Sunday, 13 November 2016

New stash and my thoughts on the show


Sharing some photos of my lovely new goodies I bought yesterday. Starting with a couple of paper pads and some of the stamps. Usually I buy more dies but this time I bought lots of stamps. Yes there is yet another snowman stamp! Keep reading for more.


Stocking up on basics at great prices.


Just a few dies this time. The owl one I bought for cutting felt as I am really enjoying sewing again.


Some trees to decorate and embellishments.


And these are the things I am most excited about. Very different for me. We were so impressed by the samples and demos and I really want to give them a try. It was so hard to choose and as you can see I bought quite a selection. Some of them will be useful all year round and of course I had to buy the snowmen stamps. I am hoping to have a go this afternoon with them.

It was the first time Crafting Live have had a show at Peterborough and it was very much as we expected. Not as big a show as Doncaster. Lovely venue, free car parking and only £1 donation to the British Legion to get in, though I did win some tickets from a blogging buddy. It was 50p donation to charity to the cloakroom. We managed to see all the stalls with comfort. There were quite a few stalls with rummage bins, always good fun. A nice amount of visitors, not so busy you couldn't see the demos, like some shows. Many familiar stalls were there and we managed to spend out. I heard several people were disappointed with the NEC last week, visitor numbers were way down and a friend who goes regularly said she wouldn't go again, too expensive and too many companies no longer doing it. One stallholder I talked to said it was now too expensive for her and she won't be doing it again. Maybe smaller shows are the way to go. We certainly had a lovely day out and it only took 2 hours to get home.

23 comments:

Pamela said...

Lovely assortment of goodies Marianne. I love the Card-io stamps and have a few myself. Thank you for the report, hopefully they will have it again next year. If so I may go there instead of NEC

Pam x

scrAPpamondo said...

A lot of new goodies, so beautiful!

brenda said...

A great haul Marianne.

I have a feeling I saw you - sitting at one of the tables near the coffee stall before the show opened ? I was going to chance it and come over and ask if it was you but hubby through that would be so rude if I got it wrong. So if that was you I am sorry we missed each other again.

I only went for a short time as been in hospital this week for a small op but wanted to catch up with Nancy and Steph, had a quick catch up with them and Toni at Stamps by me and was back home by lunchtime, but did manage a few crafty buys. Although smaller than the NEC I thought it was friendlier and seemed some good bargains, do hope they do it again in Peterborough.

B x

Linda Simpson said...

You sure got a lot of lovely craft goodies, loving the snowmen, they are just the cutest. Can't wait to see what you create with them.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Tracy Welham said...

A fabulous crafty stash there Marianne. I enjoyed it too and agree with the space to get round and see everything. I hear they might be doing live broadcasts of the shows from there next year which will be nice but I hope it stays reasonably small and intimate as I prefer the atmosphere of the smaller shows. It's just an hour away for us which is great as the other half was able to drop me at the show and come home. The only thing I would say to anyone thinking of going next time is bring your own food. Mum and I decided to buy food there so we didn't have to carry it around but at £5 for a baguette next time we shall be bring our own and leave the bag at the cloakroom, after all that's more pennies to spend on crafty stash! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Isobel said...

Wow you bought loads, I'm a big fan of card- io and have a few of their stamps x. Have fun with your haul x

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, wish I had been there :) but maybe a small show would come our way very soon.
Love all your goodies. Card-io stamps are just great

x

julie_woolston said...

You've got lots of lovely goodies Marianne, can't wait to see what you create.
Hugs Julie xxx

Wendy L said...

Sounds wonderful, the last one I went to in Bromborough was a night mare, could get to see anything, Gorgeous buys, xxx

Vannessa said...

Fabulous crafty haul there Marianne. I also bought a snowflake set from Card-io. Not heard of them before so thought I would get one set to try out. Have to say being a Peterboroughian, I thought it wouldn't be very good, but it was well worth the 10 mins drive from my house! I have been to the NEC in the past and hated it - too long to get there, in traffic jams for ages, expensive to park and once you get in, it is so busy you miss so much. Yesterday I thought was perfect. Busy but not heaving. Could still walk around fairly slowly and browse everything without people pushing and shoving you out of the way. I also thought the workshops were a great idea, although I didn't do any as I had my BF with me and didn't think it was fair to make him stand and watch. If they do it again there, I hope they keep it fairly small. If they did one in the summer,, they could also have all the stalls outside too! :D xxx

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Lovely crafty stash and glad you had a great time
Dianne xx :)

Glennis said...

Looks like a lovely lot of new supplies - lucky you

Sandra H said...

Oooh there's to be lots of fun making for you Marianne with all of your gorgeous crafty goodies can't wait to see what you create and hopefully it won't be too long! especally the snowman x

Bad Kitty (Fiki) said...

great crafty stash!
wish we have that kind stores here!
have fun with your new goodies!
hugs

Marjeta said...

Beautiful collection. I bet you will have a lot of fun with this stuff. I purchase some of goodies too but haven´ t received it jet. Can´t wait to get it in my craft room and work.

Wish you a lot of crafty fun

Marjeta

Debbie said...

Looks like you had a productive time dearie. Lots of lovely goodies. Interested in how you get on with the cardio stamps as the demos look amazing so I've been tempted to buy some but have yet to take the plunge. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Hugs xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Marianne, what a fab collection of new stuff, especially the Card-o stamps, I look forward to seeing your creations with them, Kate x

Liz said...

Great selection of new goodies, Marianne. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

I gave a NEC a miss this year, too expensive to get in and cost a fortune for parking. The smaller ones are much better value and I seem to spend just as much! xx

aussie aNNie said...

Great stash Marianne. Enjoy.x

misteejay said...

What a fabulous collection of goodies. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
Toni xx

debs29blue said...

Lovely selection of goodies! Look forward to seeing your creations with the Cardio stamps! Debs xx

Erika said...

Sounds like you had a great time Marianne, smaller venues are definitely the way to go. I used to go to the NEC all the time or the SECC but last year I did the material and wool show in Edinburgh, smaller scale but much better to get around.

Enjoy playing with your lovely new stash, hugs Erika. x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Congrats on your crafty haul! I enjoyed looking at all of your new goodies! I love snowman stamps too, just can't help it - they are sooooo cute! Looks like you had a blast at the show! I wish they would have events like that around here! So jealous!