CHA‑W 2013 ~ W should stand for Whirlwind

Jan 21, 2013

CHA~W was a whirl­wind for sure. There were so many excit­ing things to see and do I have no idea where to start. To me CHA is like a mini reunion, it’s always won­der­ful see­ing old friends and mak­ing new ones.  Below are the adorable make n takes Car­o­line designed for me to teach each day of the show. I love that she always has a dif­fer­ent one each day. And can you believe some atten­dees have cre­at­ed every make n take I’ve done with Maya Road since my first show with them in 2007.

Maya Road make n takes

The Maya Road make n takes were so pop­u­lar that each day by 1:00 we fin­ished all we had pre­pared and had to scram­ble to come up with a new one. My table is always crazy with a line of peo­ple eager to cre­ate.

I did a video for Maya Road with Craft Time TV show­ing how to recre­ate the flower neck­lace above. Once I know when it’s sched­uled to air I’ll let you know.

Craft Time TV

After tap­ing my video I had to get a pho­to with the awe­some video crew and Sandy San­dler the Sta­tion Man­ag­er for Craft Time TV as they were so much fun. I hope to work with Sandy in the future and believe me I will keep you post­ed. As I men­tioned on Face­Book a few weeks ago… I have ideas and come hell or high water, this year I’m mak­ing them hap­pen. Make sure to fol­low Craft Time TV on Face­Book HERE to keep up to date on every­thing that is going on.

Gorgeous Sunset

Each night, leav­ing the con­ven­tion cen­ter I saw some of the most incred­i­ble sun­sets. This pho­to is straight from my cell phone… no fil­ter was used. I’ve nev­er seen a sun­set as pret­ty as this one. And good­ness I have to admit it was CHILLY WILLY in Ana­heim this trip. I am nev­er one to say I’m cold but dang, I got so cold dur­ing set up that once we got back to the hotel I had to take a hot bath to warm up. I think Ron­da, Car­o­line and Lau­ra were in a bit of a shock to see and hear such a thing from me.


Signing a copy of Delight In The Seasons for  Scrap n' Art Online Magazine

Sat­ur­day, before my book sign­ing with F+W Media I did a demo using alco­hol inks and oth­er prod­ucts to cre­ate the cute lit­tle embell­ish­ment shown above. It’s per­fect to use on a card so I’ll post the  tuto­r­i­al this week. It’s a fun one. The book I am sign­ing above is for one lucky read­er at Scrap n’ Art Online Mag­a­zine.

Book Signing

Sun­day, I had fun doing a book sign­ing with R+M West Coast Dis­trib­u­tor, Inc. Gail is always so much fun. I love see­ing her at the show. Thanks, Lau­ra for tak­ing this pho­to. I always for­get to have some­one take pho­tos for me of me.

Caroline, Laura and Me

After the show Sun­day evening, Car­o­line and I met Lau­ra and her beau­ti­ful daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria for din­ner at the Cheese­cake Fac­to­ry. It was fun catch­ing up with them and talk­ing about all the excit­ing events she has planned and the fun we had dur­ing her Bel­la­gio Retreat this past Sep­tem­ber. Lau­ra only has a few spots left in her Bel­la­gio, Italy Cre­ative Retreat this June. You do not want to miss this event.

Victoria and Laura

Each night it was always fun chat­ting about the day and just hang­ing out with the Maya Road gang. Not sure where, Angel­la, Ron­da and Emi­ly were when this pho­to was tak­en… actu­al­ly I think Emi­ly took this pho­to. Who knows as CHA is such a whirl­wind. I’m tru­ly blessed to be a part of the Maya Road fam­i­ly. I love their prod­ucts and I love them!

Some of the Maya Road gang at dinner

Hardest Working Crafter At CHA ~ Angela Daniels

I was so hap­py to have Angela Daniels (the hard­est work­ing crafter at CHA) come by and clean up my make n take table while I sat and checked Face­book on the last day of the show. She is awe­some like that you know. If you don’t already fol­low her on Face­book you can friend her HERE. She is a hoot.

Tortilla Jo's Downtown Disney


Maya Road Group Photo

After break down on the last day we always go eat at Tor­tilla Jo’s in Down­town Dis­ney. It’s a great place to eat and gosh do we ever laugh. We were all sad know­ing Angel­la was head­ing back to Aussie land the next day. She is awe­some.

The Traveling Apron

And my Trav­el­ing Apron vis­it­ed a new state… I love adding to the list. Next month, I get to add Ohio. Now t’s back to book projects for me… 25 done 15 to go. I’m almost there.

Cre­ative Hugs!

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