We took a really needed break and headed for Torquay at the weekend, via Craft4Crafters at Westpoint. We stopped at the Donkey Sanctuary for lunch before this but due to a certain someone wearing his nearly best watch and mine being in the repair shop we thought we had a lot less time than we did, due to said watch still being set to British Summertime, so didn't have time to go find my new donkey for the year who is called Teddy. Once at the show I found Ali Crafts, and the lovely Ali is giving up her crafting business to work in Tesco, so lots of bargains to be had and most of my retail therapy happened on her stall. Here are the stencils I bought, lovely lovely stencils.
I went back again and bought the Speedball brayer, and treasure gold, everything else was in the bargain bin.I could easily have bought a lot more on this stall, had to restrain myself a little!
I love these buttons found on a whole display of wooden buttons on a stall which maybe had beads too, but maybe I should have bought more than 3 of each in case I need them for a cardigan. 6 packs for £5.
This was in the Ali Craft bargain bin for £1, I think it is a flower mould.
The embossing folder was an Ali Craft bargain, the die was offered to me at £9 by Spike the Punch Magician and it would have been rude to say no!
I had forgotten I ordered this before we left, how about that lighthouse then! I went to order EZ mount from Sticky Tiger only to find they had a sale on, and some stamps and the lighthouse fell into my basket along with some crackle paint. I have some crackle paint bought as unused, or hardly used which seems to have dried up so was a foolish purchase, and this is to make up for it! Oh I have plans for the lighthouse, it is so big! I have so many other things I should alter first....
Anyway most of this is photographed on the floor as the desk is full!
Mother in Law had a nightdress that she wanted shortened before she would wear it, and my "big" machine would not stitch correctly today. The more I adjusted the tension the worse it got, so I got the diddy pink one out and used that. Do you think I should buy a new "big" one? Mine is around 40 years old after all! (Now even the cheapest budget machine has more stitches than mine, even this diddy one has a stitch that the "big" one doesn't!).
I didn't take any photos the whole weekend, apart from a couple with my phone from the hotel lounge before we left.
The sun was out but it was very cold.
This was my scallop starter, which should have come with chicken wings but I asked not to have them, again this was a more expensive dish and incurred a supplement.
I haven't felt like making anything since Mother in Law went into hospital, and later the home where she waits to be released home. We are visiting nearly every day and sorting things out in between and everything seems dominated by the situation - why is it affecting me so badly? When we were away I slept really well, but I was suffering from an allergic reaction to a brand of prescription medication and taking antihistamine tablets which can make you sleepy.
Anyway it is that day when everyone goes for a nosy around other people's desks, and the fun all happens at The Stamping Ground!