CHA Mega Show 2015 | Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show

The Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show is always a big draw at the CHA Mega Show. It takes place right on the CHA show floor, in a part of the Lion Brand Yarn booth, and is hosted by Vanna White.

Vanna was introduced this year by Lion Brand CEO David Blumenthal, before the show began.

Vanna White Lion Brand This year’s show was themed “You Can Do It!” and showcased items that were from easy to intermediate difficulty, and based on square and rectangle shapes for easy of construction. Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig to create Handmade BraceletsI’m here with a peek at one of the new jewelry making products introduced at the CHA Mega Show 2015: the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig!

Artistic Wire 3d Bracelet JigIf you love making jewelry than you will be thrilled about the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig, which is the perfect tool to create bangle bracelets, cuff bracelets, and any curved jewelry components. You can design perfectly round, continuous, all-in-one handmade bracelets. Additionally, the jig can be used to create hoop earrings, curved earring designs, and so much more.

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig KitThe 3D Bracelet Jig is around 6.9cm in circumference , which creates a 2.75 inch diameter piece. It has evenly spaced rows and columns of holes, which hold the 20 pegs and fasteners that are included in the kit.

How to set up the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet JigThe Jig is easy to use. You just secure each peg by attaching the fastener from the inside of the circle, and then wrap the wire around to create your design. You can make it as simple or as complicated as you want. If you want to see the Artistic Wire 3D jig in action, just watch the video below.

Handmade Wire Bracelets Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet JigWhat type of designs would you make with a product like this? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us!


A Snapshot Look at CHA Mega Show 2015

The Craft & Hobby Association held its CHA Mega Show 2015 last week in Anaheim, California. Industry professionals of all kinds came from around the world to learn, see new products and make connections. Here’s a peek at what we did!

Anaheim Convention CenterCalifornia might be a desert, but you couldn’t prove it from the weather during most of the show! It was grey and rainy in Anaheim during the majority of the show days. It was mostly just a light drizzle but wet enough to put a damper on walking in the area around the show venue.

Mod Podge demoPerennial show favorites Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza were busy demonstrating for the Mod Podge brand in the Plaid booth. Continue Reading →


$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY “12 Days of Christmas” Advent Calendar Tutorial

12 Days of ChristmasMy fourth project for the $5 Holiday Gift Ideas Challenge was a gift for a friend’s son, who is a great fan of the “12 Days of Christmas Advent” calendars. I know he already has three chocolate ones, so I thought I would make one that was a little different. This Advent Calendar project for kids is so quick and easy to create that it can be done in just a few hours! Continue Reading →


$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY Candy Cane Centerpiece Christmas Tutorial

Candy Cane Vase Craft ProjectMy second project was for my daughter, who wanted a Candy Cane Centerpiece like a lot of ones she’s seen on Pinterest.  Most of the ones on Pinterest did not have directions. Those that did had really complicated directions that she just wasn’t ready to try out.  So, I decided to make her a more simplified version.  I also made sure that the steps were very simple so she could easily make another one on her own. Continue Reading →