Monday, 19 February 2018


Where is John ???

Did you notice there has been no post so far this week?

John is away at the Stitches Trade Show in Birmingham this week.  I am sure he will have lots to tell you about all the new products that have been launched, so check back in a few days to find out how it all went.

If you are at the show, pop over and see him at the "That's Crafty" stand and say hi to John, Graham and Laura and see all the lovely products.

Powertex UK HQ are at the show too, so pop over there too and check out the fab display.

Ta Ta for now.....

Maverick & Charlie 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Megger Industrial Assemblage Lamp


Its no secret that I like all things vintage and industrial.

So when I ambled across this lovely old wooden cased Electrical testing set there was no doubt in my mind that it was going to be re-purposed.

The look of it lends itself to the base of a great industrial lamp base.

This piece weighs a tonne so the first thing to do was to deconstruct it.

Oh what treasure was waiting for me inside ( when I eventually got in ).

They will be used on a future project.

After removing the excess elements I put back the bits I wanted to keep.

And that's where I am up to now.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

"Sneaky Peekers"

"Repoussic Shrine"

Okay, I know there is no such word but I like the sound of it, so it has just become part of my vocabulary. Remember you heard it here first.

This is a little sneaky peek at a workshop I am developing at the moment.

Surprisingly this is all aluminium I haven't put any Pewter at all on here yet.

I just love the texture and the fact that the metal is so forgiving.

I will put more pictures on as the piece develops.

If you think you might like to do this as a workshop please feel free to contact me and we will see if we can arrange something.

Thanks for looking
Paul &Art xxx

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Thin and Thick

The Art of Embossing Metal

One of my favourite crafts of all, I love the art of repousse.

Repousse is the art of stretching and refining in metal either manually or mechanically to create a textured piece.
On these technique samplers we used six different techniques, creating a reference for any future project.

I gave the ladies at PDA the option to either colour their piece using Alcohol inks or to use a black acrylic wash ( this gives a patina effect to the pewter centre piece.

Check out the pictures I think they turned out rather good.

Thanks for looking
Bert & Ernie

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Footprints In My Heart


(A Labour of Love)

We finally got it finished!!

It has been a steep learning curve but I think we are all happy with the end result.

As ever it is nice to go through the processes and learn new skills and to see a finished piece evolve

I am a typical "Yorkshireman" so if I think I can do it myself then I will. 

Maybe that is being tight, but the reward of seeing something through far outweighs the financial benefits.

Don't get me wrong there was problems and obstacles to overcome every step of the way 

but isn't this what makes the end result rewarding? And doesn't that just sum up life?

I suppose this little homage to our granddaughter is a little metaphor for life.

"Learn new skills, make mistakes and evolve"

This year is going to see lots of changes, I am sure that most of them will be for the best and I know

for a fact I will make mistakes and have regrets.

But it is better to walk your own path and learn from your own mistakes than to follow blindly and lack identity 

Thanks for looking
Eric and Ernie xxx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Love Tokens 2018

In Honour of Saint Valentine

Monday is my day off and today I have been making little tokens of love.

They are not for my beloved wife, but to sell in the studio.

Its nice to receive a card but from my experience a decent card cost between £6-£10

Yes they certainly know how to take advantage of us.

So I thought I would make these up to sell in the studio.

They cost just a little over the cost of a decent card and each one is unique.

These 2 are roughly 5" x 7"

A couple have sold already

thanks for looking

Lady & the tramp xx

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Its Been A While

That's Crafty Demonstration at Coleman's Warehouse , Rushden.

Well its been a while since I did a craft demo.

This one was representing That's Crafty.

It was a great day meeting lots of new people and meeting up with a couple of old friends.

This is a really cool place and the staff are both friendly and knowledgeable.

If you haven't been here before and you are in the area I seriously advise you check them out.

The first Saturday of every month is demo day with loads of demonstrations going on.

Note to self :- need more samples.

Here are a few of the finished samples and a few works in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Thanks for taking a look
Donald & Daisy xxx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

"Trio Perfecto"

Sisters of Mercy

I never grow old of teaching this workshop,

whether it be to a group of 12 or to a single individual.

The transformation from block and dowel to elegant lady is mesmerising.

Yesterday I had the pleasure to do a private workshop for to lovely ladies.

and these are the finished masterpieces.

The one to the left and the one to the right belong to the clients.

They are fab.

Thanks for looking
Perseus & Andromeda

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Studio or Mancave??

Moving Along Nicely

Things have moved along quite a bit since we took on the unit.

As you can see from being a hollow shell its not looking quite homely and its a lovely space to work in.

This is what we had to start with, not even a door lol.

I managed to source and hang a cheap but good quality door.
and then move in the contents of one of our storage units.

Getting it slowly looking how we want it feedback has ben great.

Its only a small unit but we have managed to cram quite a bit of stuff in there.

And the Powertex display is looking quite impressive.

What I ultimately wanted was a comfortable space to work in and teach and maybe make a few sales as a bonus.

Thanks for looking
Cagney & Lacey

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Studio Progression

Studio Progression

Just a few pictures to show what is happening and what I have been up to today

 When we moved into the unit there was technically no door on,

the last few days have been tied up moving stuff in cleaning and putting in a door and frame. 

All the Rosie Mcstone range of metal embellishments are bagged and priced.

I have been working on setting up the Powertex corner today and getting samples out .

Rosie Mcstone embellishments and stamps

Work going on in "Powertex Corner".

Today the rest of the Grid wall kit is being delivered and the new heater " I can't wait.

Tomorrow I will put some photos up of the vintage/retro side as it evolves.

Thanks for looking

Marc & Cleo xx