By: Traci Armbrust
It all began on May 17th by stepping off the plane in New York City, checking into our hotel, and grabbing some iconic Ray's Pizza before cabbing it over to the Javits Convention Center. I've been doing this for over 11 years and it still just blows me away how big those slices of pizza are. By the way if you're wondering, those are blobs of cream cheese. Super yummy!
Once at the convention center, it's always a welcome site seeing our crates make it from good ole' Nebraska to the convention site. We start with laying our floor. One of my favorite stories is that somewhere on that squishy, faux wood floor are two high-heel shoe prints left by Marie Osmond. She was in our booth about eight or nine years ago at the Craft and Hobby Association Show, where I believe she had a craft line of some sort. She was checking out our machine and dies and all our projects. I love that story. So below you see the floor and the walls have started to go up.
Here it is from the other direction: eight panels in a 30' x 12' booth.
Before you know it, the boxes are unpacked and the real magic happens. The projects are put up and the machine is put out. We are so close; it is May 18th if you are keeping track. I was thinking about this the other day. We bring about 350 to 400 projects to National Stationery and around 600 to the Craft and Hobby Association show.
May 19th and we're just getting ready to start the show, looking sharp in our coral shirts. From left to right is Amber (Operations Manager/Cad Specialist for Custom Shape Pros) Lara (E-Commerce Manager), and Kim (Tradeshow and Marketing Specialist).
It didn't take long and this booth was jumping!
We passed out these awesome fans made from our new die, Fan #3 (NC807SJ). Which, by the way, is oh so true.
If you stopped by our booth in New York, thanks. It was awesome meeting you and sharing the passion we have for our products. If you weren't able to make it to New York, don't worry, we'll be releasing our new dies on June 3rd online at www.accucutcraft.com.