CHA Winter Trade Show

I'm at the CHA Winter Trade Show. I never dreamed I'd be able to say that.

I shot this picture yesterday morning under a perfect clear sky as I was walking in – with goosebumps.

CHA Winter Trade Show 2013

So, what's CHA? No, it's not a Cuban dance as in Chacha-chá. It's the Craft and Hobby Association. Craft manufacturers of all kinds (jewelry, ceremaics, knitting, leathercraft, etc. . . . ) reveal their latest products for the coming season at the Spring and Winter trade shows. And, of course, the paper craft industry is, in my humble opinion, the star of the show.

Unfortunately, membership into the CHA isn't open to the general crafting consumer. You have to be a "qualified industry professional." It's been a dream of mine for years to both be able to qualify and to be able to go to the trade shows. I'm pinching myself every minute – still not quite believing that I'm here and meeting my idols, like Jody Morrow, Kim van der Sanden, Melody Rupple, Sherrie Siemens, Cindy Lawrence, Lisa Spangler, Marianne Walker, Mona Pendleton, and Carole Burrage. And, every one of them has been every bit as lovely in real life as I imagined them to be. Yes, I'm star struck.


I've been posting pictures of the new products on Facebook and Twitter, though I confess I'm kind of awkward at it. But, if you'd like to follow along with my CHA adventure, you can join me here at:

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Sweet Comments

  1. So excited for you…keep livin’ the dream!

  2. YEAH!!! I can feel the excitement in your words!!! I felt the same way when I went last year.
    I was antsy and excited at the same time and met so many of my online blogging buddies…I was STAR struck the entire weekend I was there!! LOL Have lots of fun and don’t over work yourself…I did and came back sick!! :( But it was worth it!!! LOL
    Have a great time.


    • Oh Honey! I got to see or meet Tim Holtz, Heidi Swap, and so, so many of my blogging idols. I felt like I was in Hollywood. When a few of my blogging idols actually knew who I was, well, I nearly cried. And, then, when one of the vendors got all screamy and giddy to meet me, well, my head swelled up so big it nearly matched my big hair.
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  3. Hi Linda! It was great to meet you at CHA and get to know you a little bit better :) I hope to see you again one day soon! Perhaps, Vegas? Oh, wouldn’t that be great fun?!
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  4. Sounds like you had a FAB, FAB time Linda :) :) :)
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