Getting My Craft On With Intu Metrocentre & The Crafthood

Although I would consider myself quite a creative person, I am pretty much a disaster at anything crafty. I can provide all of the ideas, but none of the skills. It’s actually embarrassing. So I was really hoping I wouldn’t show myself up at a crafting event hosted by The Crafthood and Intu Metrocentre last week.

We were to decorate our own pouch bags, and the example model on display was a perfectly simple monogrammed affair with a gorgeous gold tassel that I loved. We would be stamping our bags, and the lovely Crafthood ladies provided us with paint and stampers to crack on with.

With the idea of simplicity in mind, I went for a pink shade and decided to stamp just my first and last initial to give my bag a classic look. Stamping fabric evenly is not as easy as it looks, however, but I was pretty pleased with my effort.

Next stage was adding the tassel. THE TASSEL. Why does everything look better with tassels? (Mind out of the gutter, please). Obviously I chose gold, because, well, gold. Surprisingly I managed to make a reasonably neat tassel without injury to myself or anyone else. PROUD!

As I sat admiring my simple, neat bag design, my head was turned by another stamper sitting on the table: A STAR. I considered it, then before I knew what was happening I was stamping a large gold star onto my bag. It was a little off-centre, so I stamped again. A littlemore off-centre. Uh oh. I decided to keep stamping. This would be a Christmas star, with lots of points. Although….you can’t have justone star, can you? I added a few more, with the paint sponge, in a freestyleee fashion.

Next thing I knew I was filling in the gaps between my gold stars with pink stars. Because – well, I’d come this far. You don’t walk halfway to the dessert table then turn back, do you? COMMIT. And commit I had.

Aaaaand this is the finished article. I… it, actually. Yes, it’s ‘rustic’, but it’s also individual. And did I mention it’s gold and pink with a tassel? I did? Oh.

So, what have I learnt? Well, I’m still crap at crafting. Some of the other ladies’ efforts were way better looking than mine. I also learned that I have zero self control when it comes to stampers. I’ll add that to the list of other things I have zero self control over (cakes, shoes, handbags, Warburton’s crumpets etc etc). But I had lots of fun – it was nice to be able to be creative with messy paints and not have to clear up too much afterwards, for one thing! Next time, I’ll definitely keep my design more simple. DEFINITELY. (Probably).

The Crafhood run crafting events all across the North East, check them out in Insta for more deets.

Thanks to the lovely gals at The Crafthood and Intu Metrocentre for allowing me to get ma craft on J

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