Wednesday 21 September 2016

WOYWW 381 - the Ally Pally review!

It has been along time since I last showed my messy desk but today we are at home (now there's a surprise!)and I hope I can get to visit lots of desks today at WOYWW via our lovely host Julia's Stamping Ground blog. 

I think I may have said this before but I don't like to show my desk without being sure that I can return visits and when we are at our caravan now we hardly ever get a signal - not even for phoning.

So what is on my desk?
A lot going on - trying to cram as much crafting as I can into the short time we are at home this week, as well as taking riverside walks with hubby and looking after our grandchildren after school while their Dad is on a course.

A page with lots of watery Brushos that I have started to stamp into.
Stencils to be used on the left, stamps to the back. On the right is another page in my A5 journal and a master board sheet to be cut up etc.
As you can see from the back of my desk things are getting a bit wobbly!
Last Saturday I was lucky enough to visit Ally Pally (Helen has far more photos than I have so take a peek here)
It was great to be in such an amazing building and even better to meet up with blog friends
 Helen(Stamping by H), Brenda(Bumblebees and Butterflies), Nikki(Addicted to Art) and Julie Ann Lee(magpieheaven)It's a bit blurry as I think I was laughing at the time!!
Thanks ladies for the teasing about my never being home!!It was great to see you!(err…thanks to my not being at home!!!)

Alexandra Palace(Wikipedia link here) is built on a hill overlooking London with a big park nearby. It was built for the use of the local residents and was also used for BBC broadcasts in the past.
Leandra on the Paper Artsy stand using some gorgeous paints on new stamps by Kay Carley.
I met lots of other bloggers and saw some great demos but in the excitement forgot to take photos - this is near the end of the day as most folk had left!
Oh! Did I spend any money….err…a bit…Happy Stampers coming up soon so tried to pace myself!!!
Paper Artsy Lin Brown stamp set(also got some stencils and a few other bits from PA), some Woodware sentiments and Carabelle Studio stamps, some Dinky stencils and surfaces from That's Crafty(Thanks to Helen Chilton doing such a great job of demoing)

I think that's it for today, off to check out some desks now! 

Thanks for looking, Chris


Neet said...

Love your citrus(sy) page in your journal. I always manage to get mine a tad dark so I think I will go with some light colours as I have lots of stamps i want to try out but I would like to use my pencil crayons on them.
Lovely to see you at Ally Pally and so glad you were good to your purse saving some money for Port Sunny where you will met up with Helen again. Hope to get their myself and renew acquaintances with Helen, Sarah and Lynne as well as yourself. Think Redanne is going too this time.
Even though you tried to be prudent in your spending you still managed to obtain quite a haul and I approve of every single purchase - am I going to need a bigger purse for PS?
Hugs, Neet xx 2

Annie said...

Hi Chris. It's so lovely to see you've been enjoying the company of other bloggers and managed to spend some money on extra crafty stash. Hope you have lots of fun playing with it all.
Annie s #12

Unknown said...

Such fun! That just makes me want to get out the watercolors. Happy Wednesday. Sandy Leigh #30

Kelly said...

That journal page is off to a super start. I hope you'll post follow-ups while on caravan. Looks as if you had a fab meet-up at convention. And lots of goodies to choose from. Glad you stopped in today! Creative Blessings! Kelly #39

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Chris, lovely to see your Ally Pally pics. we are hoping still to get to Happy Stampers again, if so, be seeing you! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #18

Anonymous said...

Happy WOYWW. Thank you for sharing your photos of Ally Pally. You have so many wonderful new stash items. Enjoy your short time at home. Ali x #33

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was sure you would find Helen at Ally Pally. So glad it was a fun time for you. You gpt some awesome stencils. That would be my weakness. Of course, I want to come play with you in your stash. What fun we would have. Glad to see you home for at least a single day or so.

Sharon said...

Wonderful lot of goodies you managed to bring home. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing the pictures especially those of fellow bloggers. Enjoy your time home. Seems like you are always off somewhere! I must admit to being a little jealous lol.

Sharon K #35

Helen said...

