Thursday, 20 July 2017

Baby Ava Update

Coming Along Nicely

Firstly thank you all for your kind words and concerns.

I thought it only right that I gave you an update.

She is coming along nicely and as you can see she is a cutey and although she spends most of her time asleep she is happy to vocally let us know when she isn't.

At 24 days we hoping she is over most of her early prem baby problems.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Well Deserved Day off

A bit of a rarity

A day off?? I know, what's that all about.

I have been working really hard here to get things moving along so we decided to book a day of and go and see my Mum and Dad and Milo for a day at the coast.

As my mum and dad were at their caravan we thought we'd spend a bit of time with them.

It was 29 degrees in Skeg-Vegas which made for a lovely relaxed walk on the beach followed by lunch and the obligatory beer.

It made quite a nice change. The downside was I spent too much money at the car boot again but got loads of goodies.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

At Long Last

Skull Stamp Samples

It is with great pleasure that I get to show you these wonderful samples.

All these samples were made using the John Glossop large "Laughing Skull" Stamp.

Many thanks to

Teresa Morgan please check out her blog.

Julie Atkinson Please check out her blog.

These stamps are available in 2 sizes from our new website

The site is new, please check it out, we are still loading stock so please bear with us.
If you are an overseas buyer you will have to contact us direct.

In the mean time check out these great samples.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Napoleonic Demitasse

A Little Gift

Whenever possible I try and get into and support the local charity shops.

Being a mixed media artist this isn't too difficult for me.
I always try and have one eye looking for a little treat or gift to bring home for Heather.

This week I stumbled upon this little gem in Barnado's

It is a little Limoge Demitasse made by Fontinille & Marraud.

Known as a half cup or a chocolate cup this one is decorated in the style of Napoleon and dates from about 1930.

It has a lovely Napoleonic Eagle crest and bumble bees and is in white, cobalt blue and gold .

A nice little addition to Heathers collection.

The rainbow mug is just to give you an ides how tiny this thing is.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

More Messing About at Samuel T's

Garden Plaque Samuel Taylors Embsay

Please ignore the clown in the top photo unfortunately he gets everywhere.

Another fantastic day of "Powertexing" with the lovely ladies of Samuel Taylors in Skipton

Another glorious day outside but who cares we were "texing"

Some fantastic plaques were made today

if I'm not mistaken the ladies loved it.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Messing on a Sunday Afternoon

Samuel Taylors Brighouse

After a few transport problems we finally arrived at our destination in the nick of time.

We received a great welcome and had a really fun day

introducing Powertex to the ladies at Samuel Taylors in Brighouse.

A glorious sunny Sunday afternoon in West Yorkshire.

Monday, 10 July 2017

"Old Friends" New Tricks

Introduction to Powertex

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with a group of old friends.

The purpose, other than a get together and a catch up, was to introduce them to the wonders of Powertex which we've being trying  to arrange for a while.

What a great day was had by all.

Every piece looked stunning but as ever the pictures don't do them justice.

we also had time to fit in a little Shabby chic project. I showed them the correct way to cast Plaster of Paris, which they loved and were very impressed with the results.

Looking forward to my next meeting with the ladies.

Here are a few pictures of their finished projects, enjoy.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Gardening? Mere childsplay.

A Touch of Re-purposing

Have a look what Heather picked up recently at a car boot sale.

This vintage metal child's wheel barrow makes a lovely planter for bedding plants.

A quick tickle with a wire brush and a rub over with an oily rag.

A couple of bedding plants and a Powertex pixie house ( Heathers not mine).

How cool is that?

Let's see what else she can come up with.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Double Celebration Day

Two for the price of one

Hi, I hope you are all well?

Its been a good day for the family today, Firstly little Ava and Mum Leighann have been discharged from hospital today.

Secondly our youngest Beth has passed her driving test.

doesn't half make you feel old lol. 

Its these little milestones in life that make up for all the hard work and effort.

It also puts the trivialities of everyday life into perspective.

On that note I hope you all have a good week.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Baby Ava day 4

Day 4 

Well things are hopefully getting better.

Baby Ava is now off the CPAP machine and out of the incubator.

She is in a proper cot now and dressed in her own clothes even though the premature baby clothes bury her lol.
Baby and mother both doing well

Thanks for all your kind words over the last couple of days.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Ava Update

Mother and Daughters First Cuddle

For those of you that are interested I will keep you updated on Ava's progress.

For those of you that are not, I understand but please let us drivel on like the proud grandparents we are lol.
Due to Complications and problems with Ava's Breathing,  she had to go straight into a ventilator post caesarean
Leighann had her own problems and went straight to HDU.
That meant that this was their first cuddle.
36 Hours after Birth.

The picture below I'm sure will be a common sight at our place now
new born babies are tiny but early babies are really tiny.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

New Addition to the Family


I would like to introduce you to baby Ava-Drew she is the newest member of the clan .

