Thursday, June 12, 2008

Trip of the Year!!!!

Well, the long weekend away was just fantastic! I have learnt so much, met so many people and have seen some amazing and inspiring work!

So, make yourself a cuppa and sit back and relax - cause here is the long version!!!

Friday 6th June

After the plane being delayed 40mins, I arrived in Brissy about 4.40pm to a beautiful warm 27C! Caught the airtrain to SouthBank station - Note to self....dont do this again in peak hour traffic and when it is dark. Stupid me never considered it to be pitch black when trying to find the hotel but after a 10min walk - found it, checked in and was quiet pleased with myself! For $89 per night, the room was pretty great - queen and single bed, bathroom, little kitchen and TV!! What else does a chick need? Unpacked then went searching for some food and groceries! Early night - I reckon I was snoring by 10pm!

Saturday 7th June
Raining!!! Can you believe it??? It's bucketing down. People in the next room were up at 7am and rather noisy - thanks for that!
Shoe crisis - again I'm not sure what I was thinking but I did not pack walking shoes and paid dearly with horrible blisters - this is just from the airport to the hotel! Yes I am a twit! So this morning I was off in search of a pair of thongs! The hotel was right at the very far end of SouthBank so I left the hotel at 8.30am and walked all the way into the Queen Street Mall. Yes - it was a bloody long walk and next time I will bus it!! Found thongs - bus back to hotel, picked up craft gear then walked into the expo!
Met the gorgeous Kim Nutley - one of the girlies I talk to on Essential Baby. It's funny cause I talk to these girls most days online and when I met Kim it was like I have met her before and known her forever! Very down to earth and just lovely!
First class for the day was at noon with Lynette Carroll from K&Company. The Mira Bag book. A really easy class using the Mira range from K&Co. Met Yolanda from Scrappy Hollow - she was lovely. Will teach a similar version at Seriously Scrapbooking later in the year I think!!!
Second class was with the amazing Rachelle Minnett. This was the best class of the weekend for me I think! Totally perfect for me! Using her Rusty Pickle rage that she designed and also using watercolour pencils which I have not used since high school. LOVED IT!! Needed a CropADile for this class and managed to pick one up at the expo for $32.95 - 40% off! BARGAIN!
After the classes, I dropped my gear back at the hotel the wandered back through SouthBank and found a nice little Italian Restaurant for tea! Back to the hotel and finished off the two projects!

Sunday 8th June
Had a really good nights sleep. Early risers in the next room again - YAY! Walked through the South Bank Markets before heading to the expo today. Met Sharnie - the owner of Click N Scrap for coffee and to chat about the Design Team gig! She is just gorgeous too - really lovely!!
Sharnie gave me a MASSIVE pile of product to take home and work with so I cant wait to get started on that!
First class for today was with Caroline Lau from Maya Road - a sweet little coaster book using all Maya Road products and Glimmermist. Super easy product that makes covering chipboard so easy.


OK...enough with the photos for today - I still have more so will post tomorrow!!


4 comments:

  1. What stunning creations!!!! I am in awe of your work chook.

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time away. Bugger about the blisters though.

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  2. What awesome work!!!! Looks like you had a great time and once again a HUGE THANKYOU for taking photo's of my blocks at the SM stand :) :)

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  3. Woweee!!! They're gorgeous Nat!

    I'm oh so jealous. It sounds like just a blissful way to spend your weekend!

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  4. Wow Natalie! You have been busy and your work is simply gorgeous!!!

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