How’s your week been? I can’t believe it’s already Friday, although in some ways this week has reeeeeeeally dragged. Eleanor’s had tonsillitis after almost three weeks of a cough and cold; my poor girl, she’s so sad. Phoebe isn’t one to be outdone though, so she’s had a very angry nappy rash. What a week! Anyway, you’re not here for an update on the squishes are you? So let’s get down to business…
Last Saturday we went to the Hobbycrafts and Crafts for Christmas show at the NEC. I went to the one in March, and this time around around Andy was adamant that if I was going, so was he. I love that he wants to get involved in crafty stuff with me.
I couldn’t believe how busy this show was, and I’m sure it was smaller than the last one too. This meant I hardly got chance to take any photos as people were shoving us about all over the place. First time I’d taken the camera out with its strap too! I’ve got to say, the major disappointment about this show was how rude people were being. Yes, I know taking a buggy in isn’t ideal, but hey, it wasn’t my idea of fun either. I couldn’t believe how many people were prepared to barge my three year out of the way to grab at things, or how many people were walking past the buggy hitting it (and my 15 month old) with their bags.
Despite this, we had a good day though. We don’t get to do as many family days out as we’d like to so we made the most of it. I was expecting the Crafts for Christmas bit to be crafts you’d make yourself for Christmas, but it was mostly people selling their crafts. Eleanor was fairly disappointed by this as she thought she’d spend the day making things! We found loads of great Christmas presents and bought a few bits and pieces.
I loved this stall that had wooden items personalised with pyrography. I seriously could have done the majority of my Christmas shopping at this stall alone, but they didn’t accept cards! Now I realise there’s a charge involved for the vendor, but surely you’ll lose a lot of business at a show like that if you don’t accept cards. They weren’t the only ones though, almost everyone we wanted to buy from wouldn’t take cards. This meant that we hardly bought anything we wanted to, as to keep getting cash out was costing a small fortune in fees! We did buy a lovely jewellery box for Eleanor from this stall though, which you’ll have seen if you follow me on Instagram.
I did treat myself to this thimble, what do you think? My Grandma collected thimbles, so I’m always drawn to them wherever I go (and even though she’s not with us any more, I still buy them to add to the collection). These thimbles from Warwick Thimbles were just so lovely, I could have bought loads! I’ve added a couple to my Christmas list, but have promised Andy that I’m not going to start collecting them. (Until I have a sewing room anyway, haha).
Amazingly, I didn’t buy any fabric! To be honest I don’t really need any and I don’t think I saw anything that I couldn’t buy in Birmingham anyway. I did love this way of displaying fat quarters on one stall:
Something I did like the look of was this cupboard which pulls out into a desk. It even came with all the plastic boxes to organise your stuff. I couldn’t get a better picture, as I was shoved out of the way by rude people. Again.
Being Remembrance weekend, they had this lovely artwork in one of the entrances. It was all made of paper, and the poppy wreaths were knitted (or possibly crocheted):
Now I’ve got to tell you all about the beautiful Christmas presents I bought for my girls. Just before we were about to leave (can you believe we were there for 6 hours?!) we decided to have a another last look around as the crowds were thinning out a bit. I can across the Cool Crafting stall and I’m so glad I did! A while back, I said I was planning on making teddies for the girls for Christmas; I’ll confess I haven’t even started any of my Christmas presents yet (argh!). Cool Crafting have got the most beautiful kits to make a felt bunny with a Liberty dress:
Image from Cool Crafting
They even have kits to make coats and pyjamas and other things! I love them so much! I’ve already planned a couple of little outfits that I can make with my own patterns and I’m hoping to do a tutorial on here for them. I hope my girls love them as much as I do and they’ll be something they keep forever. What do you think, do you like gifts like this?
If you’d like to have a nosey at the other bits and pieces we bought, then head over to my Instagram 🙂 Meanwhile, I guess I need to get on with some Christmas sewing!
Are you ready for Christmas yet? Are you making gifts? Please share!