Sunday, 20 September 2009

Inking Day

Saturday was my discovering inks course, I am afraid I wasn't my normal self, but hopefully everyone enjoyed it anyway.

One section we covered was pigment inks. One feature of pigment inks is their slower drying time, giving you more time to play I mean work.

Here is a an image I stamped yesterday with a red pigment ink on the torn heart palette stamp ( due out very soon) and a used the mack roses background stamp to take some ink off, using the "kissing" technique. I enjoy this so much I might try and sort out a Kissing play session. A whole morning of playing with palette stamps and backgrounds...hmmm sounds like fun.

Anyone going to Alexandra Palace at the weekend please stop by and check out this beauty in the flesh!


Friday, 18 September 2009

Open Day

I am busy this week working on samples for the Alexandra Palace show next weekend. I do have to take some time out to prepare for tomorrows Inks class, the class lasts all day so I will need lots of different materials and inks and I must remember to print of the notes this time! Anyway popped on here to remind everyone about the next open day at the studio.

We have a new tenant at Calf House Studios who teaches watercolour and his work is great. Tracey from Craftworx and and I will both have open studios on 9th and 11th October 10am to 3pm. We will have class lists available on the day and indeed it is when I launch my next set of classes. We do have a few spaces left on the remaining courses from this time so if you fancy getting your hands dirty and have a great time with our stamps email me for details

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Early Start

Well it is early morning here and I am up early doing last minute jobs ready for the drive down to Peterborough. This is only my fourth show and although somethings are getting easier, there is always something new to learn every show. At least now I know that everyone we have met so far at Ideal World, has been very normal and easy to get on with, and I look forward to meeting even more of them as we work with yet another presenter. Each time we have had a different floor manager and producer too.

If you get chance to watch Channel 36 at noon today give me a wave and shout at the screen, or beter still email in or even phone!!


Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Needing help

I don't hide the fact I find it hard to ask for and accept help, I guess many people do. I have to say how grateful I am for all the help and support since my last blog entry.
Bob you will be pleased to know gets better every day, it just a slow process. This morning we managed to go for a short walk with out me needing to put him the car just to get down the drive and to the first footpath.!! made me feel good anyway.
Martin and I survived the Harrogate show. It was great to meet some people who had bought off the Internet or Create and Craft. So thank you for taking the time to stop by and chat. The next TV show is tomorrow Wednesday 16th at 12 noon. So today I have to sort out the demos and pack the samples etc. Then I am teaching the Discovering Inks course on Saturday which is always lots of fun but requires a bit of preparation. Next week is busy with "business stuff" and then Martin and I are escape down to Alexandra Palace for the next show. Elaine will be with us on Saturday so if you enjoy her designs and her great samples pop by the stand (18) to say hello to her. She has sent some lovely samples again for this next show. But then have so many other people. We are bring our "build your own poinsettia" to the show along side some new stamps in a sensational offer bundle. But the Build your own set inspires everyone and they all seem to give it their own twist. So Thank you to Elisa, Sharon and Pauline too.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

so what has been happening?

I haven't blogged for a while for the simple reason my life has been on a roller coaster ride and I didn't want to drag everyone along on it.
I have shared the ups and downs of the last two weeks with a few close friends and I must just take the time to thank them for being there and supporting me. Two weeks ago today I was stood on the Beverley Westwood enjoying a few quiet moments waiting to meet up with Danny and thinking now things are moving!
Danny works for Pentel and was coming to collect the last of the contents of the old warehouse, and in his car we talked about products we could work together on and how excited I was with new techniques I had been trying with their products. It was a lovely sunny day. Once Daniel had taken these last few items I could focus on my holiday, a couple of days away from home in the caravan with Martins family. Over the weekend we had some problems with getting the caravan ready but Martin had organised someone who could fix that so after seeing Daniel we taking the caravan to them to be fixed. Ben was at home working his way through a short lists of jobs, the first of which was take Bob , our dog a good walk so he would be settled whilst we were moving the caravan.
Then a got a phone call from Ben, Bob had been hit by a car and he was at the vets. When we got to the vets Ben was outside looking decidedly sick, he T shirt had tell tale signs of Bobs blood. The car driver had taken them both to the vets and then had to be collected himself. I am so grateful to him for all he did for Bob and Ben.
We had a long wait back home whilst they got Bob stable enough to X ray and discover he had a fractured pelvis and a fairly serious rupture. Paul the vet, spent several hours putting Bob back together again. The rest of the two weeks have been filled with my heart sinking each time the phone rings and long visits to the dog ward at the hospital, I mean what do you talk about? Our holiday was cancelled but that was the least of our worries. We also had to help Ben cope with collecting his GSCE results, which had a few surprises both good and not so good.
But today we are two weeks further on Bob is home on strict cage rest ( I am not sure he understands that!) Ben has his timetable for sixth form and my brain is still mush!
so if anyone has been waiting to hear from me I can only apologise and if you are someone I have actually spoken to and didn't make sense then please forgive, I am just not sure how long it is going to take.
Back on the work front we are off to Harrogate the weekend and we should fingers crossed have new stamps with us.
See you there, please stop by and say hello.