The week at the Craft & Hobby Association’s annual show was a whirlwind! The exhibits are open for four days and there are two education days as well, plus I live on the East Coast so have to allow two full days for travel. It’s a great experience, but tiring.
I taught one workshop, had a display, and did two live demonstrations. I also took advantage of all the business sessions offered. Great content from Joe Rotella, Theresa Cifali, and Jennifer Priest.
This was the last year for Anaheim as host city. Next year the show moves to Phoenix and it’ll be a bit later (mid-January instead of right after New Year’s). Here’s a shot as I was coming down the escalator of everyone waiting to get in on opening day.
I taught a workshop for DecoArt using their Media Line of products. It was a lot of fun and everyone completed their canvases and left with a smile. Thanks to Stampendous, Ampersand, and The Funkie Junkie Boutique for supporting my workshop with DecoArt.
I was honored to have several repeat students from when I taught at CHA last year. This year I had students from Tokyo, Kuwait, Nederlands, Canada and USA.
Once the show opened I was drawn to many booths due to their vibrant displays and gorgeous samples. Here are a number of layouts from the Prima Marketing, Clear Scraps, and Heartfelt Creations booths. Very few of the booths put the designers’ names on the projects.
The best part of the show is catching up with old friends and making new ones.
I will be back on Sunday with Part 2 (way too many pics to include in one post). I did a lot of livestreaming video (Periscopes) from the show. If you’d like to see videos from the show, you can find all the live streaming Periscopes I did right here: CHA Show Periscopes on my YouTube channel. I scoped from the Designers in Action section of the exhibit hall and in booths with Andy Skinner, Anita Houston, Catherine Scanlon, Dyan Reaveley, Eileen Hull, Finnabair, France Papillon, Linda Swingle, Seth Apter, and Suze Weinberg.