I am so sorry that it has been so long since I last blogged. This week has been really stressful and I haven't been managing very well so I needed to take some time out! I hope you will all understand?!
I have so much to catch up on though, that I won't linger on bad times. Instead I wanted to blog about a lovely day out I had last Saturday!
I visited the Stitch & Craft Show at Olympia in London with my Maid of Honour, who is my craftiest friend! I had never been before, but after seeing a promotional leaflet with reduced price tickets in Mollie Makes and hearing a great review from the lovely Gem I just had to visit!
And boy am I glad I did...
The show was packed full of fantastic stalls! I couldn't believe how many beautiful things there were to buy!
It was so inspiring and there were some fantastic demonstrations of amazing crafts including hundreds of beautiful quilts.
My friend Emma and I spent all day looking around, and also got stuck into a couple of crafts ourselves...
Some decoupage (Emma's first time!)
And some sewing (also Emma's first time on a machine!)
We created some squares for a giant quilt that will be put together and presented to The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee - apparently it will also be displayed at the Knitting & Stitching show in October!
If you go, and happen to see my square, please let me know!
There was also a fantastic knitted village, which must have taken an unbelievable amount of time and effort from everyone involved!
I was so inspired by everything I saw that I just HAD to buy some supplies! I spent all the cash I had, then started to pay on card, before getting out more cash! This place really was lethal!
Britain themed stickers by Portabello Road
Bunting shaped stamps
(Which I plan to use to display some fabric/crafts)
(to make the long awaited first knitted project - a scarf for The Fiance)
A subscription to Papercraft magazine
Gorgeous sewing buttons
(For my niece's flowergirl gifts for the wedding)
Lots of gorgeous ribbon - mostly Britain themed
And I made this pretty little decoupage heart which is now hanging below my reel rack
The MOST gorgeous London/Jubilee fabrics EVER!
(I got so excited by these fabrics, I kept stroking them, they were so expensive but I LOVE them!)
And I made this little fabric bow at a free demonstration
And the lady kindly let me take away some scraps to make some more!
It was a fantastic day! There were so many gorgeous cross stitch and tapestry projects I also wanted to buy, but as I haven't even started my small cross stitch kits yet, I managed to refrain.
My friend Emma however, bought some beautiful kits and I can't wait to see how they turn out! She is making us a cross stitched ring cushion for the wedding and I am so excited to see it! I told you she was a crafty friend!
I cannot wait to go back next year, but first I really need to knuckle down and get crafting with this beautiful lot!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend in the gorgeous sunshine! Here's hoping for a better week!
Love Jewel xXx