Here's a mini recap of the CHA experience, minus all the fun product photos from other companies. If you've ever worked at CHA you know you rarely get out of the booth and when you do it's not exact cooth (or is it couth? is that even the word I'm wanting?!) to go into other booths and start snapping away. So you get the OA experience, pretty much via my instagram feed ;) Photos of actual new OA product was done via video, which I hope to have up tomorrow.
Prior to leaving for CHA, I left this mess on my scrap floor. Unfortunately, it was still there when I got back. That scrap cleaning fairy is fired.
Flying with the pink skinnies. That's right. I wore the pink pants and wasn't the only one thankyouverymuch.
Ride from the airport with my mini on my lap.
I mustache you if you like this look.
Trying to decide my favorite Midway tin pin.
Pizza at Giordano's is always a must.
I realized about 30,00 feet I had left half my clothes in the dryer at home. No wonder my bag was so light. Geez! Thankfully I had at least one more outfit, although I paired this top with red shorts and quickly came to the conclusion that if I had a fireman's hat on I would pass as a fire station dog.
It wouldn't be CHA without a Target run. (to replace missing clothes. not such a bad thing ;)) I found this fun notebook too.
This is the Make it Merry kitty. She looks so innocent, but reminds me of the devil cat we have at home. Don't let her innocence fool you. She's up to something...
The Target clearance skirt comes through. Stripes & floral? Why not.
One of my favorite things about CHA is meeting people that you only know via the internet. Was so happy these lovely ladies stopped by---
Glad to see Jenni again. She is golden. Love her.
I had never met Kristina of Two Peas in a Bucket before. She's a doll! It's always nice to meet genuinely nice, good people. And dear iPhone: please improve your turn around camera function. As you can see, it gives my nose abnormal growths that aren't there in real life. thank you.
Emily is precious. No other word to describe her.
Mandy! Hey you, sweet girl! Nice to meet a twitter buddy :)
A couple of Garden Girls came by, Amy Tan & Shimelle, two talented ladies with sweet smiles who are as nice as can be. I met other great 'I only know you from online' girls, but we didn't get a photo. Maybe next time :)
The four new lines from October Afternoon are very different from each other. I really think there is something for everyone. These were some of my booth projects:
Witch Hazel is their first Halloween line ever. Classic Halloween, with a vintage twist:
Midway pretty much has my heart. I love this line.
And the divided circle paper.
And the tin pins.
And the label stickers.
And..okay. I'll stop ;)
Make it Merry is the new Christmas line. I don't think OA has ever made a Christmas line I don't love. This is no exception. The papers and embellishments in this are perfect. I love that the colors aren't crazy. They stuck with classic green and red, with some pink and blue and a bit of yellow as well. If you have some of the previous Christmas lines, Good Cheer, Holiday Style, you can mix in some of these new pieces and they will totally coordinate.
The last line is Farm girl. If you liked Farmhouse and Farm fresh you'll like this one. But again, not all the papers/embellishments are "farmy", so very usable for other projects. They introduced woodgrain mini markets which I have begged for so I was pretty happy to see those. The background stamp alone is beautiful! Can't wait to play with it. I did 3 projects for the booth with this line, but forgot to take photos. I have only one from the show:
If you do any canning, there are a few items you will love in this line. I think it would also be great to use it for recipe books/cards.
And then the day after I got back...I ran my first 5k. And I didn't die. Yay!
Check back here tomorrow for a video tour of the new October Afternoon products, line by line. Happy Monday to you!