Lucy did all the prep but I'm afraid she bailed on the sale itself because she's a sensitive soul and it was c...flippin' ...razy. Thank you one and all for braving the chaos and seeking out the bargains. It was fun while it lasted. But don't expect another one soon. You've cleaned us out.
Didn't we have a luvverly time the day Meri Meri came to The Hambledon and made party crowns. It was a crafting extravaganza purpose built for half term fun. Everyone made full and free use of lashings of ric rac tape, fluffy pom poms, and glittery letters. The crown jewels have nothing on these beauties. Huge thanks to Nat and Katie who glued and ribboned like troopers at Cowley and Meredithe and Emma for their sterling efforts in Winchester. Long may you all reign.
Roll up. Roll up. Meredithe (childhood nick name Meri Meri, it's all becoming clear) and her team of wonder workers have installed a Party Project Extravaganza. We thought we knew the range but this is a crazy new world of Silly Circus, Charms, Ombre and Happy Birthday paper paraphernalia. And a mad planet of tattoos, garlands and super brand new and fabulous jewellery. And we have a secret stash of helium to fill the balloons in the patented Balloon-a-Dashery. Hurry on down. And for those of you who really want to embrace the fun filled life that is Meri Meri, there will be crafting workshops (Thursday 28 May 11-3 at Cowley, Saturday 30 May 11-4 in Winchester). No need to book. Just show up in a cheery mood, ready to get glittery.
How excited were we to have the lovely Emily Quinton here in store for two wonderful days of work-shopping, book-signing, snap-snapping, chit-chatting fun. For once staring at your phone during a talk wasn't frowned upon as she imparted upon us all the tricks of the Instagraming trade. The app Emily uses to edit, yup, we know it. The lighting Emily likes to use, yup, we know it. Go on, test us!
We drank elderflower cordial, we ate rosewater and pistachio biscuits (courtesy of LP), we laughed, we listened, we styled, we captured, we #'d, we shared and most importantly we had a jolly good time. Thank you Emily!
Under a week to go until Emily Quinton hits the Hambledon, running her famous Instagram workshops and signing copies of her new book, Maker Spaces, in both our Winchester and Cowley Manor stores (there are still a few places left if you're keen - email us).
In readiness for the events, Emily's picked her favourite Hambledon props, and to get us in the Insta mood we thought we'd give a bunch of them away. For a chance to win, simply take a photo of your favourite Hambledon thing in a beauteous way and tag it #ourhambledon #makerspaces #emilyquinton. If you’re struggling for inspiration, our Winchester project space is all set up with a dedicated photography area and shelves lined with Emily's favourite props.
See you over on Instagram!