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Saturday, July 21, 2012

A taste of CHA...


We're baaack!  Wow! what a whirlwind CHA is.  I think I put about 50 miles on my flip flops just setting up my booth.  So without further ado, I'll post some pics (I don't have too many since I was pretty tied to my booth).

Here's a picture of the Donald Stevens Convention Center from the hotel window and the following picture is of the 6 lane highway you need to cross to get to it.  Fortunately, there is a skyway leading over, but sometimes it's just shorter to go out the hotel door and walk across.  Skyways are wonderful, but they are lengthy!



Next up are a few pics of the CHA Top 20 media event.  There were over 100 people in the auditorium.  Can you say "shaking in my boots"?  I had such stage fright!


The picture below is of Kim Parkinson, the new store owner of Kept Creations (opening September 1st, 2012) taking a picture of me taking a picture of her! 


Here are a few shots of me doing my 60 second spiel -- I wonder if the microphone was picking up the knocking in my knees!
                                                                             
(Looks like I swallowed a sour lemon)
Now here's a real quick (don't blink) video of the frenzy afterwards.  I was told that the two most active tables were Spellbinders and Craft-Dee BowZ!




I owe so very much to two wonderful people who assisted me throughout CHA.  One thank you goes to Dee Pierce of the Crop Shop in Rockland, MA who happens to be my marketing person and was a blur going through CHA showing everyone the Craft-Dee BowZ).  


Here's Dee inside the Innovations Showcase window setting up the Craft-Dee BowZ.  Shhhh!  I wasn't supposed to take this picture --- I didn't find out until afterwards.

The other thank you goes to Barbara Bruder (an extremely talented artist and wonderful friend) who drove up from Kentucky to help me man the booth and demonstrate and interact with the customers.


The show was a huge success and Craft-Dee BowZ is on the map!  We have a lot of work ahead of us shipping orders and following up with all the media and distributors who approached us.  

I'm tired, but it's a happy tired.
Donna



5 comments:

Mary T said...

Amazing sounds like a fantastic experience for you. Although I know I speak for the other Queens we are not suprised you made it to the big time!
Love
Speedy

starqueen said...

Hi Sunny,
Wow! It looks like CHA was exciting! You're home to tell about it, so we know you survived. Now the fun begins...it's time to thrive!

Donna Ellis said...

Thanks for CHA photos and descriptions. I'm so proud of all the endeavors coming to fruition, AND that you have lost so much weight (you look amazing), and for your sweet friendship - THANKS and big grateful hugs!

Julie Z said...

Hey there -
I just caught up on all your recent goings on & I am so very happy for you!! What a whirlwind you have been on!! This is so very exciting though & I wish you so very much continued success! How lucky for me that I got a chance to get to know you before you became so FAMOUS - he he! Seriously though - Congratulations, Big Hugs & all the best to you!

Barbara Bruder said...

Now the fun really begins!! LOL Get those orders out and hope you get more on follow-ups. Had a great time!!!! It was great being back at CHA especially to help you out. Good Luck!!!