CHA Hangover

January 29th, 2009

I’m home from CHA!  Wow – talk about tired!!!  I didn’t drink at all, but I still have a hangover!  CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association trade show where crafting manufacturers of all kinds display their products for retailers to order.  There is nothing available for immediate consumer purchase, but some booths do offer make & takes and/or give-aways.  Probably 75% of the show is made up of papercrafting/scrapbooking booths.  It’s hard to describe just how huge the show is, but I’ll just say that it took us almost 2 full days (9:00am – 5:30pm) to cover the entire show.  We actually spent 3 full days at the show and I spent most of my time with Taylor.  Be on the lookout at the Taylored Expressions store….she has some really fun new products coming soon.  *wink*

For 4 nights (starting on Saturday) we had a dinner or party to attend.  The very best thing about the show is getting to see (and meet IRL for the first time) friends who come in from around the country.  Unfortunately my camera did not work for the entire show.  I do have a few pics to share today that were graciously sent to me by awesome friends Lori and Jenn.

Here I am with Taylor – we had soooo much FUN!

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and here I am with Debbie Olson, Jenn, Taylor, Lori and Sharon Harnist.  Jenn and Lori and I were all in bright pink ’cause GMTA!!  LOL!

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I am so proud of my wonderful friends Joy and Cami along with their partner Kimberly who I finally got to meet.  Their new company Our Craft Lounge had a fabulous booth in the new exhibitors section.  It was by far the best looking booth in that area!  Congrats girls!

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I’ve got to get back to my regular *day job* today.  Just wanted to remind you that you have until 6 pm Pacific tonight to play my sketch from Taylor’s big celebration last Friday.  You MUST upload to the SCS gallery with keyword TECC52JS to be entered into my drawing.  Be sure to check your keyword! Scroll down for all the details.  I haven’t had a chance to view all the entries yet, but I look forward to doing that over the next couple of days.  The drawing winner will be announced tomorrow so please be sure to check back.

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