Today 3 weeks ago I flew to Toronto to teach there at Bizzy B's. Wow, time flies when you're busy and having fun!
Barb picked me up from the airport and guess what... she has a Bizzy B license plate! How cool is that?! I know you can do that in the US and Canada but here in the Netherlands we can't so for me this is fun!! :D
Since I had to teach my first workshop on Friday evening Barb took me out on a Toronto sightseeing tour. She has a lot of fun and interesting stories to tell so we drove around for a while, whilst she was pointing out places to me. Then we went to the CN Tower. With a hight of 553m the tower was the largest in the world for 34 years until 2010. We decided to go up and enjoy the view.
But before we went up Barb took a picture of me with the Canadian mascotte and of course we had to take a selfie in front of a picture of the tower :)
Then we went up, the Sky Pod is at 447m and the view is amazing. We were so lucky that it was bright and sunny!
One of the attractions is a glass floor where you can walk on and look down 447m, what a fun experience!
After we came down we had a delicious lunch at Batton Rouge. From there we went to the store to prepare for the workshop.
The beautiful street art was found under a bridge just around the corner of the Bizzy B's shop.
There was a welcome sign waiting for me in the window :) And I loved all the altered tiles in the bathroom!!
The first workshop was the Technique Tags class and we had lots of fun from the moment the first girls sat down! Oh, I laughed so much!! The best thing was when we staged a picture of me reprimanding Diane for using Nathalies stamps in stead of mine, hahaha! And when Laura send Nathalie a message that her Canadian girls are now mine, LOL!
Nathalie admitted that she snorted when she saw the pictures on Facebook, LOL!
When we got home Tony made us a lovely dinner! He is such a good cook and he loved that I said "Oh, yes please" on everything he suggested :)
On saturday I taught my "For the Love of layers" canvas workshop. I know this was kind of scary for some girls and it took a while before the understood the process but then they did and I think they loved it. Here is some work in progress, of course using Carabelle products again :) plus acrylic paints and Posca pens.
This is a group picture half way the day, just before the scariest part, covering it all up :)
And here are the results at the end of the day.
After class Barb and Tony took me to a Chinese restaurant for dinner and it was sooo good! The food was delicious. I had to laugh about the waiter! He knew Tony and asked me if I was single. I said no... Later Barb told me he is always serving them and he was there too when they took Julie and Nat to this restuarant. So I thought it would be fun to have a picture of him to show to Julie and Nat. When he came again at our table I asked him if I could take a selfie with him and he said no... LOL, he said "everybody has a bottom line, and this is my bottom line!" Haha!!
After dinner we drove through Toronto by night. Of course we went to see the CN Tower enlighted and we drove through China town.
On sunday I was teaching my last workshop "Embossing and Beyond" a mini album class with lots of different embossing techniques and more. We worked with Carabelle stamps and stencils, Sizzix embossing folders, Wow! Embossing Powder, Fab Foil and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Shimmer Sheetz from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products.
This is a beautiful page in one of my students little books, I love it!
And a bunch of happy students with their finished mini albums.
After the workshop Barb, her daugther, a friend and I went to the Distillery District for dinner. What a great place. The former Distillery area with more than 40 buildings was transformed to a pedestrians-only village entirely dedicaded to arts, culture and entertainment. If you are ever in Toronto, go there!
Fun thing was that we ran in to Cat Scanlon and Karen Ellis who also came to have dinner here. Of all places in Toronto they could have gone they went to the same restaurant as we did :)
And that was my last night in Toronto. The next morning Barb drove me to the airport. On our way we saw dozens of squirls, black and grey ones, that were busy collecting nuts for winter. I thought they were cute, we hardly ever see squirls here in an urban environment, but I can understand that if you live there they are not so cute anymore.
It was an awesome weekend, my first time in Canada, I hope I can come back one day!
From here I flew to Newark, Jersey City, to spent a whole week with my dear friend Nathalie, but more about that in another post :D