Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
...Not literally, I have been shopping...again!!!
Posted by Est xxx on Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
...Not in the David Dickinson orange kind of way but in the "nipped into The Works before I had to face the aisles of Asda" kind of way...
Friday, 19 August 2011
...I made Jewellery!!!
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
...I have been beavering away behind the scenes today, preparing for two 30 week BTEC courses I am teaching for the College in September, I am very excited about these, one is in Jewellery making and the other is Mixed Media, it is not only a fantastic opportunity for me to be teaching these but also for many of my students who need a progression route...I love my job, even though I was sat at the computer for six hours today...yep six, planning course outlines, creating supplies lists and translating the BTEC course aims and objectives into my own subject areas...did I say I love my job, honestly I really do, this is a fresh new challenge for me and I can`t wait.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
My new ones arrived today wrapped very carefully in Amazon packaging, these are not just any old wax crayon in fact if Marks and Spencer did wax crayons these would be them...these are water soluble wax crayons...think scribbling some colour, spritzing some water and then dragging a brush across.....Yummmmeeeee!!!
Monday, 15 August 2011
...Are my new favorite past time, it`s official...you know why?
Friday, 12 August 2011
To Saint Helens (Sintellins is the correct pronunciation I am assured!)....tomorrow at Crafts4u2do.
I will be there demonstrating the Cuttlebug machine with the new Christmas Creatables dies...which are gorgeous even if I do say so myself, Check me out I've even been into the loft to hunt down a miniature Christmas tree and baubles!!!
Lindsay Mason will also be demonstrating and it's always nice to watch other demonstrators and pick up new techniques and ideas.
So if you are around come along and say hi, they have a lovely little cafe in the shop too ;-).
I'm pleased to say that I headed into Manchester today for the first time since the trouble they experienced Tuesday evening...there are shops that have been damaged however the mood was that of the city will go on, shoppers shopped and life just seemed as it should be...moving on, was a little surreal walking along areas I had seen on the news where situations got out of hand but although there was physical damage evident, shops are open and Manchester seemed it's normal buzzy self :-).
Having said that I'm skint now, I've spent yet more money on materials and items for my canvases and art journal and I'm off now to get myself covered in a rather stunning shade of metallic purple acrylic paint.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
...Is what my Dad used to do when I was a little girl, he hung wallpaper, glossed woodwork and emulsioned ceilings....me I paint papers, mod podge anything in sight and gesso surfaces...must be in the Genes!!!
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
...me and my Chinos and my desk and even my kitchen floor!!!
Posted by Est xxx on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
...Until today I never really considered myself an artist but Wikipedia defines art as:
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
You Know why?
Monday, 8 August 2011
.....we fixed the Wii!!!
I say we, but it was thanks to a very good friend who knows all about this technology stuff the girls and I are back Wii-ing!!!
I'm not too sure about this Wii Zumba though, Ella and I did a 20 minute session and even though the trainer kept saying "you're doing great" I didn't feel great...in fact I felt like my heart was going to explode and that I really needed to be lying down...possibly in a dark room, With a glass of wine and a cigarette, we did it though and bloody hell it's hard work but I feel kind of energised, I'm not one for exercise unless it's running through Primark on a Saturday but I managed and I'm even on track with my five a day today...and that doesn't even include the Pinot!!!
I have spent most of the day preparing for my demo on Saturday over in St Helens A Christmas demo in August...got to hunt for a Christmas tree to display some projects...going to mean a trip into the loft tomorrow.
Will post some pictures tomorrow, I'm blogging in bed from my iPad...oh yeah baby I saved up for one and treated myself the day Jack turned 18, kind of a well done on surviving being a mum for 18 years gift to myself!!!
Off to listen to the wind rattling around my house on this beautiful summer night!!!
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
I'm up early and off to Chorley to teach a jewellery making class at the Crafty patch with a very lovely group of ladies today, just wish it wasn't so early!!!
These two day weeks are really stretching me I kid you not, hoping that I don't get attacked with a can of stick and spray today as Wendy tried to yesterday, as she tried cutting on her Accucut she managed to completely cut through a full can...glue flew everywhere literally and I think we spent the rest of the day high from fumes, this crafting is a dangerous business I can tell you and I'm considering asking for danger money...no harm done really just jaw ache from giggling.
Forgot to post this last night but for anyone wanting to know the plate combination for embossing, either with a creatable or a brass stencil using the cuttlebug it is as follows:
Two shims of thick card (I use two pieces cut to the size of my plates that I got in a fill a box for a fiver)
Creatable die (with die already cut) or brass stencil with card you want to emboss over the top (core-donations works well)
Tan embossing mat
Cutting B plate
Roll it through and hey presto embossed images in a jiffy!!!
On some of the older creatable dies it tells you to use a C plate...please do not I managed to break a cuttlebug with this combination.
Have a great day whatever you are doing.
Over at Card-io today I was asked the question How do you emboss with an embossing folder but leave a blank space...I wasn`t sure of the answer but have been playing around since I got home and finally cracked it...
Friday, 5 August 2011
For one lucky Crafter.
...Not only have I done almost a week of blogging every day I am also giving away a Cuttlebug tomorrow...I am demonstrating over at Card-io in Wigan and if you spend over £20.00 you will receive a raffle ticket to win a Cuttlebug machine and guess who is drawing the ticket...yep little old me!!!
Posted by Est xxx on Friday, August 05, 2011
Thursday, 4 August 2011
So mingling with the stars yesterday in Blackpool...wax ones but hey they looked pretty damn good to me.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
...Yesterday we went on a daytrip and at one point I think we were totally lost in the middle of North Wales on a bus but we had a wonderful day and the weather, just as BBC weather had said, was very kind to us...apart from when the train went through Prestatyn where it was bucketing it down!!!
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
I finally watched Harry Potter yesterday...The last one...EVER...or is it?