I got back from the Create & craft Experience on Sunday night, wow, what an experience… A full weekend, actually even more, started on Friday with 200+ crafters descending on the Hilton Hotel, Birmingham NEC. What a sight that was, a pack of ladies (and a few gentlemen) with purple trolley totes, issued by Ideal World to every attendee, trying to get past each other in a mass of purple. With so many crafting bodies together the comradery and banter made everyone feel welcomed. even if they had arrived alone.
Once everyone had booked into their rooms, the evening’s entertainment started with dinner and a speech from Joanna Sheen. My goodness, what an interesting life she has had so far!! The first place she ever sold her pictures was Harrods !!!! Now, if that’s not an impressive start, I don’t know what is… She has been in the craft industry since 1979, so as you can imagine, she had a few stories to tell 😆
After dinner there was a huge gathering of people in the bar 😆 Once everyone realised they had a very long day ahead of them they decided to have a restful sleep to prepare.
Saturday was be a long day with 4 scheduled workshops, it was sheer hard work, a welcome break was lunch in between 😀 Half hour breaks between the workshops meant there was lots of shopping in the retails areas in between.
Using RedHotBed products I had planned to do 3 projects in 90 minute, I am very proud to say that everyone who attended my workshop finished them all ! I hope all enjoyed the workshops as much as I did 😀
It was a fun filled Saturday evening, the entertainment was a Family Fortunes style game show and the Craft Experts did terribly 😆 With a £100 worth of vouchers, EACH !!! up for grabs. to spend on the Create & Craft website, the competition was fierce. It was the Smarties group that eventually won and I bet they are all chuffed to bits with the extra spending money, well done guys 😀
Sunday’s workshops started at 9.30am prompt. After 2 workshops we broke for lunch and then after one more the weekend came to an end. 🙁
We all gathered in the big hall, where we had been having all our meals and entertainment and there was a speech to say thank you to everyone who had attended. I had a great time, and hope that I will be invited again next year … watch this space 😉
I am hoping to upload some pics as soon as I get them …