Friday, 8 March 2013

Good Times :)

There were challenges :)

This was my favourite bit of my challenge project!

There was tea :)

Vanilla Earl Grey might just be my new favourite drink! Currently trying to find a local stockist

There was Malteser Cake :)

Briefly...

There was craft :)

Much craft. Lovely craft. Inspiring craft.

There were photographs :)

I took nearly 100 photos myself - not all of which are in this post, you'll be thankful to hear!

There were demos and workshops :)

How did I never know til now how easy it is to make a yo-yo?! Or how cute they were?!

I even led one myself!

We made 'M' books...
 
...in which to display the Twinchies we swapped!

There was washi tape :)

YAY!!
 
 There was a severe shortage of food...*

*This may not actually be true.... ;)

There were lovely lovely people :)

Hello, lovely lovely people! :)

There was a Platform Three Quarters experience :)

Don't disillusion me, OK?!

There was a rather disappointing First Class upgrade on the way home...

London Midland? Seriously, don't bother. In my vast* experience of First Class, this was by far the worst. The 'upgrade' just barely took it up to the same level as Standard Class on Virgin.
 
*Um. 'Vast' as in, I've been upgraded to First Class twice before.... But both other times it actually felt like First Class, while this most definitely didn't!

There were Rice Crispie escapees when I unpacked my suitcase!

I'm sure I sealed that packet before I put it in my case! I'm still finding Rice Crispies even now, tucked between pages of my Bible, caught up in bundles of ribbon, hiding inside projects, etc!

There were good times indeed :) *happy sigh!*

34 comments:

Sian said...

I've just come from Alexa's and seen her wonderful magazine cover...the whole thing looks all round excellent!

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

An excellent round up of the weekend Mel. I, too, am on the hunt for vanilla earl grey tea! x

Louise said...

A lovely round up of the weekend Mel. Good to see photos x

Melissa said...

I've been seeing several posts from those of y'all who got together & I have to admit to a little bit of jealousy . . . but I'm so glad y'all had a great time! YIKES @ the Rice Krispies - I once had an incident with an open box of Cheerios & a 1-year-old in the back seat (found those things for several years afterwards).

furrypig said...

fantastic memories captured Mel thanks for this fabby post. I believe from my research that the tea bags may be made by Tetleys though I have been unable to locate any as yet!

scrappyjacky said...

Great round up,Mel.....I think nobody managed to catch the malteser cake before it was eaten!!!
The Earl Grey is definately Tetleys and the only place I've found it is Morrisons.

Alison said...

Great roundup o the weekend Mel....I'm hoping to get my post organised tonight ....happy memories indeed!
Alison xx

Lynn said...

Looks like so much fun! Definitely would like to join you all if you do it again.!

Jennie Hart said...

Looks fab :) We were in Olney retreating near Milton Keynes too :D Malteser Cake looks good!

Angela said...

What a great time you all seem to have had!

Kirsty.a said...

Sounds like a lovely time. You deserve it

JulieJ said...

Great round up Mel - and I'm looking forward to the next one. And DD gave me a similar experience with a bag of tortilla chips in my handbag when I got home.

Jimjams said...

Good times indeed :)
And great malteser cake!

Cheri said...

so envious... :)

Karen said...

Like Cheri, I'm simply envious, and it was fun to look at the group photo and recognize some folks from their avatars. What an interesting world we live in.

The Mann Fam said...

I like yo-yos. They're fun and oh so cute! I had just been telling my daughter that I thought I wanted to make a yo-yo quilt this summer. We shall see if I really do.

Angelfish said...

Looks like an all round fabulous experience, apart from the *upgrade*!
It seems we both had escaping breakfast cereal. I got home to find porridge oats had ended up in the foot well of my car!
Fiona x

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh this post makes me so happy, Mel. I love all your little happy faces throughout this post :) and the happy tone of your words. It's so fun that you learned to make yo-yo's. They are adictive and I made about 50 when I first learned how.

See you two weeks from tomorrow!!! :o)!!!

Sandie said...

Reliving happy memories and smiling at the platform number ane escapes rice crispies. Lovely to see your photos and the things you made... the walking stick especially a special work of art!

Beverly said...

It made me so happy to see so many familiar faces in one photo. I know ya'll had a fabulous time. Wonderful recap...and I would have been fine with all 100 pics ;)

Lizzie said...

Great post, Mel! I'm so glad you enjoyed the weekend - and took so many photos.
It was so hard though, having so little to eat... I'm glad you highlighted that problem, we'll have to avoid that next time.
The Washi Project came out well, didn't it? Looks great!
And I did love the Twinchies - thank you so much for coming up with that idea.
See you next time!

Missus Wookie said...

Rice Krispies obviously felt they should make themselves at home :)

So fun to get to meet you and ugh on the first class :sigh:

Looking forward to making a mini album with the twinchies - thank you for thinking of it and organising it!

Yep, planning on including a shot of platform 3/4 in my mini album too :lol:

alexa said...

Super recap, Mel, of a wonderful weekend - and sorry it was marred by the poor experience on the journey home. You took such great photos and you'd never guess we were fighting back the hunger!

Becky said...

Laughing at the malteser cake as I've yet to see it whole on a blog! Looks like you had a wonderful time :-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a great summary of the weekend!
Love the washi tape and always love a good swap!
Rinda

Amy said...

It looks and sounds as though it was a great weekend!

Sandra said...

What a great way to show your fun weekend

Sheena said...

Looks like you had the most wonderful time x

Jo said...

It looks like you had the most amazing time!

Jennifer Grace said...

I'm sorry your 1st class train home was not 'as advertised' - it looks most uncomfortable!

Your photos look fab. I love your washi cane so much! The twinchies mini was such an awesome idea, I still need to finish my book but I know I'm going to treasure it forever! x

Sandi Robinson said...

It really looks like an amazing time was had by all indeed...great photo's & such wonderful commentary! Hope I can join in next time!! :D

Abi said...

So glad you had such a good time. Lovely photos. Oh how I wish I could have been there. xxx

Gail said...

Mel I loved reading your catchup on your weekend. I am so envious! I love what you did to your cane and am now on the lookout for vanilla earl gray.

CatieAn said...

Hi Mel
I just found your blog from the postcard swap site. Looks like you had a wonderfully creative weekend. Who uses the cane? I love the washi tape decor. I have to use one every day and it needs to be refinished....what a great idea. I am on crutches fro the next month and my crutches are decoupaged fabric with lots of embellishment...should post a picture on my blog........anyway am a new follower and just wanted to say hi from the US ( i am assuming you are in england somewhere?)