Sunday, 29 May 2011

Another day of rain and another Bank Holiday!

I made it into the inner sanctum and took some photos of georgia's photo wall -and I did get engrossed in all the memories depicted there. It's a reality check really. When she moans about life being boring or having no friends I will tell her to go look at this wall.

We are into masks at the moment at Crab Apple Crafts and you can see the examples from the class we have been running if you hop on over to the website, but just wanted to show you how you can use the same mask for scrap booking and cardmaking. The one we used below was a 12 x 12" mask from Artemio.

Cant believe I taught my last Thru the Year scrapbook class in this block on Friday which means we now have six months of 2011 covered. And June hasn't even begun yet. Oh how smug do I feel having the layouts sitting there waiting for the photographs!

I know that's a backwards way to work for most scrap booking but for an album like this it works. Because of the nature of the scrapbook I was having trouble deciding what sort of album to choose and then I saw this beautiful kraft coloured one from Making Memories that ticked all the boxes.

Another thing that I have been impressed with at the moment is the reemergence of lace (lass-ay). I remember, about ten years back,the painstaking way we had to manually cut with these templates to get the desired effect and now all of a sudden we whizz them through our vagabond or cuttlebug and hey presto. Also we have so much more choice with double sided paper so it feels like a whole new ball game.

It is mad at Chez Merry at the moment. Last weekend Georgia, Joel and I started rehearsals for two shows in August. A three hour dance rehearsal Saturday and a four hour one on Sunday. I could hardly walk on Monday and Tuesday! Why do I do this? Because I was born to dance! Ha ha more like I refuse to grow old gracefully. I feel fifteen again when I put my tap shoes on!

This coming weekend we have had the event of the year (to Georgia anyway). it was her 16th birthday and we have had months of arguing about a party. When did 16 become such an important milestone?The thing is, I know we will have the same arguments when she is approaching 18 and 21! Anyway, long story short - a dear friend hosted it and not only did she invite the grandparents she also invited our dogs (and yes she has met Boo) so that we could stay longer. True friendship or pure madness? It was so much more exciting to Georgia for someone else to be throwing her a party!

This is Teddy under the table all partied out!

Let's all dance as if no one is watching and sing as if no one can hear!

Have a fun Bank Holiday Monday.

Hugs Rosemary x

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

For Sale - one large black and aqua dog!

The dreaded GCSE exams are just about to start in our house but I am not sure just how much revision is going on. Instead Georgia decided to create a photo wall instead (as a break you see) and it reminded me of the power of photos. I guarantee that if you put up a wall of photos people will pore over them - even relative strangers.

(Space here for picture of Georgia's photo wall but denied access to teenage bedroom for normal hours of every day due to amount of sleep needed at this age!)

We have been attempting to do some maintenance in the house (aided by one very nosy and very much 'in the way at all times' large dog. Attempting to paint the hall is very tricky when it is a space that leads to all places. Nige had to gloss paint the skirting boards again after Boo thought it would be a big help to get involved. Black hairy skirting boards are not really a look that's rocking at the moment.

Georgia and Joel are scorning the new disco ball light shades and have decreed that anyone walking through the wall has to do so a la John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever! Have you seen Nige 'dad dance'!?!?

Craftwise I am sorting out what was my qvc storage and work room at the shop and it's taking me ages as I pore over the hundreds of layouts. Can remember airing my first few kits with only a handful of layouts.

I am excited about new opportunities. I am already finding extra time to plan more workshops to teach in my own store and that is something I am always getting nagged about. Yes, you know who you are! Very inspired about a hougie board class at the moment - fulfils my paper folding cravings! Also other exciting things unfolding so WATCH THIS SPACE!

Anyway I will push on. I have been prepping for my scrapbooking class that runs this morning and then after that I can hopefully get on with making a special mdf birthday book for a friends birthday. That is after I have hung the washing out, brushed the laminate, cleaned around in the kitchen etc etc. No! That is what normally happens. I'm sure most of us do what we should do and then there is no time left to do what we wish to do so I am putting my foot down today!

Happy scrapping!

Rosemary x

Ps we have a Molly Blooms Christmas in July workshop day booking now and already more than half full. Visit the website for details. Exciting!

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Friday, 6 May 2011

The merry merry month of May!

May already! Can't believe I ran the first of my Thru' the Year classes for the second quarter two days ago. April, May and June double page layouts in two and a half hours! Almost speed scrapping.

Thank goodness the bank holidays are done with for a few weeks at least. I've been waking up with no idea what day it is. I was so glad to get back to normal. Although the shop is open Sundays and bank holidays anyway. We did, however decide to close for the Royal Wedding so that we could take a three day break. And how glad I was to be able to watch that spectacle. Everything was so perfect but all I could think was what an anticlimax there must have been after the big day following the months of prep and such a fairytale day. Wonder if Catherine has started on her wedding scrapbook yet.

The caravan park at Lady Heyes opens in the next month so if you have a tourer, come stay and visit Crab Apple Crafts for a class or two. As our photographic studio has opened too you could have a photoshoot at the same time!

Our June workshop schedule has just been uploaded to the website and there are a few classes I would like to mention. We have decided to run a class called Cricut 101 to help all those of you who have hardly taken your cricut out of it's box let alone made good use of it. You will need to bring your machine with you and we will cover everything to get you using it, including auto fill, flip, mix and match, fit to page etc.

Also Nige is getting out the iron again and combining wax with Lindsay Masons new fairy stamps to produce fairy fantasy cards. The new Stay n Play kit uses a new Bo Bunny range called Gabrielle. Eight cards and envelopes

The samples are on the website. Anyway go have a look as there is plenty more on there including our summer coffee morning dates where we will be having a sale of ex workshop/demo stamps.

I feel a move around in the shop coming on! How to tell Nige.

Have a lovely crafting weekend and happy national scrapbooking day for today!

Rosemary x

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