I took the tube up to Wood Green and then jumped on the courtesy bus which takes you right to the entrance. It was the most glorious warm sunny day and the views are fabulous as Ally Pally is set up high in a hilly area.
People were enjoying being outside and taking in the air just as their Victorian contemporaries would have done when it opened as "The people's Palace" 1873. Although rebuilt a couple of times and undergoing restoration at the moment it is a really spectacular building. The Crafting Show is held in the Great Hall in the Palm Court.
The big difference for going on the Sunday was the lack of crowds. I really enjoyed having room to mooch around in comfort. It was so good to see Brenda, she kindly sent me this photo of us to share xx
We also caught up with Brenda's sweet friend Annie from Scotland and I had time to chat to Helen and Mark my "bosses!" from Visible Image. If you missed my Monday post this is a link to it. sharing their colourful stand.
We had a lovely day and enjoyed lunch outside in the sunshine.
I got home about 4pm...in time for Pimm's O'Clock..bliss.
I bought a few goodies and was also given some new stamps by Helen to play with so I decided to do some crafting just for me and enter some current challenges. I used a photo of my darling Daisy from when she stayed over my birthday weekend. She loves our local swings and I loved this photo I took of her...such a sweet happy girl. It was early in the morning, the day after my birthday. We had the swing park all to ourselves with only the birds in the trees to watch us, it was a magical Moment.
I am trying to be good and use some of my unused papers so I found this rather tattered 12x12" sheet of paper and trimmed it make a Moment for my journal.
I used a Daisy stencil and added some texture paste.
I used PaperArtsy foliage stamps for my border. I also added some distress inks and distress oxide stencilling.
The bird and tree die cuts are Tim Holtz and I added some script stamping using my Visible image stamp. I sprayed the tree with some spring coloured ink sprays.
I used my new Laugh louder stamp by Visible Image as I thought it the perfect sentiment.
My die cut daisies, seen below are Memory Box.
Here is my finished Moment...it sums up my birthday and my great crafting day at Ally Pally.
I made my Moment for the following challenges;
The Craft Barn Calendar challenge April
A Vintage Journey The magic of 3s I have 3 daisy die cuts at my own Daisy's feet
Stamping Sensations 2/3 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping 2/3 favourite things My new sentiment stamp has now become one of my favourites for using in my Moments (as is Daisy ;0)
Crafty calendar April showers/ spring
Penny Black and More 2/3 spring
Crafty friends animals or birds
That's crafty 2/3 foliage and/or flowers
Simon Says stamp Wednesday 1/5 spring colour inspiration
Addicted to Stamps and More 1/3 make your mark
Stamplorations Spring hop things with wings
Thanks so my for stopping by and for the kind comments you take the time to leave me here. I am having lunch at Dotty's with my Mum and Dad today and then we are looking forward to catching up with our darling children over the Easter weekend.
Enjoy your time off.
Bye for now,