Thursday, June 23, 2011

Woohoo - 2 days off!!!

Yes, I have two whole days off. Woohoo! Tomorrow is San Juan a major fiesta here in Javea and so the shop is closed and my lovely friend Inga offered to run the shop for the 4 hours today to give me a whole 2 days off together...can't remember the last time that happened... Christmas I think...
Anyway this is what I have been teaching this week - its finger painting overlaid with journalling. Kate from the Kathryn Wheel blog inspired me to finger paint so thanks Kate - it was quite freeing and the girls loved it...there are drips and splashes under all that writing and drawing and doodling so some texture as well...quite happy with the way it turned out

and here are the girls from Monday showing their pages...Right, off to make the most of these two precious days so

Bye for now


Saturday, June 18, 2011

RIP my Lovely Dad

If roses grow in heaven, Lord, then pick a bunch for me.

Place them in my Dad's arms and tell him they're from me.

Tell him that I love and miss him, and when he turns to smile,

Place a kiss upon his cheek and hold him for awhile.

Diane Radischat wrote this on her wall today and it is so appropriate as my lovely Dad would have celebrated his 89th Birthday on 5th June but sadly died aged 84 on 30th June 2006 as I was preparing to open my shop and he never lived to see what a success it has grown into. He was the person who put a pencil into my hand and guided it as I learnt my letters and he shaped my words by showing me how to write neatly by using the squares of football pools coupons.
I spent hours of my childhood helping him sort his maggots for his fishing trips - that was his passion - along with birdwatching, gardening and making things - he was so creative. I have so many things in my home that Dad made and they will be lovingly passed onto my children.

I am getting maudlin now so got to go

Bye for now


Friday, June 17, 2011

Kate's DVD's

busy, busy, busy but never too busy for friends....and my friend Kate of Craft Stamper fame has made not one but two DVD's
Kate has a unique style of art journalling and she explains things so well in her quiet, patient manner and lovely Yorkshire accent that you will feel that she is with you every step of the way -
is that OK, Kate - do I win your free DVD's now!!!!! only joking

.....seriously, Kate is a lovely lady blogfriend who I met in person last year when she and her family came on holiday to Spain and she and I had a fabulous inky and painty playdate at the shop.

For your very own inky and painty playdate with Kate you can buy her DVD's from or go over to Kate's blog - the Kathryn wheel on the sidebar - to see more details and more of her fabulous work and be in with a chance of winning her DVD's - but no sorry - they're mine!!!!!. hahaha!!!

Bye for now

Saturday, June 11, 2011

doodled names

I love doodling. I find it so relaxing and usually sit with a book and pen whilst watching TV. These name doodles are from ages ago. I remember sending my daughter a birthday card made from her doodled name and her birthday is September, whether that was last year or the one before I can't remember. Anyway, here's Abigail (Granddaughter), Colin (OH) and mine....

Right, I have a shop to open and a class of 8 to 12 year olds to teach doodling to so I'll doodle off..

Bye for now


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's so easy to do and so relaxing...

Small group of girls tonight which makes a nice change. They get a lot more attention when there are fewer of them which is good for them and for me. They made the journal page the same as the other girls this week and were equally keen.
Poor Celine wasn't able to come to class and she came into the studio with her finger splinted - she had broken it after it was slammed in a door. Hope to see you next week Celine. I love doodling. I find it very relaxing and regularly sit doodling while watching TV. Well I am female and can multi task don't you know!! I have loads of journals full of doodles. The girls were looking through them and asked if they could do some next week so yes no problem... Just a very small selection of my doodled pages...

Well it has been a long and busy day so

Bye for now


Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday mania

Tonight started off as quite a normal class - girls painting, cutting, sticking, diecutting, just the usual... but it soon disintegrated into uncontrollable laughter...when some of the girls found googly eyes while they were waiting for their Mum's - I shan't name the culprits! but..... the younger girls soon joined in...

...pity Carla had left by then as she missed all the fun. I arrive home on a Monday night absolutely shattered but you can see why I enjoy these lovely girls

Right off to watch Dragons Den and eat my cheese omelette and then bed so

Bye for now


Saturday, June 4, 2011

***edit don't know why both cards look bent - must be something to do with the camera?***

This week it was two birthdays...both on the same day - 1st June.

This is the card I made for my friend Molly - she of the mollypop flowers!!! and I won't reveal her age but... I shall be the same age in three months time - anyway, the edges are all Distressed, the button is utee, the flowers are recycled jacket lining and mosquito netting and the black lace is the edging from the mossie netting - how's that for ingenuity! huh!!! She was thrilled with the card and Colin and I are going there for a meal tomorrow with her and Arie... fingers crossed for good weather as we have been having very unpredictable weather of late...

the second birthday card was for the lovely Jodie - my daughter-in-law to be - and I used the gorgeous Teresa Collins paper and glitter card -- Jodie is a real pink and pretty girl - see her legs below! My son proposed to her at the top of the Eiffel Tower and their wedding reception meal is at the Parisian restaurant in Las Vegas in October so when I saw this cardstock at Stitches I knew just who I would use it for and have been patiently waiting for June to come around...

I took this photo of Jodie at my daughter Victoria's wedding - both girls are really tall and very slim - its just the angle I took this photo that make Jodie's legs look huge - sorry Jodes -
This is the page that this weeks class will be making... it includes stamping, stamping and heat embossing, painting, doodling, painting and drawing a face, die-cutting and journalling... and here's Blanca, Elena, Celia, Becky and Blaithin after class this morning... and this is my original journal page...
This morning while wife Arantxa shopped I chatted with Josep - they are from Valencia an hour and a quarter away - who turns out to be a Northern Soul fanatic - Dyan if you are reading this he will be at Cleethorpes in 2 weeks time - Arantxa is a Tim groupie so what an alright couple!!! This is the page all the girls in last weeks classes made and which I forgot to photograph.....
and here are the Monday girls - giggling at Mina - she's a real cutie but quite a handful!
Right, I had better take advantage of the sun shining to put some washing in the machine - its been one day beautiful and the next day pouring - quite unusual for May/June here in Spain so

Bye for now