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I’m a little late in posting this but it’s been a busy month. So last month, I was very kindly invited to go along to the Viking Arty Party, held at the gorgeous, King Street Townhouse. Anyone who knows me is aware of what an obsessive stationery lover I am so this was right up my alley.

A couple of my blogging pals were also there, Lisa from That British Betty and Donna from Polkadot Pink, so it was lovely to have a few friendly faces there as going to these things can be a little daunting. My nerves did not last long at all though, when I arrived I was greeted by lots of friendly, smiling faces, offering me sweets and coffee… I was in heaven before we’d even got started.

Once everyone had arrived, we we assigned to groups and started with the first activity… Calligraphy! My favourite! We were given the tutorial by Joyce from Artsynibs. I’ve been following her work for a while so it was so nice to finally meet her in person. She was so helpful, she’d created workbooks and showed us the best way to hold the pen and even the right posture to have. It’s SOOO much more than just writing. I don’t think I did too badly though, my writing was a little shakey but with a little practise I think I’ll be able to get pretty good at it.

Next up was notebook customisation with Chloe from The Crafty Hen. This was fun, but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the other activities… too many late nights backing my daughters school books. I still really enjoyed it. We got given an A4 exercise book and had to choose from all these lovely papers and washi tapes. I went with pink and gold stripes for my book which didn’t look too bad but after looking at some of the others I did get a touch of compasrisonitis. Everyones books looked so lovely!

Lastly, we got to try our hands at block printing. This was so much fun! This time with Stacey, also from the Crafty Hen. After a tutorial on how to carve our own rubber stamps it was time to get stuck in. It took me a while to think of a design to decorate my magazine box with but after a bit of thinking I decided on a wave pattern. It was approaching the end of the day so I was trying not to overthink everything. I’m pretty pleased with how it all turned out though.

A MASSIVE THANKS and shout out to Viking Direct and their marketing team for the invite. You can read their post from the day HERE. I had a wonderful day and really enjoyed mingling with other crafty bloggers. Also, thanks to their photographer, Matt, for taking some awesome photos of the day too. Thank you also for my lovely goodie bag which I’ve had so much fun with since the event.