The last few days have flown by in a craft-filled whirl. Oodles of inspiration, fab new products, reconnection with friends, I had a great time!
This is only my second participation in a Craft & Hobby Association trade show, and my first time participating in the Designer Showcase. For me, the event was 100% amazing. I met publishers, writers, and firmed up connections with several companies. Folks always ask me if such events are worth it and I have to give this one my double thumbs up. If anything, the professional development workshops make attending worthwhile. I learned tips from a PBS producer and two tv craft hosts on how to present my work for consideration, let alone how to be natural in front of the camera. No, I'm not going on tv anytime soon (well, maybe YouTube...), but I stored the knowledge for future use.
For me half the fun is in the preparation. I had a blast designing what I presented. Over the course of the next few months I will be posting full project sheets so you can make them too if you wish. So stay tuned for them! (See I'm getting the hang of tv lingo....)
The other half of the fun was seeing what everyone else has been doing. My background is in textiles, but I am seriously tempted by all the mixed media that's happening. Check out the work of Shannon M. Bielke of Sha & Co, www.shaandco.net.
Here's Laura Foster Nicholson of LFN Textiles, www.lfntextiles.com, at her booth. She designed every bit of paper, fabric and ribbon featured on the table. She's even wearing a jacket she made from one of her fabrics! One of these days I really need to try Spoonflower.