Debbie, a friend (MelissaL here on splitcoast) and I drove for 7 hours to take two tutorials from Michelle Zindorf in Laporte, Indiana. We took the beginners class in the morning and the more advanced class in the afternoon. We stayed in a hotel in Laporte for two nights, so all told, it cost us a pretty penny. Melissa caught on a lot faster than I did, and she is really good. She doesn't post too many of her cards on SCS....just too busy with her full time nursing job, two teenagers and her position as union steward at work.
Your tote sounds absolutely awesome. My big rolling tote is so cumbersome, and my little tool kit is too small. Ah well, I just can't justify buying something else.