Monday, 13 November 2017

Mr & Mrs G

Tea Total hmmm Maybe

Those of you who know us either as friends or as acquaintances will know that
 on the 25th of October Heather Became Mrs G.

It is no secret that she has made me a very happy man in the time we have been together.
We have had some fantastic adventures so far and I personally cant wait to see what new and interesting things we will discover together in the future.

We have both taken a little time to reflect whilst on our honeymoon.

It has been a really busy year this year, and the plan for us for the coming year is to get our work/life balance back. 

That is not to say that we will slack off and do less work ( who ever heard of such a thing?) but to aim to work smarter so we have more free time together.

So keep an eye on this space, either to see what we are up to in the crafting community or to check out our everyday adventures in life as Mr & Mrs G.

Thanks for looking Mr & Mrs G

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Craft Stamper Article Number 2

Published Piece Number 2

It always amazes me that people are interested and even like the things I make.

I am also humbled by the positive feedback I receive both at workshops and at demonstrations.

I was approached late last year to do a Powertex project for The Craft Stamper Magazine.

I must admit I laboured over it a bit but I was more than happy with the outcome.

I recently did a second piece for Craft Stamper which I really enjoyed doing using some of my own stamps and using some of my favourite stamping techniques.

here is a little preview of the finished project.

Thanks for looking 
Rock & Doris x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Death By Biscuits.

One Biscuit to Many

Heather is always telling me I have a problem. Yes folks I am a biscuit-a-holic.
So much so that when I found this little guy at a local car boot sale, Heather told me that's what my skeleton must look like. How Rude . She put the comment down to my biscuit baby.
A little unfair but I can see where she is coming from.

Thanks for looking 
Samson & Delilah xx

More Conical Capers!!

Trees Galore

More pictures of Conical Christmas trees and Pixie houses from the second workshop at Crafty Urchin in Cheadle.

Looks like there may be a risk of over population in Cheadle if they keep allowing these pixie residences  to keep popping up.

Hope you enjoyed looking 

Ron & Hermione xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

A Union In Flora

Wedding Flora

The big day has arrived!

Today Heather will become Mrs Heather Glossop

I couldn't be happier, the bouquet and the buttonhole are a representation of our origins.

Those that know me will know I'm a Yorkshire man through and through ( good points and bad points)

Heather is Scottish by birth, to us it made perfect sense to combine the Yorkshire rose and the Scottish thistle in our wedding flowers.

The florist has made a lovely job of them.

Thanks for looking and all your well wishes xx
Mr & Mrs Glossop

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Crafty Urchins Powertex Workshop

And The Results Are

We recently did a couple of Sundays at Crafty Urchins in Cheadle Staffs.

I think you will agree the results are stunning and hopefully a great day was had by all.

The Pixie houses were made in the morning and the Christmas tress were made in the afternoon.

Both finished projects were painted at the end.

I you would like to do these projects as either a small or a large group send us a message and we will see what we can arrange.

Thanks for looking 
Sid & Nancy xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Classy Conical Christmas Trees

Pixies On Parade

Another fantastic Sunday afternoon crafting in Cheadle.

A re-visit to Crafty Urchins for a pair of lovely Christmas projects.

The morning sessions was taken up by a parade of pixie houses and like the pixies that live in them they came in various shapes and sizes.

The afternoon was spent doing classy conical Christmas trees.

Both projects taught using Powertex products and taught by yours Truly and assisted by Heather, both of us are accredited Powertex Tutors.

If you would like to do projects like this at a venue near you or would like to do these projects using other products please send us a message at via our website.

Thanks for looking 
Dolly & Kenny

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Fossilised Texture

Triptych Assortment

What a fantastic assortment of triptychs. I really enjoy making these.

The ladies that made them did a great job with lovely earth tone colouration.

Made using Ivory Powertex fabric hardener and Powertex stone art powder 

coloured with Sennelier and Golden Acrylic paints.

Thanks for looking
John & Heather x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

450 Powertex Miles

A Weekend of Powertex Fun

Lots of miles and lots of Powertex fun.

Saturday we took a trip down to Romford to That's Crafty, where we had the pleasure of teaching a lovely mini statue in the morning.

The Afternoon was taken up making some fab Powertex Triptychs.

That's Crafty have some great products why not check them out on line .

Thanks For Looking
John & Heather x

Friday, 6 October 2017

Christmas has Started!!!

Well it's Here

Christmas has officially arrived here at Rosie Mcstone Studios with our first official Christmas workshops of the year.

We managed to squeeze 2 fantastic projects into the day.

Firstly a classy conical Christmas tree, followed by a vintage Victorian Christmas Bauble.

Both projects made using the fabulous Powertex products stocked by us at RSM.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look. Why not check to see if there is a Powertex workshop in your area, its great fun.

John & Heather.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fantastic Statue Workshop at PDA Crafts

Ladies that Lunch

Its been a while since I taught a full size statue workshop.

It always amazes me how half a dozen people can sit down with the same set of kit and come up with such diverse creations.

The ladies in this workshop all produced excellent pieces as you can see from the pictures.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Queen of hearts to visit Coleman's Warehouse

Whose Making Tarts?

Queen of Hearts Mixed Media Workshop

Well I can honestly say that it took some starting but once I got in to the groove I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

A bit "girlier" than usual but I love the colours.

Its a bit of a beast measuring 30 x 80 cm.

If you would like to do this workshop it is probably the best value workshop you will do this year! only £40 for a full day

If you are interested contact Coleman's Warehouse, Rushden.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Perks of the Job

Yorkshire Retreat

Lovely Surroundings, Lovely Workshop

There are some lovely perks to what we do, we get to visit some amazing places and meet some lovely people.

The weekend just passed we had the pleasure of teaching a workshop just outside Skipton.

This was a bi-annual retreat held by a lovely group of ladies in a converted de-commissioned Methodist church.

Out in the middle of nowhere in North Yorkshire.

Looking forward to going back again soon.

Thanks for looking 
John & Heather x

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