Sunday, 13 April 2014

My Second Ally Pally Adventure!

A big welcome to Magpieheaven! Last September I was lucky enough to go to Alexandra Palace for the first time and to get to know some of the lovely Crafters I had only ever tweeted with or met through the Magpieheaven blog. Yesterday I went up to this great venue for Stamping and Scrap-booking and I was able to catch up with friends old and new as well as add to my stash! Here are some of my purchases arranged on top of my washing machine where I craft and take photos!
 The very talented Helen Lindfield was my travelling companion from Victoria, which was lots of fun and I was able to 'catch up' with Lin Shields, Jo Myhill, Leandra and Mark @ PaperArtsy and Minxy all of whom I met for the first time last September. It was lovely to speak in person with Lesley Ebdon, Brenda of Bumblebees and Butterflies and Gabrielle who is one of my 'teamies' at Dragons Dream Tio. These ladies are all super-talented and it was really a thrill to meet with them and have a chat. This is such a great event because we don't just get to buy lots of 'goodies', it's a wonderful opportunity to meet with like-minded people; see fabulous demos; swap tips and just 'Ooh' and 'Ahh' with other crafters about all the beautiful new products on sale! It was inspirational to see Jo Myhill demo-ing on the PaperArtsy stand when Leandra needed to help out on the till! Both Leandra and Lin Brown created some truly gorgeous tags too, really sending us away inspired and ready to try out new things. All in all it was a truly uplifting day out! Here are some more purchases I can't wait to play with. If only I didn't need to cook or clean!
This heart on the right is from a 'Take and Make' on the MDF stand. I am going to add some more decoration and give it to my daughter. I did this when I was having a little wander with Lin. She is a great person to wander the stands with, as she's a real Ally Pally veteran (no reflection on Lin's age of course - I just mean she's been to AP many times!) and so encouraging - she is full of fun and always makes you want to 'have a go'!
One thing I can't wait to try out is this beautiful doily stencil, which Leandra demo'd on the PaperArtsy stall. I can foresee it doing great service with those Lynne Perrella stamsp! The results looked fantastic and Jo Myhill just added the finishing touches to the tag on which it featured before going on to demo and create some more great tags. The day was finished off perfectly with a relaxing drink in the bar with Jo, Minxy, Leandra and Family, Helen and Lin. Have a lovely evening wherever you and whatever you are doing. Have a creative week!

21 comments:

  1. It was a pleasure to have your company, Julie Ann. Love your stash - the MDF make and take looks gorgeous.

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  2. Oooh great to read about your day, Julie Ann! Seems like you have met lots of lovely people. Great stash too, and I see you have bought one of those things for getting dealing with rough heels, lol!

    Lucy x

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  3. Julie ann it was a pleasure to have a wander with you!! we had a great day and I can't wait to see what you do with all your new goodies xxx

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  4. That's a really beautiful haul Julie Ann, looking forward to all your makes. Love that doily stencil especially. Skip the cooking and get stuck in!! Nicola x

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  5. Fab buys! Love that stencil! Gads u had a lovely time! xxx

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  6. Such a lovely blog post, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day & sorry I wasn't there to meet you again. You got some wonderful new goodies, I can't wait to see what you create with them.

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  7. Lovely to share your day from afar. Crafting on the washing machine??? Xx

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  8. Lovely collection of goodies you have there! Doily stencil looks fab and yum - new stamps! Glad you had a lovely day, Chrisx

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  9. Lovely to meet you in person Julie Ann and looks like you had fun spending your money. Hopefully we will catch up again sometime xx

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  10. Glad you had a fantastic day and got some fab stash. Love the doily:-) xxx

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  11. This sounds like an absolutely perfect day and so enjoyed reading about your day and viewing the goodies you purchased.
    I have never managed to attend any of the shows (not even a class or a workshop) but can just imagine how inspirational such events must be.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  12. Wow! You met Brenda - love her post!! It looks like Christmas Day on your washing machine!! I am excited for you!
    Sandy xx

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  13. Lovely to see your goodies... and sorry we didn't coincide - I was there today!
    Alison xx

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  14. Great looking goodies, love the doily stencil. Would have love to have gone to Ally Pally, but nice hearing everyone's stories about it. Can't wait to see what you make. Julie x

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  15. Hello my dear Miss Julie Ann, I'm so happy for you to have gone and seen all the fabulous new products and got to meet all those amazing artist, I can just imagine how you felt, I'd be gobsmacked and not be able to talk :), I took the day foo just to visit everyone, I have missed that so much, glad to be catching up, I can't wait to see what you create with all your goodies, that lace stencil is gorrrrrgeous, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.. ((( BIG HUGS ))) Cuz....

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  16. Hi Julie Ann, So glad you enjoyed your trip to Ally Pally... I have gone for the last 10 years & this time I decided not to... Yikes I could have met you all...maybe next time!! Love all the goodies you bought... That stencil looks amazing...Hugs May x x

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  17. It was fabulous to meet you in real life too! I am really glad you encouraged me to buy those lovely LP stamps - I'm thrilled with them!

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  18. Looks like you had another fab day at the show with all your purchases and socialising!! You too picked up one of those Prima distresser tools, can't wait for a report back to see if I NEED one or not - hehehehe!!!

    Sam xxx

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  19. Julie Ann,looking forward to see what you create with these treasures!

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  20. It was lovely to meet you too Julie Ann. I just wish we had more time to chat at these venues. I saw so many lovely people that I know but barely had time to say more than hello and goodbye :(. Lovely crafty goodies you took home with you and I just know that we are in for some fabulous treats when you get round to using them.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  21. Wow some gorgeous goodies you bought. I bet it was amazing to meet up with everyone, I can't wait until September to meet you. Really loving the half done heart, the papers used are awesome. Hugs Kezzy xxx

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