Thursday, 24 March 2016

NEC Craft Fair !

Hello,

My mum has always been wonderfully creative, especially with making hand made cards, so every year since I can remember we've visited the HobbyCrafts Show at the NEC . But this year, me and my girlfriend went together and we had an absolutely wonderful day ! I've not smiled so much in ages :)

There were hundreds of stools selling all sorts of wonderful crafts but rather than buying lots of stuff, we headed off to book ourselves into lots of the workshops that were available. In each workshop, we made something to take home with us, each using a different craft and it was so much fun trying out all the different ways of making things and they all turned out far better than expected hehe !

Here are a few of the things we made :


This was the first workshop we went to, we were taught how to do Chinese paintings. I'll be completely honest, I was a little apprehensive about it at first ( I only booked the workshop because I love cats ) but in the end I really loved it ! We used a special kind of paint brush made with goat hair and bamboo and the lady showed us lots of techniques using different pressures on the brush. We were so happy with how they turned out :) The Top one is mine and the second is my girlfriends ... I think mines best .. she cheated , she does art ... well that's what I'm telling myself haha ! 




In another workshop we made these gorgeous flowers out of this weird clay like stuff , when they dried they feel like foamy paper , it's the strangest thing ! But we were both pretty proud of them and they were surprisingly easy to make ! 



There was this really cool stall with an extremely funny man who made flowers out of ribbons... we did both attempt to make a rose with him but ummm well Georgies fell appart and mine was ... well it's probably best we don't talk about mine haha :) However the man running the stool was very kind and made us a beautiful ribbon flower to take with us , he even put perfume on it ! 



The next workshop we went to was very important to us because last year when I went to the craft fair with my mother I made a little wooden plaque with " My Best Friend" burnt into it and this year ... well that plaque is outdated . So we both decided to make each other new ones ( luckily the wood burning workshop was there again this year ) and we were very happy with how they turned out .



At our final workshop of the day, we made bunny rabbits out of this thing called jumping clay ! It was so much fun and we really enjoyed it ... plus the guy giving the instructions had an amazing accent, I've no idea what it was but I loved it hehe :) What do you think we should call them ? 

After all that, we had a look around the cake decorating part of the show ( Someone had made an amazing Starwars Bake Off cake ) and then bought ourselves some delicious home made ice cream. I couldn't of been happy than I was sat on the floor together eating ice cream and smiling in each others arms :)



What's your favourite way to get creative ? I'd love to hear about your favourite crafts and hobbies in the comments because the craft fair made me realise how much fun it was to try out new crafts .

Stay Strong <3 Stay Smiley :) 

Lots of love, Marianne xxx

21 comments:

  1. Oh man I have so many things to say! First, that Star Wars/Bake Off cake is amazing. So. Amazing. Second, the bunnies and the kitties are adorable! I would also have signed up for the kitty painting workshop. I personally think 'Kevin' is a great bunny name, but don't feel pressured to use that name ;) The flowers and the ribbons are adorable as well! And the wooden plaque is so sweet! If looks like you two had a very successful and happy time :) Thank you for sharing!

    I'm personally a fan of painting. Water colours, particularly! Though I haven't done it in awhile. Soon :)

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

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    1. Haha It was so awesome , all the cakes were amazing :) The kitty painting workshop was really interesting and kevin is a great name ! It was a really wonderful day out :) That's aawesome I think that's a great talent to have !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  2. EVERYTHING LOOKS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE AND CREATIVE! I think you did amazing with that painting! Water colours are my favorite kind of paintings.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. AWw thank you ! Water colours are definitely beautiful they always look great :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  3. Looks like you had a lot of fun! everything you guys made looks fantastic. My favorites are the cat paintings and the wooden plaques. I like to get creative by writing poetry, songs or stories. I paint with acrylic paints sometimes but I'm not very artsy. oh and I can' forget sewing. :)
    Thanks for sharing your experience at the craft fair. :)

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    1. We had a brilliant time ! I write songs as well, it's one of my favourite outlets and I think you sound very arty !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  4. Omg this is awesome!! I love the Star Wars Bake Off, how cool is that! And those signs are soo beautiful, very vintage-style. I love it!
    Happy Thursday, Marianne!! :)

    -Lor // acozyspace.wordpress.com

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    1. It was so impressive , I couldn't believe the detail they put into those cakes ! And thank you, they were suprisingly easy to make !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  5. Oh very cute paintings!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. Thank you ! Have a lovely week :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  6. Oh my, these all looks so lovely and cute!

    Joycentricity

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    1. It was so much fun making them , I loved it :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  7. Oh my gosh, look at all these creative little beauties! :D I love every single piece and honestly, it sounds like you and your girlfriend had soo much fun! :) <3 I absolutely adore the little kitty painting and honestly, I think you're just as talented as your gf, hun, your painting is absolutely lovely and I adore the technique, it's so original! I also really like the little clay bunnies, although I bet mine wouldn't turn out anywhere near as cute. :P Thank you for sharing, hun, and always putting a smile on my face; hope you're well! x x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Aww we had an amazing day it was nice to have a break together and have a nice day out :) Nah she's something pretty special to compete with hehe :) The clay bunnies were really fun to make and really easy, I bet you'd ace it !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  8. omg this all looks amazing! HOW ARE YOU BOTH SO CREATIVE & TALENTED! You and your girl are so cute :D It looks like a brilliant day, and everything turned out so well too :) Those cat paintings and the bunnies are the cutest though (although I ethically object to the goat hair paint brush it did make a adorable work of art so..)

    Loved this post,


    Anne //A Portrait Of Youth

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    1. Thank you hehe it was a lovely day and all the crafts were suprisingly easy :) I loved making the bunnies !

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  9. Ah what a lovely day! I love the idea of all the different workshops! And oh my god that bake off cake is incredible! You both made some seriously great bits too! :)

    Musings & More

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    1. We loved going round and trying out all the the different crafts :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  10. The creative couple strikes again!!! ;)This craft workshop sounds like so much fun! Those bunnies are so damn cute! I've always wanted to have a bunny so I can name it Bun Buns :p Jumping clay...so does that mean they jump?!?! ;) Naww and the wooden plucks are perfect!

    I feel like are Mum's would get a long perfectly my Mum too is also really into craft making and handmade cards.

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Haha you know that's catching on, another blogger called us that the other week in the comments, you've started a trend ;) No joke rainbow, the clay actually bounces if you drop it on the floor !!!

      Oh my gosh they'd be the perfect buddies hehe :)

      lots of love, Marianne xxx

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    2. Hahahaa yes!!! :D :O that is sooo cool! :O

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