Welcome to the CHA blog for the Mega Show of 2016!
This year the Craft and Hobby Association is celebrating 75 years! That is certainly a record of which to be proud!
Every year I look forward to this show. It's the Disneyland of craft trade shows, and I spend all the time I can ooh-ing and ah-ing at all the wonderful displays filled with new products, innovative designs and people like me who love crafts! For the past few years, it has been set in the Anaheim Convention Center, which is always a plus in January.
Come along with me as I remember a few past shows. There are certain booths I have to see at the show. I design jewelry, so I always have to see the Beadalon booth. Last year they had four new trend displays. The trend on this one was tassels. Yep, they were right - tassels are everywhere in jewelry right now! What will they think of this year? I can't wait to see!
|Beadalon - CHA 2015|
|Beavers from Yarnia|
|Lion Brand Fashion Show - 2013|
|Lion Brand display - 2014|
These are just a small sample of all the crafty goodness going on at the show. With beads, ribbon, wood, wire and paper to view, it takes a few days to see it all!
Besides walking the show, I often work in one of the booths demonstrating the products. Here's one at the Smoothfoam™ booth from 2014. I had a great time creating with crafters who stopped by to see all the things you can do with Smoothfoam™. I won't be in that booth this year, but I will have a few designs there. I've been a member of the design team for three years now and it still amazes me what you can do with Smoothfoam™!
Last year I did something a little different. I worked in one booth for the entire show and saw the show from the vendor's side of the show - from set-up to teardown! It was an amazing experience, and one I decided to do again. I'll be in the Eye Connect Crafts booth this year, so do stop by and chat about crafts and see all the new products that Erin Sparler has designed for this year. Erin's chipboard creations are great fun for all ages - from kids making puppets with them to artists using them in everything from cards and scrapbooking to mixed media and jewelry. Here's a project that I made last year using her adorable crab poppet. The crab, like all the totem poppets, has movable parts that you can hold together with eyelets, mini brads or other connectors. Here, I used twine knots.
|Crab Totem Poppet|
Thanks for stopping by and letting me reminisce about past shows. I can't wait for January and the 75th Anniversary show! It's sure to be spectacular.
Be sure to enter the giveaway - at last count it was up to $650!! Stop by and see all the participating designers and manufacturers on the CHA blog, too, and get a taste of what the show will hold. And, if you come to the show, stop by and say howdy!
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