Sunday, 20 February 2011

I'm back!!!! 2nd post of the day - do please scroll down for earlier post

Oh boy, we had such a fab time during our 2011 Craftathon in Accrington!! We all made our way there on Friday - it was planned like a military manoeuvre with Jacqueline heading up from Cornwall and ringing me once she was safely on the train at Temple Meads so I picked up the same train at Bristol Parkway. We got off at Worcester and loaded our bags in to Cherry's car and headed to Stafford to pick up Wynneth and to meet the fabulous ANDY at the motorway roundabout!! I then played Satnag to Cherry as we headed north, regularly updated by Karen, who arrived first and Debs, who wasn't far behind!!! We fell foul of slow traffic on the M6 and arrived last, around 4pm to find a chilled bottle and some glasses under way - start as we mean to go on!!

Phil and Sandra, our hosts for the weekend, had kindly offered us the loan of their dining room for crafting purposed, despite being warned that the forecast was for haze (of glitter, that is!!!) and we wasted little time in getting started . . .

And here you can see that we have got our priorities right, cheers Debs!!!

This was my room at the Maple Lodge . . . .

And this is the Maple Lodge Guard Dog Seven (of nine, as in Jeri Ryan's character from Star Trek Voyager)

Wynneth and Jacqueline at the workshop within the Dawn Bibby Design studio
Front to back, Karen, Debs and Cherry

Rachel Greig, the owner of Dark Room Door rubber stamps and a keen workshop attendee admiring the finished books made at the workshop 

And this was our project ..... a booklet made from scratch featuring grungepaper cover decorated with ferro textured paint and stamped in before allowing to dry and then highlighting with metallic paints in turquoise and gold and then a concertina insert decorated with distress inks (scattered straw, frayed burlap, vintage photo and walnut stain) and then decorated using images by dark room door stamped in Ranger archival Coffee and then embellished with printed images also by dark room door. A fab and messy project.

After coffee and biscuits we even had time to chat with Dawn herself and watch her demonstrating alcohol inks used with stazon and embossing folders - fab, thanks for your time Dawn.

We rounded the day off with a pleasant Chinese meal at the Moutai - shame about the service!

Sunday morning came around all too quickly and we had to squeeze our goodies, clothes and purchases back in to our cases and wend our weary way home. Thanks to my fellow craftathoniers for making this such a fun weekend - must do it again some time ...... soooooooooooooooooooon

My extra special thanks to Cherry for being chauffeuse this weekend and driving from Worcester to Accrington, and back - I really appreciated it. Cherry and Debs both did the driving for the craftathoniers in and around Accrington and I like to think I speak for us all when I say thank you both.
Hope you have all had a great weekend too


Debs M x said...

lovely lovely project Kathy, fab colours and thanks for organising our wonderful weekend x

Brenda Brown said...

Sounds like you've had a brilliant weekend and a great crafty make to go with it. Glad you had a fabulous time.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

TAM said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant time

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like a fabby weekend,Kathy....and a gorgeous project made.

Cherry said...

Thank you very much Kathy for organising and being SATNAG. - I had a lovely time and enjoyed the workshop muchly! Thank you for my lovely card too. Hugs Cherry XXX

Lilian said...

You sure had a lovely time and thank you for sharing your weekend with us all. Love the project.
Take care lilian x

Katiejane said...

One word "WOW"! You certainly all look like you had the best time ever! Crafting, shopping, chinese, tea and biscuits with Dawn Bibby!!!
I wish I could have been there :) You'll have to let me know next time you are planning a get together and maybe if I can get time off "being Mummy" I could tag along!
What fab memories.
Katie x

My name is Wynneth said...

We most certainly did have the 'best time ever' didn't we and great that we have photographic evidence to prove it, otherwise it may just have felt like a fabulous dream !!! Thanks so much for getting the ball rolling and doing the preliminary work and planning.