Monday, 9 May 2016

What a way ...

... to finish a month and start another.  April into May and a weekend of crafting.  Not just any old weekend of crafting.  A weekend with John Bloodworth, The Gentleman Crafter, and friends as he starts his All Counties Craft Challenge in Maisy, his home and workshop for the next year.  John has given up his home and .... well, pop over to his blog and read all about it.  Donate to his cause, book a workshop either as a group or individually, or join one of his that are cropping up around the country.

Cally and I booked into the Surrey All Counties Craft Challenge workshops.  Yep, multiple.  We could have done just one, two or three but we went the whole hog and did the full weekend, staying at the venue as well.  Good decision as it turned out.  It didn't seem particularly cheap but as the weekend progessed we felt we had really good value for money.  Would we do it again?  You betchya .... we're waiting to see when he gets near-ish to us again (hopefully another where we can do a craft and stay weekend *grin*) and Clair has emailed him to see what the chances are of getting him to do a day with our group.

Here's a few(?) ... could be more, a lot more - lol! .... photos from the weekend

A small workshop - just 6.  Plenty of room and very friendly
The 6 of us, our finished projects and how they started out.
My completed projects from John's workshop.
Our hotel room ....
... and the view from our window.
Hotel front and Maisy - John's home for the next year.
Hotel rear (John enjoying a coffee and a smoke).  Our room was right in the centre at the very top.

Donna & Sheena
Workshop under way.  20 today - cosy *wink*
Who'd have thought a £1 shop, white plastic owl could end up looking so lush!
Paint fusion to transform a plain black Hobbycraft special offer scrapbook.
Finished projects - one success, one fail but can be covered *wink*  Enjoyed it though.

JULIE HICKEY (Craftwork Cards) WORKSHOP - 1st MAY
Julie & John
Workshop under way.  Just 8 today.  Plenty of space again *grin*
Another £1 shop find ...
... and transformed!
A Craftwork Cards kit ...
... and the end result.
Plenty of tea, coffee and cakes over the whole weekend and the food was superb.  Hot and cold buffet Friday and Saturday for lunch and delish desserts.  Sunday we chose lunch from a menu.  I had the best fish & chips I'd had in a long while!
A wip and a muffin
Fish & chips, or more technically - Tempura plaice with Asian salad ... and fries (not in pic)
Cally's Sunday lunchtime choice
Glazed tarte au citron and berries.  This was Julie's.  I forgot to photograph mine. Mine didn't have the berries on top *sad*
A wonderful weekend to finish April and start May ... if only I'd have stayed away!

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