Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fun And Drama at Stitches...

Hi folks, I had a bit of a missing in action day yesterday after returning from my trip to the UK Craft Trade Show or Stitches as it's affectionately known, catching up with the laundry and those household chores that hubby never seems to notice need done.
I had an absolute blast with my two bestest buddies Enfys and Anne, they truly are the nicest sweetest friends and we share the same sense of humour and laid back atitude to life.
I have to say we were a bit disappointed at the lack of papercrafting stands at the show...it seems the crafty world has been taken over by all things stitching, knitting and crochet...it was wall to wall fabric and wool. So with none of the new Tim Holtz products for me to stroke and drool over, we spent a lot of time in Wetherspoons, chatting, catching up with special friends and drinking coffee. It was lovely to spend some time with my favourite Editor, the lovely Trish Latimer from Craft Stamper and pop by to see our Fiskars buddy Keren who was demo-ing Fiskars sewing tools on the Groves stand and to meet the new team at Fiskars UK.
And of course, no trip to Stitches would be complete without a visit to the Ministry of Mixology stand to say hello to my old mucker, the adorable, very talented but very naughty Andy Skinner and his equally talented side-kicks Brenda Brown and Nikki Acton, followed by a catch up with the lovely folks at Indigoblu to drool over all the amazing samples from their Design Team and there was just time before lunch to pop by AALL & Create to check out Tracy Evans fabulous range of new stamps and admire her amazing talent...I fell in love with these projects online but they are much more stunning in real life.


And look what I found...a looks familiar "Entomology" shirt  which would have been the perfect gift for a very special someone but despite my best efforts... it wasn't for sale...
After lunch we headed over to join the lovely Michelle Johnson at Stix 2 for a fun make and take project and were treated to a lovely coffee and the most yummy delicious strawberry/cream scone, so delicious in fact we returned on Tuesday for seconds.
And to round off the perfect day we headed to the PaperArtsy Make and Take workshop with the lovely Leandra and Jo Firth-Young. In a word, it was amazing. We had lots of fun making two beautiful projects using very different techniques.
were treated to refreshments and nibbles and came away with a load of stamps, stencils and paints. Thank you girls for sharing your amazing talent with us and for your kindness and generosity.

Some of Jo's beautiful samples on the PaperArtsy stand
Anne and I were staying overnight with Enfys who lives 10 minutes from the NEC and after a busy day, we were looking forward to a relaxing evening catching up with our Fiskars buddy Keren over a delicious dinner and a glass or two of vino. Little did we know there was a major DRAMA about to unfold but if you follow my blog you probably won't be surprised because Enfys and yours truly have a long long history of dramatic travel adventures and you would be forgiven for thinking, we should not be allowed out unaccompanied.
If you're not familiar with the NEC, there are 7 car parks, North 1, North 2 etc, with parking for hundreds of cars, sectioned off  by hedges with free shuttle buses to take you from the car parks to the halls. Enfys usually parks in North 1 but it was closed and she was re-routed to another which she was unfamiliar with. So make yourself a cuppa and grab a comfy sofa while I share the saga of the NEC car park.
The shuttle bus dropped us off and we headed off on a freezing cold dark night into the warren of car parks to find the car. But our intrepid driver couldn't remember which car park held our transport. We knew it wasn't North 1 so she set off across the tarmac fantically clicking her key fob muttering that she remembered parking beside a hedge while Anne and I stood with our overnight bags, shivering and teeth chattering. Fortunately a very very kind Good Samaritan took pity on these hapless travellers and offered to drive us around all the car parks to find the missing vehicle. So we loaded the bags in the boot, hopped in to her lovely cosy car with Enfys in the front armed with her key fob. I kid you not we had travelled a distance of 2 metres when 6 metres in the distance the tail lights of a vehicle responded to the clicking and we very sheepishly thanked our Good Samaritan and vacated the car feeling like complete idiots.. Yes, you couldn't make it up if you tried and as our female knight in shining armour drove off into the night, I swear she had that "I wonder if they have escaped from somewhere" look on her face.
I'll be back tomorrow with the concluding part of our Stitches Adventures which you'll be pleased to know was saga free...well apart from my little run in with the over zealous security folks at Birmingham International Airport.
Hugs Kath xxx

12 comments:

Jane said...

Sounds like a fab trip Kath...I really hope to get there one year. Love all your yummy products and you could not make up your adventuring tales! Hilarious and I'm glad you are back safe and well xxx

Annie said...

Absolutely fabulous makes from your workshops Kath and it sounds like you all had the most wonderful time catching up with friends. You made me smile about forgetting where the car was as I can just imagine it, especially if you come out a different exit. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like the NEC before.

TFS and rest up

Annie x

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous post Kath, love all the pics and makes and takes, wish I was there too :-)
you did make me laugh with the car park saga LOL, it has happened to me once when I parked in Leeds city centre, I couldn't remember which car park I had parked in so I found a policeman and told him, more or less, the turns I had made driving in from the motorway so he could work out where the car park was, LOL.

glad you found the car and am sure the first glass of vino went down extremely well, followed no doubt by a couple more ;-)

Glad you had a good time XXX

Enfys said...

I had a missing in action day yesterday as well, involving a darkened room and gin, to get over the trauma of the car park disaster! Great to see you again, most of it was fun! Here’s to our next adventure wherever that may be......xxx

Jenny Marples said...

Nice to see you too Kath. Sounds like an adventure home! Jenny

Janette said...

Oh Kath I'll be smiling at this all day, lol, so funny, maybe you really shouldn't go out alone...haha, but then the trips would be so boring...glad you enjoyed, shame about the lack of paper crafts though...maybe someone will hear your story and do something for next time...xx

Redanne said...

Oh Kath, what fun we had! This was one experience for the history book for sure. You and Enfys are just the very best, I will remember these adventures for a long time to come - just wishes I had not missed the scone!!! Hugs, Anne xxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Kath how lovely of you to give me and AALL a mention , I truly appreciate your kindness . I agree with you there was far less paper crafting this year which made me sad but nonetheless I had a wonderful time . I am so sorry I missed you , one day we will meet I am sure . Seriously Kath thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kind mention . Oh and I love the paper artsy stencil too .

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I loved reading about your adventures too . Sorry my phone suddenly stopped me finishing my comment . Me and technology , I am dangerous . Hugs . Tracy xx

Linda Simpson said...

Sounds like you had a fun time at stitches as did I but only sorry I didn't get to see you all. I too had a saga of trying to find my own car! OMG Kath I kid you not I thought it had been stolen as it wasn't where I knew it should be. LOL it was parked in the place I knew I had parked it but in the car park further up! Poor hubby who I had phoned thought I had lost the plot! Hoping to catch you soon.
Hugs
Linda xxx

misteejay said...

Glad you all found the car.
Looks like you had a fabulous day even though there wasn't much in the way of paper crafting.
Toni xx

CraftStamper magazine said...

Wonderful (as always!) to catch up with you as well lovely lady! Trish xxxxxx

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