A fab weekend with Dawn Bibby


Craig gets down to some serious crafting Hi there,

You may remember that I mentioned in my last blog post that I was going up to Lancashire to a weekend crafting workshop that Dawn Bibby was holding in her shop? Well, what an amazing time was had by all!

My friend Angel and I arrived on Saturday lunchtime, just in time for the afternoon's crafting session. What a great atmosphere as we walked in! We received a huge welcome from everyone, and I had a quick tour round the room saying 'hellos' before we got down to some serious crafting. Angel has never crafted before, but she got stuck in and was soon making her first ever handmade card – she loved it!

Angel, Craig & Dawn at the Christmas party
After an afternoon of hard crafting it was time for a quick freshen up and change before we headed off to a fabulous Christmas meal, complete with party hats, turkey and a real Father Christmas! During the evening there were lots of prizes to be had for the best card and favours box (yes, Dawn insisted we keep on crafting, even during dinner!), plus a quiz and raffle that seemed to provide a never-ending stream of prizes!

Craig & Dawn dance up a storm It being a Christmas party, of course we all had to hit the dance floor. I was in my element, 'shaking my thang' with Angel, Dawn and any of the crafting ladies who were willing. By the time this photo was taken I had my tie wrapped around my head – very Rambo indeed!

Customers in Dawn's craft shop On Sunday morning we all visited Dawn's shop. I loved it there, and it really showed me just how busy Dawn is – not only running a successful shop, but also all the 'behind the scenes' work she puts into preparing for the QVC shows.

Craig with Liz from Crafts Beautiful The shop was buzzing with ladies stocking up on craft essentials as well as getting great inspiration for their next projects. I also bumped into the lovely Liz from Crafts Beautiful magazine while I was there.

In the afternoon we got back to the workshop and more hands-on crafting. Dawn and her team had laid on 10 different tables, each one with a different technique so you could dip into whatever style of crafting you fancied. I really got into the flow of things, though I only managed to get round four tables – but that probably had more to do with too much talking and not enough crafting!

Craig at dinner with Dawn, JJ & Gerry After the workshop finished Dawn and her hubby JJ took me, Angel, Paula and Dawn's pal Gerry out for a fab Italian meal. It was good to see Dawn relax after such a busy week at QVC and manic weekend; even though we all know she loves it and is so passionate about her craft, it was great to see her switch off for a bit.

JJ & Dawn at home On Monday we got a guided tour of the area by JJ while Dawn packed for Tuesday's QVC show. After a lovely lunch in the village we were lucky enough to visit Dawn's home and got to meet the famous Lucy, Arnie and Charlie (the dogs) and Presley and Freddy (the goats!). Then it was a late night journey back to Battersea so Dawn could get ready for the next day and I could launch the Czech cooker TSV.

It was a wonderful weekend and I do hope you enjoy the photos – and if any of the lovely ladies I met are reading this, then big hugs!

One final thing – I'll be showing you the cards I made at the workshop on the next craft show I present – I think you're going to be impressed! And do please get in touch, just post your reply in the Comments box below.

Much love,
Craig. x.


  1. Lynda Squire December 2, 2009 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    What a excellent review of the weekend. Yes Dawn did give us all the works and I am glad to hear that she relaxed on Sunday evening, I was in bed by 9pm.
    It was wonderful to meet you and have a cuddle while our photo was taken for Crafts Beautiful I wonder if we will make the next edition???
    It was nice to meet you Craig you put a lot into the weekend, for which I sure we are all grateful.
    ps Dawns family are truely the BEST

  2. Denise Bloom December 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    it was a great weekend and hope to be at the next one. it was lovely to meet you.
    looking forward to seeing your cards when your next with Dawn.
    I am the plaster cast Train Driver lol. I am just starting to craft again now plaster is off but having alot of physio.
    Hope to meet you again.Take care
    Love Denise

  3. Nicola Harforth December 12, 2009 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    We had a really good weekend, but didn’t Dawn keep us busy!
    It was lovely to meet you and Angel and I hope that we’ll be able to meet up on the next weekend and make some more cards together. I hope Angel keeps up with her crafting.
    Thanks for your company on Saturday afternoon and look forward to meeting up with you again.
    Have a good Christmas

  4. Melanie Marsh January 14, 2010 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    I had such a wonderful weekend. I learnt so much, and met so many wonderful people. I will definatly be signing up for the next one! Craig, you were such fun, and it’s nice to see that you are as bubbly, and as nice in person, as you are on screen! Please give Angel a hug from me, and tell her to keep on crafting. I hope we’ll see you at one of Dawn’s events again.
    Happy New Year
    Love Melanie

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