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Friday - Saturday
Jan 22-23, 2010
Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

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Jan 24-27, 2010
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Concord CA

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Concord, CA

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Hi there, creative type!

Hope you and yours had a wonderful put away all the decorations, so you can spread out all your art and craft supplies!

For me, this year is all about the challenge. I resolve to challenge myself more when it comes to my art and craft. I want to learn new techniques, try different materials, and step out of my comfort zones a bit.

I'm starting off by getting back to the challenge blogs, which are not only a great way to interact with other artists and crafters, but also a wonderful source of constant inspiration. Be sure to check out the featured challenge blogs for yourself - you'll be glad you did!




Scrap your word for 2010

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So I jumped on the bandwagon - everyone is blogging, tweeting and facebooking about it...what is YOUR word for 2010?

The idea is to pick one inspirational word that represents what you want for yourself in 2010. It could be about your art and craft, your family, your career, anything at all. Then make a scrapbook layout using your word. I actually treated this layout more like an inspiration board, without any photos.

Click here for project instructions - and I hope the word you choose for yourself inspires you all year long!

Do you know the way to CHA?

The place to be in a few short weeks is AnaheiCHAm, California!

If you are a retailer, you're probably heading to the Winter Convention & Trade Show hosted by the Craft & Hobby Association, January 24-27.

But before the trade show, CHA is putting on a Craft SuperShow for the general public that is sure to be a huge crowd-pleaser!

On January 22-23, you'll want to get to Southern California any which-way you can. Over 100 booths will be overflowing with arty crafty goodness! Spend two whole days shopping, making & taking, and hobnobbing with your favorite creative types, including Deborah Norville, Carol Duvall, the Crafty Chica, Terri-O, all the Lead Fiskateers, and many more. This family-friendly extravaganza also features a huge Kids Zone!

My booth is #758 - I'll be selling all kinds of great stuff like Ready-to-Go!® Blank Board Books, Lutradur® Mixed Media Sheets, Liquitex® paints and mediums, how-to books, and much, much more...ALL AT 25% OFF RETAIL. I've got terrific designers doing free make-n-takes all day - we're gonna have a blast!

There's plenty to do at night too! Scrapbook Royalty is teaming up with CHA to make their 2nd attempt at breaking the Guinness record for the World's Largest Crop. I'm so proud to be part of this event - I will be one of the artists donating a piece to their silent auction, benefiting the Kids in Need Foundation.

So hop on the bus, Gus! See you there!

Meet Jane Dávila!
Jane is a quilter, a fiber artist, an author, a designer, a retailer...her talent, energy and enthusiasm is a constant source of inspiration! She describes herself as "a bit of an oxymoron - a girlie girl who's good with power tools, and an obsessive-compulsive free-spirit."

LLL:  Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? And how did you do with your 2009 resolution?

JD:  I set goals more than resolutions. I know that's a question of semantics, but "goal" doesn't have as much baggage as "resolution" in my mind, lol. My first goal last year was to make a small 4.5" square piece of art for the first 54 days of the year. I was inspired by a deck of loteria cards that I picked up at Houston Quilt Festival last fall. I did really well until the 19th day and then it fell all to heck - too much time at work, too cold in the studio, a little bit of burn out, etc. I do plan to complete that project in 2010, but not on a strict, every day schedule. I tend to set longer range goals-for example, I always have a one-year plan and a five-year plan. My one-year plan last year included teaching workshops out of my barn for the first time, working on new product development, writing a proposal for another book and more...and I've done nearly everything on that list! New goals for 2010 are working on a proposal for a fabric line, more product development, blogging more regularly, entering more art shows and booking more teaching gigs.

LLL:  How do you challenge yourself creatively?
JD:  I love the website! They give you a word every Friday and you depict it however you want in whatever media you'd like. Over 600 people participate each week from all art disciplines. I like to work in series and am often inspired by words, phrases, poetry and I'll create four or five pieces based on a song, for example. When we had a quilt shop, I used to come up with interesting, intriguing challenges for all of the staff every year and I really miss it.

LLL:  What exciting new ventures do you have coming up?
JD:  I'm super excited about the new Liquitex® Surface Design Center from C&T Publishing, and I can't wait to hear the reaction to my newest book, Surface Design Essentials. It was such a neat project and I'm all a'quiver with anticipation! I'm also working on a roster of online courses to start in February and some really cool products for art quilters - wait 'til you see!!

LLL:  What advice do you have for quilters and crafters who are a little afraid to try painting on fabric?
JD:  Leap! You know, when you try something outside of your comfort zone it stands to reason that you'll be a little uncomfortable. That's where growth comes from because if you never try new things, you don't grow. The worse thing that happens is that you mess up some fabric. The best thing that happens is you discover how much fun it is!

LLL:  What is the weirdest thing in your freezer right now?
JD:  An ice-cube tray full of homemade pesto sauce. Looks kinda gross if you're expecting water ice cubes, but these are great for individual servings. We save them in zip top baggies after they're frozen solid.

Thanks Jane!
Be sure to visit her blog - Chary Sprouts.

Thanks for reading! Now go and create a little something, would ya?