Monday, 26 October 2015

Bloggeration Lifestyle and Craft Workshops



At The Big Blogger Conference in August I had the privilege to listen to an inspiring presentation by blogger Sarah from The Prosecco Diaries and when she mentioned that she would be holding a book blogging workshop soon herself, I of course requested to be kept up-to-date – as that is right up my street. It turned out the book blogging event was only one in a series of exciting workshops Sarah is organising this autumn and I signed up for the first one, which was focused on lifestyle blogging and craft. Kind of perfect as I am trying to expand my blogging currently to become more lifestyle focused and I've been itching to try my hand at some new crafty projects!


The Workshops

Set in a super funky space below the O Bag Factory store in Crouch End (such an eclectic area by the way, I MUST go back for a proper smooch around the shops), the space was kitted out as a blogger heaven with a stack of notebooks and pencils on the tables, candy and refreshments (so much tea!), colourful areas for flat lays, and ghoulish decorations from Tiger Tiger (I love that shop!) scattered about to set the theme for our Halloween craft scheduled later in the afternoon (and as the workshop was sponsored by Zazzle they provided all the cute crafting supplies for this).


The workshop is a full-on day, jam-packed with fun, and Sarah really went all out for the first event (and a similar line-up seems to be planned for the other workshops this autumn, which include a health/well-being one and the aforementioned book blogging one). We wanted for nothing during the day, as we were kept hydrated by copious amounts of tea from Ringtons, and fed snacks in the form of candy, macarons from Anges de Sucre and the most delicious salted caramel & chocolate cake, and a big lunch of scrumptious pizza from Basilico.

Normally there is a space for 10 bloggers (I believe), but as this was the first one the group was small which I actually really liked. It provided plenty of one-on-one time with the other bloggers present and there was a genuine opportunity to ask Sarah questions about all things blogging (from design to reaching out to brands) and having a generally good time chatting with the other attendees.


The first part of the morning was spent getting to know each other, talk about our blogs and our aspirations for growing it further and what steps we can take to achieve this. After this, Hannah from Crafternoon Cabaret joined us for a properly crafty afternoon where we created really easy to make but super fun looking Halloween bunting as well as an adorable Christmas stocking. I've taken step-by-step photos of these crafts and I will share tutorials with all the pictures in separate blog posts.

Even though the day lasted from about 10am to 5.30pm, which sounds long, time absolutely flew by and I couldn't believe it when I realised we had chatted, crafted and ate the day away! It was an absolutely brilliant day spend with lovely people and creating beautiful things.

I didn't only take home my handmade crafts and an amazing goodie bag (highlights below), but also a lot of blogging advice and a head filled with inspiration. Thanks, Sarah!

The Goodie Bag


The Bloggeration goodie bag was aces, but the most exciting new discovery within was the above box of paper goodies from Yoohoo Mail, a new monthly subscription service for stationary addicts (aka every blogger ever). For just £12 a month you get a box filled to the brim with incredibly beautiful and original designs. This first box contained greeting cards, postcards (both with eye-poppingly bright envelopes), a to-do list, a week planner and a beautiful large print (19 items in total!). I sent my first card days after opening the box and the person I sent it to absolutely adored it. You can get a one off box or a monthly subscription, it's up to you!


There were also lots of drinkable goodies hidden within the goodie bag, including more Ringtons tea (and hot chocolate and coffee!), a beautiful box of Earl Grey tea from We Are Tea, DRINKmaple's water made from maple syrup (which really appeals to my love for all things Canada!), and a cute little bottle of gin from Rock Rose.


And it is as if Sarah and Hobbycraft knew that I have turned into a complete adult colouring book addict in recent weeks, because the above beautiful book and set of pencils were also included! The drawings within are absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to start colouring it in ♥ ♥ ♥


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