Saturday, 5 November 2016

Today's the Day!

Hello, Crafters. 

Yesterday's visit to the Hobbycraft Show at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham was surprising short but very sweet!

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, they're aren't many cardmaking products I buy that aren't SU. My shopping yesterday included googly eyes, 3" x 3" & 4" x 4" cellophane bags, small and extra small Ziploc-type plastic bags, and a file for storing my dies.

Then we visited the Artists' Show which was next door. We found some super watercolour inks, sable paintbrushes and two water colour pads which I bought for hubby's birthday, which is today. Then we visited the Christmas Show and finally the Cake Show.

We made it back to the hotel in time to meet Audrey, who's in my team. She had travelled down from Scotland, with her first train at 5.30 am and her fifth and final train arriving in Telford at 4 pm.  

Yesterday evening I took the three of us for dinner to celebrate hubby's birthday, which was also a great opportunity for Audrey and I to get to know each other properly. It was a fabulous day from start to finish.

Today's photographs show different aspects of our day at the NEC yesterday!

Photographs 1 - 2: the bull dog and poppy display in the entrance to the Hobbycraft Show was made by Craft of Hearts - details in the second photograph

Photograph 3: one of the cakes waiting to be judged in the cake decorating section of the show. We were amazed at how small the actual cake is in the design and how it's balanced. I believe the writing on the front reads Song of Ireland.

Photograph 4: I just had to photograph the pink flamingo to share! Another amazing cake which is balanced on one leg!

Photogrph 5: The next cake represents Thailand! Having just earned the 2017 Incentive Trip to Thailand, I had to share this one too!

Photograph 6: This Westie dog is also absolutely amazing. The hair is brilliant.

Photograph 7:  I'm sharing the octopus just because I liked it!

Photograph 8: This is an egg timer, another cake that I think is masterpiece in engineering.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cakes. Personally, I can't bake a cake, let alone decorate one, so I have great admiration for people who can.

Tomorrow's blog will be back to paper crafting - I'll be sharing the OnStage Convention with you!

Have a great weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. I love your pictures from the UK. The cakes are so great. Much different than I have ever seen. Looks like you had a fun trip.

    1. Hi, Nancy. I'm really glad you enjoy sharing my photographs. The cakes were just amazing! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Love all those cakes! I always enjoy your trips and pictures. Looking forward to tomorrow's story.

    1. Hi, Sheron. You're very kind, thank you. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Thank you for sharing all your pictures. The cakes were amazing.

    Bethlehem, PA USA

    1. Hi, Kathy. I'm glad you agree. I've never seen cakes as stunning as this before! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. happy birthday hubby. wow those cakes are amazing. so much work goes into the cakes it must be heart breaking to watch someone cut into them. have a great time.

  5. Hi, Pearl. Hubby sends his thanks for you birthday greetings! ☺ I certainly wouldn't want to be the one to cut into any of the cakes! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.