Thursday, 13 April 2017

Ministry April 2017

Just got back from a fantastic weekend at Ministry of Mixology UK. This was our fifth event and probably our most successful yet - they seem to get better and better!

It was lovely to go this time as a visitor rather than a teacher, as I got to chat to lots more of the guests and see the workshops from the other side. There was also a lot more time for shenanigans!!!

We had 70 students attending and our tutors this time were Kate Crane and France Papillon, who both created gorgeous projects that everyone seemed to love.

They were joined as usual in the evening by our volunteer demonstrators - with seven 'make and takes' to choose from this time, from Mark Gould, Nikki Killinger, Dee Adams, Hannah Oxberry, Suz Humphreys, Di Oliver and my long-suffering daughter, Jade Trickett.

Mark's demo

Nikki's demo

MoM newbie Hannah's demo

Bag printing with Jade

Tags with Di Oliver

Di's chilled out demo

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Printed bags with Jade

Dee's demo

Suz's Demo (yes, she is dressed as a pirate!)

Big thanks go out again to our wonderful sponsors DecoArt, Tando Creative and Stampendous, and also to the associate sponsors who generously donated to our goody bags - Decoart, Artful Days, Kuretake, Country View Crafts, and Country Love Crafts and Tando Creative.

Our fabby goody bags! (Photo stolen from delegate Mel - thanks Mel)

And as usual the shop was stuffed full of goodies for your shopping pleasure!

And finally... did I mention shenanigans??? This MoM fell around the time of Jade's birthday so Craig (AKA Creg - ask Tracy Weinzapfel) and we did the dance of the sugar plum fairies for her entertainment (and no doubt embarrassment!).

If you'd like to join us for a future MoM all the details are on our website and why not join our Facebook group where you get heads up on tickets (it pays to be in the group, because this event sold out in 12 hours and the next one sold out in just 5 hours!)

Our next announcement will be for MoM USA so keep an eye out for that coming soon!


  1. Fab weekend - great projects, wonderful teachers. The November boys are going to have to work hard to outdo Kate and France :)

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  3. Great weekend, fantastic projects, it all just gets better and bettter. Looking forward to November 😊

  4. It was totes amazing! Fantastic art, wonderful teachers lovely delegates and a weekend of special memories. Suz xxxx

  5. Loved every minute! Fantastic tutors and amazing projects.

  6. Such a fab weekend - I'm usually a student, but this time I was a helper and got to talk to so many people and to mingle and watch the action! I agree with Nikki Acton ... this one will take some beating in November! Well done Kate Crane and France Papillon for being such lovely, talented tutors! Cx

  7. Fabulous weekend... And what can i say.... Laughed all weekend!

  8. What INCREDIBLE teachers in Kate/France and all the SUPER demo folks too - WOW - great line up. I have truly adored seeing all the photos from everyone and hearing about all the fun shenanigans. Best of all MOM is touching lives by encouraging the wonders of creativity and art. Thank you Andy for all you do to "make it happen" and for the shenanigans too!!! Xj.

  9. This looks amazing! FUN while making ART!! What a great combination. You make creating a challenge but a FUN challenge, Andy and the gang. So proud of all of you guys! Way to spread the love and creative process to so many people. I know they all had a blast and felt like they learned so much!

  10. Been to everyone and booked up for the next. Wouldn't miss it for the world x

  11. What a great blog post. Your fantastic photos really captured the essence of MofM. Thanks so much for asking me to be a part of this, I am incredibly proud to be a part of it! Well done to you and to Di, for having such great vision and for putting together such a great, friendly and inspiring event
    :-) P.S. But you are still a bit annoying bwahahahaha XX

  12. It really does look you all had great fun, wish I could have made it. Love the photos - you and Craig (worryingly) look fantastic as Sugar Plum fairies!! Anne xx


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