I was so thrilled to be able to visit Crafting Live at Doncaster this weekend, even more so because this is the first full-scale craft exhibition I have been to. of course, I did mean to go and have a good luck around and enjoy the atmosphere rather than spending too much, however, I quickly realised that wasn’t going to happen. Let’s just saying a crafter going to an exhibition and not spending money is on a par with a child going to a sweet shop and coming out empty handed and leave it at that!

So what were the highlights of my visit and what did I spend money on I hear you asking…

Living Creatively with Fibro | Hunkydory Crafting Live purchase My first stop of was at the Hunkydory stand where I just got a couple of Premium kits, On the Harbourside and Dreamy Diorama. I was somewhat restrained due to a small budget and already having an awful lot of kits I haven’t opened yet. I have to admit if the current Christmas Decolarge had been available it would have been purchased.

Living Creatively with Fibro | Dreamees' Hayley Bignall and IMy next stop was the Dreamees stand, I only really became aware of them within the last year or so and I really love their products they are sensibly priced and really pretty. I bought three sets of stamps so I probably have about 12 sets of stamps and 6 discs now. Find out how I got on starting to play with them here. I am also a big fan of Hayley and Carol Bignall too, their TV shows are always inspirational and much more focussed on enjoying the craft than the hard sell. I was delighted to find they were both as lovely and down to earth in person too. Here is a photo of Hayley and me, she looks cool as a cucumber considering how hot it was in the exhibition hall and I look like I really should consider a diet  😳

I then took a look at the Card-io stand, I have been collecting their stamps (mainly Christmassy ones) for about a year now but haven’t actually used any yet. I think there is a good chance that will soon change, please feel free to remind me if I haven’t displayed any cards in the next couple of months.

Living Creatively with Fibro | Pollyanna Pickering and IThe next memorable stop was at the Creative Crafting World stand where Pollyanna Pickering was. Knowing her artwork is so well known far beyond the crafting world I was really honoured that she signed a disc for me and had a photo with me too.  The disc I bought was the Winter’s Tale which features some beautiful wildlife in winter settings.

The final purchase I made was a set of adhesives from the Affixit stand. I mentioned in a previous post about adhesives that I wanted to compare their sticky pads to the Hunkydory ones, so now I will have the chance. I’ll let you know the results when I have done this.

Well, I have to say that the visit took a lot out of me, I felt completely shattered in the afternoon afterwards and have not managed to do an awful lot today but it was completely worth it, using the spoon theory I have used up all the weekend’s spoons and probably borrowed some from the coming week.


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