Pat Catan’s Craft Stores Acquired by Michael’s

Pat Catan's Craft Stores Acquired by Michael's

  It was announced today that Michael’s, headquartered in Irving, Texas has purchased all 34 of the Pat Catan’s art and craft stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Pat Catan’s is the retail division of Darice (aka Lamrite West) which is located in Strongsville, Ohio. Michaels said Tuesday it paid $150 million in cash for Ohio-based Lamrite West Inc., which in addition to its Pat Catan’s craft stores has a wholesale supply business. That operation can help Michaels develop […]

Vicki’s CHA Trend Sightings

Vicki's CHA Trend Sightings

If you ask three different people who went to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show what trends they saw forming you would likely get three different answers. Partly because different people are drawn to different craft forms and partly because the show floor is HUGE and there is no possible way to remember every thing you saw. Having said all of that, here are some trends I saw.     Fiber arts are BIG! Think embroidery, felting, “painting” with […]

Vicki’s Favorite Picks from the CHA Top 20 Products


Every year at the CHA Mega Show the top 20 new products are shown to the media and judges vote to determine the best of the newest products. This year there is a wide variety of products in the Top 20 but here are a few of my very favorites. The winner won’t be announced until later in the show so I will be curious to see if any of my favorites is the winner.     This is how […]

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

Last year I shared with you my BTS CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki post from CHA and I thought I would do the same this year. It’s fun to go to CHA as a designer member and as a member of the media for Craft Test Dummies. I get to attend lots of great functions and chat with some amazingly creative people.     The first event I attended was on Friday evening and it was the “Designer Sneak […]

CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

CHA Show 2015 - New Jewelry Products to Watch For

The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here at team CTD thought you would want to know about. Check out this list of videos I shot during the show.   CHA Show 2015 […]

CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all out with this booth.   While I read all seven books to my sons when they were younger I can’t remember the name of this […]

Trend Report for 2014-2015 – Home Decor

Trend Report for 2014-2015 - Home Decor

    Predicting upcoming trends is a fun game for me and I have been creating trend reports in the home decor sector for the Craft and Hobby Association for the past four years. Due to the slow growth of the economy, the shrinking of the world due to the internet and the prevalence of DIY bloggers it is easy for consumers who wish to do it themselves to find plenty of inspiration, affordable materials and even complete instructions. Let’s […]

Review: Stencib Self Adhesive Stencils

Review: Stencib Stencils

Stenciling for home decor is one of those things that cycles in and out. One minute it is super popular and the next minute it – not so much. Lately though, I seem to be seeing more and more stenciled projects. One of the things I always hated about stenciling was the fact that the stencils want to move around all  over the place. If I am stenciling a wall I have to juggle the stencil and some type of […]

Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

  Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, the Clover Bead Loom Kits make it easy to get started with bead weaving.     Here is what the kits include – instructions along with […]

Review: Clover Beading Loom

Clover Beading Loom

Weaving beads on a loom is a beautiful art form. I’ve always been drawn to beading on a loom but have never added it to my list of skills. I was always intimidated by the intricacy of the designs imagining that it must be very difficult to do. Then when people I spoke with started throwing out terms like warp and weft I got confused and passed on opportunities to learn. But when I received the Clover Beading Loom to […]

Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Jenny’s note: Today I’m especially excited for our craft countdown- you get to meet Patti Robinson, the newest addition to #TeamCTD! Please leave a comment on the bottom of this post welcoming her!! I’m kind of a craft floozy. You name it, I’ve done it: jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, sewing, paper making, polymer and PMC clay, decoupage and quilting, stamping, stenciling, mixed media, stained glass, metal work and macrame … and more! For some reason I never took crafting […]

CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

  I’m sure you’ve been enjoying all of the great new craft products Team CTD found for you at CHA this year but have you ever wondered what goes on BESIDES walking the show floor? A LOT! I thought I would share a little behind the scenes look a la Vicki O’Dell The Creative Goddess (that’s me!) First of all, can I tell you how hard it was to leave the frozen tundra of NE Ohio and visit Anaheim, CA? […]

CHA 2014: Trend Spotting – Needle Arts

CHA 2014: Trend Spotting - Needle Arts

Part of the fun of going to CHA is trying to spot new emerging trends. One trend I spotted coming out of the CHA Mega Show this year has to do with needle arts. I’ve done some looking around since I’ve been home as well and I’m pretty sure all sorts of needle arts will be a big upcoming trend. Or a re-newed trend for those of us who’ve been in love with needlework for a long time. By needle […]

ICED Enamels

ICED Enamels

    I recently did a demo for ICE Resin at the CHA Mega Show and it occurred to me that I had never introduced you all to ICE Resin. If you like the idea of creating your own jewelry components and you love the look of enamel on metal but you don’t want to go out and buy torches and all of the heavy duty equipment then I have a great product for you – ICED Enamels from the […]

CHA Mega Show 2014 – Designer Sneak Peek

Beadalon Flat Wire

  One of the newer events that  CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) has been sponsoring is the CHA Designer Sneak Peek. It’s a chance for the designer members to see some of the newest products available for the show and talk to the creators and manufacturers one-on-one. Sometime it is difficult as a designer to speak with manufacturers about their products on the busy show floor and this gives us all a chance to ask questions.       I […]

Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

  We all know that I am an ImpressArt fan and love their metal stamps, hammers and other jewelry making supplies so I was excited to have an opportunity to review a new product from them called Bezel Effects. Here is what the ImpressArt website says about the Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints: Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints have a opalescent effect when dry. The solovent based paint can be used on any flat and horizontal surface. And here is what the […]

Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

Today we have a special guest on our Craft Countdown- Katie Waltemeyer, our newest member of #TeamCTD! She is an amazing blogger and crafter, and we are so honored to have her on board!  Hi y’all! I’m Katie and you can find me over at my little slice of the internet, Sweet Rose Studio! I am so blessed to be a wife to my high school sweetheart and mother to our two sweet, crazy kids. In my past life I […]

Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

  From the website:   The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Create your own eye pins with the 1-step looper plier from The BeadSmith. This tool allows you to trim and loop ready-made eye pins. You can even create eye pins in one motion! If you want to create custom length eye pins, you can do that, too! This tool works with precious metal wire, craft wire and copper or brass core wire. It bends and trims wire between 26 and 18 […]

French Knitter – Clover USA

French Knitter - Clover USA

I love getting new tools that are easy to pack up and take with me on a last minute road trip and the French Knitter from Clover USA  is one of those tools. In fact, the samples I created for this post were actually created in the car, on the road.           From the website: Make dazzling jewelry with bead and jewels using different type of materials such as yarns, nylon, embroidery threads and wire. The […]

Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

Fiskars Amplify RazorEdge Shears for Mixed Media

  There is nothing like being in the middle of creating a mixed media project and not being able to find scissors sturdy enough or sharp enough to cut through the material you are working with. Second worst is managing to cut through the material only to have jagged edges that need cleaning up, because it’s almost impossible to make that edge look clean.       Allow me to introduce you to Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears.   Here […]