Okay, it's time to finally recount what happened at CHA!!!!!! And all the Designers in the Designer Crafts Connection are doing it together.

This was by far the weirdest CHA for me ever. I spent a total of 12 hours on the show floor and missed over half the seminars I was supposed to attend. I was in meeting after meeting, my feet swelled from my gout acting up, and I spent alot of time sitting and talking. And even though it was the weirdest, it was also the best!! I spent alot of time with friends, networking, being mentored, making connections. It was awesome!!

The show started early on Saturday with the Designer Roundtables. As soon as I became a Designer Member I was assigned to moderate the tables with Lorine Mason. It was scary at first but alot easier than I thought it would be – Lorine Mason is a great leader!!! There were lots of connections made, learning and sharing going on, and ideas taking flight. If you've never been to a Roundtable, don't be fooled by the name–the Designer usually run them but the topics are for ANY CHA member. Make sure it is on your list to sign up for during the Summer Show.

The rest of the day was education education education. I loved the Crafty Chica's blogging class!! After a few more seminars, I kind of burnt out and got really tired. 

I taught two Workshops at the show for two companies who I truly enjoy working with: Authentique Paper and Zutter. Other sponsors made sure I had lots of awesome goodies to give away too!! Here's a snapshot from one of my classes:

Here's a slideshow of all my pics from the show as well as a bunch my friend Mykle Parker took of me teaching my Zutter Sampler class:

But I know what you really want to see :) You REALLY want to see my HAUL from the show!! This show I took home a good assortment of products I will definitely be using. Here's the deets:

So there you have it! What I did at CHA in a nutshell. To see more of the products myself and the others Designers through were noteworthy, check out our CHA Board on Pinterest:


I am going to give away a sampling of some of the goodies I got from CHA :) Just post a comment here and I will choose one winner on Monday February 20, 2012. To continue on the hop use the “hop forward” button on the widget at the top of this post. 

Happy Hopping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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21 thoughts on “Designer Crafts Connection – CHA-W 2012 Re-Cap!

  1. Great pictures, looks like you had a great time. I wish I could go to CHA just once where I could take all the classes and see things first. How exciting. Thank you for the give away! Fingers crossed.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  2. Looking forward to seeing what you create with all that stuff! I’m really interested in the Smooch and the DIY Thickers, so I’ll be watching for those in particular.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  3. I love those thickers……..so many options. Where can I get that glue? Looks like a great haul!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm
  4. I love those thickers……..so many options. Where can I get that glue? Looks like a great haul!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 3:33 pm
  5. Wow, what a fantastic haul! I saw you at CHA, but didn’t get a chance to talk to you :( CHA is definitely an experiance, and I can’t wait until the next one! Thanks for such a great post. I learned a lot :O)

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm
  6. Great haul Jennifer. Love the variety of new products. Have fun with it all.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm
  7. CHA looked fun! Its definetly something I will have to plan one year! Theres lots of stuff Im excited to get when it comes out and I cant wait!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm
  8. thank you for a little peak into cha!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm
  9. TFS Jen.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm
  10. First, welcome back!
    It definitely looks like you had fun! I can’t wait for that glue to be available. I’m always on the look out for awesome adhesive options.
    Thank you for the chance to win some goodies!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm
  11. Hi, Jennifer! Just wanted to drop by and say THANK YOU for the SCRAPERFECT shout out!! Love ALL of their products :)

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm
  12. Another CHA under your belt. You are growing in leaps and bounds..How fun. Thanks for the opportunity to win and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm
  13. Oh, I forgot to tell you that I finally started my blog a couple of days ago. scrappinvall.blogspot.com…check it out and join, I would love to share with you.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 8:43 pm
  14. wow, wonderful giveaway, maybe I will get lucky as the 20th is my bday!

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  15. Thanks for the pictures of CHA. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm
  16. great giveaway, Jennifer! It seems you returned with lots of scrap “inspiration!”

    Posted on February 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm
  17. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 1:57 am
  18. Thanks for the Pinterest link and loved hearing about your experience! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:27 am
  19. Looking forward to following you on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing your CHA experience and for the chance to win some goodies.

    Posted on February 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm
  20. Finally getting caught up on my reading and so glad I get to see your haul.I am so addicted to that glue myself-I always buy 5-6 at a time. I actually have to hide away because my weekly class people keep coming and “borrowing”!
    I am so bummed I didn’t get to attend, so looking forward to going to summer session.
    Thanks for sharing and I hope your feeling better.

    Posted on February 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm
  21. I found myself in your pictures above.. how funny is that.. anyways you did a great job during the designers round table.. I look forward to it again in the summer. great job, and it was a bit of a weird CHA this time for me too.

    Posted on February 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm