Back from CHA Summer!

Before I curl up into my bed and sleep for two days straight, I wanted to stop by and share a few of my favorite pictures from my adventure to CHA.

Firstly, I want to say how much I enjoyed meeting all of my new (and some not new!) friends, and I hope I get to meet each and everyone in real life someday. Everyone has such a great, creative energy and I’m so inspired to sit at my desk and craft to my little heart’s content. If you weren’t able to make it to CHA this time around, no worries! The reason why CHA is so good is because it’s a special experience. Hopefully you’ll be able to live vicariously through my photos and get inspired, too. :)

This post is more of a general recap, and then I’m planning on doing some of my favorite products from the show as well as a post on the Lawn Fawn blog with more details about our booth. I may or may not have some video to show you, too. I bet you’ll like that! I’ll let you know as soon as I have the article posted over there.

This week is all about getting the class in order. I have samples to make, videos to create and e-mails to write. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you some fab sneak peaks, too, to perk up your interest. I can’t wait to show you a bit of what I have in store for Design Principles. Eeek!

CHA PART ONE

I flew into Chicago last Thursday to help with set up. We built the entire booth from scratch, and all of our team absolutely rocked it! Mike (Kelly Marie’s hubby and also another owner of LF) and Nancy (possibly the sweetest person ever) were our heads of construction, while Kelly Marie and I worked on a lot of computer and logistical prep. Chari was a wonderful help when she flew in on Saturday – she was perfect for helping us paint and frame out all of the walls.

Here’s a picture I snapped after we officially had the new papers and stickers in our hands. I wish you could’ve seen my face. The feeling of seeing something in real life after you’ve worked on it for hours and hours on the computer is something I’ll never forget or grow used to. I love it. Fa La La and Dewey Decimal turned out so well!

This is Kelly and Nancy mixing the paint for the upper part of the walls. You better believe I was absolutely covered in paint by the time we were done painting the walls. It was really hard work, but it was definitely worth it for the final product.

Here is Nancy, me and Mike after setting up all of the walls in the booth on the show floor. We were sweaty and tired, but we did it! We work so well together as a team. :)

To me, this was absolutely hilarious. The first day of CHA setup overlapped with the end of a very more-than-R-rated show that ended up being right across the center from us. I bet someone was laughing behind the scenes when they put a whole bunch of conservative scrapbookers next to a hall full of half-naked people. HA!

How cute is the LF gnome from Gnome Sweet Gnome with a santa hat on? I die.

You’ll see this more in CHA coverage of the actual booth, but each one of the product collections had a painted + hand-drawn frame around it. This was definitely a labor of love from Chari (the straight frames) and myself (all of the wonky frames and faux hangings).  A simple black paint pen does wonders to add a whimsical look!

I couldn’t resist sharing this photo. This is our whole little crew absolutely stuffed into the car on the way home from the second day of setup. We had a ton of Christmas decorations that we didn’t end up using, so the ladies had to sit with them on their laps! On the way home, we also had some errands to run. By the end, I couldn’t move without being dug out either. Haha.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m sitting in the front seat, it’s all because of motion sickness. Thanks to the most turbulent flight into Chicago of my LIFE, there was a little *incident* on the ride home from the airport that firmly secured my location in the front of the vehicle. I would like to publicly thank McDonalds for selling Sprite and the wonderful Fawnie ladies for putting up with being in the back of the car all week long. I couldn’t have done it without you. And yes, this is a story I’ll tell to my kids someday. I don’t think I’ll ever live that one down.

On the CHA Day One, we had a lovely visit from Danielle and Stephanie. This is more than half of the wonderful YCU design team together! And guess what? These ladies are even more beautiful and sweet in real life. I already can’t wait to see them again. We need to get together and go on vacation someday soon!

***If I took a picture with you at the show, I would love to have a copy of it! Please e-mail it to me at britta.swiderski@gmail.com and I’ll love you forever.***

Here’s the booth all ready to go for the show. More on this later! :)

This was part of the booth across the row from us. Umm… yeah. You better believe this became a running joke with us Fawnies. To the company across from us at the show – I will design new tshirts for you for FREE. I’ll consider it a service to humanity. On another note, though, I think I need to pick up one of these for Jennifer McGuire. I’m sure she would appreciate it. Oh dear…

The show went really well and the press was great! Here is Scrapbook.com hanging out with Kelly Marie. I can’t wait to see our stuff up over there!

Obligatory sign + astroturf shot. I’m officially obsessed with everything LF. (Even more than before, if that’s even possible!)

By the end of the show, we were slap-happy but happy to have had this wonderful experience. I’m so blessed to have this experience and hope this CHA was the first of very many to come. I could get used to this. Also, how adorable is Kelly? I love her and miss her already!

Love,
Britta

P.S. Okay, I couldn’t leave without sharing a card. Here’s a one-layer one that I just love. Plus, it uses some Lawn Fawn. ;)

Critters Ever After + Neenah Cardstock + Copics = a match made in a fairytale.

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10 Responses to Back from CHA Summer!

  1. What a nice recap!!
    Thank you for sharing this!
    I really enjoyed this blog post but also
    all your CHA tweets!!
    Looking forward to see the rest!!

  2. Yay! I was wanting a post exactly like this! The stories, the pics, the people! I’m glad you had a good time :)

  3. Hi Britta! Was so great to finally get to meet you! Love seeing all the pics! And thanks agin to you, Kelly Marie, Mike and Nancy for helping take down the Hero booth! We couldn’t have done it without ya!!! :)

    Keep in touch! xo

  4. Natalie Winterstein

    WHat a great recap! Thanks so much for sharing. :) I have to ask – were the shirts supposed to say “I’m pooping now” or was it some kind of error??? My brother and I got a HUGE kick out of it. :)

    • I’m pretty sure that’s what they were supposed to say. There was the screen there and then THREE onesies hanging up on the curtain behind it! I don’t think they did their market research about crafters before coming to the show. ;) Glad you liked the recap!

  5. Yay! Looks so fun Britta, thanks for sharing the pics!

  6. Looks like fun, Britta! I wish I could have been there with you and the other YCU girls!

  7. Barb Ghigliotty

    Hi Britta ~
    Thank you so much for the re-cap of your experience at CHA! It sounds like you guys had a blast (as I knew you would)!
    Get some well deserved rest…we’ll be waiting for you ~ (((HUGS))) to you!!!

  8. Great post sweetie pie! It’s always fun to see the experience of CHA through the eyes of a “newbie”. Can’t wait to see you next month!

  9. Such an awesome recap! Loved all the awesome photos and insider info. Would have LOVED to be there with you all. That last pic of Kelly Marie is possibly my favorite of her EVER. SO FUN!

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