August 29, 2013

University Guest Speaker ...

Hi Everybody,

I have no card for you today but I wanted to share this piece of news that dropped into my inbox earlier this week.

This is  from a lady called Melinda  and I have given it some consideration.... a whole two minutes ....

Here is part of the email I got ....


I have been following your blogs for a long time now and just love them! I am always so excited to see what you have come up with each day for your crafting audience.

Not only do I love to craft, but I also teach journalism at Mid America Nazarene University in suburban Kansas City, USA. 


This semester I am teaching Reporting & Writing and requiring my students to create and maintain a blog for the duration of the class. I admire your work so much that I'd love for you to tell my students about your blogging experiences.

Would you be able to join us via Skype on Tuesday, Sept. 3? 

I know you are incredibly busy and I have not given you much lead time, but I couldn't resist at least trying to make this happen.

If you agree, then you would be addressing a small (not more than 10 students), upper-division, multimedia class.  The students are juniors and seniors, and the atmosphere is conversational.

The students also would have questions prepared to ask you and would have explored both the Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls and the Card Making Magic sites.

You are absolutely one of the best and most thorough bloggers I've encountered so would love to give my students the opportunity to pick your brain.


Now I ask you ... what would you say to an offer like that ????   My answer was Yes Yes Yes ...   I would be delighted and honored to do so and of course I wrote back to accept the offer.

The reply back from Melinda was ...


Thanks so much for agreeing to speak to my students.

You will love them; they are wonderful people, who I've had in classes since they were freshmen and sophomores. 

And I know they will love you, too!


And so I am preparing for this and  I am nervous about it.   The time scale is different and  we need to set it  up with Melindas'  computer technicians to make sure we get it right.... otherwise I will be sat here talking to myself !!

But what an honor to be asked in the first place ... and didn't I say that 2013 has been an amazing year for me so far ... and it's only August 


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

42 comments:

  1. Congrats Christina! What a wonderful opportunity for you to teach a younger generation of students. Just take a deep breath, relax and be yourself... they will love you. I know this because I see most, if not all, of your videos, and you have a calm and friendly nature. Let us know how it goes :)

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  2. Good for you Christina! I'm sure the students will enjoy the 'meeting' across the miles and gain much from it. Praise indeed where praise is due.

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  3. Oh Wow! What a fantastic thing to happen. I know you will be great and they will love you - especially your accent lol. Do hope you enjoy every minute and who knows what it will lead to.

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  4. Hi Christina, what wonderful news for you, mind you I'm not surprised as I really look forward to reading your blog every day and seeing your beautiful cards. I bet you are walking on air, I'm so pleased for you. Love Carolyn x

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  5. WOW!!!! Congratulations Christina! But she is absolutely right both your sites are fabulous, inspirational and instructive. I made your origami box yesterday(again!) and added your link. Christine x

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  6. Many congratulations to you Christina. We all love you now you are going global well done Beryl xx

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  7. Wow Christina... what wonderful news. This lady is very astute.... because we agree totally that your sites are outstanding (and there are lots out there) Well done you. I hope you enjoy the experience and I'm sure the students will want repeat links in the future. Go girl Go.
    Hugs
    Heather W
    x

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  8. Congratulations Christina, you are definately 'sprinkled with gold'. Your sites are amazing, inspirational and well written. You explain in great detail the things that you do and you just do it so well. Can't wait to hear all about it, once you have finished it. Well done, hugs, Jen xx
    Krafty Keepsakes

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  9. Christina, congratulations and have no fears. Your communication skills have amazed me since my very first contact with you. You are a natural teacher, clear, concise, patient (not to mention your camera crew during your early years, standing up in order to film your very first instruction videos, ie T-bag folding). You will have the class and teacher at ease in moments, and your responses will be as clear as always. The passion you have for your hobby/work is clear, and your enthusiasm is catching and encouraging.
    Well done. Well Deserved.

    Hope you will have a video for us to see after the event.
    Hugs, 'Cepta

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  10. wow you are now going global!!! well done, always thought you were the best but now we have to share you..lolxxxx

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  11. Congratuations! You are a wonderful teacher, and reach so many through your blogs. It will be a wonderful experience, I am sure. Just think, they want to discuss your communication skills, and won't be asking about Spellbinders! How funny, I think. Way to go, as we say in the US. Have fun. BethAnn M.

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  12. That's wonderful. You do manage to explain so many details so well on your blog, I know since I have used it for some time as a learning point. Good luck and enjoy it. Who knows,a world tour next!!
    Janice W

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  13. Congratulations! I wish I was in the class. You are already a teacher, now you get to go International. Have fun!

