Wednesday, 11 March 2020

A weekend with some gradely folk - woyww

This weekend  I ventured over the border into Yorkshire for a craft weekend at Anne Brooke’s Studio in Brighouse.

The very lovely and talented Emily Notman lead a Mixed Media workshop.  It was pretty full on but being with like minded folk and learning  new techniques meant the time sped by in the blink of an eye.

We started out by creating embellishments with air dry clay (available in places like The Works & The Range).  Then we painted up papers and fabrics with emulsion paints (tester pots),  did some marbling using shaving foam, inks and paint and some using water and inks.

Then lots of layering and stitching and building up textures.
I may frame my pieces separately or make them into one piece.  

It was super fun and I’ll show you the end results once I’ve finished.

Here’s some pieces other folk made 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

What’s on your Workdesk

I can put an appearance in this week as I’ve something to show at last.

For my friend John’s birthday I treated him to a glass mosaic workshop and went along with him.  

Cutting glass is not the easiest of task to perform so I tried to keep my design simple  by using glass beads and stringers (the long straw like pieces).  

Every piece has to be thoroughly cleaned before the adhesive is added and then put under a UV light to set.

John loved it but I was exhausted. I’m not good with instructions, needing to be told everything three times haha.

At least I finished it.  That’s my piece with the balloons or flower, whichever way you see it.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Roll on summer - woyww

As I’ve nothing to show you on my desk I thought you might like to see this beautiful stitched heart that I bought from very talented friend Carolyn Saxby in St. Ives.  Some of you may know her work.

I’ve propped it up on a shelf in the kitchen, next to a little air plant that I bought in Todmorden, the market town we visit a lot in Yorkshire.  The skirt came from a charity shop there.  See how I’ve matched my outfit with the heart haha !

We will need another trip over the border, as soon as all these storms have stopped, as Todmorden and nearby Hebden Bridge have been badly hit with flooding yet again.  So they will be needing everyone’s support to get them up and running again.

Hope everyone is safe and dry in their homes.  All I can say is thank goodness we live on top of a hill.  If we were flooded I’d be expecting to see Noah and his ark sailing by.

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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

A story within a story - woyww

I had a little secret last week that I couldn’t possibly disclose until it had slipped through the letterbox of the person I’d sent it to.

Well now it has so I can tell you that I made this little story tin for Mrs Bertimus.

It’s made with an old Proctors pastilles tin, bits and pieces Mrs Bertimus’s sent me and some things from my own stash.  I can report back that she liked it a lot.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Match that - woyww 555

No desk this week as I’m working on a piece that is a secret that I can’t reveal just yet. 

So for a change I thought I’d show you what I’ve been doing in my Narnia like wardrobe, still sticking with my theme of  DEEPER NOT WIDER.
Looking at what I already have and not looking outside of that.

The outfits  against the white wall are by a  British company called Cabbages & Roses and are mega expensive.
Even if I could afford them I could never justify spending that sort of money.

So what I’ve done is cobble together my own version  using my charity shop/vintage finds with the odd new piece thrown in (usually sale pieces).

How do you like the results ?
I’ll be back at the desk next week.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Let me tell you a story

Come in draw up a chair, I’ve a tale to tell you.

So I went to see Auntie Gladys this week, it’s her 88th birthday.  She loves hyacinth and dark chocolate.
Do you want to go out for lunch I asked.
No she replied I’ve got some cottage pie left over we can have that. You can have it with the shortbread and nuts left over from Christmas.

She said do you think I look 88.  No I replied,  you look a lot younger and fabulous.

I then went on to say that I would be 65 this year and will have to wait another year for my pension.

I couldn’t have made up her reply 

“Cows have a lot of flatulence you know with all the grass they eat”


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