Monday, 15 April 2013

Ally Pally

Good morning friends
Phew, what a busy weekend I've had, it's Monday and I'm still exhausted, in a good way though. Saturday saw us up bright and early to get to Ally Pally early so we could get decent parking Mark came along with us and we met up with Paul Browning from The Artsiders blog who traveled down to meet us for the day. It was great to actually meet him and we had a great day together.

 In between all the chatting we did managed to take the occasional look at what was going on around us, once we managed to drag Mark away from The MDF man, that is..... This was at the Creative Expressions stand. The melt pot appears to be making a welcome return and there was some fab samples there.
 This is the hall, the first time I have been in this hall. Though it was busy, there still seemed to be more space which was good.
 A couple of things caught my eye, like these stamps (Visible Image, I think)
 This was cool too, love the cracked glass effect on the porthole.
 I got dragged up to talk about my Book cover kits and Masks with the lovely Helen from Crafting Time and Di from Tando in the demo room, talk about being put in the hot seat, it was fun though.

It was fantastic to see that one of my masks had been used on one of the samples too!

So, what stuff did I succumb to I hear you ask. I was remarkably restrained I think. Well, I had to have this fab cabinet, a 12 x 12 size one so I am really looking forward to doing something with that!, Then I stocked up on orange tape and white card, a couple more Distress Paints (Have I told you how wonderful they are!) Then a bag of leather pieces, great value at a fiver and they are lovely big pieces too. Rose trim. Then Susan bought me some lovely keys and scissors charms and chain tassels, cameos and the watch mask too.
So that was my day, meeting loads of lovely people as well. I got to chatting to a lovely couple of ladies who had come over from Ireland and as we were chatting about my jouranlling they asked if I did classes and when I said I teach at The Craft Barn it was with great excitement Shirley said  they were going there on Sunday, which just happened to co-incide with my Art Journalling #1 class...... needles to say, when I arrived at class there they were all booked in and raring to go! So along with the other 10 ladies we had an amazingly fab day getting all inky and getting to grips with inks, stains and paints. I of course forgot to take my camera out which was a pity.

Now I need to unpack and get the studio sorted, stat working on some DT stuff before it's back to the pay the bills job tomorrow!
Hope you all have a wonderful day.

13 comments:

mark gould said...

It was a great day, smae time next year? ;)
Glad the class went well. Cath you soon. Mark

Helen said...

It was great to bump (however briefly) into you on Saturday! I think I bought a "little" (ahem) more than you...no doubt the pic will re-appear on my WOYWW post this week!!!

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

I had a great time. So good to meet you all at last. And I concur with Mark, same time next year!!! Can't wait to se what you do with the leather lol. Pxx

Ginger said...

I love the MDF man. I always head to him first when I go anywhere. Great new Stash. x

Karen said...

Awe, I am not jealous much!!!! Wen I last went up the hall was being done up and now I see it looks fantastic!!! Hahaha I see in the pic that Di is trying to push her chair back into the crowd!

Oh I have loads of brown leather offcuts Neil if you want some??? I can bring them up to The Craft Barn for you? Just let me know x

Monica said...

that was one incredible day. Love your loot.

Sioux P said...


Was at the art journaling on Sunday, it was brilliant, very messy, great fun, and fabuous inspiration, looking forward to the next one, thanks Neil

JoZart said...

So pleased to hear you had a great day and met my lovely pal Paul too! Such a co-incidence with those Irish ladies too!. I MUST make it to Ally Pally one day!
love Jo x

Nan G said...

Sounds like a great day! Love the new stash too! So wish I could do events like this, alas, I will live vicariously through blog posts about them both in the UK and the USA.

nikkib said...

oooh love that box, which supplier is it please? and all that other stash..... love Visible Image stamps, so good and some different designs too.....

Ali H said...

Hi Neil - we saw you at the show - you were lurking by the Paperartsy stand with the guys ! Glad you enjoyed the show - looked everywhere for your bird stamps but couldn't see them ! Ali x

Cheremane said...

Glad you enjoyed the show :) I was demoing on the Visible Image stand :)

Visible Image said...

Good to hear our stamps caught your eye! Looks like you had a brilliant day. Mark & Helen x