Friday, July 21, 2006

CHA - Day 1

Whew . . .that's about all I can say . . .well, maybe "whew" and "oooh my feet are tired."

Johanna and I are here in Chicago and just finished the first day at the CHA Tradeshow. We were able to meet up with Claudette from the justjohanna Design Team and walk around the floor. So much to see! Both Johanna and I are a little bit overwhelmed.

Claudette is an absolute delight to be with! She has a great sense of humor and truly loves this whole crafty industry. She was able to participate in some of the Make-N-Takes and I think she had a pretty good time.

I picked up a few catalogs, but really was just trying to take everything in visually so I could make up a map and come up with a plan of attack for Sat. and Sun.

One company that has really stuck in my head so far is OneHeart-OneMind. Fresh colors, fabu patterns . . .and really innovative ideas with one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock called "cut-a-part cardmaker." We will definitely be going back to that booth tomorrow!

And Queen & Co. . .. oh dear what fun goodies she has! Cannot wait to order the new stuff. She's come out with some great new embellishments in some of my very favorite colors!

Stampendous and Hero Arts both have some very cute holiday images. And the new Monogram sets that are soon to be released are very, very tempting . . .Johanna almost has me conviced to "try them out" in the store . . .

After the show, we went and had a cup of coffee (or three) a nice sweet treat and just visited and chatted about what we saw . . .and then the coversation turned to who we saw. . .. Ali Edwards, Rhonna Farrer, Tim Holtz (who, by the way has new stamps . . .and I've got them on order. Did I mention that before?) to name a few.

Tomorrow is another day . . . but OH my, I am looking forward to seeing more and more goodies. Another update will be posted in the evening (assuming we get back at a decent hour) because we do have plans to head into the city to visit Stamp On In.

One last thing: Yes, Auntie Stu, I did have Italian Beef with sweet peppers. YUMMY!

1 comment:

Sue said...

I am so jealous! The fun you must be having and all that yummy food makes me long for my childhood!! Don't forget to try the vienna hot dog. Enjoy the rest of your adventure!