Delivered on Saturday by C-section

Weighing in at a mighty 5lb 13ozs and 4 weeks premature

she is guaranteed to be spoiled by Granny H.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Steampunk Assemblage Finds

Steampunk Assemblage Finds
by John Glossop

Hello again, I recently picked these up in a Flea market. I don't know about you but I find them cool.

I think they are Paraffin lamps. They are a great size and shape, ideal for steampunk assembly/did-assembly.

They have some really cool component pieces and a great patina.

they are both in a state of disrepair, which means I don't feel so bad about breaking them up.

I am going to put these in the for sale category until I get round to using them.

If you are interested send me a message.

Do you have anything like this?

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

More Floating Tea Cups

Another Sample

In preparation for some up and coming workshops, I have been working on my techniques and trying to improve on my initial piece.

My biggest problem seemed to be counter balancing the weight.

I have overcome that the second problem I encountered was, the glue sticks.

I am a great believer in you get what you pay for and this was obviously the case here.

I am quite happy with this finished floating cup/cascading cup project.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Powertex Garden owl by Heather Center

Three Dimensional Owl

Its that time of year when crafting takes a step outside. Heather and I decided we would have a go at a couple of projects out of the animal kingdom book by Brigette Grade.

This is Heathers Finished project.
A lovely Stone art clay 6" diameter Garden Owl wall plaque.

With the clay that was left Heather managed to make a couple of fridge magnets as well.

Keep watching to see what my project was and what I came up with.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Recent Treasure Haul

Some Recent Finds

Being a mixed media artist, I am always on the look out for interesting objects that have the potential to become part of a project.

Deep down in my mind I have usually formed an attachment with the object I have found before I have even bought it.

The downside or upside, whichever way you look at it, is that I accumulate a lot of inventory.

So, from now on everything I buy is for sale until it is used, if there is anything in these pictures you are interested in, just let me know.

In this week's haul

We have a pair of vintage French binoculars,
A lovely vintage clothes brush in a cool leather case,
2 x vintage travel irons,
a small collection of terracotta ewers,
An old Dunlop tyre repair tin,
and lastly a cool ornate sliding door catch.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Powertex Delightful Dozen

The Delightful Dozen

What a fantastic selection of finished Powertex Statues

These are the finished statues from Saturdays workshop

All the ladies started out with the same bag of goodies with the exception of the head which I had allowed them to pre-order.

How different they all look

I am really impressed by how they all turned out

Well done ladies you did a great job.

11 Become 22

A Full House

A great turnout for my last Powertex statue workshop. The venue this time was Craftstation in Kirkby in Ashfield.

This shop is by mutual consent my Powertex base. Helen the owner stocks almost all the Powertex products plus much more.

This Saturday I had 11 ladies booked in to do the Powertex statue workshop and what a great time we had.

11 ladies and 11 lovely statues.

Just getting started

Coming along nicely

Nearing completion

Friday, 9 June 2017


"The Reapers Moon"

And now for something completely different

Under the bed
In your head
Demons lay in wait.

  Black dogs howl,
Air turns foul,
The stench of cornered bait.

Reaper Appears,
Fear of fears,
He's here to seal your fate.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

"Floating Fauna"

Cascading Teacups

Hope you are all well, This is one from our next range of craft workshops.
I know this isn't something new but I have been asked if I could do this as a workshop.

I love this idea and concept and my mind is already racing with the possibilities.

These projects were done with fabric flowers and this first example is one made by Heather.

This example is mine and isn't quite as delicate as Heathers.


I loved doing this and look forward to teaching it.

Well there they are, I am sure lots of you will have done these.
If you have what have you used as well as Flowers. I would love to know.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Introducing Cheadle to Powertex

Crafty Urchins, Cheadle

What a fantastic day 10 lovely ladies all being introduced to Powertex.
The morning session was an introduction to Powertex bronze hardener and powercolor.
The afternoon session was an introduction to Powertex ivory hardener and Bister.
Every one of the projects turned out brilliant and every one of turned out unique especially in the afternoon when we were freestyling on the bottles.

Solar powered Powertex bottle bling using Powertex ivory hardener and Bister.

Garden Plaques using Powertex bronze hardener and powercolor

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Never Too Old To Powertex

Powertex Workshop at Crafty Corner

A fantastic day in South Shields at Crafty Corner. The Powertex project this time was a Mini Statue 3 hour workshop with 7 Attendees. The oldest of these was " Peggy", 91 years old and Powertexing. I would be very interested to know if anybody has come across a Powertexer older than "Peggy". I must admit all the finished statues put mine to shame, they all did very well and I look forward to going there again soon. 
A big thanks to Dave for hosting the event and keeping us supplied with coffee.

170 year old Tiny Teacup!!

Who'd have thought it??

On a recent visit to a car boot sale Heather and I found this cool little Tea cup and saucer we bought it ( I'm not disclosing the price I might need to sell it on later ) just because it was dainty and rather attractive. It is made in Bavaria and is apparently a Demitasse cup and saucer with a gilt courtship scene by Jean-Honore Fragonard. It is from the mid 19th century and valued at approximately £45. how cool is that? If you see any on your travels be sure to pick them up for me.