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CHA SuperShow Summer 2011, Chicago

The CHA Craft Supershow Section at TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show is being held this weekend, July 21-24, 2011 at the  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. There are Manufacturers as well as retailers in attendance for prime shopping.

Craftside is there, giving attendees a free journal at their booth, and showing off all their great crafty titles.

And demos to show you how to use the cool products at the show.

There are plenty of hands-on make-and-takes like this one from Lion Brand yarn.

There are some crafty celebs in attendance too.

There are FREE make-and-takes at some of the booths, like this one from My Favorite Things, which also included a FREE stamp set for attendees who participated. Their make-and-take schedule is available on their blog.
Plenty of cool deals and projects in their booth as well.
And some great free projects from the Splitcoast Stampers gang and manufacturers which change each day.

And another free make-and-take from Taylored Expressions, who also brought along all their great products.

And special deals just for attendees.

And let’s not forget the great projects to inspire you!

So, if you are in the Chicagoland area, you have two more days to check out the show! Let us know if you will be there or if you attended, what do you think? We would love to know!

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Craft Critique Martha Stewart Show Event

Reported by Simone Collins

Brought to you by The Cricut Cake….

We are packing our bags and heading to NYC this week for a special live tapping of the Martha Stewart Show this Wednesday, March 2nd. This special episode will kick off National Craft Month and feature the new Martha Stewart craft products which will be sold in Michaels stores. This show will air live starting at 9a cst on the Hallmark Channel.

During the show, we will be live blogging every detail right here on our website. Read and follow along as the show airs to read this midwestern girl’s impressions of the whole Martha Stewart experience. And if you can’t tune in because pesky work is getting in the way, just follow along with the live blog feed to feel like you are right there with us!

It is no secret that Martha is a fan of social media. Last January, she featured The Blog Show which included segments about blogging, featured bloggers, and had an audience of only bloggers.     And Martha has a facebook pagewrites her own blog and is a regular tweeter. It just makes us love her even more.

We have had other brushes with the greatness that is Martha Stewart like when Sarah Moore, our Editor- in-Chief, attended the Bloggers Night Out event last August. Or when some of our editors flew traveled to Turks and Caicos last November to report on the Martha Stewart Craft Studio at Beaches Resort. If you love Martha like we do, this is just the cherry on a very delicious, perfectly frosted red velvet cupcake.

And if you weren’t already convinced to tune in to the website on Wednesday, we are also giving away a Martha Stewart Cricut Cake Machine and cartridges (over $500 value) to one lucky reader!

To enter to win, you need to post a comment or question on our site within the live blogger window or in the comments area.
You have from 7a-midnight cst to enter. Winner will be announced on Thursday, March 3rd.

Sign up for this handy reminder and then just tune in right here on the website with live blogging beginning at 8:45a cst.


We will also be hosting our weekly tweet chat on Wednesday afternoon from 1-2p cst, join us at tweetchat.com, hashtag #craftchat for a chance to win a Martha Stewart prize! We will be talking all Martha and would love to hear what you think of the show, her products, and see your Martha-esque creations.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

What’s a Tweet Chat?

Reported by Amy Anderson

Do you think that 140 characters is too short to discuss a subject online? Then you need to participate in a Tweet Chat! A Tweet Chat is a meet-up on Twitter – Twitter users get together at a predetermined time to discuss a topic of interest, such as crafting. There is usually a defined agenda with an assigned Tweet Chat leader; Tweet Chats can also be free form with open conversation.

So why would anyone want to participate in a Tweet chat? They are typically about very specific topics, so you can learn a lot from a large group of people in a very short period of time. The character limit causes participants to be clear and concise with their words – I find that people get to the point more quickly, and no one can hog the conversation. It’s also a great opportunity to meet Twitter users with your same interests and take the chat offline. Plus who doesn’t want more Twitter followers?

If I’ve piqued your interest in Twitter chats, then you should know these four things before you attend your first one.

  1. Tweet chats use what is called a hashtag to link all the tweets together into a virtual conversation. The hashtag is the pound symbol and a word that typically describes the topic – for instance, if you discuss spray paint, your hashtag would be #spraypaint. This hashtag is included in every single tweet by every chat participant. Our weekly Tweet Chat about craft uses the hashtag #craftchat.
  2. Tweet chats can be best followed in a third-party application, such as Tweetchat.com. I use Tweetchat.com regularly and have had great success with it. You simply visit the webpage, login with your Twitter address and then enter the hashtag to follow the conversation. Everything is automatic; Tweetchat.com even adds the hashtag to the end of every tweet for you so that you don’t have to keep re-typing it.
  3. When you begin your first chat, you should warn your followers that you are about to participate. I typically tweet a message about five minutes before the chat, something like “Please excuse my excessive tweets about #spraypaint for the next hour. You are welcome to join the conversation!”
  4. Tweet chats move quickly. You might get overwhelmed at your first one, but I promise that it will get easier if you become a regular participant. I suggest asking the host if he/she will be providing a transcript at a later date so that you can go back and refer to the parts you missed.

Ready to get chatting? Every Wednesday from 1-2p cst, we host our own Tweet Chat with the hashtag #craftchat. Each week there is a different crafty topic but is always a chat about something crafty. So, depending on the area of craft you are interested in, you can join us every Wednesday or join us for the chats that appeal to you. Upcoming Tweet Chat topics are listed in our sidebar.

Tomorrow, March 2nd, we will be chatting about all things Martha Stewart. Our editors will be attending a Martha Show taping and hosting the chat right from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Headquarters.

As a bonus, they will be giving away a copy of Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craft to one lucky participant of this Tweet Chat. So, just join in the fun and you are entered!

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!