Please note: This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase from a partnership site, I may earn a commission.

25 Things to See at CHA 2014

I just got back from the 2014 Craft and Hobby Mega Show in Anaheim, California. Normally I would have stayed about 3 days longer, but I had a second show to hit up, so I busted through this one in only 2 days. I was amazed at how much I was able to do and all the people and products I was able to see. There are so many new things coming down the line, it's excited to be a part of the creative community that comes up with these awesome new trends, tools and products for the DIY creators out there. Im pretty sure there are more than 25 things… but it looked like a nice manageable number, so I used it.

Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show
Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show

This time around I did not exhibit nor host any kind of designer display. Instead I attended the show as a designer and creative blogger – that's creative blogger folks, not mommy blogger. My kids don't call me a mommy… I'm not that nice!

CHA 2014 Mega Show opening day
CHA 2014 Mega Show opening day

I went to a number of events that focused on upcoming products and partnerships and I was able to pick up on a few trends. Here's some things to watch for:

CHA 2014 started off with a fun block party. It was a great time to reconnect with friends and get a little food. I had the Classic from Viking Dog – super nice guy running the show there and pretty tasty brat!

CHA Block Party food truck brat
CHA Block Party food truck brat

The next morning I went to the annual business meeting and breakfast and heard an inspiring keynote. Make it happen… it's up to us to strive for what we want and to make our own success. Work together, work hard and make it work. That was what I got from the message shared.

Inspiration at the keynote
Inspiration at the keynote

I went to a few sessions and learned a little, networked a little and gain a bit of insight and information.

I stopped to check out the Banners of Hope. A great booth inspiring visitors to stop and make a banner using a variety of materials to inspire and encourage hope.

Banners of Hope booth
Banners of Hope booth

I participated in the Designer Challenge hosted by Charity Wings. I was so nervous I would make something completely ridiculous. Then I got up there and got a ridiculous list of supplies… I couldn't go wrong. What do you make when you're given a sheet of Styrofoam, a bottle of craft paint, some decorative plastic, glue and twine? Not much I say. So I went back to my roots and my instincts took over. I drew with the paint by squeezing it out of the bottle as I drew… voila, Monsieur foam head. Yes, that's a Styrofoam nose that's attached by my pounding the lid to the glue into the foam – ha!

Charity Wings Designer Challenge and my Masterpiece
Charity Wings Designer Challenge and my Masterpiece

I met some great people while I toodled around the show floor.

Jen and Jaderbomb
Jen and Jaderbomb

Jaderbomb – I've followed her creativity on facebook and instagram for months!

Jen and Lorine
Jen and Lorine

Lorine Mason – I love this girl's sewing creativity.

Jen and Rachel
Jen and Rachel

Rachel Faucett from Handmade Charlotte – she is spunky and fun and she brings that personality into her creations, love it!

Jen and Joe
Jen and Joe

Joe Rotella – I love this guy. He is definitely a ray of sunshine. To take this photo, I had to hold the phone while Joe pushed the camera button… teamwork at it's best!

Jen and Jonathan
Jen and Jonathan

Jonathan Fong – creativity is in this man's DNA, he amazes me with his perspective and artistic hand. I love how he is serious and silly all at once. We then walked away with 4 ginormous bags of craft goodness. Here's the box I shipped back home filled with all this creative fun. I'll share what's in side later.

Giant box of craft goodies from the Favecrafts event
Giant box of craft goodies from the Favecrafts event

I also went to the I Love to Creative Refresh event. It was beautiful and relaxing, this company knows how to treat the creative mind! I love this logo they created for the show this year.

Creativity Changes Everything
Creativity Changes Everything

I helped out a little at the Designer Showcase. The new format they set up for the displayed looked like a pretty art gallery, it was really nice. I hope more designers exhibit in this space next show, I think it was lovely.

CHA 2014 Designer Showcase
CHA 2014 Designer Showcase

Spending time with brands at CHA

There are a ton of brands that attend the show. Here are the brands that sponsored this year's show… all fantastic and all with great new ideas and creative inspiration to share.

CHA 2014 sponsors
CHA 2014 sponsors

The Marvy Uchida booth had some cool new products and I love this hand drawn art using their chalk bistro markers.

Chalk art at the Marvy booth
Chalk art at the Marvy booth

Buttons Galore launched a new brand and a new craft kit line that I helped with. I designed the logo and the packaging for the new BGM Creations line.

New BGM Creations packaging
New BGM Creations packaging

I spend some time helping visitors find their color fun at the Rit Studios Maker Space – oh my gosh that was so much fun! A little color and a microwave can do amazing things.

Silly at the Rit Studio
Silly at the Rit Studio

I snagged a robot from the Maker House table while I was helping at Rit and I decided to dye the little man with Rit dye. I have more ideas to decorate this bot, I'll share what I come up with as soon as I finish.

Maker House robot and Rit Dye
Maker House robot and Rit Dye

Finally I met with Duck Brand to check out what new things they are working on. They have a whole pile of patterned tapes – which you may have already seen in stores in your area. There's more to come! I also got to hear the history of the original duct tape… who knew it started with the military!? So cool.

Duck Brand and my pal Amanda
Duck Brand and my pal Amanda

I could have easily spent another 2 days just walking around the show floor and checking out all the yummy craft goodness. Too bad I had to go so soon. There's always next year, right!?

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

Join the FREE Creative Club!
Get tutorials, free file downloads and project ideas right in your email.

Leave a Comment

Featured on:
Brands Jen at 100 Directions has partnered with.
100 Directions is full of tutorials and project ideas to inpsire trying something new and sharing creativity in every direction.
I work with a variety of companies to share ideas and insight about products, services and all kinds of fun, creative things to do.
I stand behind my recommendations and hope you love the things I share as much as I love sharing them with you!

 

Privacy Policy | Work with me

 

100 Directions is a JGoode Designs property. Copyright © 2011-2022 Jen Goode. All Rights Reserved.