Crafts & Hobbies Panel + Links

Morning, Craftshines!  I leave tomorrow for the Crafts & Hobbies Association Convention.  It’ll be my first trip with baby in tow but thankfully, Dave (who I’ve been affectionately referring to as “my manny”) is coming along for parental back-up while I take meetings and speak on a panel.  Speaking of, if your an industry-type who’ll be at the trade portion of the show, stop by the seminar.  It should be fun; I’m really looking forward to it!  Here are the details:

The Future of Crafts: Our Changing Face
Business Seminar S110
5:30-7 p.m.
Panelists: Kathy Cano-Murillo, Donna Dewberry, Carol Duvall, Vickie Howell, Terri Ouellette
Room W307
Who Should Attend: All Members;
Price: Requires Seminar Pass
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Awards Ceremony;
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – General Session Celebrity Panel;

The face of crafting changes, the aesthetic of crafts evolves, and the participation in crafting broadens daily, before our eyes. But what doesn’t change is the opportunity to connect with each customer by appealing to them through the mediums they care about most. Do you know the psychology behind motivating your customers to craft?
In this current economic climate, it’s even more important than ever to understand your customer and the role crafting plays in their quality of life. Join this session to hear from iconic voices of the industry as they share their perspective on industry drivers and how to spark incremental sales for your business, you’ll learn:

• Why people craft
• Which craft segments are growing
• What trends are up and coming
• How crafters have changed, and what remains constant

For those of you who are unable to attend however, they’ll be putting up a video of the talk on the CHA website.  I’ll let you know when it’s available.  Oh, and watch out for my Twitter updates all week long, from the convention floor!
Unrelated, I totally spaced and forgot to post last week’s crafty links.  Here you go!
About Family
Is it too early to start thinking about Halloween crafting? How early do you start your Halloween planning?

About.com Cross Stitch
Can You Stitch and Ride? Connie barely can and she wants to hear what your situation is – be sure to read the comments and add your own.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has an exciting announcement! She’s just finished creating a book for Project Ties That Bind benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). 100% of all proceeds from the book are going to OCRF. Stop by and take a sneak peek at this beautiful 68 page book filled with beautiful vivid pictures and inspirational quotes and stories.   

Cathie Filian
Whip up a custom belt buckle with a little paper, creativity and Dimensional Magic.
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to do recycled paper napkin casting, make a movable fighting girl element, an interview with Norma V. Toraya author of Paper Puppet Palooza, a video on how to die cut and needle felt a bookmark from a recycled wool sweater and how to create a window for pressed botanicals in your gathering journal.
Crafty Princess Diaries
If you have always wanted to make your own crafting video but didn’t think you had the techie know-how, then you’ll love this new free software the Crafty Princess recently discovered.
Mixed Media Artist
If you get inspired by seeing fabulous work by other artists, check out some of the fabulous profiles that Cyndi has posted!
Naughty Secretary Club
Jen takes some of her favorite free embroidery patterns on the net and transforms them into plush dolls.
Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Check out a A Floral-tasticly good project from the new book- Kanzashi in Bloom
The Artful Crafter
Do you know what a bead board is? No, not the kind you nail to the wall. LOL.
The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares a couple of sneak peeks of some mixed media jewelry she’s created to wear to the CHA Show!