Thursday, 19 July 2018

500 Years In The Making


Little Morton Hall

Built in 1504 and still standing, I love this place.

So many hand made glass "quarries" in this place it literally sparkles in the sunlight.

It even has a moat.

This is one of the coolest National Trust properties that we have visited.

Its only a few miles from Congleton in Cheshire.

This place is so quirky and must have the most uneven wooden floor I have ever seen.

Its even more uneven than my new shed floor

If you get a chance you need to check this place out.





Thanks for looking
John & Heather


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Biddulph Grange Gardens


Out And About Again

The National trust membership has been getting a bit of a bashing lately.

This weekend we have been to a couple of places 

Firstly we went to Biddulph Grange Gardens in Staffordshire

I suppose you could say it is a bit of a Victorian Folly.

It is in fact quite a cool place with a Chinese section and an Egyptian section.

For any body who is a supporter of the National Trust, the membership is such good value for money especially if you have kids.

There is so much heritage on our doorsteps but you need to make the effort to go and check it out

whether you are into to gardens, or the history of the country.

It is just cool to be out and about and a privilege to have all this heritage available to us.






Thanks for looking
John & Heather xx

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Coughton court


Out And About

Last weekend was fantastic . 

Sunday saw us visit Coughton Court a great National trust property.

This place has an amazing garden and has ties to the Gunpowder plot.

If you've never been here, we would highly recommend it.

Check out their Ice cream and also the head in a bag ( reputedly that of Sir Walter Raleigh ).





Thanks for looking
John &Heather xx

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Powertex Newbies


More Garden Plaques



 Its always nice to meet and teach new people.

A new venue for me The Fabric Cabin in Ripley.

 They teach lots of different workshops here all fabric based.

We may even book on a couple ourselves just to have a play at something new.

The Garden plaque is a fantastic introduction to Powertex.

If you would like to try your hand at fabric sculpting I am sure there will be an instructor near you.

Remember all Powertex workshops are taught by accredited Powertex Instructors 

The Instructor should have their accreditation certificates on display.

Thanks for looking
John & Heather xx

Monday, 2 July 2018

A Special Occassion


A Touch Of Class

It is always nice to give someone  a bottle of wine or champagne as a gift.
So why not make your gift stand out by giving it a personal touch. Its easy with one of these lovely bespoke bottle cuffs and matching glass

This Powertex workshop taught at Craftstation, Kirkby in Ashfield was a complete success with every project turning out fab.

Like most workshops we teach, its the little tips and techniques that are invaluable for when you go away and have ago yourself.

All these projects were made with bronze Powertex liquid hardener, Powertex easy varnish and Powercolor pigment powders.











Thanks for looking 
John & Heather x



Monday, 4 June 2018

Pixie Village Phase 2 Construction


More New Builds On Pixie Lane

Another fantastic Powertex Pixie house workshop at Sewilicious, Sutton in Ashfield.

Only one week on from the last Pixie house workshop here and we are back again.

Once again every finished house is unique.

It was great to see some people returning as well as some new faces,

What a great bunch of ladies and all booked to come back to the next workshop.

If you haven't checked out Sewilicious they are on Outram Street, Sutton in Ashfield.

I have so many if these I am thinking of building a small village in the garden.

No doubt somebody will do it before me now lol.










No crafting can be done without Tea and Coffee.



Thanks for looking
Donald & Daisy xxx


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Six Of The Best

A Stick And  Head!!

This past bank holiday we had the pleasure of teaching 

a fantastic Powertex statue sculpting workshop

A lovely laid back workshop that produced 6 fantastic statues

5 of these were made using the Majhani head and one using the Carmen head.

It still always amazes that the "workshopees" although starting of with identical products 

turn out unique and stunning statues every time




Thanks for looking 
John & Heather xx



Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The Construction of Pixeville


More Pixie Houses!

Another fantastic Friday evening at Sewilicious with Jenny and her group.

The latest Powertex workshop offered by Heather and I

I taught a group of 8 while Heather taught a one to one

10 more pixie houses constructed on Friday evening 

A great workshop in a great venue.





They offer lots of workshops here why not check them out?



Thanks for looking
John & Heather xx

Monday, 14 May 2018

Shabby Victorian Iron


"Tarting It Up"

Something a little different for you today.

Heather recently picked up a couple of Victorian cast iron, Irons.

They were as you can imagine very old, very dirty and in need of a little TLC.

I think she has done a fab job by adding a bit of ( but not too much ) bling.

A base covering of Poppies decoupage paper and a few embellishments and hey presto what a transformation.




Thanks for looking
Bjorn & Bennie xx

Friday, 11 May 2018

Penny Pincher?


Skeleton In My Closet

I know we all have skeletons in our closets 

but I thought this one deserved to be brought out into the light.

Made out of cast iron this mechanical money box is cool.

As a kid we used to call these penny pinchers.

They came originally in lots and lots of designs.

Have you ever had one? or a variation.


Thanks for looking
Bill & Ted xx