Thursday, 21 September 2017

Baby Avadrew update

Progress Report

Just thought I'd give you an update on the first Grand child.

As you can see she is doing well and coming on in leaps and bounds.

She had her first sleepover at the weekend and only dragged us round the car boot on Sunday before walking us around Rufford Abbey in the afternoon.

Thanks for looking
John & Heather x

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

What the devil.....old chap

I Say Old Boy

Well it seems that while I have been sourcing props/costume bits for my Steampunk outfit/costume, Heather feels the need to take pictures and post them on the blog?

Anyhoo, I picked this Victorian brown Derby up at a local car boot and incidentally the wire rimmed glasses also came from the same car boot just at a different time.

I quite like the sourcing process, although I'm not sure how much of a "twonk" I'll look when I've completed the look.

I suppose like any good steampunk costume I will have to make a few bespoke pieces?

Thanks for looking 
Stan Laurel x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Powertex Mushrooms Workshop

Right Conditions for Mushrooms??

It seems Crafty Moments in Market Weighton had the perfect conditions for growing Toadstools and mushrooms this week.

A lovely little group of 6 ladies made for an enjoyable half day of toadstool/mushroom building.

Using Powertex Ivory fabric hardener and Stone art powder each lady made a lovely mushroom/toadstool cap from Powertex clay.

Take no notice of the clown in the top left picture he always seems to show up .

Thanks for looking

John & Heather xx

Sunday, 10 September 2017

First World War Reminder

Time to Reflect

Sometimes when things aren't going entirely to plan its nice to take a minute just to reflect on what could have been.
Especially on this weeks anniversary of 9/11.

All those people went to work that day after making plans not only for the rest of that day but for the rest of their lives.

Not one of them would have thought on their way to work that day that they weren't going home at the end of the day.

We don't know what is going to happen a day, a week or a year from now.

I bought this postcard last week and I must admit on reading it I thought to myself  what do I have to complain about really? Compared to some, I have everything I want and  I am surrounded by people I love.

When times are rough think about the good things you have in your life. We seem to be so caught up in material things and have a live to work mentality.

If material possessions are more important to you than the people around you, them I am sorry I pity you and I hope you realise before its too late.

The picture below is a postcard from the trenches of the first world war to the sweetheart of a young man sent overseas to fight for his King and Country.

These were embroidered by the Belgium and French women and sold to the English and American forces to send home to their loved ones.

If you can read the postcard try and imagine what this young guy must have been thinking.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sleepy Center and Grumpy Glossop

What a Cheek!!

Heather has only gone and bought these for the van ?

Apparently I am always Grumpy ( how rude ) and I know she is always Sleepy.

 They sit nicely behind the head rests and look quite cool, 
but we are not and I repeat not having a sun visor that says Grumpy and Sleepy.

Thanks for looking 
Grumpy and Sleepy x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Heather Center Powertex Owl Lady

Owl 1 and Owl 2

I know, 2 owls. She has been at it again.

Heather has made a new owl. Both owls are made in roughly the same fashion.

Owl 1 is made predominately using stone art clay, while owl 2 is made predominately from Powertex  Bronze hardener and fabric.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Crafters companion workshop

Lovely Afternoon Crafting

A great Sunday afternoon with 4 people completely new to Powertex.

A lovely group of people and all the projects turned out fab, well done guys.

I hope I have inspired them to do more with Powertex.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Sutton on Trent Festival and Steampunk fair

Steampunk and Classic Cars

Another great weekend of fine classic cars.

Well we fell lucky with the weather yesterday, it was a glorious day in Sutton-on-Trent.

The weather was fantastic and so were the classic cars displayed.

I of course had to sample the local alcoholic beverage as well, surely for purposes of research.

There was some great Steampunk costumes on display as well and lots of Tea duelling.

All in all another fantastic day out.

Granny Tourisimo and the steampunk collective.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Ever Growing Garden Update

Its now getting smaller!!

Its been a while since I updated you on the "Ever Growing Garden".

I know its taken awhile but since I finished working for Creative Expressions I have been so busy with other projects and ventures.

Well. here goes, I finally got all the brush cleared and this weekend started putting the retainer/divider wall in.

Oh my has anybody put one of these thinks up before? they weigh a tonne.

By dividing the garden into two, it actually looks like its getting smaller now.

Lots and lots of hard work but I know it will be worth it.

