Wrapping Up Our 20th Anniversary at ICHF, NEC, Birmingham

It’s been hectic ’round the ole plantation since I last posted.  I’ve been working on a new cross stitch project, maintaining another blog, doing assignments for a writing course as well as working a part-time job, meeting the demands of a busy household and trying to keep up with three active teen-agers.  I’ve also had some medical issues.  All in all it’s been…challenging.

When last we met, Awesome Dude and I were in the midst of celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  As a final surprise, he took me to the spring International Craft and Hobby Fair (ICHF).  This time it wasn’t as bustling as the November ICHF show, as there were only three shows:   Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts (needlework), Hobbycrafts (hobbyists) and Sewing for Pleasure (seamstresses).  The venues weren’t as crowded and I had more time to chat with the exhibitors.

Greetings from R2D2

Our day got off to a delightfully surreal start when, upon entering the NEC in Birmingham, we were greeted by none other than…R2D2.  As the day progressed, we were also treated to sightings of Storm Troopers and the Joker.  (We later discovered that there was a memorabilia exhibition going on in one of the other exhibit halls.)  A-a-a-nyway…

As I was still recovering financially from Christmas and assorted birthdays and holidays, I was a bit short of cash.  I told myself sternly that we were only here to browse and see what was new in the crafting world.  No indulging in ‘unnecessaries’.  And I meant it.  I really did.  But the best laid plans of mice and men…well, you know the rest.

I treated myself to a new magnifier/light which could be clipped onto an embroidery hoop without the hoop feeling awkward and over-balanced.  I’d like to go into more detail, but I’m having issues with it at the moment.

The lady at the craft stall assured me that because the lamp bulbs were actually light-emitting diodes (LEDs), they would never need replacing as they would never burn out.  So you can imagine my chagrin when 48 hours later one of the bulbs started flickering and then went out.  The next day I lost two more lights.  I’m in the midst of getting the lamp replaced so watch this space.  (You could say it served me right for not sticking to my pledge about buying ‘unnecessaries’.  You could…but it wouldn’t be polite.)

My other treat was another bookmark kit from Michael Powell.  This one is called Spanish Hill Town.  I’ve grown quite fond of Mr. Powell’s quirky style and I’ll probably end up stitching his entire set of bookmarks.  I’m wondering though if I should actually use them as bookmarks or should I display them in a frame.  What do you think?

About phoenix2327

Born and raised in New York City, I fancied a change and moved to England. Married, raised a family and am looking to spend my spare time enoying my personal interests.
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