Alsmost a week ago I returned home from CHA. Tired but very satidfied.
I arrived at LAX on wednesday afternoon where my sweet friend and room mate Nat Kalbach was waiting for me. We took a shuttle to our hotel for the night near Hollywood Boulevard, went out for dinner in a nice Mexican restaurant and then went to bed early to wake up only 2,5 hours later and despite the fact that we were VERY tired after almost 20 hours of traveling and with a time difference of 9 hours we just couldn't sleep anymore. In the morning we went to Mel's Drive-In for breakfast. What a fun place in '50's style and a private juke box at every table.
Since we only had one day to do sightseeing we decided to take the hop-on hop-off bus around Hollywood.
We had so much fun, not only because we saw all those famous streets we all know from the movies and tv shows like Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, but also because of the information the bus driver shared with us. Allmost every street was the best place to spot celebrities, every restaurant was the favorite of at least one or two famous people and there was a lot that could be called SPECTACULAR!! LOL!
We hopped off the bus at the Farmer's Market/The Grove where we had lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory with an gigantic piece of chocolate cake as desert. We decided to share one but even together we could not eat half of it... ohmygosh... and that diet coke was more than I normally drink in a whole day!
In the early evening we took a taxi to our hotel in Anaheim where we had dinner and went to bed early again. The next day was filled with attending seminars and workshops, helping Nat with her Designer Showcase, dropping of projects at the Tattered Angels and Scrapbook Adhesives booth and highlight of the day our very inspiring "mice-dinner" with the Blender girls which has become a cherished tradition in the last 3 years.
The rest of the days were filled with some more seminars, walking the floor, meeting people, discovering new, fun and interesting products, dinner with sweet people, drinks, Starbucks coffee, lunch meetings and LOTS of laughter!
I had a great week and got home with my mind spinning with ideas to use all those great new products I found. Some of my favorites: Amazing Mold Putty, Tattered Angels' new colors and Primaries (which allow you to mix your own colors!), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3LTM Designer Shapes, Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheets and Silk Microfine Glitter, WOW! Embossing Powder Melt-it, Jillibean's and Cosmo Cricket's new paper lines, Kroma Crackle, the new The Crafter's Workshop Stencils by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Ronda Palazzari and Dina Wakley and muuuuccch more :)
Of course I forgot to take pictures most of the time, so hardly any pictures of some of my favorite people and products but I have a couple and I "stole" a couple from Nat and Julie's blog too :) so here is a little collage of my trip to Hollywood and CHA Anaheim: