peek into your everyday life through the contents of your bag. Thank you for sharing!

So, are you ready for the big reveal? Here they are, our three random (and very lucky) winners:

Debbie Gauvin, who found in her bag a plane ticket from her trip to San Diego to visit her daughter. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 10:41 AM)

Sharon Wade, who found in her bag her husband’s reading glasses, a highlighter, and a Relay For Life donations envelope, among a plethora of other paraphernalia. (Commented March 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM)

Patricia Jacobs, who found an umbrella from a Dole Whip, a map of Disneyland® Park, and a FASTPASS® ticket. (Commented March 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM)

P.S. ^^^ Reading this comment made us even more excited for July when we’ll all be heading to Disneyland for Convention 2015! Dole Whips, get in our bellies!

If you’re one of the lucky three, please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with “What’s in your bag? Contest Winner” in the subject line and your mailing address in the body copy so we can send you your small organizer!

Thanks for playing, everyone!

And happy Friday. 🙂

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