back from germany & the netherlands…

hey bloggers!  long time no blog – too long actually.  i've been home trying to get everything caught up from being gone so long since cha.  yesterday i spent some time trying to upload my video blog from germany only to get an error in the file and then….GONE!  ugh!  it's hopeless, the video file just vanished, back-up or not, just vanished…  oh well, i can still share the highlights of my trip with you and a few photos i captured.  at least i managed to post a couple of times from germany so that's a good thing…

the trip was good, very long, lots to do, very cold, minimal sleep, but still an adventure!  i'm happy to be home for a week before heading out for another international journey.  last year was definitely filled with great international travels, but for the rest of 2010 it's one canada trip, and many, many US trips, workshops, store visits, and a few surprise appearances at some events i've never done before – definitely a year of new possibilities.  i'm still trying to take in all of the great opportunities and excitement from cha.  it always seems to go by in a blur!  i always wish i had more time to walk the show, visit with industry friends, but the minutes just vanish…

just want to thank all of the wonderful people i got to meet during my travels at the paperworld show, kkd, and the store visits i had the opportunity to make in germany and the netherlands.  thank you all for sharing your excitement, kindness, and creative spirits.  also thanks again to blanche for the fun qvc stop – seriously, it was filled with lots of great fun and memorable laughs (the streisand moment will remain a classic).  the visit to the castle was another highlight for me, wow to think i was at the very castle that inspired my inspiration…walt disney…the visit had more meaning than i ever imagined!  

okay an admission of guilty pleasure whenever i travel there is an app on my iphone called shazam!  the most amazing piece of iphone technology ever.  you simply launch the app wherever you are whenever a song plays on the radio, in a store, anyplace you hear a song that you want to know what it is and who sings it.  within seconds the phone listens to a few notes of the song and tells you the title and artist – I LOVE IT!  i shazammed in japan, and yes i shazammed in germany.  i think the tunes in europe are so cool and yes, they are available here but don't get much airplay.  so here were my shazam's for this trip:
-james morrison "broken strings"
-the coverband "fight for this love"
-nik kershaw "wouldn't it be good" (yes this is an old 80's tune i totally forgot about)
-jay sean "do you remember"
-jason derulo "in my head"
-iyaz "replay" (this song it stuck in my head right now – sad but true…)

well it's back to work getting everything put back together in the studio.  samples everywhere, supplies scattered around, and boxes to still open.  happy to be back blogging…t!m

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441 Comments to “back from germany & the netherlands…”

  1. KER says:

    Happy you had a nice trip Tim. Germany is one of my favorite places to visit. The south is full of beautiful people and sights to see. The beer aint’ bad either eh?

  2. Colleen Smith says:

    absolutely awesome! Glad you had safe travels and are back home for a moment before heading back out. Take time to sit and relax for a few moments. : )

  3. Scrappy Grammy (Mary Johnson says:

    Okay I have recently become a huge fan of your work and will now be checking your site regularly for new inspiration. I bought your scissors last spring and really love them they outshine all my other scissors (have a bit of a problem with tool collecting). I do have a suggestion for you though perhaps you could put measurement markings on the scissors so if you need to cut (yours cut right from the tip) something just a little you could see how deep on the scissors. Just a thought i have been obsessing about since I went to a convention a year ago no biggy.

  4. Janice Johnson says:

    Isn’t it great to be ‘home’, if only for a little while!
    I’ve been gone too, so am late to this blog posting.
    Looking at your photos, I am expecting to see some images from that cathedral, and perhaps the mounted Prussian soldier in future stamps!
    Glad you had such a fabulous adventure
    Janice in Benicia

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  6. Janice says:

    Great photos, isn’t the architecture in Europe awesome? Just makes you want to get creative seeing all that beauty.

  7. Coralee says:

    Tim your photography is absolutely stunning! Love everything your create, your gifts are abundant for sure. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hi T!m,
    How is you’re t!m towel did you use it yet? Enjoyed the workshop at KKD thanks a lot for you’re creative ideas.
    Love Mirjam

  9. Elke says:

    Hi Tim. Blogging from Germany, I was one of your admirer for more than a year. Saw the QVC show and stored in on DVD – looked it at least a dozen times. You are not (!!!) Barbra Streisand or even Elvis – you’re are the God of Stamps…

  10. Leslee Barrow says:

    Love the photos of Germany. Brings back many memories. Where I met my hubby 25 years ago and was married there. Hope to go back some day, in the meantime live the adventures through others travels. Glad to have you back in the states.
    Leslee in MT

  11. Genger says:

    when I read your blog I couldn’t help but think of my 16 yo son’s fascination with Shazam. He too had a ball with it when we were overseas. Your blog reminded me of that focused-fascinated look he gets when he is playing with his i-touch. Times past always show a boy and his dog but I think today it is a boy and his electronics πŸ™‚
    My question is …
    I have been playing with digi-stamps recently. Do you have plans, or am I missing something, in creating some digi-images for us?

