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Tune In To LIVE from CHA in 4D at the 75th Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show

Win AWESOME prizes! Learn new techniques! Join your hosts Elena and Marisa and tune in to see the latest craft products before they hit the market at the 75th Craft & Hobby Association MEGA Show! The fun never stops! Charity Wings has a very unique opportunity for craft enthusiasts! Order your Ultimate Sample box, filled with goodies from each of the manufacturers featured on the show and participate in 4D!!!  We will be doing 36-40 interviews and product features and some manufacturers will be putting “GOLDEN TICKETS” into random boxes worth hundreds of dollars in prizes!

CLICK HERE TO DONATE AND RECEIVE YOUR ULTIMATE SAMPLE BOX BY THE HOLIDAYS!LiveIn4-D

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Jan 9-10, 2016

LIVE in 4-D!

  • 1-D: Watch the livestream from your computer or mobile device. All you need is an internet connection.
  • 2-D: Chat with the Manufacturers and Designers we interview and other viewers from around the world.
  • 3-D: Create using the products in the Ultimate Sample Box.  Only the first 250 people to purchase will have this special opportunity.
  • 4-D: Win! At the end of each interview every viewer will be entered to win prizes!

Modern Surrealist featured on MSNBC Show: Your Business

I’m pleased to share this segment from the MSNBC TV program Your Business, sponsored by American Express OPEN.

During the episode my fellow craft industry colleagues and I share our favorite digital tools to help you run your small business.

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We filmed the piece at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show, and I thank the CHA for giving me the wonderful opportunity to promote my business on this very informative show!

To get more great tips and tricks to enhance your business, access a wide array of videos targeted specifically towards entrepreneurs in various industries by clicking HERE. Wishing all of my fellow entrepreneurs much success in all your business endeavors!

CHA 2015 Mega Show Total ReCap

Today.2Greetings Dear Friends! I made it back from the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 Mega Show and am excited to report that yet again, the annual trade show was a smashing success for Modern Surrealist and all of our partner companies! There was so much exciting stuff going on at the show that I barely know where to begin!

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Step into my office… er Sizzix display!

I spent my mornings in the Sizzix booth, demonstrating several of the shape cutting tools from my new line. The steel rule dies (shape cutting tools) at the focus of the make n’ take were the Chandelier and Hoop Earrings. Some folks even opted to get super creative and combine them with the Lips, Zodiac and Peace Signs! Click HERE to view the full photo album from my appearance in the Sizzix booth and to see many of the awesome earrings created by the attendees.

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Elmer, buyer from Boy Scouts of America joined in the earring making fun! He’s such a great sport!

The basic materials provided for the earrings project were vibrant Rowlux Illusion Film (which also made a big splash at the Designer Sneak Peek event) and my new licensed line of Dazzling Diamond Sticker Sheets for The Buckle Boutique! If you’re not familiar with these sheets, they are adhesive back sheets of soft acrylic rhinestones that can easily be cut with scissors, trimmers, steel rule dies and even electronic cutters! They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and at the show we introduced our new Quad Sheets which are the first ever adhesive rhinestone sheets to feature licensed surface designs AND multiple designs on one sheet!

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Make n’ Takes at The Buckle Boutique booth

Here’s a video from The Buckle Boutique booth where I show the fun make n’ take we did with the NEW Wide Cuff die (shipping to stores this May along with all the rest of my new dies that debuted at the show) from my new collection with Sizzix. Click HERE to view all of my Sizzix dies that are currently available at retail.

Shawn Mosch who heads up marketing for The Buckle Boutique did this lovely blog post which details the SKUs of our debut collaborative collection of licensed bling and illustrates the utterly massive amount of crafty fun that was had in our booth!

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Even the guys got into the bling!

At the Designer Sneak Peek event, I presented the Modern Surrealist licensed bling sheets as well as the newest version of Rowlux Illusion Film which was featured on the Charity Wings LIVE from CHA Webcast. Click HERE to see the demo video of our NEW OPAQUE Rowlux Illusion Film Sheets! Charity Wings also stopped by the Sizzix booth to give viewers a sneak peek at the NEW shape Sizzix cutting tools from Modern Surrealist and Eileen Hull. Click HERE to watch the video from that LIVE webcast (my segment starts at 00:10:00)!

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Unlocking the Magic with Brother and Disney! And check out the fabulous apron I made with the Innov-Is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine!

At the show, I had the wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the brand new Project Runway Limited Edition Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine and the SC9500 Computerized Sewing and Quilting Machine. I had a such fun time working with my new Brother family! The booth display featured many of the projects I’ve designed as the new brand ambassador for Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery! Click HERE to view the full photo album from my appearance in the Brother booth at CHA!

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Good times in the Westcott Brand booth with Joanne Fink, author of the Zenspirations book series

And of course it would not be a CHA Show without making a appearance in the Westcott Brand booth! I had an absolute blast reconnecting with Joanne Fink to cross promote her Zenspirations book collection with the award winning Axis iPoint Evolution pencil sharpener! We also did a really cute quilting make n’ take to show off Westcott’s new Pinking Shears! To view the full photo album from our appearance in the Westcott booth, click HERE. I had a fabulous time coordinating the Party Time with Westcott Brand Workshop with friends Wendy Russell and Jennifer Priest, where attendees learned 5 new coordinating party decor projects. And speaking of fun times with friends, check out this fun album highlighting several shots with my fabulous friends in the crafting industry!

