East Side Meetup!



A week ago today I had a delightful day in Nottingham (East Midlands...East Side...see what I did there?!?) meeting crafty bloggers at a somewhat unique meetup. The day got off to an exceptional start when I stepped out of the train station and right into the arms of Hopkinson - three floors with vintage and antique homeware, clothes, stitching goodies and so much more. Luckily I had an hour to kill and I ended up leaving with the 1940s-1950s fabrics pictured above (3.5 metres of each!), some vintage buttons and tailor's chalk. I could have bought so much more, but I'd already spent my budget for the whole day!

Before heading off to meet the others I greedily took some snaps too! If you visit Nottingham and love vintage, I urge you to visit Hopkinson...you can even have tea and cake there too!
Anyway, back to the meetup which was meticulously organised by Sam at Create It Samantha and Kat at Krafty Kat. We met at Wired Cafe for divine tea and cake, as well as some crafty chatter. It was actually really nice not to just talk about sewing, and to find out what crafts some of the bloggers are into. The meetup was 'sponsored' by Home Crafts, who generously provided goodie bags for us all...I felt like a kid again getting excited about a party bag!  


There was also a secret present swap and I was the lucky recipient of this cool brooch kit from Amy at Almond Rock. Understandably, poor Amy didn't really want to hand it over, so I must make her proud of the end result!


So you're thinking this sounds absolutely lovely, but not exactly unique as meetups go. I know you are, don't deny it! But where Sam and Kat really went above and beyond was by organising a 'tour' of the local Cath Kidston branch, where we heard all about the new fabric lines for SS14 and Cath's process for choosing prints. And also by finally trotting us off to The Bead Shop for a free taster session where we made some cute earrings. They have an impressive selection of workshops that I definitely plan on checking out in the future. 



All in all, it was a fun-packed day with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought put into it! Thank you Sam and Kat! And the highlight was meeting such friendly bloggers with a real range of interests, making for some interesting conversations!

Pictured above from left to right:


Me




Hannah - Dainty & Ivory

Kat - Krafty Kat

Kelly - To Become Mum

What about you? Have you been to any good meetups lately? I know a bunch of lovely ladies are meeting on Goldhawk Road for some retail therapy today...

30 comments:

  1. It was really nice meeting you.

    How have I never heard of Hopkinson, it looks/sounds amazing will definitely have to pay a visit!

    Hannah
    x

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    1. It was lovely meeting you too Hannah...fellow eyeliner lover ;o) You should defo pop in to Hopkinson...it's amazing!

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  2. Sounds wonderful, I am quiet new to blogging but have been crafting forever! I am from Nottingham, and would love to maybe get involved in something like this. Do you perhaps have a group or twitter or something which I might be able to find out more info/ get involved? P.s. You got some lovely items from your trip out

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    1. Hi Helen, you'd be more than welcome of course! I would suggest following @createitsam on Twitter, as she organised this one. Also, if you follow me through this blog and on Twitter @StitchOdyssey, I'll make sure to share any details of meet-ups I come across too!

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  3. Hopkinson DOES look amazing. Next time I visit my home land, I might have to pop over to Nottingham...

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    1. If you do, let me know and I'll gladly come across and meet you there ;o) xx

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  4. That looks so much fun! I couldn't make the Goldhawk one this time but i'll definitely try and organise one in spring! x

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    1. Oooh, I missed a couple of Goldhawk ones, so hopefully I can make it in the Spring too ;o)

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  5. Meet ups are so much fun and it looks like you found an absolute gem in Hopkinson!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, it's a great place!

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  6. I haven't been to Hopkinson's either, sounds a real find!
    Look forward to see what you make!
    Great to meet you,
    Samantha x

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    1. Thanks for everything Samantha, it was a brilliant day!!!

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  7. Sounds like a lovely day. And wow, I need an excuse to visit Notts now to go to Hopkinson's, it looks fabulous. Love the things you bought.

    I've just got back from the Goldhawk road meetup, happy but utterly knackered! There were about 20 of us!

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    1. Yes, do! Hope you got some lovely stuff ;o)

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  8. I'm sorry to have missed it, you look like you had a great time and did some awesome stuff. Why is it that work gets in the way of everything good?!

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    1. Aaaw, sorry Sabs! Can you make our jaunt in Birmingham in March?

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  9. I worked in Nottingham for 2 years and never heard of Hopkinsons! I'll have to check it out - looks like you had a fab day :)

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    1. Maybe it's new? Either way, you should check it out ;o)

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  10. I have been to Hopkinsons and loved it. I bought some vintage fabric too. A friend of mine has a unit in there and your fabric was possibly from her. Haven't been for ages and it is not far away so I really must visit.

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  11. Wow, what a fun meetup! I'm excited to see what you use that fabric for!

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  12. Looks like fun and you got some great finds!

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  13. Hello chuck! Here's the link to where I got your kit. The samples on there are sooo cute I would copy them near exactly - like the ice lollies!
    http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/tugbakopillustration/product/leather-brooch-craft-kit

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  14. Thankyou so much for visiting us marie! If you're in our neck of the woods again you must visit our little sister shop daphnes handbag on Mansfield road! Xxx hopkinson

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  15. Oh man, you guy have the coolest stores! I want to shop there!!

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