Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring Country Living show 2014......

Good morning all

Well as you know I went to London last Friday to the Spring Country Living show.  I enjoyed it thoroughly but was disappointed that a few very prominent people who would normally have a stall, in fact did not.  I believe they are now only doing the Christmas one.

Never the less there were some very talented people at the show and some great speakers and some wonderful demonstrations by some well known people.

I met Mandy Shaw and had a great 20 minute conversation with her about her work and about writing craft books and lots more.  This lady is adorable and very passionate about her designs and what she does.  She has written six books and there is another one coming out later this year too.

The show was busy and bustling and there was some great talent there too.  Also I noticed that people have the bug to have a go themselves now.  Where as before they just wanted to buy something already made, they were buzzing about the fabric stall that was there and also looking at any fabric packs that some stall holders had for sale.....  Mandy Shaw is very passionate about that and wants to promote 'having a go yourself'.....

I had a VIP ticket and it was wonderful being able to sit and have a coffee of drink whenever you wanted and with no trouble with table space.  I was given a most lovely goody bag when I left too.






There was lots of beautiful handmade bits and bobs for Easter decorating for the home or different gifts for children besides chocolate....

I took a little video of the show from on one of the balconies for you to look at.



The day was wonderful and I picked up a few vintage treasures which I will share with you tomorrow.

All in all it was a wonderful day and with lots going on.  You can watch someone like Mandy Shaw demonstrate red work or learn how to make a bunny brooch and lots more.  If you have never been and can travel to London it is well worth the ticket.




These are a few snaps of Mandy Shaws stall and she gave me permission to put them on my blog for you to look at.  She was selling her books and also patterns and fabrics on her stall to make some of the things that she had displayed.  Her red work heart quilt is stunning and all HAND EMBROIDERED!!

This lady was wonderful and gave me some great advice with some of my up and coming projects in the literary world and some lovely encouragement too, it was a honour and a pleasure to have met her and her lovely daughter.



Mandy Shaw.....


Have a wonderful day and Happy Stitching.....
tomorrow have a look at some of my goodies that I bought back from the show and some snaps of London when my husband and I wandered by the Thames after the show.

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