Thursday, 21 February 2013

Back Home!

Hello friends
I'm home, the house is still standing despite the boys being left and 
Bella has been squeezed and hugged lots!
In fact my lovely boys went out shopping, bought dinner and cooked it for me...
I'm expecting some bad news and they are softening the blow..maybe!?
I was only away for three nights but it felt longer.  
I had a truly brilliant time in Birmingham.
And look..first class travel!  If you travel on a Sunday you have the train to yourself
and it only cost £3.50 extra to upgrade!  
It was my first ever visit to Birmingham.
 The weather was crisp, cold and bright. 
The NEC is huge!  Set out very much like an airport.
Thank goodness for comfy shoes!
 I was there to wander and watch others demonstrate including the brilliant Ken Oliver.
I returned the next day to absorb all the creativity from lots of stands...!
I was able to say a quick hello live from Stitches on a Spellbinders Try It Tuesday You Tube video
and spent some time with the lovely Betina from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
(Don't forget to nip over and 'Like' their Facebook page - full of interesting info).
We ate at Jamie's Italian ....
and did a bit of shopping at The Bullring.
Back at the show I made notes of what really caught my eye and returned the next day to 
place some orders for the studio/shop. Very excited about those arriving....especially WOW embossing powders, Fantastic Ribbons and The Hobby House -
I have to say The Hobby House stand was beautiful, it ticked all my boxes -
they had combined beautiful white units with their fresh looking products and with a twist of vintage.
I wanted to airlift it all to my shop window!
While I was away I tapped into my blog and read all the comments,
I know some of you have left some questions and I promise to get to those.
Remember you can always email me too with any Spellbinders queries - happy to help.

Please stop by for Friday Die Day tomorrow as it is EXTRA special...
I'm not going to give the secret away but I promise it's good!
Take care friends.


Margie H said...

Great post, Christine :) Wonderful that you were able to meet up with the Spellbinders peeps! Lovely to see you during "Try It Tuesday!" Have a great weekend xo

Lacelady said...

Good morning everyone, thank you, Christine for all your pics. It's a long, long time since I've seen a carriage that empty on a train. Loved all the links, will have to go back and have a good browse at some of them.

Teresa said...

So happy that you had fun on your trip and thanks so much for sharing the wonderful photos. I can't wait to see what you are getting for the shop! I am sure it will be amazing :)

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine..thanks for sharing your friend and I spent ages watching Ken on Monday, he's so brilliant! Glad to see you ordered from Fantastic Ribbons -I'm on their blog design team!
I really enjoyed the visit, was glad I was just an observer and didn't have to buy! My friend ordered some lovely crafty things for her shop though! Carole Z X

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Looks like you had lots for fun. Cannot wait to see what goodies you have ordered.
Amanda x

hazel said...

sounds like you had a great time, lovely pictures. I saw your utube thingy. Looking forward to tomorrows post xx hazel

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. So glad you had a good time and the house was in one piece when you got back. Looking forward to seeing what treat you have in store for us tomorrow.

Val in Spain xxx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
Really pleased you had a good time.The photo's are great.
Looking forward to FDD and what you have in store for us. Take care. x.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Thanks for sharing your photos looks like you had a great time.
I have had goodies from the Hobby House they do some great things.
Looking forward to seeing what you have for us tomorrow.

Elizabeth said...

Morning Christine, what a brilliant post today. Looks like you had a ball. Look forward to tomorrow and to seeing all the new goodies in your Amazon shop in the coming days.
Elizabeth x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, glad you had fun, sounds like you've got your boys well trained!!!! My mum also taught my brothers the same as me so they are very house trained too, my dad then taught me the same as the boys so im good at DIY which comes in helpful with crafting! I hope you gave Bella a big kiss when you got home. Emma

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

What lovely boys you have preparing a meal for you Loved all your pics and cant wait to see what you bought

Love the empty train... nothing worse than being squashed in. I flew first class last year and I must admit I wish I could do it all the time but costs a bit more than £3.50 to upgrade lol


Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Looks such fun Christine! I must say when I travel back from London on a Sunday First Class my coach never looks like that!! x

Janice said...

Hi Christine

Thanks for sharing your photos, certainly looks as though you had a great few days. Pleased you were able to get some shopping for your shop done too.
The train upgrade price is a bargain and certainly needed to be done for the extra comfort and peace :-))

Really looking forward to FDD, wondering what you have in store!
Janice x

Sandra said...

Good Morning Christine,
It sounds like you had a fantastic time 'working' away from home!haha
You should be very proud of those boys of yours they sound very thoughful and responsible, a real credit to you Christine and as I mentioned the other day the dealt with the online orders brilliantly, I was thrilled to receive my order so fast!
I could do with some inspiration for those tags now, I have seen some amazing tags that you have created and would love to look at them, so if you could point me in the right direction I would be very grateful.
I am also very much looking forward to FDD, its something I look forward to every week!
Many thanks Christine,
Sandra Riley

Rita said...

Hello Christine, Sounds as if you had a great time at the show. Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures. Hugs Rita xx

loftylass said...

Sounds as though you had a great time Christine - it must feel good to be buying goodies for your very own shop. Looking forward to the reveal. Take care and happy crafting.

Linda said...

Glad to hear you had a great time in Birmingham. I go often as I have friends there and the craft show in November at the nec is always a highlight. Shopping in the city is fantastic although Selfridge's store whose picture you featured is my least favourite building in the city.
Luv Linda

Anonymous said...

Pleased you enjoyed your visit to NEC and were able to purchase items for both shop and studio. What a lovely welcome home you had too from your sons. I will repeat what I have said before that you are very lucky to have such caring and thoughtful boys. Bella too deserves a mention as I'm sure she missed you as much as you missed her! looking forward to Friday die day.
Val C xx

Janice said...

Glad to hear that you had a good time away and that all is well on your return. You are really teasing us with the promise of lots of goodies... cant wait for tomorrow Friday die day. Take care.
Janice x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Glad you had a good time at Birmingham, brilliant price to upgrade to First Class. Lovely piccies, and great that you could meet up with lots of peeps.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lin W said...

Glad all went well at home and away

Carolyn H. said...

Hi Christine, pleased to hear you enjoyed the NEC, it is massive and it has grown over the years, I remeber going up when it first opened --- way back in the late 70's!
Looking forward to going end of March - Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycrafts show.
Looking forward to FDD. Crafty best wishes, Carolyn x

Craftychris said...

What a lovely time you had! You will be so excited when your new stuff arrives. I am looking forward to Friday die day with anticipation! xx

Toni said...

Glad to hear you had a lovely time in Birmingham and enjoyed the NEC. Look forward to FDD tomorrow, sounds very interesting.
Toni xx

Liz said...

It was great to see you on Spellbinders Try it Tuesday video when i got home from work. sounds like you had fun at Stitches

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