January is a very busy month! First, there are tax forms to be prepared (not so much fun). Then, there is the Craft and Hobby show to get ready for (much more fun)! I get to spend a few days viewing new craft products, attending business seminars, networking with other designers and wearing professional clothes (no sweats!). I'll have a table-top display at the Designer Showcase where I present what I can do and have done for the craft industry. It's always an exciting and stressful time of year, but the hardest part is getting it all into the suitcase!
This year the theme for the CHA show is "The Power of Creative Community - Build Locally, Drive Socially". It's all about giving back and sharing your time and talents to create a better world. In the center of the show floor will be a Community Park with a Giving Tree hung with ornaments donated by designers to a group of charities for use in their good works. I created an ornament for Crafting for a Cure. This charity, which was started in Canada, works to donate craft kits to hospitals. These kits provide a creative outlet and distraction when children need a hospital stay. Anything involving kids and crafts is right up my alley, so I am very happy to help them out.
To see a list of the charities involved in this year's show, go to Charity Wings and vote for your favorite charity. The winning charity will receive a donation from Charity Wings.
I'll be taking photos this year of the show, so look for those the first Monday in February!
Until then, Happy Crafting!