Thursday, 30 March 2017

Powertex Bling napkin ring

A Touch Of Class

Well Heather has been playing again ( bless her she comes up with all the cool stuff ) and she has made this very classy looking napkin ring.
Made using Bronze Powertex hardener a small length of natural lace ribbon a piece of double faced satin ribbon, blue ricrac and a Creative Expressions glass cabochon embellishment. The edges are softened using Powercolor turquoise .
just love it!!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Laundromatic Art Form

Towel Art

With our Cruise to Greece and Cyprus rapidly approaching I thought I would put some pictures up of this great art form that  we experienced in October on our last cruise. Every night when we returned to our room we would have a different  towel animal sculpture sat upon the bed .
What a great art form.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Powertex Doily Stands in Use

Stands for Mini Statues

Awhile ago I made some mini Statues to teach as a half day workshop. I was never happy with the way they were displayed, until now. I decided to put the doily display stands that Heather has made to use and used them for these mini statues. they look the bees knees as the statues are now displayed in a tiered way which shows them off lovely.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Powertex Doily Stand Decor

Experimentation by Heather
Well this week we did a bit of reflecting on our Powertex samples. It seems although we have some lovely finished pieces ( as well as some lovely works in progress) we have been  overlooking our display equipment . Our stands although not visually offensive lol are detracting from our finished pieces. So, Wednesday and Thursday of this week Heather, has been working on a couple of ideas to improve our display. She has come up with some lovely ideas.

The following bronze hardened doily collection look stunning in the flesh but for some reason are let down by the photography . the tiered MDF stands work great for pieces of the same size by giving a variation of height.

A Rare Day Out at Canons Ashby

A bit of R & R

As much as I like what I do It's sometimes nice to take a little time out. On the way back from our Powertex Workshop in Romford we stopped off to take advantage of our National trust membership. The venue was Canons Ashby in Corby, Northamptonshire. Home to the Dryden family since 1550's.
Later home to Sir Henry Dryden from 1837-1899 a Noted Antiquary.
If you are ever in the area and would like to see a great old house while supporting the National Trust pop in and have a look.

Shabby Chic at Crafty Corner, South Shields.

Shabby Chic book Workshop 25/03/2017

Another fantastic day in the North-East at Crafty Corner in South Shields . This was our second visit to this shop and today we taught the Shabby Chic brag book. This is basically a mini scrap book designed to take dimensional memories. A fantastic day and every bodies book turned out great.
Thanks to Dave for looking after us. Hope to see you all again soon .

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Saturday 18 March workshop

Another Fantastic Day

What a great day at That's Crafty in Romford , Essex.
I hope I speak for everybody when I say we had a fab day Powertexing down south .
The ladies made some really lovely bottles and plaques.
It always amazes me how the same kit and the same tuition can give such diverse results, and that my friends is the beauty of Powertex.

Powertex Shining star

Powertex Shining Star For March

Well what a nice surprise.
It is nice to be part of a great team and have your achievement recognised.
It has been a very busy month for us  on the Powertex front, but well worth it .

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Powertex works in progress

Sample Pieces Made at NEC March 2017

I had the pleasure of demonstrating on the Powertex stand this last week .
These are the works in progress from the demo  The top one is a Mannequin roughly 18" without the stand.

The skull plaque is  one of my favourite pieces, can't wait to finish it.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Sunday Stroll

A welcome breather

It made a nice change this Sunday to have a nice stroll in the grounds of Rufford Abbey. It makes a nice change when you work 7 days a week to have a bit of a break so a couple of hours strolling the grounds and a nice hot chocolate gave just a little respite to the hustle and bustle that is a modern day life.

The guy in the top right had aright Bee in his bonnet and was honking his head off about something.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Saga of the ever growing Garden update

Still getting bigger

Well progress is slow but it moving forward .
This picture shows how much of the trees we have removed and how it has opened up the space.

This picture shows what appears to be a tree but is in fact the old concrete clothes pole which I dug/wrestled out of the ground on Sunday. The next job was to bag  the rest of the detritus ready for the skip coming. I have temporarily propped up the neighbours fence on the right hand side until something more permanent can be put in place.

The next job is to Take down the Elderflower tree ( top left ) and the Cherry blossom down
(top right) I can then re-define the boundaries. The groundworks can then start. Watch this space.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Search engine issues

Hi all,
         It has come to our attention that the blog has been invisible to some search engines. I am surprised as the amount of traffic that comes to the blog is quite staggering. On the plus side it should be visible to everybody now and the visitor numbers should be even higher . To all those that do visit the blog and comment , thank you very much for your time and watch this space for some imminent blog candy.

Fantastic day at Samuel taylor Leeds

Another full day of Powertex Fun

A Powertex packed day at Samuel Taylor Leeds. Garden Plaques in the Morning and Solar powered bottle bling in the afternoon.
Some stunning finished pieces well done ladies.
Hope you ladies are back yo do the abstract canvas later in the year.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Check out my sons bands latest music video.

Your Life & Mine - Nothing New (Official Music Video)

This is my sons bands latest video. Have a listen, watch the video and let me know what you think.
If you like what you hear they have just done a great cover of Ed Sherans Castle on the hill check it out on youtube.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Powertex Garden plaque 4 March 2017 at Craft-e-Liza

Introducing more people to the world of Powertex

Yet another enjoyable day introducing new people to Powertex. This time the venue was Craft-e-Liza in Mansfield ( quite close to home ) and a lovely bunch of ladies the majority of whom have never tried Powertex before .
The picture below shows the various stages of colouration from bronze through to Verdigris.

The finished plaque with the new Faerie on.

Informally explaining the qualities of Powertex before they got on with a cracking workshop.

The lovely finished garden plaques. Well done Ladies.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Zombie flesh " Experiments in dimensional Texture"

Texture Treat

I really loved making these, they were a complete pleasure and I love how they turned out.
This technique is called the "depths of decay"
Lots of visual layers.

I call this technique Zombie flesh but if you do it in blue tones it looks like moving water.

True Zombie flesh and tone ( I think having never seen a zombie )