CHA News & Fresh Picks for 7.13.11

CHA: Craft and Hobby Association Guess what? Mary and I are heading to Chicago next week for the Craft and Hobby Association’s (CHA) summer trade show! This is the first time either of us will attend, and we’re excited to learn about lots of new craft products and developments.

I’m particularly happy to stop by all the booths for my favorite products and see what’s coming soon, like this die-cut machine that cuts without a mat. Or how to use this electronic fabric cutter for applique.

We’ll try out new products and snap photos along the way, so look for a special Fresh Picks: CHA Edition next week! In the meantime, here are this week’s Fresh Picks: little gifts you can whip up in no time!

French Press Cozy

French Press: You’ve seen coffee cup cozies. But have you considered a French Press warmer? We love this patchwork version from Malka Dubrawsky at A Stitch in Dye!

Mini Photo Album Tutorial

Memory Maker: This week at Sol de Eira, Liliana shows us how to make something crafty to store memories. And no, they’re not just paper “W”s.

Resin Craft Molds

Resin Nation: Have you ever worked with resin? Carmi gives a great tutorial (part 1 and part 2) showing you how to get started working with resin molds and tiny objects from around the house. The results are stunning!

Needle Case Tutorial

Sharp and Silver: Store your needles in this handmade needle book made with just a few fabric scraps! Crafty Mummy shows you how in her quick and easy tutorial.

Featured Giveaways

Win Handmade Bag Win this Bag: Enter here by this Friday for a chance to win this gorgeous handmade bag from A Winding Road.

Online Quilting Class

Bust My Stash: Accuquilt is hosting a fun giveaway challenge. Upload a photo of your fabric stash for a chance to win a GO! 12″ Mix & Match Started Set ($581 value). Enter here!

Thanks for checking out this week’s Fresh Picks!
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