Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Tag 4

After we completed our boxes in the morning session we had a break for lunch followed by an afternoon of tag making using inks, art parts, clearly for art...  oooooooo some of my favourite things in life !!!  

How would I rate my workshop with Wendy Vecchi???  Nothing less than first class, fun, informative and inspiring.   If you ever get the opportunity to attend one of her workshops I would highly recommend it and I personally hope to be able to do another again in the future.

Tried to take pics of box from different angles to let you see the full effect.


Tag 2

Tag 3

Tag 1

Wendy sharing her finished project with us.  How can you not be inspired with this wonderful woman in the same room!

Here goes!!!

Our workshop with Wendy Vecchi began with this cute brown box which was stuffed full of goodies.. A few sheets of rub ons and ink.   Now when the first instruction you receive from Wendy is to get your fingers dirty you know it's gonna be a good good day lol

Predictive Text oopsie...

Can I just say for anyone reading the previous posts my predictive text took over and decided to change my location from that of Covent to Camden..  can you tell I didn't bother to proof read..  was too busy chatting with friends whilst typing the post lol

Wendy Vecchi road trip

I know it's been a long time but there's been so much going on..  extra hours at work.. redecorating.. garden maintenance etc etc etc. 

Thankfully I had some holiday time booked and our trip we started planning last year finally arrived..  oh yeah..  We were off to London to attend a Wendy Vecchi workshop.

Friday morning I was up and off to Edinburgh airport to catch my plane to Luton where I was met by my gorgeous friend Hels and we had a lovely journey back to hers where we spent almost the remainder of the day chilling in the garden and having a good old catch up.   In the evening I had the pleasure of watching the bats and even saw the International space station not just once but twice as it orbited the earth..  amazing it can do such a journey in a mere 90 minutes. 

Saturday morning we were joined by Pauline and off we set like a group of chuckling teenagers to the train station heading for London Baby. 

After many a cheerful song such as 'Going Underground' and 'goodbye piccadilly' we arrived at our hotel.  I have to say I don't think I have ever stayed in a cleaner hotel!  Now there were a few antics occurred in the room over the next 24 hours but you know that saying of 'what happens in London stays in London'..  I'm sorry but I really do have to apply that rule here lol.  Anyway after dumping our cases we headed off to spend the afternoon at Camden Market and meet up with Sue.  Absolutely fantastic place to spend time and who says London has to be expensive..  baked potato with cheese for lunch..  A mere £3.50.   Way better things to spend our money on than sitting in an overpriced restaurant.  Anyways after a pit stop back at the hotel to freshen up we then headed off to the pub for a bite to eat and oh boy..  yet more hilarity!

Now I would like to say we all had a good restful night in prep for our workshop the following day but no way..  We were having way too much fun to be dull and sleep..  Hels Pauline and myself had booked a triple room so I'm sure you can imagine just how far in to the wee small hours of Sunday morning we went giggling away..  to be honest I'm surprised we weren't asked to turn the volume down.   Anyway after what was probably about 3 hours sleep we were up and filled with excitement again as the day had finally arrived!!! 

Sunday we got the cases packed jumped in a taxi and headed off for our workshop with Wendy Vecchi..  oh my giddy aunt..  how amazing to actually have Wendy there herself (and her lovely husband who helped throughout the day).   During the morning session we worked away on our external box techniques then after lunch we were on to tags..  sorry I haven't managed to take pictures of my finished project yet but this is one I took just before we broke at lunch.   I will do a separate post later.

So after our workshop ended we headed off for our final dinner in London then started the journey back to Hels where we continued our giggles. 

Sadly Monday morning arrived all too soon and it was time to come home..  We spent a lovely few hours sat in the garden chatting away over coffee then made the last 15 mins dash to get ready before my journey home began. 

I had an awesome weekend with memories that I will treasure for a very long time to come.  My hosts Hels and Graham opened their home to me and I cannot thank them enough.  Their level of hospitality speaks volumes about the people they themselves are.   Warm and loving.   No other words required!!!  You know when a person tells you to make yourself at home..  well I truly did and daft things like being able to make them both a cup of coffee made me feel like I truly was at home. 

Well that was a long post eh!   Time to get the next load of washing on now and back to normality.   Think a craft room clear up is in the agenda for later.  It's been so long since I've had a proper good session creating for myself but Wendy has gave me the oomph to get rolling again.  Thank you Wendy! 

