Thursday, 28 July 2011

No news is news!

I know a lot of you are waiting for 'news' and I assure you that wheels are turning, very slowly, but you will be the first to know anything. With retreat work and the shop being so unseasonably busy and show rehearsals I have welcomed the lull before the storm. Also I have started the Christmas buying and Debi and I sat down to plan our Christmas programme last week. Yes, I know,I do have one of the best jobs in the world.

I have been particularly quiet recently as I am taking part in an all singing, all dancing show at the Forum theatre in Chester next week and rehearsals have been heavy, heavy, heavy.

And those poor guys are still managing to smile! How very professional of them!

Managed a day out to Colwyn Bay in North Wales this week and what a beautiful day that was. Boo and Teddy love the beach.

People seem to have a thing at the moment about lifting me up!

On the domestic front Nige and I are the proud parents of these baby potatoes,

our very first potatoes I should add; our first blueberries,

and tomatoes (we are old hands at tomatoes now).

Our Autumn/Christmas workshop programme is being finalized as I type, and we are very pleased with the content. It will be published and open to bookings from Wednesday, August 3rd, which is also the day our summer sale starts!

Must dash - costumes to sort!

Craft yourself crazy!

Rosemary x
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Saturday, 16 July 2011

And there's more!

Another beautiful day dawned and everyone was raring to go again. The classes were optional but proved so popular that at times there were only a handful of people left in the cropping room.

The Vintage Whimsical Book was definitely our most challenging class but well worth the sweat and tears. This pretty book was made completely from scratch and had plenty of pockets inside. We made good use of the big bite hole tool as the book pockets were bound at the spine with ribbon. This is one class we will be running in the shop early September so watch this space if you are interested.

We grabbed a quick coffee and got down to our last class. Although we completed four double page layouts and a title and end page this 8 x 8" Almost Done scrap booking class was a cinch as all the pieces had been cut beforehand so it was just a matter of putting the pages together. We used Fancy Pants It's the Little Things for this which is a very appealing general range.

Following a carvery lunch (always my fave) the afternoon was free to finish up, and also to announce the winner of our Wonderwall and our Queen of the Crop!

And so another retreat bites the dust but the number of emails, cards and gifts that we have received, and are still receiving, just gives us the impetus to start planning the next. I did chill on Monday but Tuesday I was there notebook in hand!

Dates are out for next years retreats but bookings have not opened yet. We look forward to seeing old friends but also love to meet new ones. The photo below shows half of our group of ladies - the other half wouldn't leave their cropping!

This weekend is our Christmas in July weekend and it is gonna be busy with two Molly Blooms classes today and House Mouse and Whimsical Noel class tomorrow. (Can you tell we love the word whimsical at the moment?). Will post photos of those in a few days.

So Happy Christmas!

Rosemary x

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Thursday, 14 July 2011

All done and dusted!

That heading does not refer to my house I hasten to add - that needs some serious attention! It refers to our ninth retreat and what a great one it was. We had a great time and I know you did too judging by the emails we have had since. Thank you for your feedback - it really makes all the hard work worthwhile to know how much you got out of it. We counted up that we had worked a 39 hour weekend from Friday to Sunday so no wonder we were a little tired on Monday! I just daren't get on the scales yet after a weekend of eating like that - in fact yesterday Nige and I were reliving the desserts in our minds!

The crop room opened at 5.30pm Friday, although we had greeted most of you over coffee and cake at Crab Apple Crafts in the afternoon, and by 5.40pm the whole room looked like a bomb had hit it. Some serious scrapping had been planned. Although we didn't have any classes that first evening we did hand out an optional project that we had planned to kickstart those of you who needed it.

What always amazes me is that, even after a long day that involves a lot of travel for some of you, you are still loathe to stop scrapbooking at midnight! We were flagging though even if you weren't and still had to stay to put out your goody boxes for the morning.

Saturday started with a 9 o'clock summer bunting book/banner class using the new Countrytime range from Echo park. Anne was proudly holding up her finished project and it was a minute before somebody realized hers was back to front and reading 'remmus' instead of Summer! Quickly sorted though.

A lettering technique class followed and then lunch before we attempted my fave class of the day - the back to front canvas frame using Bo Bunny's Gabrielle paper range.

We did manage to fit in another technique class before dinner using a 12 x 12" plastic template to make a 12 x 12" layout, an 8 x 8" layout and a card.

After a leisurely dinner you were free to scrap the evening away or join Nige on his Nocturnal Exposure trek. It was a beautiful evening and well worth the stroll onto the hill to catch the sunset and have some landmarks pointed out. We were lucky to have some beautiful weather in which to enjoy the views from the crop room and classroom.

And so to bed - will tell you about Sunday tomorrow.


Rosemary x

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Friday, 8 July 2011

Ready and waiting?

Well I made it through 2 weeks that included 23 hours of dance rehearsals,two coffee mornings and manic preparation for our scrap booking retreat. Now I love being busy but there have been times over the past ten days when I wondered whether I had taken too much on. But just when I start to think I should pull back a little I get an email from my 94 year old housebound and partially blind neighbour to tell me she has a new laptop and could I update her email address!! So I shall not slow down until I absolutely have to!

Marge made loads of her gorgeous cupcakes for coffee morning!

We have waded through boxes and boxes of new product, some of which only made it onto the shelves for a day or so as you snapped it up. I thoroughly enjoyed coffee morning and two more of you succumbed to the vagabond machine! We had a rush on tissue tape when you saw how versatile it was but it came back into stock yesterday. You are loving the extended range of 6" x 6" pads and also the new range of dielicious dies from do crafts.

The sample below shows a demo of the new Indigo Blu stamps we had in.

So today sees the start of our 2011 scrap booking weekend retreat and we are ready and waiting to get started. We are confident the classes are even better than last years! I will post photos on my blog of the weekend and the projects. We have worked so hard cutting kits for the classes so that everyone can complete as much as possible during the sessions. In fact I cut 1,980 pieces for my Almost Done class alone!

Anyway must dash as we are setting up at the hotel from 9am. Have a great weekend - I know I will.

Scrap happy!

Rosemary x

Ps watch out for an august schedule next week as we have listened and are including a Craft n Chat and Stay n Play in August. Some of you just don't want us to have a rest do you?

Coffee morning
New products

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