Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sharne and I had a fun night playing

Sharne came round tonight as we needed to get the postcard work shop sorted out for school House Arts. I made these some months ago and needed to work out firstly how to do them again and secondly how long they were going to take. See how organised I am!

We took photos to record what we were doing and talked about using them to publicise the workshop for the 4th October on our blogs.

I then moaned as I did not know how to add the slide show which she has on her blog; so upstairs we marched and uploaded the photos we had taken whilst making the postcards and under strict instruction I managed to create this slide show!!!

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Dabble Day - School House Arts

This was the first time that we had run something as adventurous as this, each of us designed a tablet which could be constructed in about one hour, using different mediums. The idea was that we would end up making a zig-zag book which the samples could be displayed in for the group to take home.

Timing was all important and the girls moved from one table to another and then back again as the previous pieces were dried (in desperation the oven was put to use for this, which actually proved very effective!)

We, the Schoolhouse Four enjoyed our day and believe that the group who we were working with did too - think they must have as three of them booked onto the 'Postcard' day that we are running on the 3rd October (this I made some months ago, so guess I better go and work out how I did it before then!!!)

These are close ups of our pieces which we designed for the day.

Debs bitSharne's Margaret's and mine

Girls working hard at their tasks in hand

Doreen enjoying herslef Managed to catch Deb  in the background Noella, Liz and Sue working hard at Deb's tableapplying masking tape bore adding boot polish!

and here are the samples of the girls work - we were very pleased with what they produced and that they were still smiling at the end of a very full day.

Copy of Samples of finshed Work

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Maggie Grey

Have just checked Sharne's blog and see that she had a link to Maggie Grey's blog, so have happily added her link to my site. It was Maggie's book which was titled 'Raising the Surface with Machine Embroidery' that first got me excited about mixed media work, it was from this book that the idea for my leaf came. And if I had to choose a selection of books to take to a desert island, this would most definately be one of them, that is as long as I could still get my orders from Artvango! otherwise it would be just too frustrating!!

Dabble Day Workshop

Tonight the girls came round to put the finishing touches on the Dabble Day Workshop which School House Arts will be running on Saturday 13th September, there are a few places left for those of you who fancy trying something a little different.

We will be playing with brown paper, boot polish, metal and lutrador to name but a few of the mediums which are not necessarily linked to textile work.

My cLeaf made using water soluble paperontribution was the leaf which will be made using water soluble paper, exander print and stitch, this is mounted onto a foiled tissue paper background. Finished piece

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Ploughed Fields Finished!

Last night the girls were coming round to colour their fields. We had arranged to meet at 7, this should have giveAll good things come to those that wait, or so they say!!n me plenty of time to get home and do all the necessary before they came.  Time management course seemed to have paid off as I had a spare 1/2 hour (not sure how that happened) so decided to take Ralph (dog) for a quick march across the fields.  Big mistake, arrived at the playing fields to find two horses careering about, instinct was to leave it to the boys who had call the Police and let them deal with it, so I marched on, mindful that I only had half an hour.  On my return to the playing field, the two boys stood patiently, no Police and two horses still charging about, another dog walker and Carol my friend had joined the throng.

On the radio earlier I had heard some one saying that the English were the nationality that was least likely to take ownership of a problem and would refer it to the appropriate authority.  This must have niggled me as I decided to sort the situation out ........ foolish I know, the horses were fairly big!

I use a lead rope to walk Ralph (left over from my daughter, Kirsty's horse days at home).  Carol took charge of Ralph (small dog and enjoys cuddles!) I marched off armed with lead rope.  Eventually got rope over the big black horses head, the pink one wasn't letting me anywhere near her.  And with a bit of coaxing got the black one back into the rightful field.  The pink one dutifully followed with a little encouragement.

Needless to say there was a gaggle of girls on my doorstep when I arrived home patiently waiting.  We all set too sorting out the bits and pieces that we were going to use and clearing the table, removing the bike from the dinning room and oh yes, making the coffee and opening the biscuits!

Lynda painting the sky Noella using silk paint to darken the rutts Sue used dark purple to paint the trees and bushesGill, still determined not to have her photo taken!Liz has obviously had too many biscuits as she is enjoying herself far too much! Markalls being freely applied to finish the field    Finished pieces - excellent

I had a really lovely evening , was very pleased with the end results, and a big thank you to Gill, Liz, Noella, Sue and Lynda for my pressies xx  Currently listening to Andrea Bocelli and the freesias smelt lovely when I came home.  And of course I had to make my own Wild Woman

wild woman - need to parctice my photo manipulation!