I had an absolute blast at CHA on Friday!! It started by walking in from the parking ramp at about 9:32. Not to fear, I saw a woman ahead of me with the same determined walk. When we got to the hallway that looked like where we were supposed to be, she turned around and asked me, "Are you going to the Circle meeting?" That was the start of a new friendship with my fellow Cricut Circle member, Laura. Love her!! We had an absolute blast all day long. At the meet up, it was emphasized that this was done for us; it creates a way for the Circle to become personal, for us to meet each other and make new friends. That is exactly what happened for me. I now have a great new crafting friend! Laura and I both came alone, found a friend in that first hallway, and were inseparable the rest of the day!
At the Circle meeting, I found this warmth and openness through a lot of Circle members. Everyone was very nice and it was great to put some faces to names we see on the message board all the time. Jinger from ProvoCraft talked about the Imagine and it's features. We then heard from a man (I can't remember his name!) with some details on the Circle, some reassurances, and some successes of the Circle so far. It was great to hear how open ProvoCraft is towards Circle members and how much they want to create a closer crafting community for those of us that are a part of the Circle.
One of the very first things they did was to give everyone Cricut Imagine sungalsses. Then PC was great enough to give away some prizes at the end of the meeting too. Everyone who won seemed really excited and grateful (which was nice to see). The Cricut joined us for this part and was great about giving out hugs and taking pictures with all of us. It was really a fun atmosphere all morning long. Here are a few pics of the meeting...
I even met Robyn, My Pink Stamper!! I was really excited about that. And she is just as nice in person as she seems in her blog!
After the meeting, it was on to the CHA Supershow! This was amazing. There was sooo much to see and do. Besides spending a lot of time at the PC area, since there were fun things to look at, like this giant Woody cutout...
... we (myself and my new buddy Laura!) spent time looking at a lot of craft suppliers booths. We bought some Peechy Keen stamps, got an awesome freebie bag from Kaiser Craft for spending $20 on their product, picked up MPS stamps, and bought some Glue Glider refills buy 2, get 1 free! We even took some pictures at the Custom Crops booth, which will be in another post since I could win a gift card for posting them!
I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things that happened but overall, it was definitely worth my 4 hour drive! I am very happy to be a Cricut Circle member and a member of the crafting community in general. The biggest thing I will take away from the day is meeting so many nice and genuine people, especially Laura! :)