Friday I arrived as bright and early as a sparrow's fluffer at Canberra airport to be greeted with a lovely fresh sub zero temperature outside. Nice! I love the cold though so it was no worry to me.
The lovely Posie picked myself and other crafty gals up in her Black Kidnapping Vehicle (thanks Posie!) and gave us a lovely tour of downtown and thereabouts of Canberra. I must say that Canberra hasn't changed all that much since I was there last in Grade 6 of primary school. The suburbs and city are so spread out that it all has a lovely country feel to it. We made it to the YHA in the city and checked in. I met up with my SIT buddy Megan of EdanRose with whom I had the pleasure of sharing a room last year. This year we even got to share a bed! More on that later.
Off our little group went to check out downtown Canberra. The YHA is so conveniently situated between all of our destinations that it didn't take long to get anywhere. Good choice of accommodation to whoever chose it! We all met up for the first time of the weekend at the Crowne Plaza and lots of hugs and squeals and awkward "I don't know you but I know all about you" moments were shared in the lobby. I got my first sneak peek at some craftiness when I spotted these belonging to Judy (correct me if I'm wrong??):
Then the beautifully omnipotent Sheridan arrived as did the mini bus to take us on our Friday Afternoon Shopping Trip. We filled that little bus and like last year, some of us knew each other and there was a good mix of newbies too. Lots of chatting and getting to know you talk. Even snack bags that Sheridan and her crew has put together for us! Our first stop was Addicted to Fabric - a big shop full of fabric loveliness. I kept myself restrained compared to last year and only drooled over the fabrics. It felt quite odd being in a lovely craft shop and not purchasing. Very odd....
Next stop was Bison ceramics. A lot of the gals in our bus went a bit bonkers over this gorgeous pottery. Again, nothing was purchased by me. Odd.But I was giddy with the colour and pattern in this room. Subtle and powerful all at once.
Our final bus trip destination for the evening, and perhaps the most jolly of the day, was the gorgeous Shop Handmade. A shop with so many handmade goodies that I kept on oohing and aaahing the whole way round that big space. There was a lovely little section toward the back where Sheridan had organised for us to snack on Macarons (Macaroons if you're a Frankston gal like me) and champagne. It was a lovely way to relax, chat with friends and do a spot of shopping. Again me = no shopping. By this stage I was wondering if I had a brain malfunction occurring.
The sweet Kylie finally arrived and by that time the entertainment had started. We were all so happy to see Kylie as we thought she'd gotten lost along the way! Then it was off to dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant and back to the room for some fabric adoration and then into bed. Unfortunately Megan and I had to rug up with beanies and jumpers as pyjama accessories as the heating wasn't working in our YHA room.... not a jolly thing during Winter in Canberra!
Stay tuned.....Coming soon, more photos and hijincks from Day 2 of SIT 2012 Canberra!!