lovely ‘crafternoon’ at Liberty

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Back at the beginning of November I had the pleasure of being invited to spend a lovely afternoon at Liberty in London for ‘Styling the Seasons’. I have been super keen to tell you about it, as I really had such a lovely day.

Liberty, to me, is the mother of all department stores.  As someone who is a bit besotted with all things fabric-shaped, a visit to the home of the famed, and swoon worthy liberty print fabric was a must. It was smack-bang in the middle of moving madness, but it was such a treat to take the day for myself to go and do something creative.

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Everything about Liberty sings class and style, from its beautiful building, to the reams of gorgeous things that fill up its shelves. The window displays were a delight to the eyes; so beautifully styled, with lots of pattern, colour and texture. I had a good peruse around the store first, with the lovely Sarah-Lou from Lapinblu. We both shuffled about, wide eyed, ooh-ing and ahh-ing for a while.

There is something rather magical about visiting a department store, particularly in the run up to Christmas. It’s the displays and decorations, the way things are beautifully gift wrapped. Mostly though it’s the bustle of people, all busy looking for a present. A collective group, all thinking about someone they love, and what they’d like to open on Christmas morning.

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After our little browse, I was then lucky enough to spend a delightful ‘crafternoon’ in the Heritage suite with some other lovely bloggers and makers. We had been tasked to make some christmas decorations using liberty print fabric. There was also to be lots of tea and cake! Sounds pretty perfect don’t you think?

I had never seen such a happy, content bunch of Women. We were in our element, cutting and chatting, sticking and sewing.

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A BIG thank you to Katy from Apartment Apothecary, Charlotte from Lotts and Lots, and the team at Liberty for organising and hosting. Also a thank you to The Homemakery for providing some fun bits to play with alongside the gorgeous Liberty print fabric.

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The wonderful photographer Katharine Peachey was there to capture the day, and these photos were taken by her. Do have a look at her site, even in this digital age she loves to shoot on film. Thank you Katharine, it was so nice to get lost in the sewing and chatting, safe in the knowledge you were taking lots of lovely photos of the event.

I will share what I made later in the month in my December #stylingtheseasons post. Christmas doesn’t start too early in our house, so my lovely husband gets to feel well birthday’d before we launch ourselves into all things tinseled.

Check out what the other bloggers and makers made at Betty and Walter – Circle of Pine Trees – Daisy FayGrowing Spaces – Hannah in the House – Lapin Blu – Littlegreenshed – Lobster and Swan – Made By Molu – The Only Place – The Planned Adventure  –  Something I Made – The Villa on Mount Pleasant

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  • What a perfect way to spend the afternoon. I love Liberty’s and must get up to London to walk around the store. It’s so inspiring. You’re one lucky lady!
    Georgie x

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Thanks Georgie 🙂 Yes it was really very inspiring. X

  • Jealous! I love Liberty, took my sister there last year when they were over from Australia. How did you wangle an invite to that then (she asked, casually) 😉

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Katy & Charlotte invited the bloggers who helped them launch #stylingtheseasons as a thank you. You can join in too 🙂 Read my October post on it (link in blog) which explains about how it works – it’s such lovely idea I think. Maybe there will be more get togethers in the future 🙂

  • I was so disappointed that I couldn’t make it, it looks like such an enjoyable afternoon. Looking forward to seeing your makes. We don’t start Christmas too early either, as I’m a December birthday too! X

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Thanks Emma, am looking forward to getting a bit Christmassy now… don’t want to peak too early. Happy Birthday for when the day comes 🙂 Xx

  • What a lovely, lovely post and I can not wait to see your makes! Xxx

    • geoffreyandgrace

      Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s too. Especially your lovely hand stitched stuffed bird X