Monday, November 5, 2012

Kreadoe 2012

It's amazing how fast the time goes. Both my sister and I could not believe it had already been a year since we went to Utrecht to visit the annual Kreadoe, which is a huge arts and crafts supply fair. We have visited this fair almost since it first started many many years ago and it has become a standing arrangement that we don't even need to discuss. Every year we will go and we always go on a Saturday (because I work full time I can't go during the week). And every year we are absolutely certain it was way more busy than last year, but I wonder if that can be true. Surely if it were we would have been unable to get in at all by now?

Anyway, last Saturday was our 2012 Kreadoe visit and it was fabulous as always. Here's a little impression of the day. Please keep in mind that because it was busy it was hard to take as many pictures as I wanted to, so what you are seeing is but a minute sample of all the stuff that was available. Just know that we walked for six hours straight and that we were exhausted at the end. ;-)

The entrance hall. Many many many people waiting to get in.

Sister studying the information booklet. Like we needed to!

Inside the halls. There were two huge halls full of stalls. Aaaah, supply overload!

Pretty sorted fabrics. I love to take pictures like this.

Stencils anyone?

Beads galore!

All sorts of little nicknacks were to be found everywhere.

A rack turned into a ribbon rainbow.

More ribbons.

All kinds of crafts were represented, here's some stuff I would never do myself.

Brushes! Who doesn't love those?

All kinds of papers in all kinds of sizes. Ooh swoon!

But there was so much more than that, every art and craft you can think of was represented, from encaustic to embroidery and from knitting to cup cakes and cake decoration. You name it, it was there. Being at a fair like this I have the same realisation that I have when I go to bookfairs: nobody has any business being bored, ever! ;-)

So, now you must be wondering what I took home with me. Well, here's my loot of the day:

Ooooooh!  Aaaaaaaaah!

Two beautiful creative journals (one amazingly gorgeous one by Dylusions that just blew me away and a smash type journal), several sticker sheets, some pretty papers, collage sheets, stamps, paint dabbers (I was curious about those, have never used them before),  some small stencils, a bone folder, a book on crocheting snow flakes, special colored tapes for a label writer, a coloring book of images by Alphonse Mucha (one of my favorite artists), some colorful beads to prettify my hand bound books, a set of buttons, a bone folder (I'd been wanting one forever, it's ridiculous how we sometimes put off buying the simplest things), one of those thingies with which you can apply stamp ink (damn, what do you call those?) and of course many many pretty tapes for the paper tape addict that is me. Finally people in the Netherlands are discovering the joys of washi tape and I no longer need to look abroad for them, it's about time!

By now everything has found a place in my home and will gradually be incorporated into my work. I feel really rich right now even though I spent a lot of money! I'm sure you artsy people understand what I'm talking about!

Hope you enjoyed my little report and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy week!

P.S. Check out Emily's blog! She did an amazing rendition of what I consider to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, Kate Winslet, just because I asked her too. How cool is that? Leave her a compliment, will you and while you're there check out the other wonderful drawings she did as well.

18 comments:

  1. I love the stencils and papers you photographed! It looks as though you had a brilliant time. Mucha is one of my favourites too.

    And thankyou for mentioning me! It's absolutely made my day :-)

    emily x

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  2. WOW Caatje... looks like an amazing day... full of inspiration... I love the stencil display too... and all your gorgeous goodies... loving the cover of your coloring book... and journals... sigh... beautiful... off to check out Emily's blog :))

    Jenny ♥

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    1. I know, I kinda sigh when I look at that picture too! ;-)

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  3. Lovely lovely loot. Now you can more gorgeous art. Have fun :-)

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    1. I sure hope so Lynette, thank you!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, mouth watering cravings being born but what the heck, I'm happy for you and your haul. Washi tape can be found at times here in Sweden too now, about time indeed!

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    1. I know! Last time I ordered abroad I had to pay a huge import fee that almost took the fun out of it, so it's good to now have some dutch shops I can order from.

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  5. Nou nou Caatje... wat een schat nam je daar mee naar huis! Ikzelf heb me vreselijk ingehouden, maar zie toch één ding bij jou liggen wat ik ook mee naar huis nam... hihi, mag jij raden! (Nee, ik bedoel niet de tape. Die kocht ik ook, en ook daar spot ik één rolletje met hetzelfde dessin bij jou... we hebben dezelfde smaak meid!)

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    1. Tja, ik hoefde me niet in te houden. Ik spaar het hele jaar door euro's, twee euro's en vijftig centen en die wissel ik vlak van tevoren op het werk in en dan is het 'inladen maar!' ;-)

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  6. Wow...your pictures remind me of International Quilt Festival...which I've been to a couple times in Houston. Only your art festival is expanded with the addition of all the arts. SO cool. So would love to be there! You really did walk away with great additions to your stash.

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    1. I know, it's been several days and I'm still on buyer's high! ;-)

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  7. So cool! I'm drooling...I'm sure we must have arts & crafts SUPPLIES fair in the States, but I couldn't find any in Alabama. I would love to attend one of these...if anyone knows of events like that in the US, please share!

    I'm glad you and your sister had fun collecting loot for your future projects. I look forward to seeing some of your new "stuff" on your blog.

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    1. Some stuff may take months or years to appear. I never know up front when I will use something, but at some point it does all get used, I promise. I hope there are events like that in the States, because it's a wonderful place to get all sorts of stuff in one location and really go all out. (A good thing it's only once a year).

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  8. Zal ik het maar zeggen dan? De washi tape met 'mail' (post) en de 'wieber-template' heb ik nu ook! Ben er zéér content mee!

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    1. Oh, die washi tape vond ik ook zo leuk! En de wiebers lijken op een foam stempel die ik heb en heel veel gebruik, dus ik dacht zo dat deze daar goed bij zou passen.

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  9. Oh my goodness: so crowded with people and so packed with stuff! It has to be hard to make decisions about what to buy when so much is available. I love seeing all of your purchases; looks like you will be having MUCH FUN in the coming months! I remember your post about this fair last year; fun to think I've been following along with your artful life for that long! :-)

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    1. I know! Time goes so fast! Glad you're still here. :-)

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