On Friday 26th February, my good friend Cayden and I attended the Make It show in Farnborough. This show is actually two fantastic shows in one. As well as the Make It show – advertised as “the inspiring exhibition for card makers and paper crafters” – there is also the Knit & Stitch It show – “the exhibition for Southern needle crafters and stitchers”.
The show is located in the exhibition centre in Farnborough, which is conveniently where Cayden lives. So it’s a fairly easy one for us to get to. We went to it last year, but neither of us were feeling particularly well. We had a brilliant time though and especially enjoyed the beading workshop:
We decided that we definitely needed to go again, and I’m so glad we did 🙂
Last year we made a note to bring more money. This year we’ve made notes to bring even more money, as well as a shopping trolley! There was a lot of shopping done – look for a Craft Haul blog post soon to find in detail what I bought – and lots of new ideas for crafts.
But, for once, we had a modicum of restraint. We had a plan. Workshop first, since it was at one end of the room, then zig zag up the aisles and see what caught our eye, lunch at the other end of the room, then shopping!
We did the workshop first – a wonderful bottle making workshop run by a company called Powertex.
There’ll be a blog post all about that workshop soon I hope.
And then we did the zig zagging bit. We managed to not spend money! Which is a major success for me, if not for Cayden. We have learned that we need to make a note of which stands we want to revisit though, because when we did get around to shopping, we’d lost at least one beading stand.
It’s easy to lose… there are a lot of stands.
Lots of very nice things to look at. Some stands that are a little confusing. We’re still not sure how some of them fit the theme of the show – a stall selling hair clips, a handbag stall and a whisky stall for example. But there were more than enough crafty goodies for us to look at, so we really didn’t mind. And we definitely didn’t mind the inclusion of a fudge stand.
Lunch was delicious – bbq pulled pork with some fried potato bits. A little over priced, but that wasn’t the fault of the exhibition runners. It was the catering company they’d brought in. No matter. Next year we’ll remember to bring even more money for food.
The shopping was delightful! So many goodies, at such good prices. We’d both gone in with a shopping list and I think we managed to get a good chunk of those lists completed. And then of course there were all the spur-of-the-moment I-must-have-it purchases. More of those for me than for Cayden. He has more restraint than I do.
We saw dozens of people with shopping trolleys, and I have to say they were absolutely genius! I bought quite a few books of craft paper, and within just a few stands my shoulders were hurting from carting things around. Definitely need a shopping trolley next year.
As I said, I will be doing a craft haul blog post some time soon, but here’s a sneak peak of my purchases:
Cayden and I had a great time, and we’ll definitely be going back next year 🙂