Sunday, March 01, 2009
Tying up loose ends
But first, I realized that I'm woefully late in posting photos from the Craft & Hobby Association convention. I'm so sorry about that--I've been busy getting ready for these sewing classes. But without further delay, here it goes!
This first shot shows you all of the stuff that I scored at CHA. I'm still not sure how I got it all to fit in my suitcase. By the time I was done, my little roll-aboard suitcase weighed 51 pounds! The Delta guy was a sweetheart and didn't charge me even though my bag was officially over the weight limit. (Though I did still have to pay $15 for the right to check my bag -- what's up with that, Delta??)
Probably the most amazing thing I came home with was the Sizzix Big Shot die-cut machine shown at the center front of the image. It's worth $100! I won it at a workshop that was taught by Margot Potter (thanks Margot!).
But so far my favorite find from CHA is Fabri-Tac adhesive. I'd never used it before and now I can't put it down! In fact, I'll be introducing it to my students tomorrow.
If you want the low-down on all the other other schwag from CHA, just click on the photo above and then follow the notes and links within the photo.
Now here's a shot of me with the one and only Crafty Chica.
I was so excited to meet her in person. She was sooooo nice, and in a very genuine way. And the glitters in her new product line from Duncan? Amazing! Click on the photo if you want to see the glittery goodness larger.
Here's a shot of me with Leah Kramer, the founder of the awesome site Craftster.org.
And here's a shot of me with Sarah*n*dipitous.
There's a funny story behind this photo. I was wandering the CHA show floor and was drawn to Sarah's booth as soon as I saw it--she made the whole thing out of cardboard!
We started talking and she insisted that she knew me from somewhere. Eventually we figured out that we're Twitter friends! Too funny.
That was the first time I'd ever met a Twitter friend in person--all I can say is that I hope all future meetings are as fabulous. Sarah is an amazing person who has seemingly limitless creativity and generosity. I wish we lived closer, but I'm sure our paths will cross again.
I also met Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, but for some reason I forgot to ask for a photo with her. She was so open in sharing her knowledge of the industry. Thanks Jenny, especially for the tip on Kreinik threads!
And finally, here are some shots of me and my clock in the Indie Craft Booth.
Okay, it's off to bed--I've got to teach in the morning!