Well, it’s been a whirlwind ride these last 3 days at the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show in Atlanta. I arrived Tuesday and was thrown quickly into the chaotic fun of CHA Workshops. They were fast paced and informative, with terrific teachers and sponsors that I was thrilled to meet. The sponsors gave some really great products to the participants to take home, and get more comfortable with so they could use them as teaching tools in their stores. I was really floored by their generosity. Thank you CHA for allowing me to participate in these super intense and informative workshops. I learned so much!
I have to say, after sitting in on the Seminars and group discussions, I have a whole new respect for the challenges that independent stores face. At the same time, these wonderful store owners continue to seek out new ways to grow and change with the times; looking for ways to incorporate growing trends, sharing obstacles but also rejoicing in the shared triumphs.
There were so many who supported me here at CHA, I couldn’t possibly name them all – but a few standouts: Keli and Tina from CHA, thanks for helping a girl out from time to time; Dave from Spellbinders, thanks for being my camera guy; Stephanie Barnard and Katharina Doyle, I adore you both! Thanks for the hugs! I could literally go on and on. Jason, my guy at CHA headquarters, thanks for the tough love and lastly, thank you Mr. Andrej Suskavcevic, for taking a chance on me! I miss you all already!