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!
California 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.
Perennial show favorites Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza were busy demonstrating for the Mod Podge brand in the Plaid booth.
U.K channel Create and Craft TV, which just launched limited programming in the U.S on Dish Network and DirecTV, was broadcasting live to the U.S. and U.K. from the show floor at CHA Mega Show 2015. Many familiar industry faces made appearances during the broadcasts to promote their products.
The invitation-only FaveCrafts Blogger Party on Saturday night at the Hilton was loads of fun, and a great chance to connect with brands and other bloggers. Helen Bradley and I enjoyed it to the max!
Some things never change – Tim Holtz always draws a crowd at the show for his wonderfully educational demonstrations of the latest Ranger products. Because he answers a lot of questions that take him off on unplanned tangents, Tim never does the same demonstration twice and so there’s always plenty to be learned from watching him.
Deflecto hosted a cupcake party in their booth to promote the release of their new cupcake and cake pop stand! It certainly made them the hottest location on the show floor while the cupcakes lasted (which wasn’t long with that crowd!)
One of the brands that attended the FaveCrafts party to chat with bloggers was Clover. Their representative, Olivia, and I had an exciting talk about the latest in ironing tools. (No, really.) Watch for more information coming soon on Craft Critique!
Despite the rainy weather, it was beautiful outside for the Mega Block Party on Friday night before the show opened. The party occupied the plaza between the Hilton and Marriott hotels in front of the convention center, and attendees could eat from several local food trucks, drink from bars, and dance to a live band.
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