Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a sweet day, packed with lots of love and a little (or a lot) of chocolate. Today’s post celebrates a love of crafting, as I share a few highlights from the CHA Mega Show, held last month in Anaheim, California. My notes are in no way comprehensive, and I know I missed a ton. But I’ll share a few things that caught my eye. (And a little peek into a Japanese dollar store, too.)
My first stop is always the FloraCraft booth, of course. FloraCraft cuts and packages all those shapes of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam you see in the stores. New in their booth this year was an amazing wall made from STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I could see this very cool, glowing wall in a restaurant or hotel lobby, couldn’t you?
FloraCraft also hosted a blogger breakfast one morning. A few of the ladies I got to chat with were Angie from The Country Chic Cottage; Vivienne from The V Spot; Carolina from Always Expect Moore; and Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations.
Do you follow any of these lovely ladies? They’re all part of the FloraCraft blog team.
If you enjoy yarn, you would be dazzled by the Seven Wonders of the World designed in yarn in the Lion Brand Yarn booth. The models were amazing!
I also ran into Vanna White in the Lion Yarn booth. Every year, she hosts a fashion show for Lion Brand Yarn.
Red Heart Yarn had some colorful and super-sized hats and scarves on display.
The woodland theme, first noted a few years ago, is still popular. There was lots of wildlife on the show floor – foxes, owls, birds, deer, etc. None of it live, of course.
Techniques and materials continue to mix it up and cross over into different categories. For example, we saw markers used on floor tiles, furniture, walls and glassware. Pillows and other fabrics were spray painted and stamped.
The paper companies are also mixing it up, and introducing paints, jewelry findings, and so much more. ADORNit, designer and maker of fabrics and scrapbook papers, is part of the trend. (Note the woodland theme.)
ilovetocreate always has a fun booth, and this year was no exception. I thought Mark Montano’s journal dress was beautiful.
And then there was the kitschy glue ball in the ilovetocreate booth. Is there a crafter who has not used Aleene’s glue? Aleene, by the way, just celebrated her 90th birthday. Happy birthday, Aleene!
I saw the vibrant Kathy Murillo, aka the Crafty Chica, in the ilovetocreate booth.
Next door was Mark Montano himself, leading a make & take in the DecoArt booth.
What a treat to have a food truck lunch outside (yes, outside!) with the snappy team from SNAP!, the bloggers’ conference.
We went off site for a little trend spotting at Daiso, the chain of Japanese dollar stores. As you’ll see, everything is $1.50, so I guess it’s a dollar-and-a-half store. Daiso has an arts & crafts aisle, too. It’s always inspiring to check out different packaging and product ideas.
The last night of the show, I enjoyed dinner with two of my favorite people – Annie, editor of Craft Ideas magazine, and Norma from Dow. (FYI – Craft Ideas is the new name for Crafts ‘n things magazine.)
What a way to end the show! One last beautiful evening before returning home to the cold and snow.
There was so much I didn’t get to see, and so many people I missed. There’s always next year, right? (Or perhaps I make the it to the second CHA Show later this year . . .)
Have a sweet weekend and happy crafting!