Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Dallas Crafter's Marathon

Last weekend was a busy weekend, even though all I did was scrap!  Yes, I was lucky enough to be able to spend almost two whole days scrapping with good friends, in a great space that is (so awesome!) only 10 minutes from home.  10.  Minutes.  That just totally rocks my socks off, and the bonus that I got to spend time with my awesome scrappy friends?  Even more rockin', let me tell you.  :D

This is the first crop that I've gone to with this group - it's a local group named the Dallas Crafter's Marathon, and can be found on Meetup.com.  They rent a great space in Plano from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and just craft to their heart's content.  Each crafter gets their own six foot table (exactly like the one I have at home, which was nice) so that she (or he) can spread out as much or as little as possible.  I went to scrapbook, but there were several people knitting, crocheting and doing other crafts and it was a nice mix.

This is the front door, so you knew you were in the right place:
Just wait until you see the inside - this is the front room:
The second room:
See what I mean?  The rooms are huge so you're not stepping on someone every time you want to get up and wander around; the lighting is great, so much so that you almost don't need additional light (although it did help a bit as the day drew on); there are outlets near every table so you can plug in a power strip or extension cord.  Our hostess, Donna, was amazing, and really made this fun - there were great door prizes given away every couple of hours (no, I didn't win anything, I only win if there's a bottle of wine involved because I don't drink wine. It just never fails that if there's a wine giveaway, I'm going to win it, but I still just won't drink it), she answered every question we had, there were vendors there all weekend (with no pressure to buy at all), and she was crafting too!  Take a look at this loveliness:
She's working on an altered book project, and I just thought the pile of flowers was really pretty.  Here's a peek at her book:
Here's my little home for the weekend:
And of course, a naked baby:
Because it's just not a crop unless there is a naked baby doll staring at you the whole time.  ;)

I liked it so much that I stayed later than I expected to each night (Friday and Saturday), finished six pages (three double page layouts) and finally completed my daughter's second year album.  It really was a great weekend! There are a lot of restaurants very close, a 7-11 just outside, and Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Joann's right down the road (Target and Walmart are also very close, just in case you've got a major urge to shop). The facility is looking into adding WiFi very soon, which will be another bonus, but this is really an amazing place to crop.

So if you're looking for space to craft and make some new crafty friends, check out the Dallas Crafter's Marathon on Meetup.com. There are two crops in March, both of which are free; the second one is scheduled for the last weekend of the month and has already been filled with a waiting list, BUT Donna mentioned the owner is adding more tables so spaces will open up (as well as people do have conflicts arise and are unable to make it, so spots open that way as well).  The cost for March is free; the usual charge for the crop is $25, which is actually quite a bargain for a two day crop.  The hours of the crop are Friday night, 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - well worth the cost for the space, the location and the company!  :)  Hope to see you soon!