What a reet smashing weekend that was!
If all of the workshops that I’m doing are going to be filled with as lovely a bunch of folk as this weekend then I am going to have an amazing year.
My visit to Surrey was over three days and was set at the lovely venue of The Manor Hotel in Godalming.
Maisy managed to squeeze her bum into the car park very nicely indeed.
Parked I began unloading the workshop boxes and set up the work room.
Pooped, it was time to sample some grub (to make sure that it was of a quality suitable for my guests of course!)
OMG! Loveliest fish ‘n’ chips I have ever had! Food test – passed! ;)
Friday morning came and it was time to meet the lovely ladies that had signed up for a workshop with little old me. I’m going to be honest with you here – I woke up with the most almighty anxiety episode and was a bag of nerves but I managed to settle just in time for the first arrivals – phew!
For this first day I’d organised three projects for the group to make and offered up these creations as a little inspiration.
Yes, the family frame should have had a photo in it however, as with the duvets, they were back in Peterborough and I was finishing these up in Maisy on Thursday evening.
All of the ladies arrived early and were eager to crack on so, one hastily mumbled welcome speech later, off we went.
The tables soon began to resemble a proper crafty environment. I.e. Stuff all over place and everyone in their ‘zone’.
Most of the ladies admitted to having mdf kits at home but were to nervous to try them as they were unsure how to go about it so we’re glad that they were getting to have a go.
Several cake breaks and a lovely buffet lunch later and everyone had managed to make three wonderful and different projects, all from the same starting point.
Here we the proud ladies with their creations.
Workshop day two started in glorious style with sunshine beaming through the windows and the arrival of Sheena Douglass and Donna Ratcliffe.
These ladies didn’t waste any time and the fabulous group of twenty eager inkoids took their seats and soon got cracking with getting messy and inky.
More cake was liberally applied and plenty of tea/coffee/juice was quaffed whilst playing. Sheena even provided some ‘choons’ with which to craft along to.
By the end of the day the group had created some glorious owl frames which went from boring basic white to cool and colourful creations.
Check these beauties out!
A second project was also created using Sheena’s Paint Fusion technique.
Fab! You could say that the group had a right old hoot! Pun definitely intended. ;)
Sheena asked me to let EVERYONE know that she didn’t get ANY cake. She even pretended to have a sad face to try and make us believe her.
What do you think?
The final day in Surrey got off to another fabulous start by the arrival of the effervescent Julie Hickey.
Here she is with me just before I introduced her to Maisy.
Julie set up so fast that we had time for a lovely breakfast in the sun! *happy sigh*
Soon the last group of crafters arrived and took their seats (without being told to – keen!)
Seats taken, the creativity commenced!
By the end of this last session for Surrey the lovely ladies had created a diverse range of lovely looking projects.
Then Julie decided it was time for tea and cake.
Feet off the furniture love!
Now, it looks like there is a trend forming as a gorgeous dog strolled in at the end of the session – meet Barclay.
Sadly Barclay was more interested in the doggie treat that he was being bribed with to stay still…
Anyway, that just about wraps up Surrey but before I go I must say a few thank yous:
To the fabulous bunch of friendly faces that came along and made the weekend such a fabulous time for me (hope I did the same for them).
To Katy Markham, general manager at The Manor Hotel in Godalming (and also a keen crafter), for offering up the use of their premises and to the entire team for going over and above to make sure that everyone that attended had a warm welcome and a pleasurable visit.
To Sheena, Donna and Julie for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help make the weekend a fabulously fun and creative one.
Right, Maisy and I will be having a sleepover on the road before heading to our next destination.
Next weekend I will be with Clare Charville in Stoneleigh making a fabulous box frame creation. If you are interested in attending that workshop, you can find more information about it on this blog post.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more workshop details soon :)