Road trip recap: Celebrating a crafty kind of love today!

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.)

2014 CHA Show in Anaheim, California.

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Show held in January in Anaheim, California.

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?

The cool, glowing STYROFOAM wall at CHA.

FloraCraft built a wall out of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

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.

Carolina (Always Expect Moore) and Angie (The Country Chic Cottage) at the FloraCraft breakfast at the CHA Show.

Carolina from Always Expect Moore (left) and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage.

Blogger breakfast at the 2014 CHA Show.

Jamie from FloraCraft (left) and Vivienne from The V Spot enjoy breakfast.

Do you follow any of these lovely ladies? They’re all part of the FloraCraft blog team.

The 2013 FloraCraft Make It: Fun team.

The FloraCraft Make It: Fun blogger 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!

Lion Yarn exhibited the Taj Mahal at the 2014 CHA Show.

Taj Mahal in the Lion Brand Yarn booth.

An amazing display in the Lion Brand Yarns booth at CHA.

One exhibit featured the Mayan Ruins.

Wow! The Leaning Tower of Pisa recreated in yarn in the Lion Brand Yarn booth at the 2014 CHA Show.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa was one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the Lion Brand Yarn booth.

I also ran into Vanna White in the Lion Yarn booth. Every year, she hosts a fashion show for Lion Brand Yarn.

Vanna White and a fan at the 2014 CHA Show.

Vanna White and a fan at the CHA Show.

Red Heart Yarn had some colorful and super-sized hats and scarves on display.

Jumbo hats and yarn balls at 2014 CHA Show (Red Heart Yarn).

Jumbo hats and balls of yarn in the Red Heart booth.

A super-sized scarf at the Red Heart booth at the 2014 CHA Show. Colorful!

A colorful, super-sized scarf in the Red Heart booth.

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.

Woodland critters in Kunin Felt booth at the 2014 CHA Show.

These woodland cuties were in the Kunin Felt booth.

Cute faux deer head at the 2014 CHA Show.

It’s dear! (Wish I could remember which booth displayed this faux deer head.)

Beautiful faux pallet art by Lolly Jane and displayed in the FloraCraft booth at CHA.

Another deer head. This one is made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam to look like wood pallet art.

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.

Spray paint your throw pillows with Krylon ColorMaster.

Krylon ColorMaster spray paint on throw pillows. The booth also had spray painted t-shirts, shoes, totes, etc.

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.)

ADORNit at the 2014 CHA Show.

ADORNit designs and sells coordinating fabrics and papers.

ilovetocreate always has a fun booth, and this year was no exception. I thought Mark Montano’s journal dress was beautiful.

Mark Montano's beautiful ballgown at the CHA Show.

Mark Montano designed this beautiful ballgown, and journaled about his art on the gown.

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!

Tacky Glue ball from ilovetocreate at CHA 2014.

That’s a lot of glue!

I saw the vibrant Kathy Murillo, aka the Crafty Chica, in the ilovetocreate booth.

Kathy, aka the Crafty Chica, at the CHA Show.

Kathy demonstrates her tie-dye technique.

Next door was Mark Montano himself, leading a make & take in the DecoArt booth.

Mark Montano demonstrates for DecoArt at the 2014 CHA Show.

Mark Montano demonstrates painting techniques.

Also hard at work in the DecoArt booth was Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda and Fun Family Crafts. I’ve always wanted to meet Amanda, and I finally got to say “hello” this year.

Amanda in the DecoArt booth at the CHA Show.

What a thrill to finally meet Amanda!

What a treat to have a food truck lunch outside (yes, outside!) with the snappy team from SNAP!, the bloggers’ conference.

The SNAP team on a sunny day at CHA 2014.

A snappy team: Vivienne from The V Spot; Katie from Sweet Rose Studio; Jen from Tatertots & Jello; and Tauni from SNAP.

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.

Have you been in Daiso, a Japanese dollar store?

It was late in the day when we finally made it to Daiso, a chain of Japanese dollar stores.

Inside a Daiso, the Japanese dollar store chain in California.

There was lots of pink inside!

The art & craft supply aisle at Daiso, the Japanese dollar store chain.

An aisle of art & craft supplies in Daiso. Everything’s $1.50.

Cute packaging on glue sticks in the Daiso store.

I love the colorful packaging on everyday glue sticks.

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.)

2014 CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA.

A fun evening with friends!

What a way to end the show! One last beautiful evening before returning home to the cold and snow.

A pretty sunset on the Pacific Ocean.

A pretty sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Ahhh . . .

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!



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10 Responses to Road trip recap: Celebrating a crafty kind of love today!

  1. What a great recap Sharon! i wish I would have had the opportunity to see the beach while I was there, the weather was so gorgeous! So great to finally meet you in person 🙂 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you stopped in, Amanda! Next year, we’ll go to the beach together, o.k.? And I’m hoping to see you in Salt Lake City or Pittsburgh very soon! Thanks so much. Sharon

  2. katiria says:

    Wow! thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures. the CHA Mega Show looks like a ton of fun. You’re lucky to have such a cool job. I loved that Taj Mahal made of yarn, the journal dress, and the Aleene glue ball. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Sharon says:

      I wish you could go to CHA, too, Katiria. You’d love it. Inspiration all around! I am so fortunate that I get to go, though I wish I had more time to take it all in when I’m there. I bet you had fun plans for Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too. Sharon

  3. eileenhull says:

    Thanks for the recap Sharon. Loved that Lion Brand booth! Great pics…

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much, Eileen. I can’t believe I missed you this year! Maybe we can catch up at the Summer show? (Or is it now called the Spring show?) Happy grandbaby to you! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    WOW! What a place to visit and meet all the crafters. All kinds of fun new ideas must be brewing. I’ll grab my cup of tea and wait to see what new ideas you come up with. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thanks! I’m always amazed by the creativity at the show, and so many beautiful products. You know there are ideas percolating away up there . . . Happy Valentine’s Day to you. Sharon

  5. Wow looked like a great time! Too bad I am on the other side of the country. Thanks for sharing all the great pics!

    • Sharon says:

      You may be in luck — the Spring show is in Pittsburgh. Perhaps that’s closer to you?? You should check it out and see if you qualify as a member of the media. I know you’d love it. Thanks so much for stopping in today. Sharon

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