Tagged: Events

South West Bloggers Xmas Party

Photo of a cluster of lampshades
Yesterday it was the South West Bloggers Christmas meetup at The Birdcage in Bristol, and I was lucky enough to get a ticket before they all sold out, so I was there too!

I have to say, I wasn’t in a very sociable mood and I didn’t really speak with many people apart from the wonderful Hayles and SJP who I already know… its not that people were not friendly, I just wasn’t in the right sort of mindset I guess. Anyway, I did enjoy it, especially seeing such a great turn out of bloggers for an event in Bristol!

Photo collage of bloggers at SWBXmas
Lots of lovely bloggers in the flesh: so strange seeing people in real-life when you follow their blogs online.

Photo of South West Bloggers meetup at The Birdcage
Plenty of tea and chit chat.

Photo of pots of tea
Yep. More tea for thirsty bloggers.

Photo of Hayles marking quiz papers
Hayley getting into some serious quiz marking wearing some serious heels.

Photo of me at SWBXmas
What I’m wearing: Stripy skater dress from Primark, Cardigan from H&M, Tights from Next, Boots from a vintage shop and Scissors necklace from Monki.

Photo of SWBXmas gifts
We all got Christmas presents 🙂 I have finally got some Macadamia hair mask to try (I’ve only wanted to try this for six months or so…).

Like what you see here? You can see some much better posts and photos of this event over on the South West Bloggers Facebook page.

Big, big, big thanks to Hayles, BristolFashionista and BeingLittle for organising everything – what a great job!

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts at Exeter Westpoint

Yesterday I went to Exeter Westpoint, to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts fair. This was the first time I have been in several years, and I couldn’t wait to get in and look at all the crafty goodies on show!

The fair is held in a large exhibition hall, and features lots of stalls of craft sellers and craft association stands (e.g: The Quilters Guild etc). I go there to get ideas for projects and to buy more crafty materials I probably don’t need…

Here are my highlights from this year’s fair:

Glitter Magic

Glitter was on my list of things to buy at the fair as I want to mix my own glitter nail polish in time for Christmas. There were several stands selling glitter, however I think Glitter Magic had the edge with their great selection of colours and different size/grades of glitter.

Photo of tubs of colourful glitter
There is something incredibly exciting about lots of tubs of glitter..!

I bought 13 different glitters (approx. 20g each), storage pots, and a tube of glue (designed to be used for sticking glitter to fabric) for £20, which is cheaper than what it would have cost to buy them from their online shop.

They have a website where you can buy their glitter: www.glittermagic.co.uk.

Crafty Ribbons

Crafty Ribbons have been exhibiting at Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts for years, and always have an excellent selection of designer ribbons. This year I was particularly taken with their glittery velvet ribbon – I bought six skeins for £5 and I plan to use them to decorate Christmas gifts as they are very festive and unusual.

Photo of glittery velvet ribbon
The ribbons could also look very cute made into bows and sewn onto ballet pumps don’t you think?

Take a look at www.craftyribbons.com.


The Debonnaire stand featured lots of brightly coloured wool and knitting paraphernalia.

Photo of Debonnaire's stand

I bought a simple tunic pattern that is knitted in the round using DK wool. I plan to use up lots of random balls of merino DK I collected a couple fo years back when I got really in to knitting hats. I’ll end up with a crazy looking tunic/jumper, but at least it will be warm and I will have reduced my yarn stash a bit! The pattern can be bought via Ravelry for $7 (I paid £4.50 for a paper copy): Debonnaire Easy Tunic.

Information about Debonnaire can be found on ehdknits.com.

Fantastic Ribbons

Despite the name, this stand had a great range of buttons. Three packs of mixed buttons cost £10, and each pack can make two button necklaces (I’m going to post separately about these neat necklaces made using 5mm satin ribbon). A roll of the 5mm ribbon cost £2, so for just £12 I have everything I need to make six necklaces (just £2 a pop!).

Fantastic Ribbons have this offer on their website: www.fantasticribbons.com.

Photo of multicoloured buttons from Fantastic Ribbons
Lovely mixed buttons – can’t wait to make them into necklaces!

If you went to Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts this year I’d love to hear about what you bought, please share any links in the comments below!