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Friday, February 4, 2011


I'm back! Did you miss me?

While it's been a long blogging break for me (thank you, ipad with issues and northeast snowstorm), I have a lot to catch you up on. Frankly, I have a lot to catch myself up on--I'm a "need downtime to absorb life" kind of person , and that downtime has been sorely lacking.

[Before y'all are wondering too long, a hint of my news: No, I'm not pregnant! I promise you, if I am, you'll notice due to the lack of sad posts on my blog--and believe me, I have a few more up my sleeve:) I so appreciate that you guys are thinking of me and wishing me well on that! My news is scrappy related--feel free to guess!]

But, first things first.....I know you all want to hear about CHA. So here ya go:

How insane are these paper dresses at DCWV? Apparently, they started making them in October. I appreciate that kind of diligence, makes me want to pull out my wedding album again!
These were possibly my favorite embellishment the whole show. Typewriters with pearls on them? Hello! From American Crafts' new Peachy Keen line.

A wall of thickers. There was a table and chairs in front of this display, and when my legs got tired, I just sat and stared at the thickers for a few minutes. It was lovely.
Donuts made out of ribbon! These were part of a really cool display at the Ribbon Ring booth.
Can you tell I have a thing for alpha stickers? This peek is from October Afternoon's booth---love the brick! OA has two new lines, one space themed and one with a vintage theme. The 5 & Dime line feels like an extension of Thrift Shop to me in some ways, but I adore it! And there are kraft lowercase alpha stickers and ice cream motifs and cute little things like that. Have you seen the OA booth pics on their blog?

One of the highlights of CHA for me was meeting some of my dear Studio Calico friends. Here I am with Lisa, Jenny, Nik, and Davinie at the Studio Calico booth.

And now for some Ella love--me and Jenny Larson (my patient and funny and awesome roommate) and Brenda Johnston, two of my Ella BFFs.

Crazy times with Aly Dosdall at the Doodlebug booth--and I learned a secret trick from Angie Lucas about how to get these smiles:)

Write. Click. Scrapbook girls: Emily Pitts, me, Aly Dosdall, Stacy Julian, Wendy Smedley, and Angie Lucas.
Me, Jenny Larson, and Caroline Ikeji (who was just about my size and I loved it!) at the Pink Paislee booth.

The whole experience was super fun, but also surreal. It was an especially weird feeling when I met a "scrappy celeb" and I knew all about them, but they didn't know me! Much better when we both knew each other:)

I will be back soon with my favorite lines and items at CHA.

Did YOU go to CHA? If so, how would you describe the experience? If not, have any questions?


  1. Love living vicariously through your trip - I hope you are going to go again in July to Chicago - I will be there for sure. Your photos are great and you look so happy. Can't wait to hear your scrappy news :)

  2. wish that I could have! It looks like so much fun! Glad that you had a great time...and sorry that you had to go back to the snow! ...at least you have your warm thoughts! Can't wait for more!

  3. Looks like FUN!!! I can't wait to see more pictures! :)

  4. love the line... "It was an especially weird feeling when I met a "scrappy celeb" and I knew all about them, but they didn't know me! Much better when we both knew each other."

    glad you had fun, trying for Chicago in July!

  5. You are just too darling for words - glad you had a good time! No questions... just stuff me in your suitcase next time and tell me where I can heist a badge... hee hee

  6. Oh, how fun! Your photos are great! I'm glad you got to go and have a fun time. I went to Chicago last year and had a blast! :)

  7. looks like lots of fun. and that dress. wow!

  8. so jealous of you getting to catch up with the SC girls :)

  9. Looks like so much fun - I hope someday I have a reason to go!

  10. You look quite smashing in a giant mustache! ;) Looks like a great time!

  11. So fun, Keshet! Love your pictures and recap!

  12. Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to hear your news!

  13. Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to hear your news and your favorites!

  14. Great pictures!
    Hopefully I'll see you there in July!!

  15. What a ton of fun!!!! I've never been, so completely living it thru you and others. I've heard it's gotten smaller? Did you find that? I want to make a plan to go in future, and I'd love to know what to expect. Also... I'd love to know the secret to getting those smiles. :D :D :D

  16. Looks like you had a blast.
    Nope I didn't go, but sure enjoy the pictures everyone is sharing.
    Those paper dresses are out of this world.

  17. Wish I would have checked your post sooner. You could have stayed with us for Shabbos. How cool would it have been to meet another observant scrapper!!! Next time!:)

  18. you're so cute! it was so fun to meet you and hang out with you. hope you got home okay--crazy! now you have to spill the beans about your news--don't leave me hangin'. =)

  19. Great photos! I loved the typewriter embellie too. DARLING!

  20. Wow, looks like you had a really good time. I went for the first time last year and just loved it! I hope to go next year. I figure every second year ain't bad. :-)

  21. Fantastic pics!! YOu totally captured a bunch of things that I hadn't seen before so THANK you for letting me live out my CHA dreams through your camera lens! Hope you have a good week:)

  22. Aren't you a cutie! Love that moustache. LOL Glad you had a wonderful time. I look forward to reading about your favorites.

  23. LOVE these pictures!!!! I bet you were so excited & it was great to see things up close. I would love to hear more about it!!!

  24. Great pics! Nope ... didn't go to CHA, too far for me!! Sigh .... But if I would have went, I would have sat with you and stared at the wall of Thickers! LOL ...

    That DCWV dress is amazing ...

    awesome post! :)

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