  12. tanya watts says:

    glad u r bothn home safe and sound! i had a blast working along side u in the netherlands! it was an honour to be demonig Ranger and loved your feedback :))) thanks for the pressie xxxx

  13. Mindy says:

    Congratulations on your accomplishments and Welcome Home!

  14. cherie says:

    Welcome home Tim for a much deserved, but short, week of being stateside. I love hearing about your trip…especially the castle. I would love to visit it someday.

  15. Jen Shipley says:

    Wow you video would have been so awesome. I love the pictures. You must be so happy to be home. I can’t believe you are coming to Canada. Where will you be?

  16. Tatyana says:

    What a wonderful trip you had! Your pics are awesome

  17. Jackie Hedlund says:

    I love the shop (photo 4) it looks likes one out of a Christmas movie !!

  18. Cindy K says:

    So glad to have you back Tim! Even if only for a bit. Thanks loads for the awesome photos!! What a treat to see what you saw! Especially love that beer photo!!

  19. Vel says:

    Welcome home. Love the photos!

  20. Helena Cuttino says:

    Sounds like you had a blast glad you are home safe and sound, can’t wait to see what you have in store for us, also waiting for that book!!!
    See Ya!

  21. Vicki Morris says:

    I loved our trip to Germany, loved your picture of the castle in the snow. Sounds like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

  22. Victoria S. says:

    Oh i love that castle! thanks for sharing bits of your trip with us!

  23. Kathy says:

    Welcome home – glad to hear you’re getting a rest. Your trip(s) sound like you had a wonderful time filled with new friends and beautiful surroundings. Thank you for sharing this leg of your journey with us.

  24. ellen s says:

    oh how freakin’ cool! you are so lucky and i have to say the beer at the bottom was worth the wait, yum!

  25. Marilyn says:

    Love the photos – looks like you had a wonderful time!

  26. Terri in TX says:

    loved the photos! welcome back to the home place..

  27. Theresa says:

    Wow Tim faulous pictures!!! Everything looks so old world!! Thank you I will have to share your pictures with my mom too ~ what a treat to see them:)

  28. Jillisgram says:

    Wow what a life! I’m so impressed. Glad you had such a good time and happy that you are home to blog with us. Val from IL.

  29. well I bet that good old german beer made it all worth it. LOL
    My roots are very german and wee bit of Irish! I would love to travel there one day as I love those buildings etc.
    Glad you had a grand time! πŸ™‚

  30. Beers looks good but I love the dark Germany beers….enjoyed the journey…

  31. Barbara says:

    Great pictures!

  32. Jill S says:

    Beautiful pictures! I spent 2 years in Germany…(army wife) but didnt get to see a lot of it..
    I do remember the beer being warm and bitter….!
    glad your back!

  33. Jennifer DeKanick says:

    Welcome home. Sounds like you had quite the adventures. Am excited to see your stuff advertised to be order. YEAH!!!

  34. Jaimie says:

    Thanks for sharing your awesome photos!Enjoy your time home.

  35. Melissa says:

    Love the pics! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Janine says:

    I love that Nik Kershaw tune—it was on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack by Danny Hutton Hitters but I really like Nik’s version of the tune much better. Glad you had a great time on your trip! Sounds like it was a blast.

  37. Tim, Glad you are back home safely. What a wonderful oppurtunity to travel and see the world. It ooks like you had a lovely time. The pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Nelda Deakins says:

    Now I could stand a trip like this! Awesome!
    Would love to visit the castle and stay in a neat Swiss schalet! Glad you’re safely home. Nelda in TN

  39. Lynne Phelps says:

    What a wonderful trip and such great memories! And man, does that beer ever look tasty!

  40. EJ says:

    Welcome home, love the pictures they brought back happy childhood memories when I visited Germany and the Netherland with my parents πŸ™‚

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