My favorite Finds from CHA 2012

I am officially ruined! This year was my first venture to CHA {the Craft & Hobby Association} tradeshow in Anaheim, CA… Boy was I smitten. Now, I've been to many different types of trade shows, some that were more interesting than others.  When I walked into CHA I felt that I had found my place in this world. This was the trade show that spoke my language… The language of creativity! I wish I could share everything but here are a couple goodies that are up and coming…

Lifestyle Crafts

Start saving your pennies, Lifestyle crafts has all kinds of fun goodies that they are getting ready to release. The Evolution is the follow-up to the ever popular Epic tool and I can't wait until they release that later this spring.


Along with the new Evolution Lifestyle Crafts is releasing a new magnetic cutting tool with an improved cutting mat.  I can't even decide which one I am most excited for… The magnetic board is genius and I can't wait to give it a go.  We won't have to worry about our dies slipping anymore and wasting paper with a partially cut image! The new cutting mat is stronger and thicker so no more warping when you run it through the machine, YAY!! And I'm super excited for the new EVOLUTION!!

Lion Brand Yarn

I have many craft obsessions one of them being with yarn.  I love to crochet, I haven't done much on WhipperBerry, but it is one of my favorite hobbies.  I also love to use yarn when I craft, I love the colors and textures and how just a piece of yarn can had such dimension to a project.  I also tend to hoard yarn like crazy.  My favorite new line of yarn comes from the ever popular Martha Stewart via Lion Brand Yarn…


Silhouette is always a fan favorite and at CHA it was no different.  They had people lining up down the eisles to have a crack at dolling up their very own Silhouette bag with the heat transfer material.  Everyone loved it!


I can't wait until they release their new 12×24 cutting mat sometime this spring.  I promise you guys will be the first to know when that little goodie is up for grabs!

Now I'm left full of anticipation waiting for the release of all these fun goodies.  I go to the craft store now and I can't help but get excited about all of the fun items that are getting ready to hit the store shelves!!


Now CHA is not all business.  It's a great time to get together with great friends and spend some much needed time together.  To start off the weekend we headed to Disneyland with a small group and had a MAGICAL time! We were celebrating Tauni's birthday…

From left to right, Mique from 30 Handmade Days, Steph from Somewhat Simple, Jen from Tatertots & Jell-o, Marie from Make & Takes, Kami from No Biggie, Heather from Dollar Store Crafts, Lara from Less Cake More Frosting, ME & Tauni from the Snap Conference!

We had a ball getting reacquainted over a handful of dinners and parties…

Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous, Steph from Somewhat Simple, Yes, I'm the dork with the closed eyes, Kristyn from Lil' Luna and Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime.

We had fun getting to know crafting celebrities. Kristyn and I had the chance to meet Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune. She has her own line of yarn through Lion Brand and We had a ball at the Plaid booth with Cathie and Steve from Creative Juice on HGTV. They have a new line of craft products coming out soon!

Yours truly, Kristyn Lil' Luna, Cathie, Steve, Heidi from Sew Craft Create, Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime & Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous.

And of course if you are spending anytime with Lara from Less Cake More Frosting… We have to do a little more Disney shopping and goofing around…


It's a MUST!!  All in all, I had a ball at CHA and can't wait to go again next year!!

What's up today

That's just to name a few, hop on over to the WhipperCafe to see all of the fun chats that are happening.  We would LOVE to hear what you think!


  1. says

    Love all your finds Heather, especially the yarn…LOVE!! I can actually crochet {just no time to do it} but those crazy materials are gorgeous and fun! And – Love the hat pic :-)
    I’ll have to pop over more often!

  2. says

    Disney AND CHA? That’s a creative overload if I’ve ever heard it ;) Glad you had fun… and got to experience SO much cool stuff!! Martha Stewart does it again… I’m waiting for her brand of goodyear tires to come out with damask hubcaps or something… geesh… that woman (uh-hem… her thousands of staffers)… what can’t they do?

  3. says

    Heather- thanks for rescuing me from California Screamin’! It was so fun hanging out- only wish I had been there on Monday so we could’ve hung out a bit more!! Can’t wait to see you again. xo

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