Friday, 13 February 2009

A Day Out In Harrogate

Sue formerly of Paper Paradise as was, managed to get 4 tickets to the Tim Holtz demo day (Thursday 12 February) at Art from the Heart in Harrogate. We set off around 8am with the sun shining. We decided to call in at Centagraph as it was only around the corner. We bought some goodies from there and then moved on to Asda for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Unfortunatley this particular Asda didn't have a cafe. So after obtaining some directions, we headed off into town. We got completely lost looking for the coffee shop, which was actually a blessing in disguise as we stumbled across a buttons, ribbons and lace shop, Duttons for Buttons. Where we all purchased a little something - some more than others - Sue!!!! By this time, the snow had started to fall and we were fed up of looking for this said coffee shop, so we piled into Mcdonalds instead!!! We then headed off to Art from the Heart shop and studio.

The shop didn't open until 1pm and we were booked in on the 3.20pm demo with Tim. This gave us ample time to take in all the fantastic samples that covered the walls and browse all the goodies in the fab shop. Again, we all managed to find a little something that we NEEDED.

3.00pm came and we started to form a queue, we were at the front, obviously. At 3.20pm we were let in and we got front row seats right opposite where Tim was working. There was a limit of 25 places as it was, but due to the damming weather conditions, people had been ringing to cancel. This meant in our session there was a grand total of 16 - brilliant!!!

Tim didn't do anything that I haven't seen before, but he was promoting all his new products, ie the new stamps, the mini masks, all the new idea-o-logy range, sprockets, gears, spinners, washers, long brads, saftey pins etc. He used a variety of products from the range including grungeboard, dabbers, distressed inks, alcohol inks, crackle paint all the applicators which go with each etc. But for me, it was just great to see him in the flesh.
In the demo

This is a sample he made using alcohol inks and the new mini stamps
And of course, I asked him to sign it
Sue holding one of his pieces of art

A close up of what Sue was holding - paper grungeboard

Then he came out into the shop with us and was even helping some people with their shopping. He is so obliging, so easy going and such a genuine guy.
He was happy for us to have our photo taken with him both after the demo
And in the shop

Then we had our photo taken with Dyan, the owner of Art from the Heart, who was also demo-ing all day

These are all the bits that I purchased both from Centagraph and Art from the Heart

We had been receiving texts all afternoon telling us that the weather was getting bad at home. But unitl we got about 10 miles away we really didn't realise how bad it really was. It took a little longer as the conditions got worse as we got closer to home and the snow had begun to settle on the carriageway of the A180, but eventually we all arrived home safe and sound, albeit a little later than expected.

17 comments:

Debbie said...

Hmmm.... where do I start - perhaps I should say I am not jealous, envious or anything.... did I say I was not jealous - well I am not....honest I'm not.... I'm not envious either....

Me thinks she dost pretest too much....

You lucky lady!

craftytrog said...

You lucky lucky thing! I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new stuff, specially the mini masks! Hope the weather improves for you, but if not, you'll just have to stay in and craft Sam! xx

Claireabelle said...

Sam, looks like you had a fabulous time! You lucky girl you!!!! Maybe you should have taken some samples of your work to show Sir Timness, I definatley think he would have been impressed. You could even have signed them for him LOL
xx

mommabear said...

You are sooooo lucky to go and see him Im glad you enjoyed yourself

Angelnorth said...

Sounds like a fab day out - glad you got back safely too!

Lil Sis said...

Sounds like you had a great day and managed to get a nice stash of goodies.

crafty creations said...

Sounds like a brilliant time was had by all Sam and yes your right he really is a nice bloke - with a lot of talent!!!!

lottie said...

What a fantastic day - how I would have loved to have gone - you bought some nice stash

Ang C said...

Looks like you had a fab day Sam

LazyKay said...

Actually - I'm not a BIT jealous that you went and saw SIR TIM! No, really, I'm not.

You did good to get a piece of his work AND a signature on it (might be worth thousands in years to come eh?)

Great pics and glad you had a good day. My friend recommended that buttons shop to me but I don't think they do on line (maybe just as well).

Love those button/metal thingies with the words on especially of your shopping binge.

(all right, ok - I AM jealous!)

xxxxxxxxx

kathleen said...

Glad you had a great day Sam, but even happier you are home safe and sound. I was getting worried!

Ginger said...

sounds like you had a great time. Tim and shopping a perfect day.

Sue Abbott said...

We did have a great day didn't we Sam? I have tried to forward photos from Polly and Steve so check your email and let me know if it worked lol. Tim was, as you say so obliging and 'normal'and the signed art work's great for your collection. Kathleen, the Duttons for Buttons shop does have internet shopping, www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk
haven't been on the site though.

Sue xxx

Mags said...

You lucky lady Sam, so glad you had a great day out with a bit of spending to top it up!

Shairon said...

Glad to hear you had such a great day out Sam. When we didn't hear from you that evening, I thought that you had either run off with Sir Tim, or that he had spotted a crafting soulmate in you and signed you up to be his assistant and travel the world doing demos with him!

Anesha said...

You got to meet Tim, wow!!!

Lorraine said...

what a day to remember and you like you have some great stuff there ..glad you got home safe finally but I bet it was worth it

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