Last Saturday I was luckily enough to get a place to go to a blogging crafting afternoon in Manchester with Hilary’s Blinds. Not having many plans at the weekend and Manchester only being an hours train ride away, I decided to pop on a train and go to my second home in hope of finding a hidden talent. Hilary’s were showing off their newest patterns and we’d be using them to make some crafty bits. Cakes and crafts are my ideal Saturday!
I met the lovely Cat from Suggestive Digestive for a quick coffee and we headed over to the venue. It was held in a cafe called Zieferblat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The cafe has a different concept to most where you pay for your time there and can eat all the cakes, drink all the drinks and even bring your pooch. If it wasn’t an hour away, it would be my kind of place and the perfect place to hold a crafting event!
After grabbing some cake and coffee, we were introduced to The Crafty Hen and Hilary’s Blinds who were instructing us and hosting for the afternoon. Sunny, from Hilary’s, told us about their new range, The Jewel, and showed us the fabrics we’d be working with. All the fabrics were focused around rich jewel colours: Sapphire, Amber, Jade and Ruby. We were then introduced to Jana and Emma, The Crafty Hens, who were going to teach us how to make jewellery boxes and suffolk puffs.
Did I think before the event I could put together a jewellery box in an hour? No. But, with a little guidance, hot glue guns and cake – I can do! The process was surprisingly quick but very fiddly! I won’t like, I did feel like I was on the Great British Bake Off with the stress I was feeling to get the box completed. I chose to go with the neutral duck egg blue fabric and embellish it with random buttons. For the inside, I made some ring holders and sectioned off another side for bits and bobs. It’s safe to say crafting is not my hidden talent or my calling but I think it looks alright.
After a mini coffee and cake break, we were then going to start on Suffolk Puffs. I hadn’t heard of them before but they were simple to make. You just needed to cut a circle of fabric out, sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric and pull. It makes a beautiful ruffled effect that forms the suffolk puff! We could add them to almost anything – people made key rings, fascinators and hair clips. I channeled my inner Blair Waldorf and opted to make a hairband. I’ve started getting more and more into hair accessories. I used to love them when I was around 14/15 but then I just stopped wearing them. When your hair is as wild as mine, sometimes you need something to take it away from the craziness!
Although mine is nowhere near as fancy as the other bloggers, I am going to stick to making them for Christmas decorations and presents! I’m determined to have a thrifty Christmas this year and little things like this can look wonderful with a little practise!
Thank you to Hilarys Blings, Joe Bloggers & The Crafty Hen for making the afternoon wonderful and for organising it all! It was such a lovely experience and channel some of my creativity into something other than writing! You can read all about Hilarys experience of the event here