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Sunday Snapshot: CHA Summer 2013 Las Vegas Highlights

Sunday Snapshot: CHA Summer 2013 Las Vegas Highlights | The Zen of Making

What’s even more ridiculous than Las Vegas? Las Vegas filled with crafters, of course!

This year, CHA Summer 2013 took over the city known for glitz and glitter. (Seems somehow fitting, doesn’t it?) Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:

Sunday Snapshot: CHA Summer 2013 Las Vegas Highlights | The Zen of Making

Did you know that Basic Grey makes fabric too? Well, ya do now!

Sunday Snapshot: CHA Summer 2013 Las Vegas Highlights | The Zen of Making

A Singer Featherweight from my trip to Quiltique. I’m pretty sure I’m in love.

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Sharing the Crafty Love at CHA Winter 2013

Sharing the Crafty Love at CHA Winter 2013 | The Zen of Making

CHA Winter 2013 was about two things: Checking out ALL OF THE NEW CRAFT PRODUCTS and getting silly with my favorite crafty pals. So if you’d ever wondered if I look awesome lounging in the back of a tie-dyed VW bus (I assure you that I do), if The Crochet Dude is really that tall (actually, I think I’m just really that short), or if Polly Conway and I might be twins separated at birth (almost certainly), then you’ve come to the right place!

(Credit for the photo above: Alexa in the iLoveToCreate booth.)

Here are a few of my best wacky, fun, and friend-tastic photos from CHA:

Sharing the Crafty Love at CHA Winter 2013 | The Zen of Making

Marisa (New Dress a Day), Sonya (Sonya Style), and I added a little more color to the iLoveToCreate booth. Not that it actually needed any help… ;)

Sharing the Crafty Love at CHA Winter 2013 | The Zen of Making

Seeing The Crochet Dude made my whole darn day. It also made me feel really, really short.

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New Glasses for CHA!

CHA Winter 2013

My new glasses arrived just in time for CHA!

Remember that fateful day in November when my beloved granny glasses broke in half just as I was heading out to climb a volcano? Well, superglue might have saved me then, but I knew it was only a temporary fix. So, when the fever from my epic virus finally broke on Monday and then my specs immediately followed suit, I didn’t reach for my files and adhesives—I ran straight to Fabulous Fanny’s. After an hour of playing dress-up with the guys in the store—and a lot of hilarious mirror squinting—I settled on this shiny new pair of red cat eyes. Pretty fancy, eh?

Now, with my glasses-related emergency out of the way, I’m focusing all of my energy on getting ready for the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show! I’m flying to California on Friday, and then you can find me rocking my new red specs on the CHA Winter 2013 show floor until 1/14. Are you headed to CHA too? I can’t wait to see you in sunny CA!

Sunday Snapshot: Post-CHA Playing in Chicago


My post-CHA Summer 2012 weekend in Chicago went something like this:

“OMG, shoes! I must have the shoes!”
“Break-your-own-geodes? I’ve wanted to do this since I was five!”
“Pancakes with fried plantains on top? Brilliant!”
“Two uninterrupted hours of crocheting on the plane? Perfect!”

Giant e-hugs to my darling friend Aubs, who facilitated a wonderful weekend filled with silliness and fun. (And who, mysteriously, conjured up a skirt-matching tank top out of thin air just when I needed one.) I’ve officially been reminded that playing for the sake of playing is never ever a waste of time!

Now that I’m back home in Brooklyn, I can’t wait to get back in the studio and start making! How about you? Did you get up to any good playing this weekend? Any big plans for the week?