Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Retreat Location Change

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got everything you wanted!  I plan to scrapbook all New Years' weekend!  Doesn't that sound heavenly?  And once I get all of these holidays behind me, I am going to be focusing on the Spring Retreat!  Is anyone with me!!!

But for now, I have some information I'd like to share.  Around 9pm on December 6th (I believe it was), I received an email from Cobblestone Inn advising that the hotel was going into foreclosure and would be closing on December 12th.   Well, can you imagine my panic... I was saying to myself "where am I going to find a place big enough to hold all of us, on the exact same date, for the same prices and who will let me do what I need to do in this short amount of time!!!"  Ok, I wasn't SAYING it to myself... I was SCREAMING it to myself!

My priority was to get the same dates (they are) and make no change to you in the price (there isn't) and provide basically the same quality retreat for your money (I think I will!). 

After spending a sleepless night, I got busy the next day, made several calls and found a place to accommodate us.  So the 2011 Crazy Cropper Spring Retreat is officially moving to Stone Castle (formerly Settle Inn).  We will be in the Stonehenge Conference Room.  Here is some information you may find interesting.

1.       We will all be in the first building (registration level)
2.       The Scrap Room is right by the registration desk
3.       Loading and unloading is flat and under cover (speaking of loading and unloading, we will have a designated valet boy to assist you with loading and unloading.  He can accept tips if you like.  I will have to designate a timeframe for him to be available, but I will let you know that as we get closer)
4.       Everyone will be pre-registered, you just need to check in
5.       Parking is very close and convenient

1.       All of our rooms will be in the same building as the Scrap Room...not even a foot has to step outside the whole time you are there!
2.       The rooms are comparable in size, however, Stone Castle has queen beds (Cobblestone had full)
3.       Due to beds and furniture being bigger, they do not have rollaways available (if your group is 5 or more, I have a plan for you! We'll talk soon!)
4.       There are no refrigerators in the room.  They can put one in there for you (if you have a medical need, there is no charge.  If it's for convenience, I think they said $10 per night)

1.       The room is 4,000 square feet.  Cobblestone was a little over 5,000.  We will be a little tighter, but let's call is COZY!  I've been down there twice and I'm going back again to measure, but I really think it will be fine... really, I do!
2.       You will get a full 8ft table instead of a 6ft table and one to share.
3.       Lighting is not as good, so you will want to consider bringing a personal lamp
4.       Here's a really cool thing... the Crop Room will be open 24 hours!  (you "die-hards" will LOVE that!)
5.       We will have a separate room where we will eat.  It's only 20 steps down the hall, so it's real close.
6.       There is a nice lobby area right outside the Crop Room so you can go take a break and stretch out on nice cushy furniture, if you like!  And there is even a computer out there!
7.       There is free WI-FI.
8.       I'm still working out the food!  But all meals will be onsite.
9.       We will still be able to bring out soda and snacks and I will still have unlimited iced tea, lemonade and coffee.
10.   Even thought the Branson Scrapbook store has sold, they are still going to be our on-site store

I may have missed some, but I sure didn't mean to.  This has been quite a challenge, but I do believe it's all taken care of.  My goal is to make this event change seamless to you except where you stop your car!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  I think I have addressed all of my issues with the hotel, but you may have something I still need to work out!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st... can you believe it?

I cannot believe it is already November 1st!  It's not going to be long before the snow starts flying and will be yearning for Spring!  And what a great way to usher in Spring than to attend my Spring Crazy Cropper Retreat! 

Rest assured planning is in full swing!  I've already purchased some prizes!  And, of course, the hotel is booked and my filing system is all set up and I'm working some 63 CRAZY CROPPERS trying to registration settled down!  I love the chaotic time of registration.  Some people are "yep... sign me up and here's all my money!".  Some people are more like "yep... sign me up, here's my deposit...I can't wait!".  And some people are like "well, I want to go, but I'm not sure about my schedule, so send me a warning email telling me you are getting officially full!".  I love them ALL!  Oh, and I totally forgot to mention those who say "hey... I heard about your retreats from so and so and I want in!"  and I have to tell these ladies "I know, I know... I'll have to put you on a waiting list because I do have people who have priority!".

Which one are you?  Don't delay too long if you aren't #1 or #2!  You want in for SURE and you know it!

I'm still debating with myself on a theme.  But as most of you know, I don't put a lot into themes, I'd rather spend the $200 it would take to decorate and use it for PRIZES for you ALL!!  But, that's just me!  I hope you all agree!!!

Well, I'm off to work (yep, I'm back full time and in full swing... well, almost full swing... still limping a bit, but I'm getting there!)!

Have a great week you great bunch of CRAZY CROPPERS!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Registration is Officially Open!

Ok... here we go!  Registration is officially open!

We aren't even 2 weeks out from the Fall Retreat and here we are planning for the Spring Retreat!  I know I've said this before, but this one is filling up VERY fast!!!  So, read on and plan accordingly!  

A non-refundable $50 deposit is needed to guarantee your spot (and each of your friends if you are coming as a group!). 

If you can't send your deposit, you can go ahead and send me your registration form and I will hold your spot until I start getting close to being full.  And then, I can let you know so you can then decide what you need/want to do.

If you've emailed me and told me your intentions already or you told me at the retreat you were a "definite YES", I have reserved a spot for you.  In order to GUARANTEE it, I will need your deposit.  Some of you have advised you are mailing it.  Thanks!  Some have told me when you want me to charge your card.  Thanks!  Those all guarantee your spot!  I will STILL NEED A REGISTRATION FORM from you so I have those DETAILS!!!

You can click HERE to get the Registration Form.  If you print it, complete it, scan it and email it to me, that would be great!   Or, you can print it, complete and mail it to me, that's good, too.  I just really like electronic stuff...  You know... save a tree!  Getting the Registration Form helps me so much with my planning and keeping track of details.  If you have any questions, just let me know!  Click HERE to email me!

This is going to be SO much fun... but I guess I don't have to tell MOST of you that!  I just love the fact that we are less than 2 weeks from the Fall Retreat and we are already filling up for the Spring Retreat!  YEAH!

Put THIS on Your Christmas List!

Want to get your Retreat paid for? 

Or at least part of it? 

Let your family and friends know what you REALLY want for Christmas!

They can contact me and purchase GIFT CERTIFICATES to help pay for part or all of your Retreat Fee!

Is that not a GREAT idea!  Just forward this email to them and they can click HERE to email me and purchase them from me!  Or they can call me at 417-880-2426 and we can do it by phone!  I'll mail them a Gift Certificate to present at just the right moment and make YOU one Happy Scrapper!

It would work just as well for BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, or any other occasion you can think of!