I'm such a fan girl. Teen Daughters and I got to hang out with Regina Doman and her family this weekend and it was wonderful. I failed to get a picture of us together, so I guess I'm not a very good fan girl. Anyway, I was able to control myself and I didn't fawn over her . . . too much. She is an absolutely lovely person. I so enjoyed breaking bread with her and just soaking in her presence. The girls loved her too. Regina, hearing that they love fabric and all things sewing, introduced them to Liberty of London Fabrics. As soon as we got back to my sister's house late last night, the girls were checking out fabrics on E-Bay.
Also very cool was that we got a copy of Regina's brand new book, The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold. Yes, I know the release date isn't until June 1st, but all the cool people got a special preview edition. Well, everyone who attended the Joliet conference that is. Regina had a few printed up with a special inscription inside the front cover to commemorate the conference and the book's launch. Very cool! (Yes, I know, I say "cool" way too much.)
The funny thing is that the three of us were fighting over the book throughout the course of the conference. I only managed a few chapters, Teen Daughter Two managed about the same, and Teen Daughter One, now known as the Book Hog, finished the whole thing. She says it's really good. I'll let you know as soon as I pry it from TD2's hands.
If you're not familiar with Regina's Fairy Tale Retold series, it's really cool. (There I go again overusing "cool.") She takes a Grimm's fairy tale and places it in a modern setting. This particular book is based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses.