Last Sunday, I was invited to attend Hillary's Crafternoon to learn all about Hillary's New 'Jewel Edit', which is a collection of new fabrics for curtains and blinds inspired by the fashion and colours for this season. When I was invited, I felt it was going to tie in well with some future posts I have in mind to do with my fresh new bedroom as I have just got my new curtains (put up today!) from Hillary's themselves!
I of course said yes to attending, and had the loveliest afternoon meeting new bloggers and crafting with Hillary's and The Crafty Hen!
The day started off here at Drink Shop & Do in Kings Cross which is this lovely little crafty café near King's Cross Station. It was really easy to get to and was greeted warmly into the back room where the event would be held by the staff at Drink Shop & Do and Hillary's. We were offered tea and cake which I did not refuse! I mean look at that gorgeous slice of red velvet!!!
After us bloggers had settled down arriving one by one, having a chat and drinking tea we started the day with the lovely women at The Crafty Hen introducing themselves and what we would be making on the day and demonstrating how we would be creating them. We also heard all about the jewel collection and how we would be using the fabrics from the new jewel collection to create our crafts for the afternoon. We'd be making our own personalised jewellery boxes covered in the fabrics and if we were lucky enough to finish some cute little floral/fabric hair accessories!
I was so excited to start, and decided to go for colours that would match the curtains I'd bought at home. I gone off to pick my fabrics and settled for this beautiful red and mauve leaf print and a red interior with a floral pink section to hold rings in.
If I'm being totally honest, without my head getting too big I felt I did a really good job with mine! It was a little difficult at first, but once I got the hang of what I was supposed to be doing, it was working! I ended up sticking my ring holders down so that I could slide rings to sit in between them and left a larger section to put either earrings or bracelets.
After we'd all almost finished our boxes (I was the impatient person who'd finished way too quickly), we had another cup of tea during a break and watched the demonstration for the next activity. I was even more excited for this one, because I loved the idea and I quite like a bit of sewing. I can't for the life of me remember what these are supposed to be called so apologies for my lack of information or picture guides on how it was done. But here's a link on how to do it!
We were basically making cute little floral looking hair pieces. We could pick to make headbands, hair clips or slides or a brooch if you wanted one of those. Whatever you desired! I desired a extravagant hair slide that I'm absolutely in love with though I have no where to wear it. I do want to make some more at home now although...
Between all the crafting, I walked around the room to look at all the inspiration boards and see how the collection was built. During my walk around I fell in love with the jewel tone blues, and the yellow/grey vibes on one of the boards. I did love the reds, but not as much as the blues and yellows. There was one particular fabric I fell for with teal and yellow florals, twigs and birds I think. It did make me think about the curtains in my room, and whether I would of preferred these. But now my curtains are up, I'm all for them! It is a beautiful collection, and I can see why Hillary's are making such a big fuss about their gorgeous new prints and colours!
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