What a fantastic weekend I have just had! Every year, The Craft Barn holds an Extravaganza event. If you have ever been to a craft show and been frustrated that you can't get close enough to see the demonstrations, you need to watch out for the date next year and come and join us!
For the last few years, Cardmaking Paradise members have been meeting up at the Extravaganza - and each year more and more come along. We now all stay in a hotel together for the weekend, and just chat, laugh and have fun from the minute we get there on the Friday until we are all hugging goodbye on the Sunday evening.
I have lots to show you from the Extravaganza, and products and techniques we saw there to share - but it's far too much for one blog post, so I will do it bit by bit each day!
Today I will introduce you to our lovely Cardmaking Paradise members having fun in the sun - what better way to spend the time than with crafty friends, watching demonstrations, and shopping in the lovely new Craft Barn shop?!
Above, left to right are Renate and her husband Reinhard, Heike and Michael who travelled from Germany for the weekend.
Above we are at our evening meal. On the second evening, Sheelagh held a workshop, which even the husbands joined in with! Jill brought some lovely Isle of Man soap as a gift which was the prize for a game too.
This picture was taken at the end when it had quietened down. As you can see, the set up is brilliant - it's wonderful to sit in front of the talented demonstrators and watch them create their masterpieces, learning different techniques and discovering what products can do.
This is Peter (Glennis from New Zealand's husband), Chris (Maggie's husband) and Pete (Annie's husband). They all share similar interests and have great outings together while we are absorbed in the demos and shopping.
The ladies bought me this gorgeous flower arrangement as a thank you - I felt it should be me thanking them though! It is just such a great experience being with them all at the Extravaganza! The arrangement was made by Jean's daughter.
Have a lovely evening.
Tomorrow I'll show you what the demonstrators were making.