Saturday, 8 April 2017

Crafting at Ally Pally - today

So I just got home from a fabulous day at Ally Pally made all the better for good company; and yes, a bit (!) of shopping..
 I was there early (around 9) and walked around the outside a little to admire the view - sunny but misty over London but the park was looking gorgeous

 parts of the outside... so thrilled the unused run down areas are being refurbished to bring the whole building back to it's former glory.


 Inside, I grabbed a coffee (foul longlife milk, they were using fresh last time!) and a yummy raspberry and white chocolate muffin whilst I was waiting for Lin

the Palm Court inside is lovely





Snapped the Paperartsy stand whilst waiting in line to book a make and take

 Lauren demoing with the new (to Paperartsy) Amsterdam acrylic inks and paints
 Lucy demoing with the rather lush paper that feels like fabric...
 then Leandra's turn...
 later on, when the crowds thinned out, there was time for more of a chat - Lin, Lesley and her friends Elaine and Judith and Leandra
 coaxed a smile out of them!
 and then Lin took one with me in, with my still very red hair!






Stash pics?  oh, go on then.

 some of the fab 12x12 fabricy paper (it is paper, just feels like fabric), some stencils and some papers (top left) - bargain price for 10 sheets of printed advert type paper..
 stamps, the Paperartsy apron, some fat quarters, stamps, some lace and fibres..
 bit of a close up for you!
managed to snag the rest of the Oxides that aren't already in processing from Oyster.  Not as good a price, but 4 for £20 so reasonable... can't remember where from now!

You should be able to click on the photos and get an even better look!
and the Oxides make and take Lin and I did with Leandra, a super quick try them out M&T which was great fun.


As always, it was great to spend the day with Lin, chat to Lesley and her friends, Kirsten, Lucy, Jo and WOYWW friends Erika, Dolores and Cindy - and some more ladies I know by sight but not really name!

Shopping is always fun when it's crafty shopping!

20 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW you were very reserved with your purchases Helen, I was expecting you to come home with much, much more than you did!!!

Kyla said...

Serious shopping again. Is that Lucy Edmonson (?) On the stall?

SumBunneh said...

Was lovely to see you too :) so glad you had as much fun as I did :)
Stamposaurus had the cheapest Distress Oxides today at 4.99 each.. but were out of peeled paint.. so I had to get it elsewhere.. but only 5.50 so not too bad :)

Kaz Hall said...

Aww looks like you had a great time! Nice goodies too xx

Kirsten said...

I'm glad you had a lovely day, it was great to see you. Nice selection of purchases too.

JoFY said...

Helen - fab stash you've got there!! do you remember where you bought the fabric with 'victoria' printed on it - v nice scrolls & fourishes in the paytern too! I think I might 'need' it! any info gratefully received. thanks
Jo FY

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely pics, glad you had such a good day. Now, I'm starting to wonder if your stencil collection is going to give the stamp collection a run for its money?!!

Scrapmate said...

I saw you today out of the corner of my eye while I was having a coffee and a sit down. You sound like you had as much fun as I did.

craftytrog said...

Fab photos Helen! Sad to be missing it this time, but loving Scotland again :-)

Julie Ann Lee said...

So glad you had a good day, Helen. What a beautiful day it was - the grounds must have looked lovely. I have an old friend staying or I would have been there myself. Lovely to see familiar faces in your pictures. Your stash looks great and it sounds as if there were some great demos going on too!xx

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Fab to see you I spied the fabric during build up and must remember to buy some tomorrow!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great stash additions Helen! Have to try and make another visit next year!! Looks as though there was a lot going on! Hugs, Chrisx

Lin said...

Great piccies of the beautiful ally pally.. Had a great day as usual.. Great to see the girls and all the lovely new stash on the pa stand x

Gabrielle said...

Goodness! What a fab day! So very sorry I missed you... hope you left something for us to buy today!!! Mwah xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Thank you for letting me know you posted. I am so glad you did, because I always love it when you take us to Ally Pally. That is definitely a beautiful building and the grounds are stunning. Even the booths look prettier with the gorgeous backdrop of the palace.

I REALLY want to see that fabric paper. I can't wait to see what you make of it. BTW, I definitely have stencil envy.

So, does that mean all the fat quarters and lace will have you sewing before long?

Hope your weekend is going better than mine, dear.

Claire said...

Looks like you had a fab day. I'm loving some of those stencils you got and also the PA apron! Claire Xx

Sue said...

Looks like a fun day Helen, and you've got some lovely stash! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Fab post Helen, great stash, thanks for keeping me in the loop! Xx

Jane said...

Wow great stash Helen and yes the mist had cleared on the Sunday and it was lovely and quiet too.I'm glad you had a fab time xx

butterfly said...

Oh, the fabric looks amazing too... I always think "fat quarters" is a silly name though. Love the PaperArtsy aprons... and the haul's not quite as small as the other post made out, is it?!
Alison x