Friends and Places

Just over 2 weeks ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to go to the Scrapbooking and Papercraft expo that weekend.  I had been considering it, but as I am primarily an embroiderer and a quilter, I had not yet made the decision to go.  But once my friend invited me … well that was different!

So we planned to meet, my friend and I, at around 11am that Sunday (16th Feb).  My friend coming from the other side of Geelong and me from the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.  I decided to go by train, and gave myself 90mins to get there.  This was to give myself time to grab a coffee (found a Starbucks I did not know of…mmm caramel macchiato!).  And use the toilets at Melbourne Central.  Now I only mention this, because of the unique finish to the wall behind the sinks!  I was pleasantly surprised to find it wallpapered using old dressmaking pattern envelopes.  Style, Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick.  All were represented on this wall.

 

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I proceeded to the old Royal Exhibition Buildings, enjoying the walk through exhibition gardens, observing the various groups of people setting up for get togethers, and photographers taking their carefully measured shots of the environment around them.  I arrived at the front of the building, surprised that indeed we would be using the front entrance and waited the short while for my wonderful friend to arrive.

As soon as I entered the expo I understood why we had used the front entrance.  There were not as many stands as I had expected to see.  But that did not stop my friend and I from taking our time, carefully considering each stand, and their wares.  We discussed the ins and outs of various products, but the stand that most appealed to me was right at the end – the painters guild.  I really loved the mixed media journals they had on display there.  I also admired several other displays.  I particularly loved the different treatments of tags.  I know I have some here at home.  I really do need to locate them and play…

I did not purchase much – as I said earlier, I am primarily an embroiderer and quilter.  But I do like to dabble in other crafts.  So the set of small paintbrushes will definitely come in handy, as will the stencils.  And the stick on ‘jewels’ have already been used – I had a project in mind when I bought them.

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I do want to try zentangle, and my friend showed me some of her beginning pieces.  It is just a matter of me sitting down and making time to watch the videos and do them.

After a very full afternoon, with lots of talking and catching up, we went our separate ways at around 4.30pm – 5.00pm.  It was an absolutely wonderful day, and I am looking forward to the next time my friend and I will catch up.

PS.  Excuse the photo quality – I took these on my iPhone, and I am a novice photographer at the best of times!

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