Wednesday 9 November 2016

Hobbycraft Show, NEC Birmingham, Part 2 of 2

Well, I’ve finally got round to unpacking after my trip to Birmingham NEC but I couldn’t let the occasion slip by without mentioning some of the lovely people I met who made my time there so enjoyable…
Eyes down, look in....

I’m always struck by the energy and enthusiasm of the crafters I meet, and none more so than the four lovely ladies who decided to attend my workshops on no less than three of the four days of the event!  Ten out of ten for commitment ladies – your smiles were very infectious! And you made me smile when you told me how glamorous I looked in my sunglasses. This was because I'd left my normal glasses in the car, which resulted in a mad dash back to said car to get them or the Workshop on Saturday may not have been very productive!

There was no danger of crafters finding themselves doing the same thing twice by attending workshops on consecutive days as the subject changed daily.  Each day we took different projects from various editions of the monthly Tattered Lace magazine using the die that accompanied that magazine.  At the end of the workshop each crafter was given that magazine and die as a gift to take home. This also meant they could complete any unfinished projects at home. I truly love how crafters don't waste anything and so many of you took home your (used) piece of Cut Tidy and Glue applicators so that they could be reused at home.

Kara hard at it! (with John and Masie in the background)
I also got to meet Josh and his Mum, who came all the way from Devon.  Josh is an avid Create & Craft viewer who contacts the shows regularly, and it was great to actually meet him in person. Thanks for coming all that way to see us Josh!

It was fantastic to meet twelve year old Sophie, who just so happens to be the ‘Inspirational Crafter’ in the current edition of the Create & Craft magazine.  Sophie really is inspirational; she set up ‘Sophie’s Charity Crafts’ which raises money for several charities that are dear to her.  Her website is at and it’s a great venture which truly deserves our support. Well done Sophie, you are an example to us all.

A big ‘hello’ to Kara too, who attended Sunday’s workshop.  It was delightful to meet you Kara, and all the very best for your first teenage market, coming up in the next few days.  Good luck with that – or should I say, ‘break a leg’?!
The two cards we made during the final two days of the event

I had a blast and thanks to everyone I met at the event.  Look forward to seeing you again soon. I hope you'll be at Crafting Live in Peterborough on Friday and/or Saturday?

Corrine XX



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