I want to buy everything here – me
On Friday, I scooted across to Birmingham to check out three amazing ICHF craft shows taking place at the NEC.
If you’re a craft fan, or just want to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, head down today before 5pm. Here are my top ‘must see’ picks for a craft family Christmas…
These 3D Cards come in all sorts of laser cut designs. For something a bit different from the usual Festive greetings, check out Trang Nguyen’s stall.
If you’re working up a hunger on your way round, try a buttery snack from The Continental Bakery. Delicious!
These Simply Sprinkle seasoning kits are genuinely delicious – try the Egyptian and Italian blends stirred into mayo. A generous box of all the Simply Sprinkle flavours is available at the expo for £20. I forgot to go back to get like so will be attempting to order online.
I adore these little dresses from Seesaw Children’s Clothes (A27) with their warm colours and perfect patchwork. I think they’d make the perfect Christmas gift for any little girl.
These incredible models are made entirely of paper and are life size! Check out the Joy to the World! display by Lincolnshire artist Martin Pidgen just inside the entrance to Hall 20.
I am currently lusting after a Cricut machine, which allows you to design patterns on a computer and then the machine cuts them out of card or vinyl at the touch of a button. The possibilities are endless!
Wendy Cotterill’s stall (D23) is full of little craft gems. If you’re into food or craft photography, I think these little birds would make wonderful props.
The Historical Sampler Company (A43) had a range of gorgeous cross stitch kits on offer. The high street has taken this particular craft a little too far into the realms of tacky, in my humble opinion, but these kits are beautiful.
The Black Sheep wool is some of the best around. I get all touchy feeling whenever I see a Black Sheep stall (K07) and they have LOTS of wool to stroke, squeeze and buy at NEC.
Wendy Crease had this gorgeous, simple tree idea on display.
This beautiful Christmas Time stall (F15) is choc full of simple, beautiful craft ideas.
My favourite item of the whole show, these beautiful rings are made by curling antique silver spoons. Beautiful work from Twisted Silver London (E21).
There’s truly gorgeous festive pot pourri on offer – head over to the Christmas@Tollhouse stall (E02).
For young crafters, these cute woodcraft construction kits from Craft Central Stores (H33) are lovely. The pre-cut pieces go together like a 3D jigsaw and there’s everything from clocks to dinosaurs.
And finally, if you fancy having fun with the kids and creative a bit of festive sparkle, Glitzico (H27) have body glitter stencilling kits.
If you’re there today – have fun!
Disclosure: I attended on a press pass.