Monday, 11 April 2011

My Very First Craft Show

On Saturday I went to my very first craft show at Ally Pally, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I had a arranged to meet Angie at Earls Court, so that we could travel together up to Ally Pally. It was lovely to meet Angie in person, as we have got to know each other through MSE and over emails, and we had a great time at the show. Being my first show, I wasn't really sure what to expect, and had taken plenty of money with me for buying new stash. The stalls were fab, and it was just lovely to be able to wander around them all, to see what was available. We were both there for well over 5 hours, but the time just flew, and at the end it was a bit of a rush to get around all the stalls or go back to ones we had seen stuff on and wanted to buy.

I guess I was expecting to find lots of bargins, but there weren't that many to be had, as alot of items seemed to be quite expensive, and could certainly be bought cheaper from the net. It was great to be able to see things that I had been eyeing up on the 'net' for a while, and I was a bit disappointed with some of the 'dies' I saw in real life, weren't quite what I was expecting, so it has made me reconsider buying some items.
The majority of what I did buy were 'essentials' and 'cheap' in terms of what I was willing to pay, and I guess I ended up spending about £25.00 and got all of this:

a sheet of LOTV squares ofr £1; and A3 cutting mat for £3 and 2 Papermani Scoring tools for £1.99; as well as 100 sheets of card; and some Anita's square card blanks.
some gorgeous ribbons in different shades of purple; some thin extra tacky double sided tape - 5 for £2.00; a couple of packs of different sized pearls; and some sewing embellishments that I will use on a newspaper style card later in the year that were a bargain at £1.50 - I recently paid over £3 for some from the same company at Hobbycraft.
5 decoupage sheets for £3.00 that will make a total of 14 cards. The stall I got them from had absolutely loads of different ones to choose from but I have got mainly men's ones, as they will make easy and quick cards.
I really did have a great time with Angie, and hope to do it again in the future.

Oh in case you are wondering what happened to the money I took but didn't spend at the Craft show - I had a little splurge on some new summer dresses on the way to work this morning:

This isn't me modelling the dresses (I wish!), but the two dresses were £28 from Asda!


  1. Glad you enjoyed your day out. I was very envious!! Impresed that you didn't get swept away by the excitement of the day and just buy, buy, buy!!

    Love your new dresses. xx

  2. I had a fab day out with you Caroline. It was lovely to share the day with someone else!!! I enjoyed our natter over lunch as well!!!! I did some stamping yesterday and the card we bought was great, no bleeding!!!! Look forward to meeting you again!! Love those dresses, very nice.

  3. Glad you had a good time and looks like you got some fab bargains. I agree it's good to see things in real life before you buy rather than on line, I'm hopeless at visualising. Love the frocks too xx

  4. sounds like a fab day I know what you mean about things being cheaper on the internet but still nice to have a mooch and grab ideas xx

  5. Looks like you had a great day?
    Helen x

  6. Great purchases - what a pity there wasn't many bargains to be had. Jaqui x