Sunday, 19 October 2014

Prepping ......

I'm prepping for my next Beginners Craft Workshop on Saturday 25th October.
This time, inspired by Textile Artist Marna Lunt, I'm introducing vintage linens.
I've stocked up on buttons and hoops are at the ready.



Friday, 10 October 2014

Old books recycled

Inspiration for this came from a talented friend Brenda. 
Here's one with a ball of string as a centre piece.
And one with an old watch.









Sunday, 5 October 2014

Vintage Finds

We had a lovely time at the Vintage Fair at the historic Victoria Baths, Manchester 

We couldn't resist this lovely stand and dishes.  I will be serving a fresh mixed fruit salad with meringue in it later.  Such a wonderful piece and only £9.
This oil painting purchased for £10 now has a new home in our hallway next to our antique mirror.
This little embroidered piece was stitched in 1930 and the saying is still true today.
"To a friend's house the road is never long"




Saturday, 13 September 2014

Message on a Bobbin


What a wonderful day we had on my Crafting For Beginners workshop today.
Using a wooden bobbin,
Patterned papers,
florist wire and buttons
my lovely ladies produced these





Monday, 8 September 2014

Afternoon Tea on a Bus !!!

Yes, that's what I said and lovely it was as well.
The tour round London lasted one hour 30 minutes and our plates and cups were replenished throughout the journey.
We saw some odd sights and lots of fabulous ones and like all the things we've done on our trip would love to go and do them all again.
To mark our 25th wedding anniversary we bought six silver cake forks and a silver cheese knife from the secondhand market at Covent Garden and funny enough they totalled £25.
Time for more cake I think vicar !!! 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Dazzle Ships

Some people may remember me drawing this ship as part of an art challenge that gave us the word Dazzle as a theme.
When I researched it I found that Dazzle ships were used in the war to confuse the enemy as to their exact position.
Imagine my surprise to come across one for real when I was walking along the Thames Embankment, London while on holiday.
It was part of an exhibition and looked quite magnificent.

Happy Times In London

Giggling on the London Eye. Don't miss the free 4D film if you go there.
Then off to Madame Tussaud's.
Philip being flirty with Nicole Kidman.
And I'm with the Beckhams.  It's like being at a big party.  We had a fantastic afternoon posing with sports people, royalty, superheroes, actors, people from times gone by and taking a black cab ride through London through the ages.  
I forgot to mention the walk through the SCREAM horror chamber and the mind blowing 4D superheroes film.  You really felt like you were being splashed with water, that you were in a wind tunnel and being jabbed in the back.  Can't you tell I was a little excited.  We both said we could have gone back round it all again 
Finished off with yummy cakes in Patisserie Valerie.