For those of you who couldn’t be there (or even if you were), I thought I’d share some of the flavor of the CHA Summer 2012 show to give a taste of what it was like to be in Rosemont this year.
The show floor looked deceptively calm as it waited for the flood of attendees to invade it on Tuesday morning:
The lobby of the entrance hall was packed as attendees waited for the show doors to open for the first time:
After the doors opened, attendees streamed through the doors and headed off to do business:
The Stephens Center in Rosemont has pretty decent food by convention center standards, including Chicago deep dish pizza and fresh carved sandwiches, but attendees pay a pretty penny for the luxury of something like this roast beef sandwich.
American Crafts had one of the show’s largest booths. Amy Tan (designer of the Amy Tangerine line) was one of their several signature designers on hand to greet attendees.
Candy Rosenberg and her daughter Mariah snuck away from the Graphic45 booth to check out Candy’s dress creation on display for the Crafty Couture contest sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.
The crowd went wild at the Craft Wars viewing party Tuesday night at King’s Lanes Bowling Alley when Andrea Currie (in blue on the right) won the Craft Wars challenge of the week! (You can see Craft Wars every Tuesday night on TLC.)
Silhouette was doing make-n-takes using their iron-on material that can be die cut in their machines. I made a gorgeous canvas handbag with an iron-on mum design on it. The bag got quite a workout in Chicago since I forgot to pack my purse!
Sales Director Madison Parker is always on hand to welcome visitors in the Echo Park booth.
The Playhouse that was the winning project from the debut episode of TLC’s new Craft Wars series, was on display on the show floor and being raffled off for charity: