Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A fun and arty packed weekend!

On Saturday I was teaching at Art from the Heart's preview day, what a lovely bunch of ladies too, we had lots of inky fun making this lovely Match Book below. I love preview day, the shop and studio is buzzing with excited crafter's. It's always a great atmosphere.

Managed to get a quick piccy in of these lovely ladies.

Then it was off on a road trip to PaperArtsy headquarters with Darcy and Gillian.
It was so hot driving down to Essex, we were nearly boiled alive in the car. 
We had such a giggle though.

We arrived at Creasey Farm, home of PaperArtsy and the lovely Franich Family who run it.

Here's Mr PaperArtsy, being cool as cucumber in their amazing workshop.

They were so generous to put us up for two nights.
Here's the view I woke up to in the morning, gorgeous or what!

No time to take in the views we had work to do. 
We were there in a training/work capacity and we had lots to do.
As soon as we landed we helped set up the venue for the trade event which was going to happen all day Sunday.

We were so hot and tired after setting up that me and Gillian couldn't resist a dip in the swimming pool at the venue.

We got back after setting up and Mr PaperArtsy put some great sausages on the BBQ from a local farm. 
Oh they were tasty washed down with some well earned G&T.
Those kiwi's know how to do a BBQ.

Sunday was brilliant, lots of familiar faces.
Karen Daniell, Gabrielle Price and Suzie Candlin.
I spotted Helen Chilton, Helen Pigott, Nina and Neil Walker. There were loads more peeps I couldn't put faces to names.

Darcy and Anita 

Mrs PaperArtsy, Leandra doing her thang, showing us all the great techniques she knows.

Gillian with Bora Bora Fresco Finish paint all over her lip! I know you were hungry Gillian, but's that's just crazy.

The food was amazing at the venue, really tasty, but I had to take a pic of the cakes, they looked yummy.
Love my camera sometimes!

By the afternoon the table had lots of great tags with tons of texture and techniques all over them.

Then we had another great evening of more sausages, Prosecco and G&T.
Leandra Tweeting our dry ships!

Then everyone Tweeting! 
Not a great action shot granted but we were being particularly rowdy between tweets!

Then there was the drive home, we were surprisingly chipper seeing as we were functioning on only a few hours sleep. This moment was helped by Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody coming on the radio! Love Darcy's face!

A whirlwind of a weekend, nearly 560 miles driving but every second worth it!
Can't wait till we can do it all again!
Phew you made it to the end.
You deserve a cuppa and a slice of cake.
Michelle xx


Joyce said...

Looks like you all had a blast! I really love your mini matchbook, great style and colors :) So nice to see the great creative things all the UK ladies are doing. Great post!

Darcy said...

Haha fab photos. Really was an awesome weekend. Thanks for being a first class pilot missus.

Red Kitty said...

Looks like you had a fabaroonie weekend hun. Soooo wish i could have been at preview, i love what you made. Had to send me a how to.
Take care hun. See you soon.
Love Sand. xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Looks like you had an amazing time. Sorry to have missed it but was exhibiting at Artstamps. Hopefully Leandra will run another one sometime soon. Love your mini book for AFTH xx

Carmen said...

Blimey - am sat here melting and knackered just reading that. Looks like you all had so much fun though :)

Ginger said...

It was a good day on Sunday. I really enjoyed it, thanks for all the hardwork behind the scenes setting it all up.

Anita Abercrombie said...

Great pics Michelle! Thanks for your company and the running commentary from Wimbledon!!
Loving the matchbook!!
Anita x

Deborah said...

Your match book is AMAZING!

Minxy said...

Looks like you all had an awesome time, great pics, thanks for sharing xo

Leandra Franich said...

Haha. Too funny. The feet pool dipping was ACE after that stinking hot day tho!! Thx for coming down tho. Was perfick with you all! Xx

Helen said...

You lucky ladies, being able to go and help out - even with that long hot drive! The tweets were funny too.... lol!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Looks like you had a great time! Amazing food and great company - who could ask for better? The little book you created is lovely too. Julie Ann xx

Sue Lelli said...

Wow! What FUN, Michele! I only wish I lived there and could go!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Looks like you had a blast!! LOVING the photos and your mini is beautiful!! LOVING the colors!!

Suzy said...

Sounds like a fab weekend. Love your wee match book. Will get to afth - one of these days!

Helen said...

Crafty weekends are always so much FUN !!! Love your matchbook too!

Rebecca said...

Too crazy for words
Happy craftin

butterfly said...

What brilliant photos... it looks and sounds like an amazing weekend! Thanks so much for sharing some of the fun!
Alison x

Anonymous said...

Such a great blog post, sorry I didn't see it earlier in the week. It looks like you all had a fantastic time.

Gillian .... said...

Was the best weekend ever. Thank you for so many laughs. Can't wait for RoadTrip part 2 lol xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Looks like a fabulous time was had by all! What great pics... thanks for sharing!

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