Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Too Many Nice Things!

Hey Guys - I hope you are all ok.  I had a lovely time at the Stamparama Show at Stevenage on Sunday demoing the new Denami Design stamps.  It was a very busy show so I hope that if any of you went that you enjoyed it and were able to get in to see the things you wanted to see!  I didn't get chance to look around the show until just before the show ended and then I only managed to visit one stall!  The trouble was there were so many lovely things on this particular stand that I just couldn't tear myself away from it and I ended up spending an absolute fortune!!  It probably would have been better for me financially if I hadn't had ANY time to look around!  The stall that I happened across was called The Hobby House and they had some truly lovely embellishments on their stand.  What caught my eye to begin with were the amazing card samples that they had up using the Whiff Of Joy and Sarah Kay images which I just adore!!  The cards were absolutely beautiful and were designed by a lady called Bev Rochester. Now many of you will probably know her work but this was the first time I had come across her (as I just don't get the time to go blog hopping) but she is one VERY talented lady.  I have since found her blog and will certainly be visiting it from time to time. Click here to go see it. I'll take a picure of all the lovely goodies that I got from this stand and post it up later on this week so that you can all drool.  If any of you see The Hobby House at any of the shows then you definitely need to go and see all their lovely products - I can guarantee that if you like embellishments you won't come away empty handed!

There just seems to be so many lovely things on the market at the moment and I also had to succumb to some more Martha Stewart punches that Stamp Addicts were selling.  Stamp Addicts also had all the new colours of  Distress Inks too which I also have got to have but I think that these will have to wait until next time!

I have decided that I really should not be allowed out of the house as each time I go to a show or craft shop I just succumb to all the lovely goodies that I see and I know that I don't necessarily NEED these things but I have just got to HAVE them.  I'm sure you all know what I mean!!  It is like the new Sarah Kay images and all the new Elisabeth Bell ones too - I most definitely NEED them!!  It really doesn't matter that I already have lots of these images already!  And just don't get me started on all the gorgeous background papers that are out there!!

Normally when I am at these type of craft shows I am actually there working so I only tend to get about 10 minutes to have a scoot around to see who else is there, if that!!  However this year I am not working at the Ally Pally show in April and am seriously considering visiting this show as a shopper - it has been many years since I have been able to do this as I've normally been working there so again haven't had chance to look around. So I was wondering if any of you went to this show last year and would recommend it?  I really miss not only seeing what lovely goodies are out there but seeing other people demoing their products.  Is this a good show for seeing on stand demos still?  I know that it used to be but it has been about 4 or 5 years now since I have looked around this show so would welcome any feedback!!


Pauline said...

Hi Kay,

I would definitely recommend the BSSS at Ally Pally. I've been a couple of times. I had to restrict myself to only buying what I could physically carry as I was travelling by train, not car.

Having been to a variety of shows I prefer Ally Pally to the NEC. It's not so crowded and it's lovely to sit out in the Palm Court.

I'm going on 10 April - perhaps we may bump into each other if you decide on the Saturday.

I agree with your comments about The Hobby House. I've spent a small fortune with them online and tracked their stand down at Newbury last July. And, yes Bev Rochester's creations are lovely. Have a look at Rach Jakes blog (papercraftsbyrach - if I remember correctly) too. She's having a blogging break at the moment, but her past creations are still there to view.

Yippee! I've got my computer back at home, but I need to load up a lot of software, which is a drag. But at least I'm connected.

I bagged the latest Distress Ink colours via QVC, when Tim Holtz was on last week. They are lush. I don't even want to consider how much I actually charged to my credit card.

Have fun playing with your new craft goodies, hugs, Pauline x

kjjc said...

you will love Ally Pally-your bank manager will hate it

Kay Carley said...

kjjc - I can remember this fact only too well from when I used to go to this show as a visitor!

Hi Pauline - glad you have got your computer troubles sorted out!

Haven't had chance yet to check out the blog you recommended but I will do when I get a spare few minutes.

Years before when I used to visit Ally Pally as a shopper I used to go by car but if I decide to go this time then it will be by coach which will be going on the Sunday. It does concern me though that I could be toting around some heavy bags all day so I will have to think seriously about it!! On the other hand it would be really nice just to be able to browse and watch other people's take on the products available!

Lucky you having those Distress Inks! After having spent a fortune recently I am definitely going to have to wait for these!

Hope you have got all your software loaded back onto your computer now. I know from experience what a chore that is!!

Kay xx