Monday, 26 May 2014

'Quilt & Craft Fair' Friends & Fun...

I had a wonderful day on Saturday, meeting up with my blogging friends at the Perth Quilt & Craft Fair... there was also some shopping action, but more on that later!
Get comfy, I have a LOT to share...

Perth turned on perfect weather for our day out... rainy, windy, a little cool... great for being at the Fair! I was so pleased to finally meet Lisa, we have been reading each others blogs for a while now, & it was lovely to put a face & voice to your name, Lisa...
I will name everyone from left to right of the pic: Lisa, Tracee, Sandra, me, Maria, Tracy & her sweet MissM & Julia...
It's hard to all stay together at an event like the Fair; we each had different things we wanted to see, but we fueled up on coffee & conversation before we went in... amazing the tv shows some of you watch, girls, I would never have imagined you! We met back up for lunch & more opportunity for a great chat, & to show off some of our purchases.
Despite the fact that we each differ in what our interests are, & how much of it we have time for, we are a happy group of ladies & I always love to see you all. Thank you for such a lovely day out!
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Now back to that Shopping... yes, there was some done by me... my trusty bag served me well!

Don't you love the hexy print fq?! The others are for an upcoming project, as are the Christmas buttons. I needed some more thimbles, mine have seen a lot of stitching action...
 I can't go past a hexy or two, so into my bag went a quilt-as-you-go table topper kit, some 5/8inch & 2inch papers, & a sweet little kit for a Christmas decoration... These are from a Perth business called The Quilt Fairy.
 Can you guess what these are?! They are nail files - so clever! Two of them will be going into the Giftie Box.
Charm packs... lovely range from Deb Strain...
 
And now to share a totally impulsive buy... a quilt kit... everything I need to make a pretty girly quilt... isn't it gorgeous?!... I saw the sample hanging on the wall, figured I do actually have the skill to make it, & said "yep I'll have that too"... I shall have to go to Confession for failing to resist temptation, ha!
 Below is my last purchase for the day... a semi-impulse buy... I had been considering buying one for a while, but wanted to see it before getting it... a great price too... It's an LED light pad, a nice big one... it will be so much easier than the bedside-lamp & piece of glass caper I have been using!
It's so light & thin (only 8mm!) and will be perfect for tracing my stitcheries. A bonus-with-purchase was the little box containing a fold-down rechargeable lamp; that will be very handy in a power failure...
The Quilt Exhibition was amazing too; I'll share some pics next post.

There was a couple of other small purchases but they are for sharing in my next post... you might want to stay tuned for that.

I had such a great day at the Fair... the BEST part was seeing my friends!
My access to being able to buy these sorts of things is pretty much nil... it's so inspiring to see the samples & all the stands look so good. It was sad to see that some stands I enjoy were not there this year; I realise it's costly for businesses to come to WA, but it does give an opportunity for local businesses to be there, which is great.
The fact that it was busy with so many people of all ages is a wonderful sign that crafting & creating of all types is still very much alive & well... And that's a really good thing!!

I am hoping to get lots of time at home in the coming week... I need it after the recent weeks I've had!

~'~Have a Wonderful Week~'~

26 comments:

Sandi said...

Great post, and lots of great buys too..I have one of those led light pads too - it's so much easier to use than my old one and it's so compact, I am sure you will get lots of use from it...xx

Christine M said...

Glad you had a wonderful time, Anthea. It's lovely getting to meet the people we "talk" to on-line in person. Lovely purchases too. I'm looking forward to seeing that quilt!

Helen said...

Sound like you had the perfect day of friendship and lot of beautiful shopping. Love all your purchases especially the led light!!!

Michelle Ridgway said...

What fun you had. so lovely you could all meet up and then share your day. Love all your loot!

Fiona said...

what a lovely day out with friends and some shopping..... I have seen that quilt (not in those colours) and you will have such fun making it up
Hugz

shez said...

What an awesome day you had Andrea and so good you got a chance to catch up with your friends.
Wow you bought some awesome stuff,the light pad looks fantastic,i have the big square box which is a nuisance to pull in and out,lol.The quilt kit is gorgeous,you will enjoy making that,well done on some fun buys.xx

Tarnyia said...

Oh look at all you Perthy Girls... wish I could have been there, dam my back and you will never guess where I ended up.... Princess Margret Hospital.... as my Grandson was bitten by the dog and had to have minor surgery to clean th bites and a couple of stitches... looks like you had an awesome meet up and shopping trip xxx

Susan said...

A good sized group for you - and it would never work if you all tried walking around in one group - so much better to meet for lunch and do some sharing. That light box will be a wonderful bonus for you - and the little LED lights are great too - (as long as its charged if you have a black out!!!). Love the quilt kit too - great colours...

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hey Anthea. It was fun catching up wasn't it? Glad the rest of you had some fun shopping after Miss M & I left. Do you mind if I borrow yourgroup photo for my blog? Looking foeward to sharing my own, completely impulsive purchases. Cheers, Tracy xx

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hey Anthea. It was fun catching up wasn't it? Glad the rest of you had some fun shopping after Miss M & I left. Do you mind if I borrow yourgroup photo for my blog? Looking foeward to sharing my own, completely impulsive purchases. Cheers, Tracy xx

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hey Anthea. It was fun catching up wasn't it? Glad the rest of you had some fun shopping after Miss M & I left. Do you mind if I borrow yourgroup photo for my blog? Looking foeward to sharing my own, completely impulsive purchases. Cheers, Tracy xx

Outback Craftaholic said...

Hey Anthea. It was fun catching up wasn't it? Glad the rest of you had some fun shopping after Miss M & I left. Do you mind if I borrow yourgroup photo for my blog? Looking foeward to sharing my own, completely impulsive purchases. Cheers, Tracy xx

Maria said...

Was great meeting up with the ladies again..
Your purchases will keep you busy Anthea.. Have yous started that quilt??

Lisa V said...

I had a fabulous time on Saturday and loved meeting you all.
Amazing how we shared the love of some tv shows. hehe
Thank you for making me feel so welcome and I so look forward to future get togethers with you all.

marina said...

what a great get together, love to see some familiar names and faces.
You got a great stash of goodies too.
Love that hexie fabric and looks like quite a few hexies in your future!

Noela said...

Lots of lovely purchases Anthea. Quilt shows are always great fun. Hugs.......

Chookyblue...... said...

so nice you girls got to meet up.........

KimM said...

Lots of lovely pretties! Have fun crafting and stitching.
xxx

Melody said...

So glad you had a great time. Fabulous purchases too.

Marilyn said...

How lovely to be able to have such a good catchup at the craft shown. Always a bonus to be able to share the day. You took home some lovely goodies too. I recently bought the A3 sized Lightbox - had been waiting, and when it was a good price I decided it needed to come home with me. The lights are great too.

Sharyn T said...

Looks like fun Anthea. Were any faces a surprise? Love seeing Lisa using the bag I made for her:) Sharyn :)

Kay said...

Such fun. I can never resist a hexie myself. xx

Heather S said...

WOW! looks like you had a wonderful time shopping and with friends!

Bev C said...

Hello Anthea,

Have fun with your purchases from the Craft Fair. The light pad is a great idea.

Happy days.
Bev.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Looks like you had a great day, always fabulous to catch up with bloggy friends...fun hexie fabric...

katherine said...

Such a wonderful day you all had together. Love your purchases! Have fun with them.

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