Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Well it is now two weeks since I got back home from my visit to UK, and until yesterday, I hadn't managed to sort out the new stash I brought back with me. I did have my son and his partner out for one of those week, but still....

Anyway, last night I did spread everything out on my desk to take this photo. I had to be quick. It is so hot here now that I need both my ceiling fan and a floor standing one on, all the time, so I had a choice of snapping this shot before it all blew away, or turning the fans off and dripping on everything!

I didn't actually buy a lot this time. I have such a huge amount of 'stuff' so I am trying to be a bit more discriminating about what I buy. but I did have two lovely parcels waiting for me at my son's house. One was some blog candy that I won from the lovely Lynne at Creative Lynks. As I was coming over, it made sense to have it posted there. There were some lovely items in it including these unmounted stamps, beautiful buttons and ribbons, an alterable book, and a gorgeous paper pad. 

The other parcel was something that Sarn arranged for me. I am unable to buy Stampin up products in Spain, and UK demonstrators are not allowed to ship out of the country, so I placed an order and had it posted to my son. So that was a punch, two great sets of stamps, a die and an embossing folder, and more paper. the two lovely cards are from Lynne and Sarn. people are so kind aren't they?

 Patterned paper it the one thing it is really difficult to get here, and many companies won't post  it because of the weight/high postage costs, so I do try to stock up on that when I am in UK. Despite a very hectic schedule I did manage an afternoon on my own, browsing the shops in Shrewsbury, so, of course, I was drawn to the QVC seconds shop where there used to be a huge range of craft materials, often in opened or damaged packaging, but I have bought real bargains there before. I was disappointed this time as they only had one shelf, but I did get a big pack of beautiful 12"x12" papers,  a huge pack of white paper flowers, and two large Crafter's workshop stencils.

I spent yesterday evening finding homes for most of these, so this morning my desk is more or less clear, as it usually is, and I am now off for my monthly diabetic check at the clinic, before I go to Sewing group.

Hopefully I'll be back at lunch time to see what my crafting friends are up to this week. If you'd like to peek too, pop over to Julia's Stamping ground, and follow the links.


MaxineD said...

Oh the joys of new stash :-). I hope you enjoy it all.

Claire said...

what great goodies!! bet you can't wait to play :) hope it didn't rain the whole time you were here in the UK... it's been a yucky june so far...
happy WOYWW!!
no. 46

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. I so wish that I was in Spain with you - love the country and actually cry when we have to come home to the UK! We may well buy a house there one day. Some gorgeous new stash there. Have fun playing with it. Ali x #84

Laura said...

Love the new stash. Happy crafting!
Laura 78

Helen said...

Great shopping, I couldn't have waited that long to unpack it... and I never knew there was a QVC seconds shop.... enjoy..
Helen, #3

Anonymous said...

Fabulous new stash! I think I'd much prefer the sun and heat than the miserable rain and flooding we're having at the moment.


Zoe #12

505whimsygirl said...

I can see you had fun shopping! It's great that you have new goodies to play with!

Yikes, sorry it's so hot there - is that usual this time of year?

Kay #124

Helen said...

Oh I do envy you that Spanish sunshine right now. I am freezing and thinking of putting the heating on - Can you point your fan this way a bit and blow me some of that Spanish Weather please! Have fun playing with all your goodies. WOYWW Hugs from Helen 14

Jean Straw said...

Some nice interesting new stash you have there, have fun playing with it. Jean x

kay said...

enjoy your new goodies
have a fab crafty week
kay #25

Anonymous said...

We've had some very hot spell sin Michigan too, a bit early for the time of year though. Love all the new goodies and Sarn is such a sweetie, I got a card from her yesterday that's on my WOYWW desk too. I see you have the Raspberry Road paper pad, that arrived in my postbox a couple of weeks ago too. If you like it, google their name, they have digi papers and often have freebies.

Brenda 107

Julia Dunnit said...

Ain't that Sarn a gem..you NEED those Stampin' Up things for sure!! So fans aplenty and what I wouldn't give to join you!!

Nora CG said...

Oh,oh,oh!... you have a lot of goodies there. I like them!

Have a nice day!

Shoshi said...

Oooh lovely new stash, Kate!! What fun. Love the new papers especially. I'm a glutton for those, but hate using them in case I waste them, so mostly they seem to be just for strokng!! I'm glad you had such a nice time with the family and visitng the UK, but sorry it's so hot - I couldn't cope with that!! I'm really glad it's cooled off here, although I'm probably making myself unpopular for saying so, because everyone's moaning about what an awful summer it is!

Thanks for your lovely comment. Glad you like my poppies! I'm getting on quite well with all my ATCs and stuff for the craft exhibiton/sale - I've booked a nice big table and am hoping to do about 3 different demos during the day! I should be able to create some useful stuff at the same time as showing my work and hopefully selling some things too. Got to get my skates on to produce enough to make a nice display though.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #15

Tertia said...

What a lovely haul you have there. enjoy playing with your new goodies.

Anonymous said...

Me again! I didn't receive the magazine, only the papers that were with it, they were posted to me from England! As to Raspberry Road, you must look at their blog once in a while as they list the freebies there too but don't always update the freebie category in the shop, so it's easy to miss things. I go through the blog every couple of months to see if there's anything I like the look of and then go over to the shop and type it in the search bar to find it.


Queen Of Toys said...

It's a pity I can't blow some cold air your way from Melbourne Australia it is really cold down here at the moment. Looks like you have some great stash to sit and play with. What a shame you can't get much stuff there. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it.

Have a great crafting week
Eliza #65

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peggy aplSEEDS said...

wow, lots of new goodies! a seconds shop - that sounds like my kind of place. too bad they didn't have much this time. happy WOYWW! peggy #19

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Very Belated visit to you for WOYWW Kate!

So glad you managed to play with or house your new goodies at last! Thanks for the mention too!

Stay cool!!!!!

Sarn xxx