CHA Memories & Craft Month Designer Blog Hop

The exciting buzz on the floor and the smell of glue and freshly printed-paper in the air is really a defining moment at the beginning of each show. With a parade of bagpipes and the red carpet rolled out, CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) welcomes craft business members from all over the world to celebrate and carry forth the serious business of crafting.

As a CHA designer member, I have been privileged to attend and show my art licensing and design work at five of the recent shows in Illinois and California. Each show has brought me unique insights on trends and introduces me to new products and techniques.

The connections I have made with fellow creative crafters, editors, and manufacturers have always been the most enduring part of each trip. It is always good to connect with new and old friends in their booths, whether they are promoting craft kits, ribbons, and embellishments, art books, yarns, glues, or an art licensing portfolio! I have formed relationships through this organization that will probably continue as long as I pursue my artistic career. Many of these dear friends are also on this blog hop. I truly hope you will take the opportunity to check them out!

I thought it would be fun to share with you snapshots from my various CHA events. As you can probably tell, each show is a wealth of encouraging inspiration and friendship that follows me home to my studio and motivates me to gear up for the next one.

Q.&A. Time | What are your thoughts?

  • Have you been to a CHA show? What is your favorite memory?
  • Have you always wanted to go? What are you looking forward to?

I look forward to hearing from you.


About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.

1 Comment

  1. Veronica on March 6, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Loved reading your CHA intro……it was a blast!
    I did miss the bagpipes however….wonder where I was in the building?