That was quite a haul considering!! Love your photos of the hall at AP, it is such a gorgeous building. I think I look better blurry..... see you in 10 days!! You'll have been away at least twice by then, no doubt, tee hee! Helen #1

okienurse said...

great looking start to the page. Thanks for the Ally Pally pics. I wish I could attend someday. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week. VIckie #4

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks good, and you all seem to be having fun. Alexandra Palace is a lovely place. I do miss being able to visit London these days. Have BIG fun with those new crafty goodies, they look very tempting. Hugs, Valerie

Mrs.B said...

Looks like you had a great time at Ally Pally, and lovely to meet up with other bloggers
Looking forward to seeing the new stamps in action.
Avril xx

sirkkis said...

Page looks interestin... woud like to see more.
Thanks for sharing the joyful photos.
Have a great time xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I saw the lovely pic of you over at Helen's blog, you looked as if you were having a great time! I've been to Ally Pally for knitting shows, it's a great venue.
I'm so happy you're coming to the Crop, there's a big hug waiting đź’–đź’–đź’–
Hugs, LLJ 3 xxx

Redanne said...

The page on your desk looks beautiful Chris, I love the yellowy tones! Well done for restraining yourself (cough, cough) at Ally Pally, wish I could have gone but it was not to be.

Yes, I will be at Happy Stampers, I will keep an eye out for you, I am really looking forward to going after missing the last one. See you there! Hugs, Anne xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Another lady that managed to go to Ally Pally, so jealous! All that gorgeous crafting stuff, brilliant. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a great woyww, Angela x 16

StampedbyChris said...

Your watercolor page is very the flow of colors you used.
Glad a good time was had at Ally Pally. That stained glass window is gorgeous.
Have a great WOYWW week!
Chris #27

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I LOVE the green and amber washes in your delightful background. It's the perfect start for an amazing art journal page. Ally Pally does look like an amazing building, and to have such a plethora of art materials and tools, must have been like a day in heaven. LOL! I've never been to a craft suppliers show, but I know it would be hard for me to keep my wallet in my pocket too. Blessings!

Brenda Brown said...

The page evolving in your desk looks good and fabulous to see your Ally Pally photos, so glad we caught up with each other. Look forward to seeing what you make with all those goodies xxx

chrissie said...

Looks like you bought some interesting goodies Chris and met some of your fellow crafters. Thank you for sharing your visit to the show

Love Chrissie xx

My name is Erika. said...

Yahoo-someone who has a desk as messy as mine! I love it. Looks like you had some excitement. And how fun to meet up with some blog friends and get some new toys. :) I can't wait to see what you make with these new stamps. Hugs-Erika

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous watery brusho background Chris, and what a great view of Ally Pally too - it sounds as if a great time was had by all. Thank you for your visit, and glad you enjoyed seeing what I'm up to. The light panel is great - I'm very glad I got it. I know the feeling of taking on too much! Story of my life recently!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #46

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Sounds like you had a lovely meet-up! I adore that brusho background you created! Loving those watercolour textures! Enjoy the rest of your week! zsuzsa #24

CraftyHope said...

Oh, the started page on your desk is really dreamy. I love the flowy-ness of the colors. I bet it got even better as you went along with the stamps and stencils. Enjoy your time with family before you hit the road again! Oh, and what goodies you got!

sheila 77 said...

What a good time you had, how lucky to be able to get there. I always love to see bloggers in Real Life, in a photo or actually Real.

Julia Dunnit said...

You have teetering piles missus! So difficult isn't it when you just want to get on and play with (ALL) your new goodies, and you need all those bottles and jars I know! The brushos as watercolours are lovely, lovely colour combo.

Marit said...

Glad to see you had such a great time, the 'wobling photo' tells all about it ;) and WOWZAH, great stuff you bought! Enjoy creating while you're at home (and maybe some on the road too?!) Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week, happy (belated) woyww and a big hug from Holland. Marit #20

craftytrog said...

Great photos and stash Chris! It was so lovely to meet you last weekend.
Just seen your comment on my That's Crafty heart. I would be honoured to be added to your sidebar.
My own sidebar is a little neglected! :-)
Alison xxx

buterfliecrafter said...

always nice to have new supplies, gets your creative juices flowing in overdrive, I'll show you mine this week. The fair i went to didn't have even half of the charm of your place, o my, alone for that you would go. very very late, WOYWW Vicky