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TODAY Show Surprises

Should I admit this? I didn’t get out of my pajamas today until after 2 p.m.! And unfortunately, it wasn’t because I was lounging around and taking it easy! We were frantically trying to finish the gifts we are giving the TODAY Show people (about 10 people. . . producers, hosts, hostesses, etc.) whom we will be interacting with on Monday.

Last year we took surprises as well, and we really outdid ourselves! (Click here to see those goody bags.) And we carried these on the plane with us!

This year, we went simpler, smaller, and nonbreakable! And following the TODAY Show producer’s advice, we decided to ship the gifts straight to the TODAY Show office this week, so we didn’t have to be worrying about them the morning of the show. That meant we had to get these in the mail today.

We had the first box finished last week—you can see in the pictures they are simple Kraft paper-mache boxes (with decorated lids) that can be re-used. (We did two versions--one for females and one for males.)

Inside we tucked a bag of made-in-Utah caramels (the BEST caramels in the world, and the ones I used for incentive gifts during my Workshops of a Lifetime) and a stack of cards (the photos never look as good as in real life), along with a personalized tag!


Shanna has spent hours and hours doing the duplicating—all I really did today was the packaging. But as usual, I was overly optimistic (smile) about how long it would take to tie everything up (tags, cards, caramels, etc.) and then put it all together perfectly. And so that’s why, when Shanna finally headed off to get everything in the mail, I was still in jammies and starving—I hadn’t even eaten breakfast yet!

I mentioned that all I did today was the packaging, but I also admired the gifts over and over—I love, LOVE these gifts! We also included a mini catalog for each person and an Idea Book & Catalog that they can all share. I hope our TODAY Show friends like these gifts, but even if they don’t, I feel pretty good about them. I would love to receive them!

Maybe our gifts will catch their attention enough that they’ll invite us to come back and stamp! Wouldn’t that be great!?

I’m looking forward to the show on Monday—I have to admit that it’s kind of nice to have one TODAY Show appearance under my belt. I know where I’m going, I know who I’ll be meeting with. . . there’s a level of comfort there because this is a return visit. I’m also looking forward to spending some one-on-one time with Shanna. She loves New York, and it will be fun to do a little shopping and dining (of course) with her!

I’m certain Monday I’ll be nervous, but right now I’m just feeling excited!



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Reader Comments (22)

I know I'd love to recieve them, they should love them too!! Best wishes on your appearance, I'll be watching.....
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeb
Stunning, beautifully stunning.
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen Williams
They are gorgeous projects Shelli,and all the best for Monday! We don't get the full Today show broadcast here in Australia but I hope to catch your segment posted online somewhere or at least look forward to hearing about it here! And it's great to learn about another of the many charitable causes SU supports - that's a wonderful thing.
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanne
Beautiful gifts! I'll be watching on Monday.
Thanks for sharing!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
I can't wait to see you on the Today Show next week... I've marked my calendar and sent out an email blast to my customers, family, and friends! LOVE the lovely as a tree card and I will be case'ing it, simple yet elegant!
Sharon Field
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Field
Beautiful gifts! All the very best to you and Shanna in the Big Apple :)
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaxine Conrad
I bet everyone will love these gifts; I know I love them all! You used my favorite stamp sets and I can't wait to get them out (after posting my Christmas cards this week) and duplicating your projects!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Fabulous! Just Fabulous!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Zindorf
Well I would certainly love to receive these. They are awesome! In fact I think I'm going to run out and get myself some paper mache boxes for my handmade gifts.
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
The gifts are beautiful and personal. I'm sure they will be very appreciated. Enjoy your mother-daughter time. Break a leg!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSHH
Love the projects. What is the black paper that is the card base on one of the cards? Am thinking of doing a class - Shelli's Today show projects!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTami Waddell
The gifts are STUNNING!! WOW!! Yes, they will be noticed and you will be invited back for sure!! :) Looking forward to seeing you on TV next week.. have a wonderful trip and enjoy your time with Shanna and seeing the festive lights and decor in NYC !!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Bennett
These are wonderful gifts! You will be great, as always...you have all of us as members of your fan club already! Have fun in NY (and don't forget to tell us what you got while shopping).
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Timko
Hi Shelli and Shanna!!!!

Your presents are GORGEOUS!!!! I'm sure the recipients will love them!! And I THANK you for projects which I shall copy!!!

Crazy lady that am, I will SEE you in NYC!!

I'm driving to Cathy Gaspard's home in Newburgh, New York --then we're taking the train in!!

So far it seems there will be about 10 of us --and we'll BE PROUDLY holding signs!!!

Take a BIG DEEP BREATH ---just like a labor contraction --go with it --embrace it --you've done this a zillion times before!!!!!! (are you laughing????)

hugs and SEE you "LIVE ON THE PLAZA"!!!

hugs, Barbara Lash
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Lash
Wow! they are amazing, good luck for Monday as usual you will be amazing Shelli!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlise Van de Bruinhorst
Beautiful Projects! I hope to catch seeing you on Monday- otherwise I'll find the clip on their website, no doubt!
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Beautifuf and inspiring! Can't wait to see you on the Today Show.
December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLori Ruello
Tami Waddell-we used Basic Black textured cardstock and to give it a little more pizzazz we used the smooch spray for the added shimmer(I am obsessed with it these days!). Don't forget to do an insert for those who don't have gel pens or don't know how to write on black paper, plus it just looks nice :) have fun and good luck.
December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShanna Bridegan
shelli you should be proud of your religion we certainly need more of it as it sustains us and grandchildren are very special so thanks for sharing
December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkathy
I love your style Shelli! These are beautiful! And how awesome to have some time with Shanna in NYC before Christmas (Hi Shanna!!). My family and I are off to Disneyland, then Mexico before Christmas and there's no greater treat then some down time before Christmas with family. Enjoy the trip and best of luck on the Today show - you'll be FABULOUS!
December 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynsay Mahon
As in love with the cards and box as I am, where on earth can I get those caramels? They look divine and good quality caramels are a weakness of mine! Can you please share the info on where you got them and if they can be ordered?
You were wonderful today and it looks like the trip to NYC was tons of fun and quite a success!
Have a wonderful holiday season...
December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Christian
Outstanding gifts!!!! Beautiful projects. I hope the recipients know to appreciate what they receive! Have fun!
December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Fernsler

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