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Monday, 14 May 2012

HSNW Port Sunlight Spring 2012

We spent last weekend up on the Wirral in Port Sunlight Village at the invitation of the lovely ladies from Happy Stampers North West. A very small committee of these ladies run an extraordinary event at the stunning Hulme Hall, twice a year, absolutely geared to addicted stampers - my spiritual home then really lol!

I got the chance to catch up all too briefly with Lesley and Judith but as this was a very busy show, we didn't get an opportunity to take photos during the day although the Headmaster did manage to catch me unawares first thing. It's those fabulous Pan Pastels that got me so absorbed ......

The Studio 490 Art School piece on the left of the demo desk will be shown in more detail on my blog here tomorrow if you want a gander.

Meantime, at most events we are so busy setting up and packing up there is very little time to explore the area we are visiting however, I was so taken with Port Sunlight last Autumn - when the heavens opened as the show closed - we decided we just had to make time to have a closer look around this time. Fortune (and the sun) shined on us....

As a maintained village the landscaping and the gardens are just beautiful, there are lots of places to visit including the museum and Lady Lever Art Gallery.

It is such a calm and peaceful place, even on a sunny Saturday evening in Spring, and I make no apologies for the next series of photographs, probably many more than you need to see, but it was such a striking and poignant memorial we were just blown away.

You can walk around the entire memorial which includes tableaux of each of the services together with representations of civilian suffering during wartime .


We stayed over on Saturday night to teach a workshop for 39 of the HSNW club members at another lovely venue on Sunday- no photos I'm afraid due to the effect of our 'just in time' management skills on our arrival lol - but we had a wonderful day. I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone, but especially Karen, Liz & Gloria who make this wonderful weekend happen TWICE each year, for their hospitality, their kind comments and all the lovely emails sitting in our inbox when we got in this morning. We are exhausted but it was sooo worth it.

Now, just before I let you escape, we had prepared 40 kits for this event and didn't have to use any of the bits in the 'spare' so we thought if you would like to leave us a comment to let us know you have been by, then we will ask Mr Random number generator to select one of you to win the spare kit which includes the stamps, block, brush, cardstock and cards we used on the day - worth almost £20.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop yesterday - a really great day and a wonderful opportunity to experiment and have a play with different techniques.

    Helen x

  2. I feel so enlightened now! It looks amazing and really great to see you demoing! Looking forward to a better peek at the Studio 490 piece! Thank you for sharing what looked like a fabulous time!

  3. I have never been to Port Sunlight but really want to now I've seen your gorgeous photos - and that memorial is so moving! Will come back to see the Wendy Vecchi piece tomorrow...

  4. Looks like you had a lovely time there, look forward to seeing your school creation on your blog. Keep up the good work and hope to come see your shop soon :) xx

  5. wow - looks like a fabby place - and somewhere to feed your creative appetite hun - thanks for the chance to win - biggest hugs. vic xx

  6. It was so nice to catch up with you and The Headmaster on Saturday Val. I'm glad it was busy for you and the ladies who organise this lovely show which is held in such a fabulous venue. You are right about Port Sunlight. it's definitely a special place. If I hadn't so far to drive to get myself and my friend home I would have given you a hand packing up. I'm very envious of the ladies of HSNW who got to enjoy your workshop on Sunday and I am sure you all had a wonderful time. Hope you get chance to take a bit of breather some time this week.

    Lesley Xx

  7. I found you after stopping by on Saturday at Happy Stampers and buying a couple of Chapel Road stamps so have been on a hunt for your on-line shop (will have to call back when you get the site fully running - at least it gives me more time to save up).
    Am now following so I don't miss ouot on any of your lovely samples.
    You are right about Port Sunlight, it is a beautiful place to visit, with a stunning war memorial and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Did anyone tell you that The Beatles played Hulme Hall where the festival was?

    Ann B

  8. My first visit to port sunlight on Sat, and my what a great day i had, will be going again in Sept, Thanks for showing us your wonderful ideas, and sharing your great stock with us, my purse had a real hit, bu worth every penny
    Tammy x

  9. What a beautiful place. Would love to visit. Glad that you were able to explore a little this time as it looks like you had a wonderful time there. See you soon.