Craft and Hobby Association Summer Show - Getting Ready

There is always that feeling.  It’s small and fleeting, but it’s always there.  It’s that tiny feeling right after you accept that special job or face a big project.  It’s a short moment of time.  It always appears when a project is new to you.  It comes right after that joy of hearing the word yes.  
What’s that feeling?


That’s the moment that you realize that you now have to achieve what you have been asked or volunteered to do.  Even though you know you can do it, those butterflies visit your stomach just for a few seconds, then you move on with the job at hand.  You accepted the challenge, now it’s time to soar.

I am part of the Craft Couture Event at the Craft and Hobby Association Summer Show which will be held in Chicago in a few weeks.  It was a decision that I didn’t make lightly.  After all, I would have to create a mixed-media dress for the event.  Which, by the way, has to be transported via “carry on”.   (translation:  it needs to be compact)

Inspiration comes from many sources. 

Mine comes from visual experiences.  A trip to a Smithsonian museum in DC, a jaunt to the waters in Alexandria, VA or a past experience of walking on the beach.   

These could come together to provide me with the design I need. 

My design uses wonderful dyes from Tulip®.  These one-step dyes are rich and give great color.  Custom colors are easy to achieve using these dyes.   

 A special THANK YOU 
for their generous use of their products in my project.

The dress is under wraps until the show starts later in July. 
I’ll make sure to post photos of the dress 
and interesting products from 
CHA’s summer show on my 
Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts.  
Stay tuned!  

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  1. You are so lucky to be able to attend CHA. This is one thing on my bucket list, but its one of the hardest to complete. Send lots of pics so we can all "be there"

  2. I cannot wait to see what you design! So sad I won't be there this summer, but I'll see you at the Winter show.

  3. Thanks for posting - Crafty Girl. I will have photos on Pinterest and will be tweeting. Make sure to follow me on those accounts.

    Laura, I will miss seeing you. I always enjoy our time together. We need to get our friends together and set a time where we can all go out and just be together.

  4. I'm looking forward to seeing your dress. Just a few more weeks. I'm definitely in panic mode, but will see you there!

  5. So true! You never know from where inspiration will come. Keep your mind open and it will find you!

  6. Looking forward to seeing your dress I know it must be all of your work is! :)

  7. I know you worked so hard on this dress, Carol. I just cannot wait to see it...but mostly I am excited to see you! HUGS


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