Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show in Southern California. CHA as it’s known by industry professionals, is a trade show where people come from all over the world to see the latest innovations. There are exhibitors, distributors, buyers, teachers, workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and make-n-takes, so you can experience the latest trends, which will be available at retail stores later this year.
One of the crafting personalities I kept running into during the 5 days of the show was Marisa Pawelko.
Marisa is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and it was so much fun seeing her at the Buckle Boutique booth where she was demonstrating how to make bracelets with her new line of rhinestone sticker sheets. We made bracelets with just felt, sticker sheets, and some ribbon to hold it onto our wrists. They were pretty, sparkly, and easy to make!
The next time I saw Marisa, she was at the Westcott booth demonstrating their latest “Mac Daddy” of pencil sharpeners. Wendy Russell, from TV’s “She’s Crafty”, and Joanne Fink, of Zenspirations, were with her at the Westcott booth. We had a chance to draw a picture with colored pencils, to experience how sharp the tips could get with the new Wescott pencil sharpener.
I found Marisa yet again at the Sizzix booth, where she showed me her new line of die cuts. You can decorate your lockers, and embellish your clothing. It’s really easy, and fun to make magnets, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry.
The very last time I saw Marisa at was at the Brother International Corp. booth. Brother has so much more to offer than just sewing machines. They have card making, stationery, and die cut supplies. Tools, charms, embellishments, patterns and more. Marisa was demonstrating a sewing machine that was able to embroider designs and names. I learned a lot from all the various booths I visited, and Marisa Pawelko is a very charming, vivacious, demonstrator.