Didn't get to go to the NEC, but DH had booked a day off of work and arranged for the kids to be taken care of by my Mum. Why? Because he's been working away so much recently he figured that it would be nice to take me out and treat me to a day of my choice (Birmingham was still a no go though! Boo hiss!!).
I didn't have a clue where I wanted to go or what I wanted do (other than visit the Papermill), so he suggested that I looked to see where abouts other than Ashford we could go. The store locator showed there was one in Chatham. As we hadn't ever been to Chatham, we decided that we'd head for there and if it wasn't very good that we'd either go to Lakeside or Ashford. I then remembered that Oyster Stamps was also in Kent and after a quick address check we discovered that it was very close to Chatham. So I ended up visiting Oyster Stamps, Chatham Dockside Outlet and then Ashford's McArthur Glenn Designer Outlet. Spent heaps more than I intended, but now have some lovely stash and won't have to trawl the internet for freebie papers. This may or may not speed up my card making - I think that I'm not naturally one of the most talented card makers there are ;0)
I also got a big pile of gorgeous papers which I haven't pictured and I've also included my Basic Grey Archiac Stamps that I received this morningfrom the Craft Superstore: