Thursday, 8 October 2009

Artisan show 2009

Wow - has it really been since July that I blogged! Life has been somewhat crazy and then my house was broken into whilst I was at work - that was not a fun time at all. So it is a month now since the burglary and my house is now like Fort Knox thanks to my Dad!

I decided to go to the Artisan Show. Well it's a 6 minute drive for me living in Leamington Spa! And I'm glad I went as it was VERY GOOD!! It was smaller than the NEC show, but was definitely for a more target audience. The main focus of the stalls (other than jewellery making) was indeed stamping, mixed media and altered art.

There were many advanced demo’s. I bought two new things/techniques to try for myself. One is beading (snowflakes to decorate my living room at Christmas and some bookmarks) and one is decopatch. It wasn’t as busy and packed as the NEC – but that was better – not overcrowded, you could easily see the demos, without being budged. You didn’t have to fight your way through the masses. It was peaceful, calming and educational.

Which is probably why I bought far too much. I had a measly £40 so kept saying – do you take credit card? I didn't get paid until today and the insurance money has only just arrived. Luckily (or unluckily) many of them did take a card! There was more time to talk to exhibitors and discuss new trends etc.

The atmosphere was so lovely. So here is my stash of goodies from the show … it was retail therapy, I keep tellling myself :)

This stamp had me laughing so I had to buy it.


Lottie said...

Wow what fabulous stuff and gorgeous stamps and things to alter - boy am I so envious of where you live

The Communique are fabulous pages - looking forward to seeing what you create.

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Debbie, well what an array of lovely goodies. Think my favourites are the flowers, inks (as they are such gorgeous colours) and I like the looks of the Santa's sleigh stamp. Shall look forward to seeing what you've done with decopatch. Maybe we might get you hooked onto "normal" decoupage - but maybe not. Kym xxx

Nicks said...

wow what a gorgeous stash you have there!

pecasatwo said...

Love that mousie stamp - had I been there I'd have bought it too - and I am not even a stamper!!! Looks like a great time was had!!

LazyKay said...

What a bonanza!


haglet said...

Hey sweets, love your paper. Graphic 45 has to be my favorite company. I just made a mini album for somebody at work to give to their girlfriend for christmas. I will send you pics when it completely finished in a couple more days. Glad you had a good time there. Love ya. sis