The Craft and Hobby Association's (CHA) 2012 Summer trade show was full of crafty inspiration. This was my 4th show to attend and I finally got smart about it. I scheduled my time so I could fully walk the floor and enjoy as many make 'n takes as possible. Time to relax and play really helped me to learn more about the materials and see what they could do.
This holiday curmodgeon can't wait to start preparing for Halloween. Don't you love the owl I made at Floracraft! You can make one too.
These beaded trantulas from Blue Moon Beads are craftabulous!
I also love the other displays from the DCWV / Blue Moon Bead booth. This company never fails to dazzle with their displays. I must find a skeleton to bling out for my porch this fall. The neighborhood kids would flip out.
And talk about a freaking clever use for old lace tights and bits of broken chain!
Of course, Halloween isn't the only holiday. There was plenty Christmas fun too. This little wire tree with paper cut ornaments is so simple and so cute. I also like this use of acrylic board and paper. A great gift tag that doubles as an ornament.
The annual Crafty Couture display by the CHA designers group has inspired some fantastic booth displays. Check out the paper and crystal sparkle of this dress!
Here's a detail. See what I mean? Incredible! I also love the Hello Kitty bike. It is over the top cute, but in a way that works.
I always leave the trade shows utterly exhausted and yet refreshed. There are so many ideas to consider, new materials and tools to explore that I can't help but ignore my tired feet and head to the studio.