Oh, holy cow. Imagine this:
Three days of crafting at the home of Ranger Industries, the company that makes all those wonderful inks and embossing powders and stuff. Hands-on classes in melt art taught by Suze Weinberg, herself. Classes in Perfect Pearls by Robin Beam, another Ranger guru. And classes in using inks, paints, and embossing powers with Tim Holtz. Plus products, and technique guides, and reference materials, and a teacher's kit. And when the three days are over, you become a "Recognized Ranger Educator," which means you can run around teaching these same kinds of classes, I guess.
It's called Ranger University, and you get all of this for $200. (You have to provide your own transportation and lodging, too. Ranger Industries is in Tinton Falls, NJ.)
The catch: It happens only twice a year, and you have to apply for this privilege. Ranger says, "Decisions regarding who attends are not made on a 'first come, first serve' basis, but is determined by your application content and background." They're particularly looking for retail store owners, experienced instructors and demonstrators who already have a following, published designers, and reps of companies whose products somehow work with the Ranger line. As Ranger U becomes more widely known, competition for the 25 spots per weekend becomes more intense.
Still, I'm daydreaming about finding a way to sneak in there somehow. If you've been to Ranger U--or if you have a friend of a friend of a friend who went--please share the nitty gritty. Is it as good as it sounds?