2014 CHA Show Recap

crystal ninja and swarovski crystals at CHA ShowTwo weekends ago I put my craft hat on and headed to the CHA Mega Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.  CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association and this show is a conference and trade show for the country’s largest craft vendors.  This is where shops come to do their buying, designers come to show off their new collections and everyone in the industry comes to learn via workshops.  It is enormous!  I attended as “media” and was super excited to find some awesome new discoveries that, I’m sure, will take my crafts to the next level.  I had been invited to a workshop at the Swarovski booth and that was how I started my day.  I have never had the pleasure to work with their crystals before but YOU GUYS! they are absolutely even more stunning in person.

Swarovski Crystals workshop at CHA showI made that cute little compact mirror right there.  And, of course, I am already dreaming up ways to fit more Swarovski Crystals in my life.  See that little pointy tool peeking out from behind the bag?  That is a Crystal Katana and it is magic.  The tip is made of a rubber material that makes picking up and placing the crystals crazy easy.  I don’t know about you but my fat fingers just get in the way when trying to do delicate work.  The Crystal Ninja (maker of the katana) and Swarovski gifted one of these tools to each of us.  Score!

Erika Domesek and I at the CHA ShowThe workshop was hosted by Erika Domesek of P.S. I Made This and if you didn’t know, stripes are where its at.  She is an ambassador for Swarovski and chatted with us throughout our workshop.  She is super nice and really interesting to listen to.  Super excited that she will speaking at Alt Summit later this week so I can try to gain a little more of her business knowledge (not only is she creative, she has really made a name for herself in the business world and I think she is close to world domination…)

The Crystal Katana at the CHA ShowLater on in the show I found the Crystal Ninja booth and this huge sparkly Crystal Katana.  Of course I had to have a picture with it.  Do you see the TV behind me?!  Everything looks better with crystals…I wonder what my husband would say if he came home from work to find out TV like this…

Look how huge this scarf is!  at the CHA showThe booths were full of inspiration.  I can’t remember which booth this is (great recap Sharon!) but how awesome is that huge scarf?!  And those yarn balls instantly made me think that I’m probably going to need to recreate this for a future party.  Those balls would make perfect seats don’t you agree?