Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Saturday, March 24, 2007


The alarm went of early this morning and I thought 'what on earth are you doing getting up this early - it's Saturday'? Well, yes it was but I had decided it was time to spend the Birthday money and what better place to head off to than The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate.
So at 0800 hours, I jumped into my little car and headed off down the A1M. I had had little withdrawal pangs yesterday at work when I looked at my watch mid afternoon and realised that under normal circumstances we would have been setting up our stand - I really miss the show 'buzz' and the great fun of the team being out on the road. So the next best thing was to enjoy it from the other side of the counter and boy, did I plan to do it justice.

Got there nice and early, I think my little Punto had wings today instead of wheels. It was great to see everyone and really nice to have time to talk to all. Of course, I did plenty of shopping. Magazines, papers (new Basic Grey collections in Stella Ruby and Perhaps) Cosmo Cricket double sided papers and some fab Fancy Pants designs. The paper collections were flying out. I hammered Once Upon a Stamp where I bought the new Invoke Stamps and Basic Grey, Rob was trying to get me to demonstrate but I was determined to shop. So it was on to Impression Obsession stamps from Wendy and some lovely floral collage images from Jean and Malcolme at Crafty Individuals. There were several other things in several other bags.
By about 1400 hours I'd had enough and to be honest, a lot of stuff had sold out. It was absolutely heaving from the doors opening at 1000 hours and all the exhibitors seemed to be doing really well which was great, as I understand that the Glasgow and Newcastle shows were poor. I saw quite a few people walking around with Cricut machines and there were at least two companies demonstrating them.

Oh! one other find that I was really delighted with was an antique printers drawer from Daphne who was demonstrating for Crafty Individuals. I will clean it up a little and turn it into an altered art project........... one day!
Well, this was my plan to get back in the groove. Has it worked? I don't know. I am so exhausted and my head is full to bursting with ideas. I even managed to find a few things that I plan to use to do some prep for the next TV show which I will start work on in the morning. But for now, I'm off to bed to flick through some of the lovely altered art mags I got at the show.
Night Night..........
Ooo! just remembered. Got to put the clocks forward one hour so it's not 2355 Oh NO! It's 0055 hours. Well, maybe no mags tonight!


artyfartykat said...

Shop til you drop? You are not supposed to take it literally!
Sounds like you had a fab day, just being able to look, would have been a nice change for you!
Pics of purchases please!
I LOVE the printers drawer! WOW!
Enjoy your remaining days off. x

acrylik said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! I know, I really missed doing the show this weekend too, despite having a peaceful weekend in Cumbria instead, I would have much prefered being away with the "A Team" and having a good laugh. Looking forward to seeing some of your goodies very soon.

The printer's drawer is fantastic - can't wait to see what you do with it.

See you Tuesday x