I've had a most exciting weekend! On Saturday, I went to London, not to see the queen, but some infinitely more important (and more fun too, I suspect!) ladies - Florence of Flossie Teacakes, Jo from Today we are and Lisa from U-handbag. Plan for the day: eating cake, chatting and fabric shopping - definitely a day out with my name on it!
We started out with coffee and pastries (sorry I ate the evidence before I'd thought to photograph it :D), then off to Liberty for a long browse and some button-buying.
After Liberty, my first visit to The Cloth House in Soho. What a beautiful shop - full of gorgeous linens and cottons and trims.
It was all so lovely and inviting, I just couldn't help buying a gauzy brown cotton fabric with a cream pindot print and this lilac linen offcut.
We also made our way down to the other end of Berwick Street where the Cloth House have another store devoted to knits, jersey, wool and silks. I have never seen so much jersey, felt and wool in one place. The place really is an Aladdin's cave of lovely fabrics.
Naturally, after such a huge fabric hit we were all in need of a sit down and some cake, so we made our way to Patisserie Valerie on Old Compton Street.
I think we must have stayed here for several hours (overcome by the heady scent of chocolate, no doubt!) having such a great chat about crafting and life in general. I think the staff there had probably given up on us ever leaving by the time we finally vacated out table!
And how best to end such a lovely day out? With mocktails in tall glasses in the 5th floor bar of Waterstone's in Piccadilly, and more chatting, naturally! And the beauty of going to a bar in a bookshop is that you can go and have a nice browse through the bag-making books on the way out.
Thanks, Florence, Jo and Lisa for a lovely day!
And finally, I haven't forgotten (miraculously!) that I promised a small giveaway at the end of my last post. If you'd like to be put in to a draw to win this clutch bag made from Amy Butler prints, just leave a comment on this post telling me about your ideal crafting/crafter's day out. Everyone's welcome, including lurkers and new visitors, and I'm happy to post internationally. You have until midnight (UK time) on Monday 12th May to enter, and I'll chose the winner at random on Tuesday. Sorry blogger doesn't provide me with your email addresses, so you'll need to check back to see if you've won.
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!