Last weekend Samantha and I co-hosted a crafternoon for creative and crafty bloggers (#ccbloggers) at Breadsall Priory near Derby. As well as a great opportunity to get together with other local crafters, this event had the duel purpose of raising money for charity as part of the Mollie Makes Crafternoon for Comic Relief and supporting the Etsy Craft Party.
Breadsall Priory is a gorgeous location and, fun fact, is the oldest Marriott hotel in the world! Despite being just around the corner from me I had never been there before, but it provided a stunning background to our day. If you need any more convincing, just look at the AMAZING afternoon tea! Almost too good to eat. Almost.
After welcome drinks and afternoon tea, we had a demo from Weleda, a company who produce organic beauty products and alternative therapies. We had the chance to try out some of their products, including the citrus bath milk which is apparently a favourite of Simon Cowell. Who knew! I must admit to having very soft hands afterwards so they must be doing something right. Below you can see me trying out the product and making one of the world’s most attractive faces…
Once we all had silky soft hands, we got to the main event: crafting! Sam and I took inspiration from the Etsy global party brief of colour, kaleidoscope and paper to put together a variety of project suggestion including paper weaving, paper and fabric flowers, hoop art and decoupage. It was lovely to have some dedicated time to sit and craft and chatter to the other bloggers, it was all quite relaxing. You can see the fruits of my labour below…
We were lucky to have the support from a number of local businesses for this meet-up who provided some amazing goody bags for us to take away with us. I am always blown away by how generous people are! Sponsors included Readicut, who provided paper craft and knitting goodies, Korbond who supplied embroidery hoops for our crafting session and home DIY company Polyvine who got the group into scumble glazing and paint effect too. Thanks also to Breadsall Priory for being so accommodating and providing us with such a fabulous venue.
We had an amazing day and to top it all off we managed to raise over £100 for charity, which is just fantastic. It was lovely to meet up with familiar faces and meet some new ones too. Bring on the next one!
To find out about future meets and keep up to date with crafty chatter you can follow our twitter chats on #ccbloggers, and of course keep an eye on this blog for details.
For now I am looking forward to #SewBrum in October. I am so please that Charlotte is organising this again. I wasn’t able to make it last time, but the date is in my diary now and I am planning to be there. Who’s in?