I can’t believe how quickly this show comes around each year. It seems barely have I spent all my money at the previous show the next show comes along and Whoosh! my savings have gone again!
Admittedly, the show does come round twice a year – the Spring Show in April and the Autumn show in September – and again admittedly, I do attend both usually;-)
The Palm Court Entrance of Ally Pally
The venue of Alexandra Palace or “Ally Pally” as we Londoners affectionately call it is a beautiful place. It sits high on a hill in North London with a magnificent panoramic view of the London skyline spread majestically in the horizon – it’s a beautiful sight to see on a clear and sunny day.
We had a clear and sunny day on this particular day of visiting the show, but I was too busy inside buying stuff like a crazy person:-) It was noticeably quieter this year and I caught snippets of people’s conversations commenting the same thing – I wonder why? In a way it was good as you had more room to move around without feeling crammed in.
Inside the Palm Court of Ally Pally
I got there quite early on Saturday morning at 9.30am and the doors were due to open at 10am. There was already a huge queue of ticket holders lined up at that time. So, when the doors finally opened on the dot of 10 everyone just poured in eagerly with full purses and lengthy lists and I’m sure, like me, they left with only half the things on their lists and empty purses:-)
Barbara Gray’s (Clarity Stamp) stand was absolutely jam packed with crowds all around watching her fabulous demos. I always love to watch her demo-ing her products and techniques. She is such a lovely lady, always cheerful and friendly. This time, however, I wasn’t able to even get near her due to the throng of people. I did manage to greet her on the way out though.
Inside the Exhibition Hall
My other all time favourite stand to visit is the LB Crafts Stand where they stock so much of the Paper Artsy range as well as the Glimmer Mists and Viva range of paints. I always spend far too much at this stand – and their demos are so fantastic! My personal theory is they tantalize your senses with their delicious demos that you have no choice but to buy all the products:-D Oh well, I tell myself it’s money well invested:-)
The LB Stand – one of my favourites
There weren't many people swapping ATCs this year either - though I did meet up with Deb (Rustycage) and we swapped 2 for 2. Her new series of ATCs using her painted background technique is really cool and I am now the proud owner of two of those - Yay!! Good seeing you there Deb:-)
THIS IS WHAT I BOUGHT – WHEW!
Delicious, yummy eye candy to delight you…
…tantalize you and….
Bye for now!