What a lovely Saturday I had...
Got myself up early, & hopped on the train to Perth... to the Craft & Quilt Fair!
It was great to meet up with my friends Maria & Sandra - the mother & daughter duo who are so fun to chat with, be inspired by & talk with about what they're working on.
Thanks for putting up with me, friends♥
Leonie & her husband Mark also joined us for a cuppa before we went in... if you've not visited Leonie's blog, you won't have seen her many & various cross stitch projects... Mark is a quilting enthusiast, & does some splendid work too.
We didn't think to take pics of us, & most stands have obvious 'no photography' signs displayed, so the camera stayed firmly in my bag for most of the day, except for some Exhibit pics.
It was a great set-up... so good to see such a good number of WA & Perth businesses... of course, there was temptation everywhere... & what's a day at the Fair without some unplanned purchases too...
BUT I always find that if I have a 'list', I tend to stick to it... however if there's no list, the result is random over-spending. My list was done with after my first 2 stops, so it was nice to just wander & enjoy the rest of it.
On said list... thimbles, wool felt & drunkards path templates... they were in the bag after my first two stops... the templates are to teach myself something new...
I also ended up buying a couple of Monica Poole bag patterns & another that looks handy too... I love that she has samples of all her bags there for shoppers to see what it's really like, before they commit to buying the pattern.
Can't resist buttons & little scissors... 3 pair for $12 is a good deal & they're so sharp... the smaller ones have the sheath attached, so yay no more lost parts!
The exhibit as always was bursting with incredible talent & stories associated with the pieces...
this is the 1st Prize Winner & I had the good fortune to meet the maker as I was leaving the Exhibit.
The theme for the 'AQC Challenge' for 2017 was "Made In Australia: Flora & Fauna" & boy-oh-boy, every piece was stunning... however, my favourite was this one... if you get the chance to see it in person, look closely & you'll see just how many Aussie animals are depicted, incredible!
Below is the Winner.
It's always interesting to see how the Stands & displays change from year to year... & it's great to see so many people finding goodies for their favourite craft.
Home life is somewhat demanding right now, so it was a great day out & a wonderful re-charge of my mental batteries!