Get all this finished then I can start thinking about a studio.

Thanks for looking
Heather & John

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Bank Holiday Autojumble

1950's Find

What a lovely Bank holiday weekend, What did you do?

We drove the 40 miles to Hinckley in Leicestershire to visit an auto jumble and classic car show.

Some absolutely stunning cars and bikes were on display. One of the best classic car shows I've been to and one of the cheapest at only £3.

The auto jumble was quite large as well and Heather managed to find this Picnic box from 1950,
complete and  original.

This will look great in "Priscilla" when she is finished. 

A small showing of some of the fab cars on display.

Thanks for looking hope you had a great weekend too.

John & Heather xx

Friday, 25 August 2017

Powertex Family Resemblance

Mother and Daughter

Hi all, I recently taught a workshop making wading birds from scratch.

Sometime students new to dimensional sculpting have difficulty with proportion and perspective. 
This could be for any combination of reasons.

So, when I made the sample for this workshop I did the project in 2 sizes, hence the mother and daughter.

I think it helped quite a bit. I find visual, tactile guides so much easier than written instructions.

so here they are mother and daughter wading birds.

Made using Basic materials and Powertex bronze fabric hardener.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look.
John & Heather

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Guglia Judgement day #2

Which is Worse?

Life is too short, have a little fun and don't be afraid to laugh at yourself, everyone else does!

Its that time of week again
Which is the worst Guglia/Fugly?

Heather bought me the one on the left a charming bit of modern folk art.
And I treat the lovely lady of my life to the repulsive little Tchothke on the right.

Which do you think is the worst??

Thanks for taking the time to look 
Have a great day 
John & Heather x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Powertex Wading Birds Workshop

All Flocking to Craftstation, Kirkby in Ashfield

Another great day using Powertex at Craftstation

Thanks to Helen for hosting another great day. This time we were sculpting wading birds, made completely from scratch.

I say wading birds because I like to let the ladies do their own interpretation of whatever I am teaching.

Although directed my workshops are far from regimented, which allows the ladies to express themselves.

These birds are around 18" before being mounted.

which makes them a nice sized garden ornament after they have finished their 3 weeks curing.

How fab do these birds look?

Thanks for looking.

John & Heather

Friday, 18 August 2017

Guglia comes to Glossopville

Curse of the "Guglia"

It is no great surprise that I like car boot sales and charity shops, I spend quite a lot of time at both.

On occasion I have been known to buy Heather a little present for her collection.

Well she knows now that if I say I have picked her up a present it is usually something special.

Well...... I have a talent for being mischievous and while on my travels I found this little gem. I know its disgusting hey?

So this is a "Guglia", an awful trinket/souvenir, the type of thing you would get in a seaside tat shop.

Of course things then escalate. So when we both went to the car boot last weekend and we'd finished looking we had an extra 10 minutes to find each other a "Guglia".

This is what Heather found for me.

How Gross!!

And I found Heather this lovely little wooden cat corkscrew, now apparently mine is useful so I lost this challenge ??

which do you think is the worst??

What will the "Guglia" gods throw up this week??

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Spiritus Intus Machina (a mixed media canvas)

A mixed Media Commission

Its always nice to get a commission, especially when the brief is "do what you do".

So the idea behind this piece is that no two machines are the same, they have strange little quirks and idiosyncrasies. In essence they have their own spirit.

Hence the title The spirit within the machine. 

I really enjoyed making this piece the main substrate is 6mm mdf. 

I have tried a new colour way on this starting with a black acrylic base, washed with micaceous iron oxide before dry brushing with Sennelier Burnt Sienna and cosmic shimmer Pacific Teal matt chalk paint.

The dimensional frame was constructed using Laser cut industry cogs from my Rosie McStone range.
These come in different styles and sizes.

The focal image uses my Laughing Skull stamp and matching acrylic tile, triple embossed and then painted and shaded , the Aztec style head dress is an recycled piece from a 1960's sun clock.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dr Glossop will see you now!!

"The Vitalator"

What a fantastic find. I love old interesting gadgets from the last century and this vintage medical appliance is no exception.

It is, The Vitalator. A medical aid utilising high frequency ultra violet light to alleviate, a myriad of ailments, allegedly. 

The attraction for me, is that it is partly made from Bakelite.

How cool that something made in 1938 containing glass attachments can survive?

