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Darlene Pino

Plus Photos - June 30th

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Having a great time and learning so much! Here are a few more photos I took today.

Some are of the LOR Full Immersion Class and some of the Santa Class and a few more.

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Let's see if this let's me post this time.

Here are more photos from PLUS today.

The vendor hall photos were taken while everyone was in classes, so that's why I took the opportunity to get photos without people blocking my subject.

Lots of fun. Photos of speakers, the crowd, Santas ane lots of lights!

Santa tells us we should always wear suspenders to prevent those "plumber moments".

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Can't wait to get up there Saturday. Don't buy up all the lights everyone, leave a few for me !! LOL

That palm tree looks awesome. Might have to splurge and get one for the back patio.

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I registered last week and the full session cost was under $130. Regarding the quality of the classes, the panels include world class teachers telling us about their experiences.

The vendor room is awesome. I have saved $$ buying here.

Disclaimer: I have been a member of this forum since 2003. I have been computerized since 2005 (bc). I attended the 2007 PLUS here as well as Minis in my area.

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What vendor had that palm tree?

The vendor is Trim-it-quick.com they have the lights (very nice lights I might add)

-- HOWEVER -- she tells me she got it from a place called silkplants.com and there are several home decorating places that carry these.

Then the Second however, she took the palm fronds off the palm tree as the originals were not strong enough to hold lights, and she replaced them with preservec natural palm fronds (about $30 each frond) so it would hold the lights. I hope that helps.

Darlene

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The vendor is Trim-it-quick.com they have the lights (very nice lights I might add)

-- HOWEVER -- she tells me she got it from a place called silkplants.com and there are several home decorating places that carry these.

Then the Second however, she took the palm fronds off the palm tree as the originals were not strong enough to hold lights, and she replaced them with preservec natural palm fronds (about $30 each frond) so it would hold the lights. I hope that helps.

Darlene

Well dang! My Dad has been wanting a nice looking palm tree to put up at our lake property. Their website just shows light kits. I wanted a nice looking tree, that I could buy as a complete kit.

Thanks though!

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I am heading over now, had to video a wedding last night in North Carolina (family) so had to miss Plus this year, will try to make up for it by buying something at the vendor hall. Just curious how many attended from the original Plus held what almost 10 years ago near Nashville? Not sure if Ron Lister made it up this year, we had planned on going together but both had to change our plans....

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Well dang! My Dad has been wanting a nice looking palm tree to put up at our lake property. Their website just shows light kits. I wanted a nice looking tree, that I could buy as a complete kit.

Thanks though!

The website is www.qualitysilkplants.com

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I am heading over now, had to video a wedding last night in North Carolina (family) so had to miss Plus this year, will try to make up for it by buying something at the vendor hall. Just curious how many attended from the original Plus held what almost 10 years ago near Nashville? Not sure if Ron Lister made it up this year, we had planned on going together but both had to change our plans....

I was there in 2003, 2005, 2007, and (re)2009. I wanted to be there this time but could not due to extenuating family circumstances. I am very disappointed to have missed one of the PLUS events. I wonder how many are left now that have been to all of the PLUS events? Anyone besides Chuck and the Monkhouses?

TED

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What vendor had that palm tree?

The vendor is Trim-it-quick.com they have the lights (very nice lights I might add)

-- HOWEVER -- she tells me she got it from a place called silkplants.com and there are several home decorating places that carry these.

Then the Second however, she took the palm fronds off the palm tree as the originals were not strong enough to hold lights, and she replaced them with preservec natural palm fronds (about $30 each frond) so it would hold the lights. I hope that helps.

Darlene

Well dang! My Dad has been wanting a nice looking palm tree to put up at our lake property. Their website just shows light kits. I wanted a nice looking tree, that I could buy as a complete kit.

Thanks though!

Another source of palm trees is DesignerPalms.com. Their trees are really metal scuptures so they are not cheap. But they have a great silhouette and could definately hold the weight of the Trim-It-Quick lights. I have no connection to Desinger Palms, but I do own one of their small palms (7 years) and it is great.

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