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A Perfect Sunday Crafternoon at Drink Shop Do

October 5, 2015

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What would be included in your perfect Sunday? A long lie in? Coffee & Cake? Maybe some crafts? I had all this and more on a recent Sunday afternoon out in London’s Kings Cross. After a lazy morning in bed, followed by a walk in the Sunshine, I attended a special ‘Crafternoon’ with Hillarys, the company that have been transforming rooms & dressing windows for over 40 years. To celebrate the launch of their new range Jewel: The Edit, Hillarys embarked on a bit of a Blogger road trip, touring the UK to meet up with bloggers for a one-off Jewel: The Edit arts & crafts workshop.

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The London workshop was held in Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross, which by the way, is where I could spend many more Sundays. This very beautiful light and bright space is a cafe by day and bar by night, offering a place where you can go and have afternoon tea and play scrabble during the day, or head there in the evening for gin night, lego building or dance classes – they have a whole selection of interesting and unusual events going on.

Once I’d arrived at Drink Shop Do and had finally finished coo’ing over how beautiful it is inside, I sat down with a few fellow bloggers, was fed hot coffee and tasty cake (red velvet!) and then we began working on our crafty challenges. The first, a Jewelry box…

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I’ve always thought I was quite a creative person, especially because this DIY post is one of my most popular posts ever, and I rely on that post to make me out like I’m a cool crafty blogger. But as it turns out, I’m not as crafty as I remember! In fact, i’m crap. At least at all the technical bits anyway. Like using glue guns, sewing, in fact even trimming and cutting I was pretty shocking at (I had to start again at one point because I had glued my fabric face down, so it was basically inside out). But as crap as I may be, it was actually a lot of fun, and it got very giggly. I had the talented Hannah from crafternooncabaretclub.com sat near me who pretty much had to help me with every step of the challenge.

This is how my Jewelry box turned out.

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Sure, it doesn’t look too bad. Until you see Hannah’s work of Art.

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And Charlie’s from charliedistracted.com, whose Jewelry box looked like a beautiful box of Chocolates.

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The next challenge involved a lot more sewing as everyone made rosettes, whilst I just made messy, tatty, puffy balls. But I have to admit, I found this task quite theraputic, just sitting back with a needle and thread and well, threading, only stabbing myself every now and then – it was lovely. Maybe I should start sewing, or take up knitting.

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Whereas Hannah made this beautiful hair clip below. Wowser.

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It was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday Afternoon, so much better than sitting around hungover in my PJ’s, which is what I would have been doing otherwise. I absolutely recommend hanging out in Drink Shop Do. I’d love to go back to do more arts & crafts there, or head to one of their evening events.

And a big Thank you to Hillary’s for putting on the event. To check out their new range, click here.

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