Sunday, March 8, 2009

Craftfest or Tattoo Expo - decisions, decisions!

So, what do you do when confronted with the following branches in the road – turn right for Craftfest 2009, or go straight on for the Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo? That was the dilemma when we went to Olympic Park on the weekend.

Considering we made the trip specifically to visit Craftfest, it would have been wrong to not go in. I am a fan of most craft fairs although I prefer a paper crafts focus rather than, say, quilting. The Craftfest one had a bit of everything, including beads (lots), sewing machines, folky arts and crafts, and stuff I wouldn’t know what to do with. Fortunately, it also had some favourite stamping and scrapbooking places where I stocked up.

I particularly like the cupcake stamps and the new Versamark Dazzle ink pad.

There were a couple of people at Craftfest who looked distinctly out of place. Maybe they mistook the pergamano paper piercing stand for ‘body piercing’. We did not have time to check out the Tattoo expo after all, but walking past the hall it was in, you would not find a greater contrast to the crowd at Craftfest. That and the band that was rocking inside (loud!) and the motorbikes parked out the front.
Next on the agenda is the Craft and Quilt Fair at Darling Harbour in August. Perhaps they should have the speedboat and sport fishing enthusiast’s expo next door, to keep things interesting.


  1. Theres a big difference between the two lol

  2. I think I would've picked the Craft Expo, or tried to squeeze in a trip to both, for interests sake! :D

  3. Hee hee yeah take a gander at both! I should have gone to check out the tatt expo hmmm

  4. I wonder if the tattoo people were having as much of a stare at the craft people. Perhaps it was a one way gawk.

  5. Errr, proooobably the Crafts Expo. Haha! Those cupcake stamps are awesome! Great catch!

  6. WOW i would have loved to go to the craft exhibition. Then again i've never really done any scrap-booking or anything cool like that =(

    I've always wanted to but its sooo darn expensiveee.. I never can find the time to cool artsy things =(

    awesome postssssss I shall be back ^_^

  7. hi Sally - is there a difference, I didn't really notice, LOL!

    hi Y - the craft show was worth it just for the free pink carry bag. I wanted to visit the tatt expo but was persuaded not to by bf (chicken!)

    hi FFichiban - I can just see you with a tattoo of a burger or something foody!

    hi Arwen - the tatt folk at the craft show actually looked quite sheepish and couldn't wait to get outa there...

    hi Jesse - I going to make some labels and tags with those stamps (and maybe some cupcakes to go with them?)

    hi Leona - thanks! I love your restaurant reviews - you do get to a lot of places!

  8. i was at the craft & quilt fair in um 2007!

    must keep an eye out for the next craftfest..

    i find that theres HEAPS of stuff i'd want to buy (but when i really think about it, i wont really use hehe)

  9. hi Betty - I know the feeling, I'd say 85% of the stuff I buy is not used. See you at the next Craft show?