Back later with my complete project after I take pics. 

Toodles xxx

A few drinks were consumed due to the heat and in the hopes of avoiding dehydration lol

Same technique..  different results

The lovely Wendy Vecchi having everyone introduce themselves to the group

Jim kindly came along and greeted us in the morning..  many thanks to him for convincing Wendy to come to England

Freckles joined me for a short time in the morning lol

First sight of our kits..  exciting!

Our arrival at the Radisson Blu hotel for our workshop with Wendy Vecchi

Just before 7am on Sunday morning in middle of London outside our hotel..  no wonder I slept like a baby. 

Clearly we all behaved at Covent Gardens! 

Only just on the train heading for London and the hilarity had already began..  possibly my rendition of 'she'll be coming round the mountain' or the fact we were singing songs about the underground in prep for our arrival lol

My new wee pal..  He stole my heart

Case was packed all ready for London venture

My canvas that I read every day.. 

We took a trip to Loch Lomond Shores a few weeks ago and ended the day with a fun filled game of crazy golf.  Just had to be done!  Lol

Loved these little ceramics

Fabulous shop called Ashtins at Loch Lomond Shores. . Spoilt for choice of aromas

So many candles..

Monday, 6 July 2015


Just realised how long it's been since my last post but I've been a busy little bee.   I've posted some pics just so you know I'm not lying lol.  

Hoping to have the living room complete by the weekend then I can forget about that and concentrate on the next project.  I'm on a whacky roll at the moment and want it all done NOW so having to practice my patience techniques lol.  I've been so short on time this year that the garden has managed to get exceptionally over grown as didn't get my spring maintenance done so it's taking a lot of hard work from both hubby and myself but we're getting there via team work.  One step at a time as they say.

Full steam ahead at work this week as I'm on holiday cover and got wee Mummy Bear going to the hospital for tests and to see the consultant about her old ticker as she's been having a few problems and doctor isn't very happy about it. 

Well that's a brief catch up on the last few weeks and it's the wee small hours so guess it's time to head off to the land of nod and promise I won't leave it as long before I'm back again.

Toodles for now

Lots and lots of gardening..  1 bin full.. 1 Barrow full..  3 large rubble bags full and 2 large piles!!  Oh yeah.. and I'm not finished yet lol

New wall art

Took mother for lunch after her new hair do

Admired this canvas whilst mother had her revamp

Took mother to 'The Hairdressers' (yes that's the salon name) to get a wee spruce up

Been planning a girls weekend in London

Hubby's been playing with his man tools lol

I've been knitting a snood using 6 different colours combined..  got a top to do next lol

The living room has been getting decorated.. painted, new curtain poles, carpet ripped up and hardwood spruced up again, new beading, new lights, new wall art and hopefully the new mantle will be in place by the end of the week

I've been knitting and crocheting hats for preemie babies in hospital..

Monday, 8 June 2015

Bright and cheerful

Hubby finally finished painting and distressing my table so it was time to decorate the top and cheerful was the order of the day.  

Ken Oliver's papers fit the bill perfectly.

Now the table dimensions didn't allow for simple straight forward application so I had to find a way to fit them fit.   After some cutting and inking of many edges I finally set about adhering all my different shapes in place and this is the final outcome.   Still have to buy some new knobs for the drawers but so far I love it..  really cheerful and bright and attracts your attention the minute you walk in the room.  Next up is the wall art lol. 

Now on to today..  I've done nothing and I mean nothing..  somehow I've managed to totally knacker my back and have struggled to even as much as bend today never mind do anything else so I've basically had a day mostly in bed and eating pain killers.  It's been playing up for the last week or so but even after hot baths, ice packs, heat packs etc its still not eased off at all.. In fact it's gotten worse so have myself an appt booked for Sat to see the physio and hopefully he can do something to help.  It's bloody excruciating and I currently feel like someone has whacked me the length of my spine with a baseball bat.   With that said it's time for my next lot of meds and taking myself off to bed.  

Take care all

Strong Man

We went to watch some amazing Scottish Strong Men at the weekend..  6 events in 1 day!!! 

It's been a while!

Oops didn't realise it was so long since my last post!

Thoroughly enjoyed my week off week even if it did go by all too quickly.

Last week I was full time covering holidays and there were lots of deliveries including some lovely new products such as these Heidi Swapp illuminated letters.  Aren't they fab!