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.

Gardening, Mere Childsplay Update!!

Blooming Marvellous

You may remember, or you may not that Heather had bought a vintage childs wheel barrow and how we had turned it into a planter.

I was quite sceptical about using it as a planter because it is quite shallow.

well, it is now in full bloom and filling out lovely, so once again I have to bow to Heathers superior judgement.

The lesson for today is don't ask just do.

Until next time.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Pirate Girls Wear bows !!

The Laughing Skull Strikes Again 

Well its Heather's turn to wow us with one of her mixed media canvases today.

I asked her if she could make me a sample with the John Glossop Laughing Skull stamp.

I must say I am really impressed with what she came up with a great choice of colours.

So, she tells me this is what she used:-

Laughing Skull Stamp
Laughing skull Acrylic Skull ( love these )
a vast selection of embellishments ( thanks Heather )
An MDF Tile 13 x 25cm
Rosie McStone's Celestial Bodies Embossing Powder - Lilac Dawn.
Cosmic shimmer chalk paint - Chalkboard
Cosmic Simmer Chalk Paint - Orchid
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Paint -Violet
Ranger Distress Paint - Dusty Concord
Golden Heavy body gel medium.
Paper die cuts.

I love it but then she would tell you that I am biased.

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.