Sunday, March 22, 2009

A few things

Hia all I am so sorry I have been away for so long. I am at that busy point in the year marking and shouting at kids to chivy them into some GCSE's. I say it every year but they are getting worse. All I do is chase like a headless thing and they act like they have all year. All teachers in agreement say aye!
Anyway, I have been working but slow and steady! The calendar girls pic for Febuary was chosen by Sandy and was a unicorn surrounded by bubbles. I decided to work with the texture of the bubbles and stitiched kunin felt to the background and zapped it to pull up the cotton calico. I then painted it with gesso and acrylics. I then beaded. I am pleased how it turned out.
This is an ATC I made for a purple and mustard swap on my group TC. I wanted to do a stuffed piece. I think this is not as successful as what was in my head but that is probably as I was so pushed for time.

Finally my finished piece from Lynda's workshop. I added punched out copper mesh that I annealed and beaded with tiny sed beads.

This is the inside - this is a reversable design.

and this is the outside with the amazing texture Lynda taught us!

I had such a great day and was so pleased to get my piece done, it is such eye candy! I have another started and when the easter holidays arrive I will be working on my next one.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Purple Missus - workshop wonderwoman!!!!

These lovelies are what we did with Lynda today on our workshop. The workshop was called "Encrusted Blades". Lynda was awesome and taught us so well. She of course does not believe this but she was so brilliant, so giving of her time, resources and ideas. I can not tell you how much. She was so organised, it was mega! We worked backwards starting on pieces tat she had already worked for us all - way above and beyond the call of duty.

Here are my pieces that I painted but Lynda stitched. She was so thoughtful and brought all MY colours! (Thanks you Lynda for my goody bag too, she brought me a bag of turquoise treasures!)
Aren't they just scrumptious. I can't explain how wonderful it was to hold these pieces in your hands, the textures and tones are just so yummy, the camera does them justice but nowhere near as good as in real life. Inside there were hidden treasures. For this we painted tyvek paper, here are mine.
Inside were these amazing little books that Lynda showed us how to fold. They are great for holding little lucks!
Then we moved back to the beginning and we stitched the layers to form the textured scrummy base. I learnt so much bout finishing and making work that special quality Lynda has. I know she thinks she didn't teach me anything, but truely you did Lynda. Here are my stitched pieces. Ready to blast and burn, and start the next piece. I am so excited to work on these, I will be making time!
As soon as i have finished one I will post about it, we had a packed day and got a long way on finishing one, but not quite. Now DRUM ROLL I forgot my camera, but managed to get one from Sandra and despite Lynda being the shyest ever - Here we are!!!!
A fabulous day and a wonderful workshop - if this is a taste of the book then Rush out, no run out and get it, it will be SUPERB!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Guess what I am doing tomorrow????

First of all sorry for a post with no pics but guess what I am doing tomorrow???? I am having a workshop with............



I have been friends with Lynda for a hile and am so excited I might actualy meet her tonight for a drink and a chat and then tomorrow I am going to bask in her glow! I promise ( well will try hard to get a picture as we all know Lynda is camera shy!) to try and get a pic of us both and learn from my mistake with Susan! Can't wait.... see you tomorrow night for the full run down!

Saturday, March 07, 2009


In my side bar you will find this link, to Bags of I got this huge print of Ellie, it is lovely quality. They sell lots of other products, so go take a look. Wonderful items you can personalise. I have no connection to this company but had to share the link as it is such good quality.


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Found one - see witches hat!

My mother found one of me in my costume! Not the same costume as Ellie as I am abut 8/9 here! Look at that early eighties pre-straightners hair do!!!!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus

Hia all, and a happy St. David's day to you all. Had to show you my little lovely in her traditional

costume, it may be one of the last times I get her in it! Most o this costume was mine and has been worn by me and my 3 sisiters before Ellie. My Mum sure built it to last! It is getting uncool already which is sad, I may squeeze a few more years out who knows! Did you know that the betsgwn ( jacket that folds back and ties at the back) is credited with the invention of the pocket, how cool is that!!!!! Ellie has gone for the cocle hat traditional to our area, I had to wear the pointy witch like version - my mum was cruel, I so wanted a bonnet! Have a great week, great March all.