Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My NBC Interview PLUS Meeting My Stamping Friends

Boy, am I chock-full of news today, literally!!!!

Yesterday, I was interviewed by an NBC news reporter in our Philadelphia region (I live in Southern New Jersey, very close to Philly).  The reason I was interviewed is for my involvement with Operation Write Home, a non-profit that collects handmade cards from folks like you and me, then sends them overseas to our military men and women.  They "shop" for cards for their loved ones, then send them home.

The reporter, Doug Shimell, came to my home yesterday and the interview aired last evening.  Here is a link to my interview.

NBC Reporter Doug Shimell, me and my daughter Haley in my craft area.
I've also been interviewed on the same subject by CBS, but they haven't aired their segment yet.  When there is a link available, I will post it here!
This excitement comes on the heels of another happy event that took place this past Saturday.  I drove an hour to meet my friend, Andrea Ewen, then together we drove another half hour or so to meet up with Vicki Dutcher.  Vicki was on vacation in Atlantic City, New Jersey with her husband from Phoenix, Arizona - loooong way from home!


We had lunch, then shopped at Michael's and a local craft store.  We also stopped for Starbucks coffee and took some time to catch up.  Andrea and I have met up with each other twice before, but this was the first time for meeting Vicki.  She is funny, generous and easy to be with.

Sunday was busy, too, getting a new bed for our room.  We have a small house with a tight staircase.  The queen sized box spring wouldn't go up the stairs, so my husband had to get a split box spring.  Soooo glad they make that!  Then our old full sized one wouldn't go DOWN the stairs (ages ago when we got it, we dinged up the walls terrible getting that sucker up the stairs), so my husband took out the entire bedroom window and dropped it out onto the lawn.  What a sight that was!  Finally, we have a new comfy bed and it's more spacious.  I LOVE it!!  My girls helped me pick out the gorgeous bedding.

Okay, that's it for now, but I'll be back tomorrow morning with a new card for The Play Date Cafe!

Colleen  :)

26 comments:

Bev J. said...

Congrats on the interviews and the pics.

I didn't know they made a split mattress. Learn something new every day!! Enjoy the comfort.

Benzi said...
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Benzi said...

Oops...had to start over...Haven't you been having fun? Interviews and meeting with these fabulous stampers. How famous you are, Colleen!
Glad you got a plan worked out for that mattress..sounds like quite an ordeal.

Ann Schach said...

Fabulous interview, Colleen! You are such an inspiration!

Linda Callahan said...

So cool - your interview was great - you were so relaxed!

Karen W said...

That is so cool, I just contacted one of the gals about this and am finishing some cards to send over.

Vicki Dutcher said...

FABULOUS job there my new official friend! You have the perfect voice for an interview and you rocked it! You go Girl!

Too funny about your bed out the window~ been there done that! :)

Marisa said...

You are becoming a star, Colleen :) Will watch the link once the kids are off to school - their last day! CBS got skunked by doddling around LOL!

Great picture. Haley looks much healthier in this picture than in the last one you posted of her with the lip balm package - yeah!

Sooooo jealous you guys got to get together. Should have packed myself on a plane to Phoenix and jumped into Vicki's suitcase! Glad you had a great time.

My son would have been ALL over that flying mattress! We had a similar issue in a house we lived in that had a bent staircase. Have never heard of a split box spring - good to know! Enjoy the comfy sleeps (((Hugs))).

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

HOW AWESOME!!!! That's super cool!!! What a great thing to do with ALL the cards we frantically make! I'm so excited for you, I reposted this to my FB!

I was so thrilled to get to play this week at PDC. It's been a while, and actually I've been so busy the last couple months I hadn't been playing with ANY other challenges except my DT commitments, but thank you SO MUCH for your super sweet comment on my blog!!!

And congrats again on the interview!!!

Maria said...

I so enjoyed watching the interview, Colleen! It was great seeing you in action! It was so sweet seeing one of your daughters too! You are so sweet and gifted to do such a wonderful thing for the troops! I'm sure it is so appreciated! And, am very happy that you got some visiting time in with Andrea and Vicki. It looks like you had a great time! Take care and hugs!:-))

Noor Nahdi said...

Seems you had a great time with these talented gals!!! Congrats on your interview :)

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

How exciting Colleen! You did so good! I would have been very nervous, but as the other girls said, you were very calm! Love you craft space too! How fun for Haley to join you! Also so fun to get up with your blog buddies! A new mattress too?! Wow that is too much excitement for one week! We had to cut the whole wall out of our bathroom to get a new tub in and the old one out. It went kaboom too! (My parent's house)

Shirley said...

Congrats on your interviews. I can certainly understand why and what a great cause too!

Linda R. said...

Oh my gosh girly.. That interview was so cool.. You are a true inspiration. I had to show my hubby cause he thinks I am the only one that has a paper addiction...

Hugs, Linda

Paula S. said...

Congrats! What a great interview. Thank you so much for spreading the word about our great cause. I am so proud to be a part of Operation Write Home!

Sherry Varga said...

What a wonderful interview and Colleen your cards are gorgeous!!!!
Keep up the good work!!! I too am proud to make cards for Operation Write Home. I would like to take some classes from you on your gorgeous cards.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HOOOOORAY, Col!! What a great interview--and hooooray x2 for meeting Andrea! You are amazing and so fabulous!!!

MA said...

Waving from CT... wonderful interview and glad to see that OWH made the news. Your creations are gorgeous!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Wow Colleen you were such a natural in front of the camera. I am so proud of you, I am busting at the seams. You looked beautiful and I feel like I have met you in real person now!!! How fun and exciting for you and your family. What an awesome week you have had. Lots of memories in the making and beautiful times shared. I am so glad they had your daughter in the video and showed this as a family project. Just wonderful and touching. I am still beaming with pride!!!

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Kristen M said...

Congrats! What a great story! And you are so well spoken...as always! SO EXCITED!

Emily Keaton said...

Your cup runneth over, Colleen, all with such GOOD things!! So glad that you've got such great news today. Your interview is AWESOME, and it looks like you had such a fun time with fellow stampers. How lucky that you were all able to get together to visit!!!!! Enjoy your new queen bed and bedding, too. :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Your interview was just fabulous...you appeared so calm and at ease...and so very well spoken! What a wonderful event for you!
I'm so glad we got to meet up, I had such a fun time! Can't wait for the next crafty get together!

LeAnne said...

Wow, you had a busy, exciting week! I would just love to touch Andrea's shirt to get some of her electrifying creativity!!! And how fun to meet Vicki too! Doug Shimell looks pretty good sitting at your table! LOL! Oh, btw, the card is GREAT!

Stella said...

Colleen in the last two days I tried deveral times to watcg tge video . But I still didn't get a chance to watch it. The video doesn't start and there is a voice over that says g that this video is currently unavailable. Is there another link? I'd love to watch you on tv :)
How lovely that you had a wonderful time with three of you. Such a lovely way to spend the day with friends!

Hugs,
Stella
XX

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, Colleen! What an opportunity for you to share more about this ever so worthy cause! And good for you for being so involved in it! Bet you're needing to take a deep breath from those few busy days. Enjoy your 4th of July weekend, lady!

Leslie Miller said...

Awesome! I watched your interview, and you looked and sounded great. Your cards looked fabulous, too! Very cool! What an ordeal with the mattress! I was beginning to wonder if you'd built the house around the mattress.

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