kieslin: (sheldon ooh)
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)
kieslin: (So Sleepy)
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

kieslin: (Default)
Just about 4 hours before I head off to the airport!

So so excited!

BTW, Supanova Sydney was great. I didn't really see very much other than a cursory tour as pretty much is same old, same old. But I still had fun. Very awesome cosplay. Manning a booth is a bit of a novelty at the moment. I was actually productive for once and came out of the weekend with something to show for it. excited. I'm not even caffeinated and I'm actually awake. It's my convention curse. Always stay up the night before and pretty much virtually the whole weekend.
Although with GenCon, I'm pretty confident I'll crash midway. I'd probably die otherwise.

Giddiness is partly due to their newly announced guests.
Paul MacGillion and Alan Tudyk.

Carson!!! They got Carson!!! And Wash....but...but...they got Carson and Zelenka!!!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is about as good as hearing the news about David Hewlett and Michael Shanks appearing at Melbourne Armageddon.

Wheeeee.... see you on the Saturday [ profile] arccie.

Ack...need to finish packing.....>_>


Nov. 22nd, 2007 09:20 am
kieslin: (Default)
Last week I went to see Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi.
It was very nice although I think I gave myself sunstroke from staying out too long.There were some really interesting sculptures...and some that made me go ( O_O )
But all in all, it was really nice weather. Warm, but with a lovely breeze.

Some photos of my favourite pieces )

For more photos of sculptures click HERE.


Apr. 1st, 2007 10:02 pm
kieslin: (Default)
Had a nice surprise when I randomly checked the convention webpage.

So here's my official pimp post of Sydney's newest convention.


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