Went to the S&C Show today and am sooooooo tired now.
So many things to do, so many things to see. It was frustrating trying to decide what I wanted to go see.
First let me say that Rosehill Racecourse is perhaps an annoying venue to try and get to by public transport. The service on the Carlingford line is not frequent and it's awkward trying to changeover. I was lucky that I had decided to go via Parramatta and get the shuttle bus, because I got there nearly 40 minutes earlier than I would have if I had taken the train to Rosehill.
It sucks that we weren't allowed to take any photos. I would have liked to have taken a shot of the crowds. It was a Thursday, Day 2 into the Show, but when it opened at 10, nearly every level was packed. It's a pretty darn big venue. The Pavilion is a massive expo hall and they used the building next to it, of which they used the upper 4 levels for more exhibitors, workshops and seminars.
First thing after wandering about was "Start Sewing Now", a free workshop run by Brother. Got to play with their latest consumer machine. I want. It was so quiet, the pedal very smooth, had 70 stich variations which included buttonhole, decorative, utility as well as an overlock stitch. For a regular price of $599 it was pretty decent, I was so tempted to get one because they were having a special Show special where they knocked $200 off with a further 20% if you got the models used for the workshop. After I finished making the tote, of which I spent more time playing around with the decorative stitches, I disappeared to eat. Then went to the Crystal Sewing seminar, which involved the processes and procedures of safely adding hot melt crystals while sewing. I left halfway to try and catch the tail end of the dyeing seminar, which was pretty good. Attended the Beaded Flowers seminar which was soon followed by the seminar on Wet and Dry Felt Making.
Ran around shopping after that. Picked up a few really good sale items. There weren't as many yarn stalls as I expected so I didn't purchase any. The only impulse buy that I had were two machines from the Xyron range that is distributed by Esselte. They apply a smooth layer of either permanent or removable adhesive on the back of virtually anything, provided it's flat. The 510 model also has laminate and magnetic cartridges to make magnets, laminated magnets or laminate items.
Also looked around in the Pavilion. I loved the Cake Decoration/Sugarart displays. There were so many detailed pieces. I think my favourite was the mountain with the crystallised dragon curled around it. The detail on it and the other pieces were so fine. The geisha screen was gorgeous too.
It was a really fun day. While there are more things I would have liked to do, like attend one of their daily knitting workshops, I don't think I could attend another day. Simply travelling to the venue takes a little bit out of you.
My splurging items and the FREEBIES XD