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  14. This is wonderful Christina!!! I wish I was one of the students :)
    Congratulations!!

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  15. Congrats., Christina I agree with every word that that Melinda says about you,your blog and tutorials are fantastic.
    Smiles
    Ita

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  16. Congratulations! Have fun with it! Enjoy ;)

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  17. Well done you, see other people appreciate what you do from afar. You are getting the recognition you deserve at last. xxx

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  18. Congratulations! How Exciting and what a wonderful opportunity for you.
    Just be your sweet self and everything will be fine.

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  19. You go girl lol, next you will be Blog touring over here in the USA. congrats nice to see hard work paying off.

    hugs adie

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  20. I am so excited for this wonderful opportunity to encourage young people. I agree with one of the other ladies, you are a natural teacher and should have no worries. Congrats, your fans in the US love both your sites!!!!!

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  21. This is wonderful news for you Christina, and I know for sure that you can teach them and capture their attention, how do I know that you may ask? Because I have been following and watching your blog along with my granddaughters that are in middle/grade school and they have learned so much from your videos. You are their go to person when they are stumped on a technique. Passing on your beautiful work is a wonderful thing.

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  22. What a wonderful opportunity to encourage young people. We fans in the U.S. are very excited as you are an excellent teacher and should have no worries. I know the time difference creates an issue, but please have your camera crew record the session so we can see it. Lots of luck!!!!

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  23. Congratulations Christina! What a wonderful experience this will be for you and the students. I'm looking forward to hear about the experience. Have a great day! :-)

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  24. So thrilled you're willing to join us, Christina! You are a pro and have so much to share with my students. Will be sending you an email today with more information. Thank you, again!
    Melinda

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  25. Congratulations, Christina!! What an amazing opportunity!! She couldn't have picked a better person to do this!! You are amazing!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  26. Wow, that is amazing, but she is right! You have amazing blogs which I visit all the time to see what new things you have going on! I think it is an honor for them to have you visit through skype!! Don't be nervous and have fun with it!!! And congrats!!!

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  27. How wonderful, and you deserve it! I always look forward each morning to see what you have posted and I still cannot thank you enough for your generosity for the time you take to blog and your You Tube tutorials. Again, love what you do with and how innovative you are with the Spellbinder dies. You will be great and enjoy it I am sure:)

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  28. Well done Christina, don't be nervous your're a fab teacher and the kids will learn tons from your experiences. Good luck and enjoy.

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  29. Congratulations Christina, the recognition is well deserved. I'm sure everything will go well and that you will enjoy it once you get going. So, what's next for this year - Honours List?? Pat x

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  30. Oh Christina! I heartily agree. Yours is the first blog I visit everyday, and your tutorials really are the best. Blessings!

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  31. Well done, Christina. You'll be fine because you can speak to people via your your blog as if you were talking to them in person and come across as calm and collected when you are doing your videos. I hope all goes well. Keep us up to date with how you get on - I'm sure you will do a sterling job.

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  32. Wow!! I graduated from Mid America Nazarene College in 1987 with a nursing degree! What a small world. You'll do a great job! I eat up everything that you put out for us! Enjoy! Cynthia

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  33. WOW that is fantastic news Christina, congratulations! a fantastic opportunity for and well deserved enjoy xx

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  34. I have only just caught up with you today & was so thrilled to read your news, wow to choose a Brit to talk about a blog is a great honour but I know you will not only make it interesting but fun & lively.

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  35. I'm not at all surprised that the admiration of your blog as reached distant shores Christina. I certainly aspire to your blog and wish mine could be as good! Look forward to hearing all about the experience. Well done! x

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  36. Cgristina this is so coll.Whishing you luck with the class.

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  37. Awesome!! as they say in the good ol' U s of A. They are going to love you as much as we do. Good Luck. Val xxx

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  38. Hi Christina. So well deserved. Your tutorial are easy to follow. I hope you have great fun. Your blog is very inspiring.
    Crafty hugs. Kizzy. x

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  39. Well how lucky are these students to be able to chat to you live about your most amazing blog and well done to you Christina what an achievement to be recognised in this way so well deserved xx

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  40. Remember you once said that this year was a special one for you? you deserve all the praise you receive, your cards are an inspiration to all of us.. congratulations you will enjoy the experience I have no doubt of that xxx

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  41. Ohhh...that's so wonderful for you, Christina. Congratulations! You are so deserving of this honour as you give so much joy to people all over the world through your art. Enjoy!
    Hugs :)

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