I came back from Belgium on Tuesday, and saying its been manic at work will be a major understatement.
I had such a great time in Belgium although I did not do 2 things I had been looking forward to doing.
1) I did not go to Amsterdam. Complications complications. I had to go with my cousin, but she could not take time off work, so I was limited to Brussels and Antwerp.
2) I did not meet up with Santie as planned for our fabric shopping date. She unfortunately was not working in Antwerp last week, so no meet-up.
That did not stop me from going fabric shopping though. I managed to track down one fabric shop I found online called Maison Doree in Brussels. And it was really lovely. So many nice things to see, and touch. They had a wonderful jersey collection, but the price!!! I came out with 1.4 metres of a lovely fabric for €15...gasp!!! yes, I coughed up that much. and in my forgetfulness, I did not take a picture of the fabric. So I will have to do that at some point in time.
On Sunday, my cousin and I went to a flea market in Antwerp.Inspired by Molly, who always blogs about her wonderful finds, I persuaded my cousin to go bargain hunting with me. And what a trip it was.
First up, though not from the flea market, I got these two magazines. The first one, is in french, which is ok, since I read french, but the second one is in Dutch ( or Flemish??), so I have no idea how I will use that one. but no matter, if I can buy Japanesse craft books, then I can handle this too.
The french one, Tendances Couture, is really nice, and such a bargain because it only features Simplicity patterns. Imagine having to pay about €5 max for about 12 Simplicity patterns. I first saw this magazine when I went for Zoe's MMJ Brighton meet-up. Santie brought it along for the swap, and I was so confident I was the only one who could read French there, I kept my desire to have it quiet. Too quiet, and a tad late. Tilly, it turns out, lived in Paris for a while.....yes....she took the magazine. lol.
At the flea market, I bought 11 past issues of Burda for the grand sum of €2.40. Yeah!!! They were 20cents each. They are all in Dutch too.
A knitting bag with knitting needles inside for €2
A wooden bowl which I intend to use to block pill box hats with - 50cents
a cute little battery operated hand sewing machine for €1