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 Center

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.

Mod Podge demo

Perennial show favorites Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza were busy demonstrating for the Mod Podge brand in the Plaid booth.

Gelato Rainbow

Who can resist a rainbow? This rainbow of color is courtesy of Faber-Castell, showing off their new pastel and shimmer shades of Gelato medium!

Create and Craft TV

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.


Lion Brand had a photo area in their booth with a variety of scarves on hand so that attendees could partake in their #scarfie promotion on Instagram.

Vanna White David Blumenthal

Vanna White, who has her own line of yarn with Lion Brand, with CEO David Blumenthal at the annual Lion Brand fashion show on the CHA show floor.

Vanna White models

After the fashion show, Vanna posed for a photo with the beautiful models that showed off the fashions.

Helen Bradley

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!

Tim Holtz

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 Cupcakes

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!)

Olivia Clover

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!

Mega Block Party

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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7 Responses to A Snapshot Look at CHA Mega Show 2015

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    Conniecrafter January 16, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    looks fun despite the weather 🙂 tfs!

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    Ann in PA January 16, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Can’t wait to see your reviews!

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    lyneen January 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Great snapshot Nancy!!!

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    Cindy deRosier January 17, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Darn! I missed the cupcake party. But I did two of the Deflecto make-and-takes. I hadn’t heard of them before but really loved what they were showing.

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      Nancy Nally January 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      I had a cake pop. It was great! 🙂

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    Maria Del Pinto January 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    I missed out on it too….I love cake decor stuff. Did you get any pics of their new line pieces?

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      Nancy Nally January 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

      I did get some! Post will be coming!