Recap of CHA: Crafty Friends We Met!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

One of the most wonderful things about the craft and hobby industry is all of the wonderful people you meet! Renewing friendships and making new ones is always a real thrill for us. We wanted to share with you a few photos of those we during our time at CHA.

First off, we have to introduce you to two very amazing friends of ours – Jacki and Sharon. Not only are we neighbors at home, but it sure is fun when you share many of the same interests! They have believed in us from day 1 in this venture. We are so blessed! We want to be sure you all get to know them, because we’re sure you’ll see much more of this fun duo in the future!

Kris and Jacki Sharing S'mores at our Dinner Table!

Kim and Sharon Hamming It Up in the Doodlebug Photo Booth!

We also had the opportunity to meet up with some of our favorite designer friends! We’re sure you’ll recognize a few! 😉

Cathe Holden - Just Something I Made

Elizabeth Kartchner - Dear Lizzy

And then we met for the first time some of our “idols” in the industry!

The Amazing Anna Griffin

Linda Peterson - Amaco and Linda Peterson Designs

Erika & Monika - Double Stitch Twins and Red Heart Yarn

 We loved seeing Candace once again of ThermoWeb Adhesives. She is such a hoot to visit with. And can you see that picture frame up close? It’s our logo letting others know they’ve worked with us on projects! And speaking of ThermoWeb, don’t forget that you have just a few days left to participate in that incredible giveaway of over $1000 in prizes!

Candace - ThermoWeb Adhesive Products

 And finally, it’s always fun to meet up with bloggers in the crafting community!

Ana Cabrera - Northridge Media

Kris, Beckie - Infarrantly Creative, Heather - Dollar Store Crafts, Kim, and Jen - Tatertots & Jello

Have a wonderful and crafty weekend everyone!

-Kris and Kim

CHA Summer Show Review: Part 1

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

As promised, we want to share with you a few of our highlights from attending the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Show in Chicago last week!

First off…2 of our favorite people in the industry! Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza  from HGTV’s Creative Juice. They were as warm and endearing as we find them on TV. It was so fun to meet them for the 1st time as they were there showcasing their new “Hot Glue Gun Helpers” from Plaid.

Here’s a short video of us meeting Cathie and Steve, as well as Cathie demonstrates how the new hot glue gun helpers work. No more burnt fingers for us!

And recognize this gal? If not, you’ll surely recognize what she represents…MOD PODGE ROCKS! Amy is one awesome woman who loves her decoupage! And don’t YOU? You definitely should…it’s a staple around here! Check out her blog for oodles of inspiration from around the globe.


Then of course we love all of the creative and amazingly talented folks behind Provo Craft, makers of the Cricut. They were there to debut their brand-new product- The Cricut Imagine. Oh. Wow. Amazing. It is similar to the Cricut expression, but can print out in color!!! All cartridges are interchangeable as well. So, so cool.

Jinger is their spokeswoman and then there’s Maggie who we just adore and is a huge proponent of ProvoCraft with her “challenges” she creates over at her blog. If you’re ready for a creative challenge using products from ProvoCraft, then Maggie is the gal to see. Maggie is so, so sweet. We could sit and visit and laugh with her for hours if given the chance.

 And finally, here’s Kathy Cano-Murillo, otherwise known as “Crafty Chica.” She’s just as nice as they come!She has her own product line filled with flashy and vibrant colors. Her work is beautiful! And so is she!


Here’s a video clip of Kris having some fun with Tulip’s Tie-Dye kits! So easy to do and a great project for both kids and adults!

Now doesn’t that look like fun? (Sorry for the poor image quality on this one… not sure why that happened!)

And did you know that Kathy Cano-Murillo is not only an amazing artist, but also a new and upcoming author? Her brand-new novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter was a really fun read. And doesn’t that title just make you smile? 😉

We hope you enjoyed part 1 of our CHA recap. Come back to the blog this week to hear and see more about the summer show!