"Creativity is intelligence having fun." -- Albert Einstein
At a CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) tradeshow there is so much to see, scores of new products to try out, and dozens of fabulous workshops and seminars. The 2013 winter show was no exception.
One of my favorite new products is from EK Success. They've put together adorable needle felting kits. I love the animal series, but the flat panel series is also clever. They've preprinted the outlines on the background. Simple!
Mary Lawrie joined me at the show and is obviously grooving on the tie dye display at I Love to Create. Don't you love the van! I want one! If you live in California, keep your eyes open for it this summmer. The company will be driving it up and down the coast, pulling into parking lots for a little impromptu tie dying.
For another take on surface design, check out the display by fellow CHA desigher Lorine Mason. I just love how she mixes an elegant dress cut with exhuberant color and pattern.
Marisa Pawelko another fellow CHA designer never fails to bring some bling. She joined forces with Elena Lai Etcheverry of Charity Wings to create this confection. The wings are entirely covered in buttons. Note the scissor holsters with some outrageously fun scissors from Westcott.
I'm fascinated by all one can do with rubber stamps and the variety of inks on the market. Tsukineko has some fantastic products that allow to one easily customize plastic buttons. I have a few sweaters in need of a creative update.
I love Graphic 45's display of paper used for home decor. Why didn't I think of changing the paper in my wall clock?! It's on my to do list this weekend.
Permanent markers or fabric pens are a great way to add a bit of color to some lace like this example using Le Plume permanent markers from Marvy.
Of course, I also had my own booth at CHA in the Designer Showcase section. The backdrop is an accordion book that I made from watercolor pencils, gouache, glitter, paper, embossing powder, stamping and vintage scrapbook papers. The back is completely done with Duck Tape.
To see more of the show floor, check out Julie McGuffee's tour of CHA.