Greetings from CHA

Posted by Jenny Grotherus

15 January, 2013 -

Marie and I went to CHA this year to take a look around, meet some nice people and check it all out.


We arrived in Los Angeles very late on Thursday. It was good to have a day off before the trade show started. I heard that it’s snowing back home. I felt like a calf on shieling when I went outside that morning. I just had to run around a bit in the wonderful sun. The weather was so nice so we decided to make a trip to San Diego. We had heard about the Cabrillo National Monument. It’s supposed to be one of the most beautiful places around San Diego so we spent a couple of hours there. It was really nice, just strolling around, enjoying the weather.

MarieMarie is very camera shy, but I caught her off guard.

In the afternoon we headed for an outlet to do “some” shopping.

We were really excited when we headed for the convention centre on Saturday morning. I have dreamed about going to CHA for so long, and now we were finally there. We had spent hours and hours of preparations. I don’t know how many stores we’ve been through to find the right Maja clothes. Marie did an extraordinary job pulling our outfits together, just as she did on our new business cards and sample books.

So when we entered the building to register we got a bit disappointed. After all long hours with our outfits we ended up with bright pink and red badges, together with a really green tote. 😉 cha2

It didn’t quite fit my vintage outfit, full of valances and lace… Actually. The tunic is Marie’s. The Life In The Countryside collection was partly influenced by it. She wore the same model but in lilac. One of the Fika papers was influenced by her tunic. So we were very Maja the first day.

People have been turning their heads, talking about our clothes during our whole stay, so I guess we must have done something right. They have even approached us during breakfast asking about our clothes.cha1So here we go… The place is HUGE! I have never seen so many fantastic creations in my life, they are absolutely extraordinary…

Marie went looking for books at Barnes and Nobles to create something similar.

We got busy doing other things during Sunday so we never attended the show. Here’s Marie fixing up our sample books during the evening.

Monday morning. What could be a better start of the day then sneeking up behind Tim Holtz?

timholtzHe must have been the most popular guy in the house… Not too surprised over that fact.
Another gorgeous creation we found. Absolutely fantastic. We met so many talented artists and saw so many amazing creations.JennyMe in a really beautiful pastel party booth. Lawn and everything. Ready for a garden party.

It has been a very inspiring visit and we’ve had so much fun. All that is left to do now is to pack our things and go home, a lot wiser then we arrived.Jenny

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  • Awwww, you and Marie both look so beautiful in your vintage clothing! Sounds like you had an amazing time Jenny! I was working with the Walk in the Forest papers today and had the ‘Flannel Shirt’ paper out to work with… soon as I saw your cute ruffle top I thought, ‘that’s like the pretty plaid design in the papers!!’ ….thanks so much for sharing your CHA experiance with us! xo

  • CamillaE says:

    LOVE your outfits, Jenny! Looks like you have had a great stay!

  • Romy Veul says:

    I really loved getting a peek at CHA and reading about your travels. I think your clothes look gorgeous – they are very Maja, so very pretty 🙂

  • mm Rachelle Sigurdson says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with CHA,love your outfits & you both look Beautiful even if you were probably, both very tired from all your hard work getting ready, long travel & your exciting days @ CHA!!!

  • How lucky you are, I can just be jealous. Your cloths were so special and so unique for this event. Thanks for sharing with us

  • Angela says:

    Wow… you both looked amazing and I’m not surprised that you got stopped. Sounds like you had a lovely time and thanks for giving an update. Can’t wait to hear more!
    I heard that this was a really good CHA and that you both were a part of it is special.