After working on various cons, community events, etc for a while I'm so used to being behind the scenes or behind a table that I have difficulty adjusting to just being an attendee. The main exceptions are professional skills development seminars and craft expos. I love to just shop at these expos, buy a year's worth of supplies and join the workshops.
I went to Craft Expo aka Craftfest at the Dome last Thursday, my only free day >_< and had a ball of a time. Being the first day, it was quiet in comparison to the sort of traffic they got that weekend. I loved the multiple aisle setup, it had a market sort of feel.
Picked up a lot of supplies, mostly of the papercrafting kind. There were some awesome paper sets. Got a couple of packs of parchment card and nabbed some show specials. Not to mention I got a few rotary cutters for cheap. I've got reliable local and online suppliers for my other craft supplies that I didn't bother with getting stuff like yarn or jelly rolls. I finally tried a water brush pen after putting it off for so long. It feels weird not to have to constantly dip the brush into the pot. I don't know why I didn't try the brush pen earlier. I got to try it out before I bought one and tried it out in combination with stamping and it turned out pretty cool. Going to give it more of a test drive soon to get some practice controlling water flow and to get a better feel for how much ink/paint needs to be loaded on the brush. Can't wait to use this with my watercolours.
I loved their Discovery Desks. It had 15 minute demos for techniques and by extension, some new products. Napkin decoupage is something I've never really seen which was interesting because they used a medium to adhere it to textiles as well freeform sculpting. The workshops and seminars were really fun and interactive. Definitely picked up some great tips and ideas from it.
Got the chance to try polymer bead making and playing with Sculpey. It's fun, but I can't really see myself taking it up. I think I've taken up too many crafts as it is!
Can't wait til the next one. Finders Keepers Markets in May (for indie stuff) and S&C expo is in August.
I wonder how many people would be interested in an online craft swap on DW. Anyone know of any DW comms doing so? (not including Ravelry swaps XD)