Thursday, 29 October 2009

An amazing weekend !!

You soooo need to go to the next Artsy Crafty weekend - it was absolute heaven !!! On second thoughts I shouldn't be saying that as it will be all booked up too quickly next time and I might miss out LOL !!

What a great time was had by all, Leandra and Lin were fab teachers, the classes were brilliant - lots of inking, metal working, painting, spraying - you name it, we did it. It was lovely to meet so many new friends and catch up with some old ones too !! We chatted, laughed and exchanged email addresses and vowed to meet up at the next one. I was so busy having fun that I didn't take that many piccies, but here's a few snaps of the "works in progress" and hey I actually completely finished everything !!!! That's unheard of for me.

Lin doing a demo with the Ten Seconds Studio Metal and tools - fab stuff !!

A "work in progress" - will need to take more piccies of the finished project and upload them later in the week.

The start of the main project - a fab clock, we worked on various parts over the course of the weekend.

Working out where to place everything on the backing canvas

Nearly finished (it's not really crooked, it just hadn't been stuck down yet !

Penny made her clock in beautiful shades of blue (and she'll kill me for uploading this lol !!)

We played with Utee too

The lovely Trish and Suzanne...

Lots of masking and stamping to make a little mini accordian book....

And last but not least, our lovely Dutch friends Louise and Jeanette, we had such a laugh in the bar on the final night. Louise is the very talented lady who designs and makes the fab Art Journey Stamps - check out her fab blog for loads of inspiration here

So back to reality on Tuesday, trying to clear the backlog before the next wave of postal strikes and pack 50 Mystery Kits ready for the UKS Cyber Crop - and no, I can't tell you what's in them cos it's a secret !!!!

I finally took pity on the very lonely boxes from My Minds Eye that have been sitting here unloved and unpacked since the end of last week - check out the gorgeous Life Story 1 & 2 here .... I have to admit the images are not brilliant, but trust me, they are fab in real life.

Right I think it's time to climb the wooden hill before I fall asleep at my computer.

Goodnight all !

Lyn zzz zzzz zzzz zzzz

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Bad blogger !!!

I know, I know - it's been a while again !!! Does anyone know where I can get a magic potion so I can have at least another 8 hours in everyday !! Lots more deliveries keep turning up - I think the shopping fairy ordered them whilst I wasn't looking (that's what I keep telling dh anyway - he reckons I have more stock than our local Tesco's and why do I possibly need it all ? - er.......... cos it's a shop !!)

Anyway we have the gorgeous Making Memories "Vintage Findings" which arrived at the beginning of the week...............

Pink Paislee "Mistletoe & Co" arrived the next day but only managed to get it on-line today and there are loads of boxes sitting here waiting to be opened with the fab My Mind's Eye Life Stories 1 & 2 in............. no way can I even allow myself a peek in those boxes as I am off the rock in the morning and haven't even packed yet !!!! 'fraid they will have to wait now until I get back on Monday.

We managed to get as many orders out as possible yesterday before the strike and have lots of lovely emails saying they arrived today, which was brilliant news. I was mostly expecting them to get stuck in sorting offices up and down the country. No orders were posted out today as we just didn't want to take the chance of them getting stuck at the bottom of a huge backlog - after a long discussion with our local delivery manager we have taken his advice and posting of orders will resume on Monday. We are so lucky here on the Island as our posties are not part of Royal Mail and it's business as normal, however they will probably have a very quiet day tomorrow with very little UK mail arriving in the morning.

Yay this weekend I will be mostly getting messy !! It's the fab Artsy Crafty weekend down in Newport Pagnell with the wonderfully talented Lin from LB Crafts and Leandra from PaperArtsy - what a combination ! So off in the morning via the plane to Luton with my pal Penny, can't wait to meet up with loads of my craft buddys from around the UK. We even have time for a little retail therapy too before the event starts on Saturday - result ! Now that I have been reminded to take my camera (thanks Katy lol) I can take loads of pics and post them when I get back.

Right, I suppose I'd better get off this computer and start throwing a few things in a bag - or I'll be packing 10 minutes before we leave as usual - I am trying so hard to be organised with this trip - (think I've already failed miserably)

Will tell you all about it when I get back.

Lyn x

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Still buried under Pizza boxes !!

Oh dear, it's been a little while hasn't it.............what can I say, except life and pizza boxes keep getting in the way !! Just as I thought it was calming down a bit, another October Afternoon delivery has arrived, so we are getting a bit manic again lol !!

The fab 8 x 8 OA Report Card and Farm Fresh Paper Pads have now arrived along with the Label Stickers and Die Cut Shapes (which are in sticker form this time and not just pop outs) . Still waiting on the Stamps and Rub Ons and the fab new Christmas range which I am hoping will be here soon.

Talking of new goodies, a couple of yummy deliveries are currently winging their way over the Atlantic and will be here very soon - the new Pink Paislee Christmas range and the much awaited Vintage Findings from Making Memories, so keep checking the latest product section of the website.

I promised a while ago that I would post some piccies of my lovely new racks, you know the ones that wouldn't stay on the walls with just Glue Dots !!!!

Well after several trials and tribulations and a few visits to the builders merchants for 70 thousand different gluey like substances including one called " Sticks like Sh*t" !! - can you believe they actually called it that lol !! - well it doesn't stick at all !..... I had to finally resort to the tried and tested "screw the the blinking things into the wall" method !! So here they are in all their glory - I just love them.

and the new Ink Pad Storage Unit

I am finding it so much easier to use stuff now that it's at arms reach, half my inks and paints were stacked away in boxes and I was just too lazy to get them down from the shelves. No excuses now to create something !!! Just need another 8 hours in the day !

Ok, I need to go and eat some food before I expire !!

Will try not to leave it so long next time.

Lyn xx

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Happy Saturday !

I have officially declared today a "no work zone" - I have the house to myself all weekend and after the manic week of all the "October Afternoon" orders - I am shattered and having a nice lazy day, still up at 7am though - that was a lie in lol !

A nice yummy breakfast of granola, strawberries and yoghurt, an even yummier lunch of chocolate, lots of inky stamping of various bits of paper and some sax playing to chill out. (that's the bit where you need to feel sorry for the neighbours !!)

I've been meaning to upload this pic of the Grungepaper Flowers I made last week, so here they are ! Not the best in the world, but I had loads of fun making them, just need to put them on something now !

I've been stamping all afternoon and as usual have very little to show for it lol ! Is it just me, but I have loads and loads of bits ie. stamped images, backgrounds etc, but very little assembled ! I did manage to finish one ATC however, and have used the Rock Candy Crackle on the entire piece, not sure whether it will show up very well as my piccy taking is rubbish !!

I may even have chocolate for supper as well, seeing as the chef is away at the footie, hmmm ....chocolate, a nice glass of red and X Factor - what more could a girl want LOL !!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, I may even finish something else tomorrow , and I am trying not to think of the massive box of Prima flowers that need to go on the website !!!


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Having successfully ran an online craft shop for many years, the time had come to take it easy and find more time to create and play. Of course I couldn't leave it there and signed up as a Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator. A fabulous range of high quality products and a brand new craft room, what a great combination !