CHA Recap

Vicki, Hailey, and Alexa having a good time at the iLovetoCreatebooth.
Thank you to the folks at iLovetoCreate for inviting me to join them at the Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) this week. My previous experience with trade shows had been mostly non-fun stuff with non-fun people and spokes models (read:  Hooters girls) wearing nearly non-visible pants. Not what I would call β€œa good time.”
But this was not that. 
This was like, well, if the Emerald City was a craft store, this would be it.  So many new products to see and test and β€˜make-n-take’, and so many wonderful people to meet. 

People at CHA get uber creative when it comes to finding interesting ways to display products. As a former/failed window dresser, this is an art I can appreciate.
1. Have you ever seen anyone bedazzle a garment with fonts? Me neither. Look for Alexa’s Andy Warhol inspired dress in an upcoming issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. 
2. Tape. Tape. Tape. I don’t think I have ever seen so many colors and varieties of adhesive tapes in my life. Is it a trend? I don’t know, but it appears that pattered tapes are the new Pokemon cards for crafters.
3. My camera couldn’t hardly pick it up, but this whole  antebellum style dress was made from paper flowers and sparkly crystals. My heart just about busted when I saw this beautiful thing.  
4. This 1980’s Madonna style dress was made by Marisa, who was, get this: the grand marshal of the Duct Tape Parade.  Yes, there is a duct tape parade and a Duct Tape Festival. I told you guys, tape is big!

5. If you have been following Craft Wars on TLC you will recognize this awesome play house! It was on display for a raffle (I didn’t win), but I do have Craft Wars to thank for one of the items on my bucket list: Watch a reality TV show in the presence of one of the people on the show. Well, lucky me, I got to watch Craft Wars in the presence of dozens of other crafters, including Craft Wars winner, Andrea Currie and her crafty sister Lisa Fulmer. I was so happy for them both!


  1. says

    i was wondering if/hoping you’d get to meet alexa! she sure is swell πŸ™‚

  2. Kara DeCarlo says

    My heart is full of envy. Lucky you! I’m glad you had a fun time!

  3. PeachesFreund says

    Don’t let on. You deserve that massage, Vicki!

  4. PeachesFreund says

    You too, Hailey!

  5. PeachesFreund says

    AND YOU πŸ™‚

  6. PeachesFreund says

    It really is cool to see the new stuff. Lucky for me, 80% of my products come from the waste bucket or thrift store…so I was able to resist!

  7. PeachesFreund says

    Indeed, too-short! Wish you lived up the road and we could hang out and craft more often. I could teach your boys all kinds of trouble πŸ˜‰

  8. PeachesFreund says

    You too Kathy!!!!!

  9. PeachesFreund says

    You are 100% correct! I must have missed a chunk of text when I copy/pasted from my word doc. Good catch.

    And you are right — that was an amazing playhouse — you should have seen it in person!

  10. Jamie Seibert says

    Did you leave off #5 from your list? I recognize that awesome school themed playhouse from Craft Wars on tv! Is it the same one? I thought that was the coolest playhouse! I wish I could have gone to CHA, sounds amazing!

    – Jamie

  11. says

    I love the “CHA” photo – so cute! It was great to meet you and hang out, if only for a too-short time period.

  12. ajp2020 says

    You went to CHA?! How awesome to get an invite to that. Would love to go…and see the new stuff, not that I could afford it but to just drool over it and see what is there. Way cool!!!!

  13. Vicki O'Dell says

    HaHaHa! Thanks for posting that photo. My husband will never believe that CHA isn’t all fun and games now. I almost had him believing it was hard work and I needed a massage today. πŸ™‚
    (totally kidding)

  14. Candace says

    Yea! That’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing how that feels! I’m going to get to a CHA at some point – thank you for making my feeling of pity party to Yea! I’m so going to get there some day!

  15. elise M says

    You won’t believe this however , when I was in high school , I received “the paper dress” as a gift. I did wear it (although, I was timid to, it being paper and all . I wore it with a black turtle neck and black tights with black flats.
    I realize how long ago it is and, yes I am 58.
    I truly loved the memories you gave me.
    With all truth, you have knocked Warhol , out of the park !
    Thanks for starting my weekend off in such a beautiful way.

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