We bloggers like to think that we’re a creative lot and you know what, in most cases, if not all, that is true! So what’s the best way to lure a group of West Yorkshire bloggers to meet on mid-day Saturday? Just promise them an afternoon full of festive, pre-Christmassy fun, drinks and food (we love to eat, a lot!), and most of all promise them an afternoon filled with crafting, DIYing and being creative and you get them on board.
This is what the lovely people from Vikings must have thought when they organised #VikingArtyParty and I knew as soon as I received the email invitation that this is not an event to miss. And oh boy was I right. The event was held over four hours, when thirty something bloggers crafted, ate Christmas dinner, drank mulled wine and were merry. Safe to say it was one of the best events this year!
Before I get onto unfolding all the shenanigans, let me thank to everyone involved in the planning and making.
Upon our arrival at Lambert’s Yard (your typical Leeds location for events of this style), we were given a token, which separated us to 3 different teams and as we could see there were three different tables, each topped up with different crafting theme, none of them revealing what was about to happen!
After mingling and catching up with the well-known faces from the local blogging community as well as meeting some new faces (oh boy, the community has grown massively!), we were seated each at our designated table. The #VikingArtyParty fun was about to start!
VikingArtyParty: Block Printing
My team started on a table learning to do block printing. First time I’ve heard of this and already I was scared. Don’t take me wrong, I love crafting but everything I make ends up messy so I’m very cautious when it comes to gluing and painting as I’d find it just about everywhere, apart from where the paint and glue are meant to be.
I must admit, I was also given a new block to create my pattern as my first attempt to create a flower failed massively. As circles and squares were taken by different bloggers, I settled for another easiest pattern to create – a heart. How cheesy, I know. We had an hour to design the print, and then print it onto the file we were provided. It was great to wind down and catch up with other bloggers while we crafted away.
VikingArtyParty: Christmas Crackles
The theme of the second table was also very much exciting and a bit more Christmassy. We were shown how to create our own Christmas crackles. I went for neutral colours, blue and silver, and I was surprised by how easy it was to create them. Afterall it wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas crackles. All products were from Viking and it’s save to say I was surprised (and impressed) by how little sparkle this paper shed.
The third table is something I dreaded the most. Typography. Let’s face it, I type on laptop 24/7 anyway and barely use my handwriting. As I also rush to make my notes during meetings, I can barely read my own writing 99% of the time.
Unfortunately, despite my 110% concentration (I even forgot to breathe!!), I failed and instead of a lovely Christmas card I ended up with handwriting you wouldn’t even use when sending a scary Halloween card (seriously, they could sue me for giving them fright!). Oh well, can’t have it all, can I 😉
Overall, I enjoyed the block printing activity the most. I was amazed by how creative and unique everyone’s designs were. Viking put on a very thought through and enjoyable event and even though we spent about 4 hours crafting, the time flew fast and I couldn’t believe it was time to go home.
There is some more pictures from the #VikingArtyParty below…!