Monday, 27 September 2010

Ally Pally and Friends

  I've just had a really enjoyable weekend away.  It started early on Saturday morning when I got on the train at 8.10am heading down to London, it was a chilly morning with frost on the car as we set off to the station, but fortunately the train was nice and warm.  I arrived at Euston station and found the train to Watford Junction, heading back the way I had just come!  However, it was quicker to go to London first than try to stop off on the way down.  

I was met at the station by my crafting friend TraceyR and her husband and we headed to their home.

Tracey at her front door.

The welcome message on the fridge door.

 After lunch Tracey took me a short walk to the school where she works, I've blurred out the details just in case you thought your eyes were going funny!

We also took a trip to the local shopping centre where Tracey's daughter works and had a little retail therapy.  Then it was time to get ready to go out for dinner at a local pub.

When I walked in the door, I was gobsmacked to see another of my crafting friends, Karen and her husband Jeremy!  I knew they were meeting us at the craft show the next day, but had no idea that between them they had cooked up this surprise for me.  It was so nice to get to spend a bit more time together.  We had a really nice meal and all went back to Tracey and Sunjeev's house and chatted till late.

Next morning we met Karen and Jeremy at the station and set off for Alexandra Palace, let's just say that we didn't get there by the most direct route but we did get there lol!  It is a really impressive building, if a little sad and crumbling round the edges, although inside it looks quite grand.  
Jeremy, Karen and Tracey outside Ally Pally

Inside Alexandra Palace     

On the phone

Tracey phoned Di who had already been at the show for some time.

Here is Di, looking for me and Tracey
Once Di found us, we all went for something to eat then started looking round the stalls.

We had a good look round and then we started to shop :)

Here is my haul of stash, I was hugely impressed by Dyan Reaveley's art journal demo and bought some of her translucent Acrylic paint and ink sprays.  A few stamps that caught my eye, some ink pads and some Cut & Dry foam.

Tracey kindly travelled back to Euston station with me where I caught the 4.25 train and I was home by about 8.45pm.  Having a day off work today to recover and catch up with the chores.  

Huge thanks to Tracey and her family for their generous hospitality, particularly to Kat who gave up her bed for me, and to Karen and Jeremy for the lovely surprise.  It was great to finally meet Di and thanks to Tony (and Sanya) for keeping her company.

Despite the long train journey's I feel refreshed by my weekend away and I may just have found my paper crafting mojo again!


  1. Aaww I'm so glad you had such a wonderful weekend Janice, I really wish I'd have been there too. You got some fab stash so you'll have to let me know about Dyan's inks as I've got my eye on them!!

    It sounds like a perfect weekend xxx

  2. So glad you had a lovely weekend! Your stash shopping look spretty restrained to me though - mind you, you had to schlep it back on the train, I guess!

  3. Sounds like a lovely couple of days Janice! Glad you had a great time :)

  4. awe, Janice looks & sounds like you've had a FAB weekend. Way to go!!
    Enjoy your goodies. Can't wait to see what you think of the sprays too! Have fun.xx

  5. Oh my word Janice who is that old woman in that red coat? hahaha

    Thanks I had a brilliant weekend and can't wait to do it again. x x x

  6. It was a brilliant weekend & the look on your face was hillarious!!! XXX

  7. aw Janice sounds like you had a fab weekend - how lovely to meet up with everyone...

    The stash looks gorgeous - those Dyan Reavey demos certainly sound impressive...

    Enjoy your stash xx


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