Monday, July 18, 2011

This, That & CHA

Hello Crafty Friends.. I will be gone till Thursday, so I thought I would catch you up on a few things.

I am leaving in about 2 hours for CHA... today is meetings, workshops, seminars, and networking.  Tonight is The Taste of the Rosemont, which means FREE drinks and food... and more networking.  Later tonight, hanging with some friends and talking business.

Tomorrow the fun stuff begins.. CHA always officially starts on Tuesday, not sure what CHA is?  Craft and Hobby Association.  This event is closed to the public and now it's closed to even more crafters in other areas that are not considered a business, but here are a few more facts taken right from CHA.
  • The CHA Summer Convention & Trade Show is the season’s largest professional craft and hobby show.
  • Hosted at the Donald E. Stephens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. for over 30 years
  • Over 400 U.S. & International exhibitors from dozens of countries
  • Over 75,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space
  • Over 5,000 attendees and more than 2,500 buyers anticipated
  • Hundreds of new craft products launched
  • Dozens of craft industry celebrities on hand ( Tim, Heidi, Claudine, Lisa, Lizzy, Jennifer, Teresa, just to name a few)
There are a few manufactures that dropped out of the CHA, but over 30 new companies are coming in.. I am really excited this year, since I am meeting friends there, but I am pretty much doing my own thing.  I have my itinerary ready, bags packed and I can't wait to go.  I will be posting photos on FB while I am gone and will post the photos here, hopefully Friday. 

All of my classes are cancelled this week except for the one class I am coming back for on Thursday.  All other classes will start back up on Tuesday July 26th.   

I will be working on putting up my August Schedule when I get back, I am a little behind.
Thank you to all of the new crafters I met at my craft sale, hope to see you again soon. 
Scrap It Girl, Kimberly


  1. Hi Kimberly,
    I am one of your followers... Being new to crafting and blogging, i was wondering what CHA is? Thanks for answering... and all the best for it... Hope the visit will be a huge success!

    Love n wishes,

  2. Hi Priya.. CHA is a Craft & Hobby Association event that happens only twice a year.. once in Chicago & Wants in California. It's where the Manufactures introduce the new lines for fall and winter to the buyers/stores. We can place our orders and meet new designers/stores/etc.. It's an awesome experience.

  3. Hi, Kimberly!

    Sounds like you've had a fun and busy week! Looking forward to seeing your posts on the great new products that I'm sure you discovered at CHA.

    When you have a minute, please check out my blog...I have an award for you there! :)

    Have a SUPER day!



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