Hillarys Crafternoon At Manchester’s Ziferblat
Crafting is one of those things that I thoroughly enjoy, but don’t often have the time to do, so I was so pleased to be invited to a crafternoon a couple of weeks ago with Hillarys.
The crafternoon was held in the fantastic Ziferblat on Edge Street in Manchester. I’ve actually wanted to go here since I first heard about the concept when it first opened – you pay for the time you spend in the and everything once you’re inside is essentially free! There’s cakes, coffee, tea, fruit, board games, comfy sofas, toast, WiFi and board games amongst many other things and the cost is 6p a minute. I’m so pleased to have discovered that there is a Ziferblat in Liverpool, too, so I have big plans to head in and enjoy the space one lazy Saturday afternoon.
Anyway, enough cooing about the venue… once we eventually arrived at the event (I managed to get myself nice and lost to meet Kat but luckily, being lovely and patient meant that Kat kindly waited for me) the event itself was held in a private classroom and our guide for the crafty activities was Jana from The Crafty Hen. Jana was utterly brilliant – as if spending an afternoon eating cake and crafting with a group of bloggers couldn’t be anymore fun she seemed to make it so!
The event itself was to celebrate Hillary’s new line of fabrics – The Jewel Collection – a stunning selection of fabrics inspired by – you guessed it – precious jewels and we were able to choose a selection of these fabrics to help us create our crafts!
The first crafty activity was to create a jewellery box including ring holders which was really fun; alongside the fabrics we had a selection of buttons and ribbons to use to decorate our boxes. Kid in candy shop over here. I fell quite a bit behind the rest of the bloggers on the jewellery box so decided to craft throughout our break time to get it finished.
The second craft was Suffolk Puffs, which are possibly the cutest and best named fabric crafts I have ever had the pleasure of making. They are also incredibly simple to make, which worked out well for me! We had loads of choices when it came to our Suffolk Puffs – we could turn them into keyrings, broaches, necklaces, headbands or anything else really. I decided to go for a pink/mint green themed headband and really love the results! After this it was time to pick up a goody bag – which was created using a fabric from the jewel collection, how great is that? – and head home.
It was an absolutely perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I had a great time learning a little more about Hillarys, spending some more time with Kat and – sadly briefly – Hannah and getting my craft on. Thank you to Joe Blogs for inviting me and for putting on another great event! You can read more about Hillarys Crafternoon’s for the Jewel Collection on the Hillarys website.