After a week in Los Angeles, CA for the The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Tradeshow, the Create & Craft team is back at home in Columbus, OH.
And what a week it’s been! Folks took some great classes, learned some new techniques, connected with familiar friends, met great folks, did some shopping, and walked what felt like 100′s of miles to cover two massive show floors.
We had the chance to do some video interviews with designers you probably know and some we think you’ll be seeing lots of in the future. Our first is with Barbara Trombley, the founder of Art Institute Glitter. Meet Barbara and see the amazing piece she had on display in their booth in this short video. We’ll post these interviews over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to our Blog and our Facebook fan page.
Joe R. presented two sessions that attracted nearly 500 people! One taught CHA members how to use the Web to attract and retain customers. The other helped members integrate social media (e.g., YouTube, Facebook) into their marketing plans.
There were several new lines at the show that really caught our eye. We’ll be working over the next few months to get some samples so we can play a bit and incorporate these fantastic new items in to our class projects.
And several folks messaged us about our return flights. We were booked on Southwest from LA to Columbus via Midway. Due to the weather, our first flight was cancelled and we were booked on a later flight from LA to Columbus via Denver and Midway.
As we waited in the airport, we saw several familiar faces, including Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi, Kathy Cano-Murillo (of Crafty Chica fame) and Wendy Senger (the CEO & Founder of My Tattered Angels and the creator of Glimmer Mist).
We had a bit of a scare when the Denver to Midway segment was cancelled, but Southwest came through and flew us direct from Denver to Columbus! So, we took the inaugural flight and made it home to cars covered in ice and no power. No worries though—we had suitcases full of goodies and catalogs, so we were smiling all the way!