If only this thing could speak what devilish tales would it tell.

You could buy a number of extra attachments for this device for all parts of the body.

I suppose I am a sucker for anything in a nice wooden box.

Thanks for looking. Do you have any interesting things like this?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mini Statue Workshop at Crafty Urchins, Cheadle

Elegant Mini Statues Workshop
with John Glossop
This has been our second visit to Crafty Urchins in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
A great little shop run by Sue Tighe. She is both friendly and knowledgeable and will do whatever she can to help you.
Todays workshop was an Elegant Mini Statue. A nice little half day workshop making a scaled down version of my full size Powertex statue.

All eight of these statues turned out fab as you can see from the pictures and all the ladies started off with exactly the same kit.

If you would like to do a workshop like this you can contact Sue at Crafty Urchins direct or drop me a message

thanks for taking the time to look 
John & Heather

Monday, 14 August 2017

Powertex visits Crafters Companion Chesterfield

Powertex Demo Chesterfield

What a fantastic day and thank you to everybody who turned up for a look.

It is quite a rare occurrence these days for me to actually do a demonstration and I must admit its not my forte.

The people who attended were lovely and so enthusiastic about the techniques I was demonstrating.

A big thank you to Heather for manning the shop and setting up the display I may be a little biased but it is the best Powertex display I have seen to date.

Our first workshop there will be in September.

Check out the pictures.
many thanks for taking a look

John & Heather

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Little Vintage R'N'R

The Gaydon Annual Show

Hi all, we took a little time out this weekend for some R'n'R.

I must say it was great to get out see some lovely old light commercials.

There were vans, pick-ups and camper vans galore.

There were a few club outings here including the Ford Transit owners club and the Princess owners clubs.

All in all a great show and we also got the bonus of free entry into the British motor museum.

What more could you want on a sunny Sunday Afternoon?

Monday, 7 August 2017

Missing in Action

John Glossop Missing in Action

Morning world ( or at least the part of it that looks at this post ).

I hope you had a great weekend. I was absent on here most of last week.

This was for a number of reasons all of which are good. This week we have been networking and developing our own products here at Rosie Mcstone Studios.

You guys will be the first to know when they are ready.

Thanks for looking and have a great week.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Your Life & Mine acoustic video

           The Subtlety of Acoustics


Check out my sons band's acoustic version of their single Life Can't Wait.

Wherever you can please support up and coming home grown talent.

You can do this by simply going to live gigs most of which are free or spending £3/£4 on a cd.

Check them out on You tube.

Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

John Glossop Workshop at "The Stamp Pad"

Mixed Media and Powertex

Todays workshop was hosted by Gwen at The Stamp Pad in Greenfields.
A lovely little shop, if you are into paper crafts and mixed media I highly recommend a visit to this shop.

As you can see we had to drive through some stunning scenery to get to todays workshop.

This is a great little craft shop and Gwen herself is quite an accomplished crafter
so it was a bit of an honour for me to be invited here to teach a workshop.

I had split the day into two workshops, the first being a lovely little shabby chic shrine, the second was a lovely simple introduction to Powertex workshop comprising of a little garden plaque.

Thank you to the 9 ladies and gent that took part and thanks you for looking .

until next time take care.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Another Powertex Statue Workshop

Statue Workshop at Jula Crafts Consett.

Another fantastic fun day out teaching Powertex fabric sculpting, this time in Consett.

When we set off at 6am the weather was abysmal but that wasn't going to deter us.

Although we have taught here before this was our first workshop at the new shop.

A lovely place and a warm friendly reception.

Eight ladies were booked on this workshop and eight lovely statues were made.

Can't wait for the next time, although we are now moving into Christmas projects.

until next time , stay safe.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Powertex Pixie Village

Gypsy Pixies move into Mansfield

There was a huge furore in Skegby this week.

A small amount of domestic dwellings seem to have sprung up overnight.

An Ahfield council spokesman said " dunt nar nart abart it duck"

Speculation and here say is that some immigrant pixies Illegal or not,  as yet we don't know the facts have set up a little shanty town just off the A38

there are fears that more will be moving in soon ( oh yes more workshops are booked)

unfortunately none of the alleged guilty pixies are  available for comment at this time, all we can do is speculate and enjoy the architecture.

I'll try and keep you posted as things develop.

Unil then stay safe.