I went to the NEC with two friends as our chauffeur managed to get the day off work (ie my husband). We left home at 7.00am to make the journey to Birmingham. We had a good run and arrived there in plenty of time. I was very apprehensive as with walking with a stick and not being that steady on my feet at times especially when I get tired but I thought I would go to cheer myself up.
It was nice seeing all the stalls. We couldn't get to see many of the demos as there was too much pushing and shoving. I nearly got pushed over not long after entering into the arena. I then had a serious incident with the Everything a £1 Stall. I was queuing to pay and therefore had my stick between my legs as I was getting out my purse. Then came a massive shove and I nearly landed in the man's display and on the man. Not sure how I didn't. I wouldn't mind but that area of the arena wasn't jam-packed like other areas. It was just the case of someone being thoughtless and I didn't even get an apology.
We then left the arena and had our lunch quickly so as not to miss out on things. After lunch we met up with a Forum friend and her friend for a quick natter and went to the Inkylicious stand as I'd been told I had to look at the colour dusters. Needless to say I bought them to try. We then progressed to Lavinia stamps and looked at the wonderful examples on her stand. I was though disgusted to see a note saying please do not take my samples - what is the world coming to eh??? We had a visit to a few more stalls and then went to find my husband who had been busy reading his newspaper and went and had a drink before we left for the 1.5 hour journey home.
All in all it was a very tiring day for me and I've paid the price for the last two days but thankfully I took today off work last minute so I don't go back to work until Wednesday which will give me a bit more time to get over things but I am glad I went.
Here are some pictures of my stash:
These are Lili of the Valley (LOTV) images and we bought five sets for £10.00 and we shared them between the three of us so we got a good selection of images.
Some 6x6 card blanks with envelopes, Pinflair glue gel (as I've now solved the problem of it going hard in the tube and in the syringe - so as it went hard last time I needed to buy another syringe), Dovecraft card reduced from £4.99 to £1.99, Create and Crate holographic card, Crafter's Companion Stick Away and Crafter's Companion Spray and Shine.
All his came from the everything for a £1 stall and there was an offer of 12 items for £10.00.
Here is the freebie from Create and Craft for being a member, Inkylicious card and Inkylicious colour dusters.
Debbie Moore had an offer on of buying 3 CDs and getting one free. Sport Starz, Birthday Bears, Venetian Madness (wait until you see this one on Ideal World/Create and Craft as you'll love it) and the freebie one picked was Vintage Heaven (this one had sold out but Debbie allowed us to have this in the offer and it will be posted out to me - what a wonderful service eh?) and Debbie's new Magazine which came with a free CD (all I will say about this magazine is that it's FAB and the quality of the images/papers is wonderful).
All-in-all a nice but very tiring day and some new goodies to play with at some time.