So I am here in Anaheim at the Craft and Hobby Association annual convention and trade show and once again, the manufacturers did not disappoint.
But the highlight of my day was actually meeting and talking to Tori Spelling. Yup, the celebrity is here promoting her new jewelry components line for DIY-ers.
I was walking back from the convention center and decided to cut thru the back way down one of the halls near the ballrooms. Right there in the hallway was Miss Spelling surrounded by a small entourage of about 5 people, one of which was a giant Samoan with long dreadlocks wearing one of those earpieces like the secret service wears, so yeah, pretty sure he was not about to let me get any closer to her. So I very carefully and politely tapped him on the shoulder and asked if I could get a photo with Miss Spelling. He nodded yes. :)
Tori was messing with a necklace, one from her new product line, trying to shorten the chain so it hit just right where she wanted it on her neckline (the one in the photo). As I stood there patiently waiting for the giant body guard to usher my closer to her for the photo, I heard her say "I just need to squeeze this jump ring to get it closed. Wish I had a pair of pliers right now". That made me smile. :) Glad to know that she was truly a DIY kind of girl! Just then, her assistant, Mehran (a.k.a.- her "gay husband"), came rushing out of the ballroom, and said "Tori, it's time! You need to go on! (meaning "onstage" to do whatever she was about to do in that ballroom). She had seen me standing there and said, "Wait just a minute. This lady wants a photo", smiling in my direction. To the dismay of Mehran and the rest of the entourage, the body guard ushered me closer and Tori jumped right to my side, put her arm around me and her assistant snapped a photo (the one above). Then Tori turned and thanked ME....ME! I thought that was very gracious of her since I was the one bothering her for a photo. I told her that I think she is a beautiful person and I appreciated her letting me get a photo. She smiled very genuinely and said "that is so sweet of you to say!" and thanked me again.
Then she was rushed off into the ballroom by an obviously flustered Mehran, but not without smiling and adding a "take care!".
Now THAT is one classy lady. :)