Sometimes I wonder how everyone else seems to keep on track, because there are weeks when I feel a little derailed. That's why I haven't done a Links You'll Love for a few weeks. But I'm back on track, and the house is looking better and work is crazy but that will pass.
Meanwhile, there's much going on. CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) is having two shows in Anaheim. Traditionally, CHA only has a trade show--a show where all the manufacturers display their wares, both new and standards. But last year, they tried something new--a show for consumers. Here's how it works. Manufacturers can display their new products, let consumers try them, and of course, there are also retailers selling their stuff. There will be star sightings, make-it-take-its galore, and so much stuff to see, try, and learn about. So if you'll be in the Anaheim area Jan. 22nd and 23rd, check out the CHA Craft SuperShow.
One of the best parts about trade shows is that I get to see a bunch of my friends. Having worked so long in this industry, business contacts, fellow board members, and designers become friends. In fact, I'm sure I'll catch up with several of the folks in my Links You'll Love gang while I'm there. And speaking of Links You'll Love...
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week Craftside's got tutorials on how to make a paw print place mat, a tasty "bite" from the new book The Designer's Graphic Stew, how to sew a neckband into a neckline, all the CHA author details and how to make a scratching box for your cat.
Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
It's Chipboard Week at The Impatient Crafter and Madge throws down an 80s inspired mixed media necklace for iLoveToCreate!
Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Get into the early Valentine spirit with these colorful and cute Valentine brooches!
Crafty Princess Diaries
Is it really possible to quit your day job and become a full-time crafter?
Cross Stitch at About.com
Cutesy Cross Stitch not your style? Seeking stitches for your sarcastic friends and family members? Check out Connie's snarky stitchery patterns for a refreshing change of pace that avoids an X rating.
The Crochet Dude
Drew reviews Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas, and enter to win some lace weight qiviut!
Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi's shibori fabric is finished...and it was easy to make!
Check out Cathie's CHA plans! Her new book 101 Snappy Fashions and her new product line will be unveiled.
About Family Crafts
Sherri shares a collection of craft projects, all made from fleece fleece fabric. You can make everything from Sleeved Blankets for yourself and your pet to simple hats and scarves.
The Artful Crafter
Are you sometimes frazzled by all the demands for your time? Here’s Eileen’s plan to make more time for her art.
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how I use some fun Sweater Surgery and button flowers to dress up a clutch and check out my Craft Super Show and CHA Schedule so you can join me in Customizing a Greeting Card Album and making all sorts of goodies with recycled wool felted sweaters.