Wednesday, January 9, 2013
CHA Sneak Peeks
The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Show is earlier than usual this year - in fact it starts this Friday! I wasn't at CHA last year because it was at exactly the same time as the PaperWorld Show in Germany which I attended with Mandy and Enfys (you'll find posts about that show in the archive for last February - click on February 2012 in the "Blog Archive" in the left side column and look closer to the beginning of the month).
Trade shows are great fun (and a lot of work). You have the chance to meet up with all sorts of people in the industry, take classes and learn about the new products. In Germany last year, I tried lots of new things and even did this oil painting! (click HERE to read about that experience - I'll try anything once!).
Most of the manufacturers and designers have been revealing their new lines and products online already but I am sure there will be some fun surprises at the show. Tim Holtz (who generates rock star excitement wherever he goes at the show and is amazingly patient and nice to everyone) has lots of goodies coming including new Distress Paints. Check his blog HERE for the reveals he has done so far.
If you check lots of blogs you can piece together information about the new and interesting products but there are several places that will help you with shortcuts and links all in one place. Scrapbook.com has a great page HERE with links to over 60 sites. On Nancy Nally's Scrapbook Update site you can find the sneak peeks HERE.
Charity Wings is doing another Live from CHA event - you can see all of the details on their blog HERE. There will be three days of live streaming interviews and product showcases. Kendra Wiggins has been making the most amazing angel wings for Elena to wear at CHA - there is a photo on her blog HERE and I have seen progress photos on Facebook showing the incredible beaded details.
I am still recuperating from this flu - so I guess it's a good thing that I hadn't planned on making the trip to California this time. We had good news today - our son and daughter-in-law arrived back in San Francisco safely from their trip to India for a wedding. We also had some sad news - my Dad has been admitted to the hospital in Pennsylvania with flu and pneumonia. I don't know what the next few days will bring - we'll have to take it one day at a time. The evening news led with a story about the flu epidemic last night - it's bad and may get worse as we are still early in the season. At least he is in a room at the hospital not in the hallway or a tent. All of your thoughts and prayers are most gratefully accepted.
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