I wanted to tell you about this weekend... and
well something CRAZY with
my flight home yesterday.
Let's just say that I learned
a BIG valuable lesson.
SO today this a day in that I want to ask a big favor...
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I have a weekly show every Monday.
Today I am showing all my new WE R MEMORY KEEPERS books
and WHAT I intended to show and do
did not happen.
I don't think I have ever had this happen but
I talked from the heart about my books,
and the REASON why
I do what I do.
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This beautiful large art was made by Connie and the people
that came to my workshops.
This is UNREAL...the most thoughtful gift!
|If you look closely you can see the words...|
the meaning within the branches.
TY & Teresa
Each pink leave is some of FINGERPRINT of my friends at Creative Cards & Crafts.
|Thank you so much Creative Cards & Crafts for this gift...|
but MOST of all the gift of LOVE that I truly feel.
They asked me to come back
and I immediately said YES!
|So thankful for these beautiful girls.|
They came and helped me for the wokshops.
Jennifer Haggerty and Malika ...
are so special. I feel honored to know
I travel with a lot of stuff. I had two checked on bags yesterday. I was flying from Chicago direct stop back home to SLC.
When I get to the airport, I do the usual I have done countless times.
I take my two bags to the DELTA line. I fly so much that I am a SKY priority girl... and I
do get three free bags (thank you Delta).
This is good since I bring so many project samples, a BAG (over ten lbs of FISKAR punches, all my TC Xyron adhesives/ tools, etc. and prizes.... you know A LOT!
I always have a bag of my clothes and even more tools. I
normally have sketches of new lines and
journaling books with all of the things from my head on this paper.
Delta loves me because I am loyal.
I check in with two black bags. I have found the cute PINK and pattern ones simply won't hold up to my travels. So to adorn it...
I use tulle and gold ribbon on the top of my checked luggage.
I have never had to "guess" if it's my bag.
The older lady printed my two suitcase labels and proceeded to talk about the boy behind us in the airport. He was disabled and
was wailing and flinging his body as his family
was putting him in a wheelchair. I assume she was distracted.
He was about 12 years old and it was heartbreaking
and he was violently moving his arms and legs as his
mom was strapping him with restraints in the chair.
She was simply distracted. She checked my two bags and I left
to come home. When I arrive in SLC, I see my one bag- (*yes, the one in the photo) and I wait for bag two. I use the time to talk to Gentry, Tyler, my friend Amy. Finally,
I'm like this is way too long no new bags have come out in forever. I am the only one waiting now.
I go and look at a big black bag like mine... but
I think no way... it's not possibly mine. It's more torn and such and lighter black and has NO ribbon. I look at the name tag-
and I see TERESA COLLINS.
I'm confused. Did they take my ribbon off?
Did my bag get really beat up this time?
I open the bag to see a man's belonging. I close it and go to the Delta baggage claim.
A nice man helped me. I explained the situation and gave him the man's bag and showed him that I did get ONE of my two bags.
THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
Airlines are known to put someone else's label on the wrong bag.
He told me that I probably will not get that bag back.
I started to think what was in THAT bag since he wanted to know what was inside it. I had just packed it that morning and I try to be really organized. I knew all the contents.
I told him... 1. a white flatiron (chi) 2. my canon camera (yes, thankfully it is my travel one 3. brown boots (tan) with five buckles (gold) on the side 4. white satin like blouse with gold buttons 5. three pairs of shoes (described them) 6. jeans and the brand 7. two pink shirts with ruffles 8. shampoo/conditioner 9. gold bag toothpaste, lotions etc. 9. dies and punches *now I had to explain to him I own a craft company. okay... I could go on...I know you do not want to heareverything in my suitcase. I had so much in that one bag. The only thing I normally don't pack was my camera. I
still don't know why I did that. It was in my purse and I was sorting my items between three bags and put it in the "wrong" bag.
Anyway, he said "I'm so sorry but I don't think you will get any of this back. Mislabeled bags are often never recovered." So as I stood there I am talking to everyone and even other people who had missing bags.
We had a conversation and he gave me great tips for the future and how to avoid this happened. I thanked him and said. "You know, it's a bag and I lost a lot of material items. l did lose a lot of my favorite clothes and my favorite camera but it's okay. It's only STUFF and it can be replaced."
I think my reaction and that I was even smiling must have really surprised him. He said, "ms. you are NOT like most people."
I simply told him again.
"It's only stuff... this was important items but
NOT important people or things that cannot be
He thanked me and told me he hopes they find my bag.
I learned some things.
1. watch the printed label as they put it on YOUR bag.
2. he suggested to have them show YOU the label so you know it's YOUR label.
3. when packing write down or take a photo or your bag so if it's lost you can show them the bag and visual of the contents.
4. when things like this happen- you have a choice on HOW
you are going to look at it. I hope they find my bag, but if they
don't it's okay.
I am most GRATEFUL for my sweet husband who when he picked me up and felt the same way. We laughed.
It's only a bag.
PS- I still love DELTA.
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