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BFF Elena from Charity Wings Art Center and Official Emcee of LIVE from CHA

Another one of the highlights was filming an interview for the MSNBC show Your Business, which gave me the opportunity to share my entrepreneurial tips and tricks with viewers! Stay tuned for the segment to air sometime in the next few weeks!

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Interview with MSNBC’s show Your Business!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out all of the exciting events from the 2015 CHA Mega Show! If you have any questions regarding the products mentioned here or the product development and promotional services that I offer, I would LOVE to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me at:

marisa@modernsurrealist.com or (773) 243-6186

Come Craft with Modern Surrealist at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 Mega Show*

Today.2Come craft with Modern Surrealist at the Craft & Hobby Association 2015 MEGA SHOW! * Enjoy a variety of inspiring demonstrations, new product reveals and get oodles of hands on crafting action at the nation’s largest craft industry expo!

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Demonstration Schedule

Friday January 9th, 2015

1:00pm – 2:30pm Party Time with Westcott Brand Workshop – Learn cutting edge ideas for DIY Party Décor and Receive Mega Swag Galore!

5:00pm – 6:30pm CHA Designer Sneak Peek Event – Designers may view and receive samples of Modern Surrealist’s new product lines with Sizzix & The Buckle Boutique! Room 204A

Saturday January 10th, 2015

10:00am – 1:00pm Sizzix Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Shape Cutting Tools and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booths # 2321/2522

2:00pm – 3:00pm The Buckle Boutique Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Adhesive Bling and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booth #2535

3:00pm – 4:00pm Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery – Enjoy a Machine Embroidery Demonstration and Learn about Brother’s Awesome Collection of Home Sewing and Embroidery Machines! Booth #1575

4:00pm – 5:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – See the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

Sunday January 11th, 2015

9:00am – 12:00pm Sizzix Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Shape Cutting Tools and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booths # 2321/2522

1:00pm – 2:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – See the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

2:00pm – 3:00pm The Buckle Boutique Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Adhesive Bling and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booth #2535

3:00pm – 4:00pm Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery – Enjoy a Machine Embroidery Demonstration and Learn about Brother’s Awesome Collection of Home Sewing and Embroidery Machines! Booth #1575

4:00pm – 5:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – ee the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

Monday January 12th, 2015

9:00am – 12:00pm Sizzix Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Shape Cutting Tools and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booths # 2321/2522

1:00pm – 2:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – See the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

2:00pm – 3:00pm The Buckle Boutique Demo & Make n’ Takes – View and Try Out the New Modern Surrealist Collection of Adhesive Bling and Make Some Custom Jewelry! Booth #2535

3:00pm – 4:00pm Brother Home Sewing & Embroidery – Enjoy a Machine Embroidery Demonstration and Learn about Brother’s Awesome Collection of Home Sewing and Embroidery Machines! Booth #1575

4:00pm – 5:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – See the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

Tuesday January 13th, 2015

9:00am – 2:00pm Westcott Brand Demo & Make n’ Takes – See the latest in cutting edge innovation and do two fun projects – a quilted keychain and laminated doodle luggage tag to take home! Booth #1706

*Trade show is open to registered members of the craft and hobby industry only

Craft Industry Today Magazine Trend Report featuring Decoden Relic Boxes by Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko

UPCYCLE!

Everything old is new again! In more ways than one!

I’m pleased to share with you this article from the Summer 2014 issue of Craft Industry Today – The Craft & Hobby Association Magazine featuring a project that I designed in the Trend Report – Relic Boxes Decorative Time Capsules. I was rather shocked to discover this project in the magazine because it’s a project that I created over 9 years ago when I was a new mother and budding entrepreneur! After all these years now it’s “officially” become a craft trend!

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Before I began working with manufacturers in the CHA, I used to run a business making these Decorative Time Capsules (as well as funky charm jewelry and embellished tank tops) and sold them to several very high end boutiques in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. They were featured in trendy Harajuku shops and even the Tokyo Ritz Carlton. It was quite the home enterprise and with a small team of me and a few friends we produced hundreds of these for all sorts of occasions and themes including: baby, wedding, travel, graduation, girlfriends, kids, spiritual, sports, pets and even ones that were highly unique and personalized for custom orders. They were all one of a kind and handmade with love! You can see many of them HERE.

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I was proud to learn that my original upcycled craft technique (one of the earliest examples of decoden that I’ve seen) has become a trend in the craft and hobby world. It got me wondering if my handmade products may have contributed to the birth of the decoden crafting craze that’s come out of Japan?

Here’s one of my early videos, a feature on Creative Living on PBS from 2009 where I teach host Sheryl Borden how to create Relic Boxes Decorative Time Capsules out of upcycled baby food jars. To see more of my craft demonstrations on PBS click HERE.