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.
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…
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.
Sure, it doesn’t look too bad. Until you see Hannah’s work of Art.
And Charlie’s from charliedistracted.com, whose Jewelry box looked like a beautiful box of Chocolates.
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.
I made these (see, tatty, puffy, balls), which I didn’t have time to stick onto anything because I was so slow.
Whereas Hannah made this beautiful hair clip below. Wowser.
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.