A few months ago, I was part of a small crew of friendly bloggers attending a creative workshop organised by Tots100 near Borough Market.
I was not sure what to expect to be honest, and I was worried I might be made to draw (cringe) or paint (even worse). When I got to the re-creation London, all traces of apprehension disappeared as if by magic.
The place I walked in was my dream creative space. If I had to pin craft room ideas, the light, cosy yet spacious space I ended up in would have been just that.
Everything was organised with more precision than I could ever dream of, and they certainly have colour-coding down to a fine art there.
An area featured pure white ornaments ready to be painted and organised in shelves.
Another wall was covered from top to bottom in repurposed wooden shelves from an old post office.
There were beads.
There were ribbons, felt and wool.
There was card.
There were paints.
Papier mâché animals were displayed at the top of the stairs leading to the library,
a room full of book and creative ideas for us to browse at our leisure.
The obsessively organised part of me revelled in seeing the textures organised together, the beads meticulously arranged by shape and by colour, the white stag’s head giving the creative space a quirky touch.
We had the choice between making a mug, a bag or a bracelet. I love crafts, but I also struggle to get the creative juices flowing when under pressure (or in front of an audience). I like to think of what to do for ages and take my time to decide what to do. I quite simply could not get started, and when I did, I was not happy with what I was doing. Then I had an epiphany: I would make a thumbprint art mug.
We also had a gorgeous mezze for lunch.
Before I left, I bought vouchers for Jumpy’s best friend’s birthday so the girls could have a creative afternoon together. I did not write about the craft room before because I wanted to keep it all a secret. We spent the afternoon there yesterday and had a fantastic time. The girls started by painting a unicorn and a dinosaur, as you do when you are 3, and made bracelets.
Here is where you can find this great place if you ever fancy a fun day out:
82 Redcross Way
Find them on Twitter: @re_creationLDN
I was not asked to or compensated in any way for writing this post. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop I took part in and chatting with fellow creative bloggers. Re-creation London really is “the creative space that sets your imagination free.”