Friday, February 5

CHA Winter 2010 - Part Two, The Trade Show

By Sunday, after two days of the CHA Super Show, the regular CHA Winter Trade Show 2010 began and I was already completely exhausted.
During one of the Super Show days, my buddy Nancy told me we had walked about 6 miles that day not to mention how much standing in one place we had done.
My dogs were barking.
But I couldn't slow down, once the big show started there were people to see and TONS of stuff to check out.

Here are a few of my favorite things I saw at CHA Winter 2010:

My Mind's Eye, Lil Robot Line!
I have a soft spot in my heart for all things robotic.

The new Dear Lizzy line from American Crafts, Elizabeth Kartchner looks like a model in real life, seriously, and was as sweet as the candy in her display!

The Hambly booth never disappoints at CHA for sure.
Maybe because Allison is always in the booth with a cool Make and Take like this years bangle bracelets...
Or maybe because of their cool projects like these pillows I have been talking about since they posted them on the Hambly Blog. (those are rub ons!!!  More photos of the Hambly Booth in my post on Craft Critique.)
And Allison's mom was so sweet to give me the instruction sheet to make these cool flowers in their booth!

Apparently I LOVED the Cosmo Cricket stuff because I had a ton of pictures of their projects.
I fell in love with this little camera from their Joy Ride line, reminds me of a childhood toy I had.

These cupcakes looked good enough to eat but they were made with this new modeling clay, kids would love this stuff.

Speaking of cute, how cute are these?
I guess their name says it all.

My Cute Stamps is a brand new stamp company and I predict these images are gonna be quite popular.

Visited Martha's Booth and saw a couple cool new products like these stamps with coordinating punches, great idea!

And I had to check out the new Halloween stuff, since hers is always my favorite.

This cool project in the Kaiser Craft booth caught my eye because I love functionally crafty projects.

October Afternoon had lots of attention in their booth, as usual.
They introduced these two new lines.

Unfortunately, they only had some of their papers at the show, so I only saw a few of each line.

Studio Calico has their own collections now and their booth was one of my favorites!
Love their new products.

These fabRips are one of the coolest new products for 2010.

They had some of the best layouts at the show, it almost made me want to scrapbook.

Have you heard about the new Metallic StazOn?  It's about time!

Stampavie was at the show and had wonderful stamps, perfect for Copic Markers.

Kelso and I checked out the new eCraft by Craftwell.
It's a die cutting machine for people who want to be able to illustrate their own designs and be able to die cut them.

Oh...and there's an App for it!

Spent a lot of time talking with Margie Romney about her new girls' paperie company, she is a real sweetheart.

Her papers and embellishments are awesome.

I have to admit, one of the best parts about going to CHA is getting to see all my crafty buddies that don't live as close as I would like.
Like, Ms. Jessica, who did live in Illinois until a few months ago, it was awesome to see her and the cool stuff in The Greeting Farm booth, love those pinup designs!

And remember, I met Carol Duvall at the Super Show?
Well, I ran into her again at the ProvoCraft Gala and my buddy, Susie got to grab a photo with one of her idols.

At the ProvoCraft Gala, we had so much fun and they gave us presents!
Who doesn't love cake and presents?

All the CraftCritique girls were there which was so much fun to hang out at a party together.
Nancy and Jenny were there, so glad I finally got to meet them.

Heather got to CA on Sunday and I was sad to only get three days to hang with this girl, she's my sister from another mister.

The day I was in CA was my birthday.
It was the first time in my many years that I spent my birthday without seeing any of my family at all and it was totally weird.
But I had my girls to hang with and they were so sweet.
We went to another party with the Scrapbook Etc. group and it was fun.
The most fun was that they had temporary tattoo favors and Dana added one to match mine.

Kelso was so nice to drive our outta town butts around that night and the girls took me to a hole in the wall place to grab some Mexican food.
It was hilarious and sooooo fun.
I haven't laughed that hard in months and months.
Then, the bestest part of my birthday and this whole trip was our adventure to Yogurtland.
Oh, how I wish we had a Yogurtland in Chicago.

Love these girls so much!
I was so lucky to get to hang with these girls for 6 days.
Now, I have to wait til summer CHA to see most of them.


Rita said...

Wow looks like you had a grand old time & it was so nice to celebrate your birthday with some great friends...Happy belated Birthday Simone!

Looks like some great stuff coming soon to a craft store near us...I can't wait! Those papers look fabulous!!!

metrochic said...

boo is right! surely sarah can come up with a reason to need me in chicago before then, right? heh.

did i tell you i almost peed when we were laughing in kelso's back seat and facebooking each other? don't tell kelso.

Michele Kovack said...

I am so glad you had a great time! And that things are going so deserve it!!!!

Jessica Diedrich said...

Holy awesomeness-what a powerpacked post, girlie! Aww I loved seeing you, too! And I told ya, when I get back to the city I will SO be crashing your pad! I'm all over that October Afternoon DP-OH MY. Do we know when that is coming out???

Anonymous said...


How lucky can u get! You got to see all the wonderful creations, wish I were there.

I love your blog and the Owl Planner - wished I have one. You are definitely a very creative person. Thanks for sharing your crafts.