I'm back in town after almost two weeks away! Traveling without a computer (just an iPhone) means that I have also come home to 406 unread e-mails in one account and 812 in the other. So, if you're waiting for an e-mail for me, be patient. I'm working my way through them.
The first five days of my trip were dedicated to the Craft & Hobby Association's (CHA) annual winter show.
If you're unfamiliar with CHA, it's an enormous trade show. There are classes, lectures, events, and all the new craft products get shown off on the show floor. While it's true that the show has changed over the years that I've been attending, it's also true that I've changed over those years. Or perhaps more specifically, my role has changed.
When I first started attending CHA it was like being allowed into Willy Wonka's factory. I was dazzled by all the new products and all the crafty celebrities. It was awesome and eye-opening all at once. You can read my thoughts about that first CHA experience here.
Nowadays, the show is work. I don't mean that it's not fun. It definitely is! I get to see so many of my favorite people and spend a lot of late nights socializing and laughing and hatching plans. I love meeting blog readers and the people whose blogs I read. I'm always shocked and surprised and delighted when people recognize me and want to take a photo with me. It's my five minutes of celebrity! :)
That said, as I was editing my photos I noticed how few product photos I had taken, how few photos with friends I took, and it got me thinking about how different this show was from my first show.
Anyway, here's a peek at my CHA bests and mosts:
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