Thursday, 27 October 2011

(Rose)Mary Berry!

Okay so the baking plans didn't go to plan. Georgia found something more interesting to do and I should never have started as I didnt feel too good. But I had said I would do it and so I did. What I did though was set my scales on one unit of measurement and measured all my ingredients in another. Doh! So into the bin with that batch. But next day I made up for it and did cupcakes, soup and more - and really enjoyed myself. (Okay I should add that I am the only one able to eat the soup as I doubled up on chillies to give it an extra kick)!

Esthers demo went really well - her samples were all in black and white. We made sure to book Esther for our next birthday demo day. Clare's (aka Molly Bloom) demo was also very successful!

Been up to my neck in retreat preparations and prep for my own workshops. Looking forward to a busy White Christmas class tomorrow. If I bring mince pies do you think they will let me play Christmas music, or am I pushing my luck?

I love white on white! The card below is using the bargello technique (ha ha - my predictive text just changed Bargello to bagel! Now that technique I do like! ).

Information packs to retreaters are very nearly ready to go out.

Just making final checks and sealing envelopes. Can't wait to see everyone again.

Let's get Christmas crafting!

Love Rosemary x

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Friday, 7 October 2011

Cake, coffee and crafting!

Had a great day yesterday teaching classes. It is always lovely to spend a concentrated amount of time with people when I spend so much time dashing about in the shop. Now the weather has turned nasty in the past few days what better way to spend a day than drinking coffee, eating cake and doing some crafting.

This card is from the Wishing on a Star class and below shows the inside of a book /card from the hougie board class.

2012 retreat bookings are going well - November is over half full and the card making and scrapbooking ones are both over a third full. Debi and I are really enjoying working towards our Christmas themed retreat in five weeks. With 77 attendees pack making is rather time consuming! This is our 10th retreat and we still haven't lost the buzz!

This weekend Georgia and I are planning to do some baking - well she wants to do cake and I want to try a recipe I have for butternut squash soup. Might be a little fraught in our kitchen. Nige is banished to the garden to give it a good pre-winter tidy. No, don't feel sorry for him - he will have plenty of help in the form of Boo, Teddy and Cubby!

If you are near Frodsham today Esther will be there all day demonstrating new creatables and embossing folders! Pop in and say hello. Also don't forget our Molly Bloom demo all day next Saturday. Visit the website for more details.

Off to attack the weekend (well might have another coffee first). Have a good one.

Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Demo dates!

So, is it Autumn or is it not? Our scarecrows are awfully confused! Not complaining though - what a lovely week. I feel like I have waited months for this.

At Crab Apple we have another busy week ahead. We have the always popular Esther from Kars with us this coming Saturday 8th October demoing the new creatables dies and new embossing folders. And then the Saturday after we have Clare the designer of Molly Blooms stamps demoing her new designs all day. I am rather excited about this as I know she has some fantastic samples and, like me, she loves folded cards and books. So please do drop by for either, or both, of these demo days for some crafting inspiration.

Today we open bookings for next years Forest Hills crafting retreats. Something tells me Nige is going to be busy on the phone. If you fancy an indulgent crafting weekend in 2012 do visit our website for details.

Hope you are having a great week.

Rosemary x

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