As part of my job description, I get the awesome honor of attending the biannual CHA Trade Show in January and July. For any paper crafter like me, it is overwhelmingly delicious to be surrounded not only by gorgeous and brand new product, but a whole building of people who completely understand my crafty obsession (and consequently feed into it)!
Now, it isn’t as glamorous as you might think. The days are long, and there’s a lot of standing that gets to the piggies after awhile. Bottles of water cost $3 and the convention food is short on nutritional value. And, really, how many ways are there to make logo wear look fabulous and stylish? But I’m not complaining. No, indeed…because it’s the hugs and the friendships that make it two of my favorite weeks of the year!
To begin, I get the opportunity to spend time with colleagues out of the office. We always have some goofy inside joke that we dwell on and even months later it causes eruptions of laughter in meetings. We’re like a cozy little family!
Seeing talented manufacturers, product designers and their representatives is another wonderful perk at CHA. We build relationships via e-mail and occasional office visits, but celebrating their success in person is so much fun!
And then there is the array of artistic designers (from Stamping Royalty and Paper Crafts Go-to Gals to newly published designers and Gallery Idol winners) who create the beautiful projects on the pages of our magazines! We adore getting big hugs from these people whom we’ve grown to love as friends. And as you can see, we got a LOT of hugs!
And finally, we could not do what we do without our readers and friends who have supported us and Paper Crafts magazine with such gusto. There were mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, friends from years past and dedicated readers who stopped by to say hello, buy an issue, play darts with spunky Maren or do our free make and take at the SuperShow.
My feet have recovered, and I’m not living out of my suitcase this week, but I’m still excited to see what CHA Winter 2011 brings! Will I get to hug YOU then?
P.S. If you’re pictured in one of these collages, I’m sorry I couldn’t mention you by name. Feel free to show it on your own blog…just link back to this post!