Monday, August 2, 2010

CHA 2010 Wrap-up

I have been so absent from this blog lately! Summer is just busy, busy, busy around here! We've taken a trip to Silver Lake, been working hard on getting our "real" house ready to move back into and last week I was at CHA in Chicago! It was my first time and definitely won't be my last. I had such a blast meeting up with my fellow ACOT Creative Team girls. You'd never know that some of us had never met before in person- we just had such a good time together. It's definitely a special group of ladies close to my heart! Here we are Tuesday night, quietly enjoying each others company. Or maybe not so quietly...

Seeing the sneak peeks on the computer is fun, but actually getting to see all of the new goods in person is WAY better! For one, I was not excited about the new Fancy Pants releases, which was bumming me out because I love them! BUT... in person it did more for me, and they're back on my must have list! Other lines I loved were Pink Paislee's Parisian Anthology, Cosmo Cricket's Togetherness and October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker. Jenni Bowlin has some SUPER cute new embellies that I need like the vellum butterflies and the mini chalkboard alphas. Studio Calico has new mists, including a WHITE one, and some completely awesome wood veneer alphas that are so on the top of my list! Echo Park... awesome! Wait until you see the Christmas lines! Maya Road had awesome make & takes... I would have loved to take their whole booth home. Every. Last. Thing. Oh, and Sass Lass! Yummy, yummy new stuff! Wait until you see these metal brooch flowers they have. They are to die for! Plus, I got to meet one of their designers, Kay, who I've talked with on-line before and she lives right by me, too, so that was a great added bonus at their booth!
So my favorite release? Crate Paper Restoration! I just love the colors and their papers always have the best texture I think. Maybe working on restoring our old farmhouse has me a bit biased, but I've heard other people say it was their favorite of the show, too! Here's a photo of it at their booth:

With all of the make & takes and goodies they're handing out all over the place, my suitcase weighed 10 more pounds when I left than when I came according to American Airlines' scale. Lots of great stuff- paper, a signed book, embellies, paints, mists, adhesive, tote bags & a water bottle are just some of my haul. It was a great, super fun week with lots of inspiration and ideas every time I turned around. I cannot wait until next summer!

Hopefully I can pop in later this week and show what I've been up with some old vintage frames. I made one for Quinn's room and one for my scrap room- they're different, but both totally cute! And pink, of course. ;)
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