Last weekend I was so fortunate to be able to go to CHA for my first time – the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show!
Basically – this is the show that all the companies that you know and love – jewelry, yarn, patterns, scrapbooking, and crafting suppliers – come to show off all their awesome new products to shop owners, buyers and the press!
So I wanted to try and condense down this amazingly huge weekend into a recap post so you could get just a wee taste of the fun!
Hopefully this isn’t crazy. I tried to do photo montages so you don’t have to scroll through for days. :)
I was invited by Plaid Crafts (who make Plaid and FolkArt Paints, Mod Podge, Martha Stewart paints and stencils and TONS more) to do a make and take in their booth. The folks from Plaid were soooo amazing! They were so sweet to all of us bloggers, they made us feel really welcome. So let me show you some of the fun from their booth – which was huge!!
They have a ton of new stencils in really great patterns and designs. I’m particularly in love with the Martha Steward Doily and Chevron stencils, plus this FolkArt line of patterns!
The booth was just so big, and it was full of these darling little wall displays – so you saw something different around every corner.
The top two photos in this set are of one of my favorite new products! They’re called Mod Melts! The Mod Melt sticks can be used in a glue gun, and when it cools it is a hard faux resin. They have super cute molds to use with the too. I believe these will be in Michael’s this spring. You can check out a video by Heather from Dollar Store Crafts of Cathie and Steve sharing all about them here!
And here are some shots of me doing my Make and Take! I was showing attendees how to paint mason jars with FolkArt glass paints and stencils. Yay!
(Thanks to Viv from The V Spot for taking these!)
Now let me show you some more cool booths!
One of my favorites was the May Art Booth. Oh my goodness the ribbon. Obviously I went a little crazy with the photos but they were all gorgeous!
And that bottom right photo? That is velvet rick rack people. Velvet. Rick rack.
May Arts is a wholesale supplier but you can find these ribbons in a lot of your local stores.
The booths were all so impressive. Made up of decorated rooms and pretty styling everywhere you looked!
Top left here is the Simplicity booth. They had some really cute Vintage style patterns that I can’t wait to try.
Top right photo is from the Fiskers booth. These little folded medallions were huge this year – they were in lots of booths!
Elephants seemed to be big this year too! The bottom right was the DCWV booth – they make all the fabulous beads and things that I love, like Lost and Found, Industrial Chic and lots more.
Bottom Left was from the Craft Attitude booth! This new product will get a post of its own soon – but it’s basically a film that you print on with your inkjet printer, then apply to almost any surface!
Jewelry, Wood, Canvas, Shoes or anything! I can’t wait to show you.
Another favorite new product were these Styro cutters from Flora Craft! The make cutting through styrofoam crazy easy. In the top right photo the little deer were cut out with these!
The bottom photos were from the Canvas Corp booth. It was made up of all these cool little rooms that had different themes – retro, vintage, rustic, etc. I found A LOT of new things there I can’t wait to try - including some paper stuff! Shocking right?
And just a few more things I loved:
This Scrabble display was in the Elmer’s booth – it would be so cute on the wall in a loft or game room!
The Crafting Armoire from Ginger Adams was another bit of awesomeness! It’s a new thin cabinet that hangs over a door or you can screw it to a wall – but look at all the storage! It held Soooooo much! And the front of the door has a large corkboard on it – so you could stick notes or project ideas on it. LOVE. Here’s a video on that too.
I can’t remember what booth this bicycle was in – but seriously the whole thing is covered in washi tape. Is that the cutest??
To add to all the fun from the weekend – a group of us headed over to Disneyland on Saturday night!
This was my first time at Cars Land in California Adventure and I was blown away! If you’ve seen the movie (if you haven’t you really must – whether you have kids or not. It’s one of my favorites ever) then you’ll recognize the bottom images. The whole area is a recreation of Radiator Springs and if feels like you are in the town!
Everything is super detailed – just like you’d expect from Disney and it was all so fun! I loved the rides, the food, and just seeing all the building.
Just some info if you’re considering or planning a trip to Disneyland this year -
They are doing something this year called Limited Time Magic. These are special events and deals going on throughout the park for a short period of time – you can check out everything here and plan your trip around what sounds fun! Here’s a great link for planning out your trip, where to stay, what to eat and more! With all the hotels and restaurants, it really helps to see them ahead of time so you make sure you don’t miss anything.
I had such a great time at CHA seeing everything, but also connecting with other bloggers that are such sweet friends. I’m not going to name them all because I’ll forget them and feel like a dork. But I feel so fortunate to work and be friends with such talented and awesome ladies!
I was also able to meet the amazing Cathe Holden from Just Something I Made! She is so super talented and I felt so honored that she actually knew who I was when I stalked her introduced myself!
So hopefully you have an idea of how much there was to see and how much fun we had! If you have questions about anything let me know!