I would talk to Mary Beth Shaw about pretty much anything: art, life, swimming, dachshunds, barbecue. And I don't even like barbecue. But Mary Beth can make anything interesting, and I wanted to hear her take on CHA, the annual Craft and Hobby Association's trade show, held in January in Anaheim, right next door to Disneyland. I know Disneyland is supposed to be passé, the second-class cousin to DisneyWorld, but I have fond memories of the former from when I went to junior high in Ventura, 60 miles to the north, and they took a bus full of us to Disneyland every time we made the A/B honor roll. Since the stuff we were doing in the 7th grade was the same stuff I had done in the 6th grade in Ponca City, Oklahoma, I got to go to Disneyland kind of a lot, which is way fun when you're 12 and all the rides are paid for. Yowza.
Anyway, anyway, anyway. This is about CHA, not about Disneyland. And as always, Mary Beth is a hoot. Even if you have no desire to attend CHA, you'll have fun listening to her talk about being there. And meeting Leeza Gibbons, never mind that neither of us is really completely sure who Leeza Gibbons actually is (but I did look up her name so I could spell it, so I know she's Someone Famous).
Go here to see Mary Beth's work, here to read her blog, here to see Stencil Girl products, and here to order her book, Flavor for Mixed Media. Click on the little player below to listen to our conversation.
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