Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shopping, Birthdays and Books

Life is incredibly busy at the moment, both at home and on the work front.

At home we have friends who need friends at the moment. My husband has two exceptionally good friends who mean everything to him, one he owes his life too, the other is fighting for his life being in the final stage of lung cancer. It's hard to see such a lovely man loosing his battle, it's also hard to believe that only five months ago he was fit and healthy.

And don't they say 'it never rains but it pours'? On Monday we were told that my husbands oldest sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer and Parkinson's Disease and she's in hospital at the moment. We don't know any more at this time as they are now doing more tests so we're keeping fingers and toes crossed that Joyce will have a good outcome.

At work we're really busy with a mountain of things going on and events in the planning and preparation stage. I taught a Bind It All workshop today and have another on Saturday which I'm really looking forward to... it's a canvas journal containing both canvas pages and watercolour paper. We're going to get lovely and painty and very creative - I'll try really hard to get some pictures of every ones creations that I can share with you all.

Glenda's brand new CD ROM 'Essence of Nature' arrived in the building today and they were  promptly re-packed and despatched to everyone who had placed advanced orders. This one's a beauty with gorgeous colours, inspirational designs and some lovely arty elements designed by Lesley. The class today got to work with some papers from the CD and the colour combinations they put together were fantastic.Thank you for a lovely day ladies, the art work you brought for me to see was totally stunning! Thank you for sharing.

Since my last post I have acquired a few new things as a result of a visit to York and  another trip out to the Metro Centre. I'm sure those of you who have visited Graphicus on our Open Days will have realised that I have quite a penchant for wire mannequins. Well, my collection has grown by four..... I have two that are designed to hang from the top of a door, a free standing one and a little beauty that Jill found for me to alter.

Here's one of the door hanging variety, I bought two (different designs) because one will be perfect for displaying some of my larger, articulated tag art and the other one will hang inside my studio for me to hang up my pinny's.

This one has a centre hook at the waist and several more hooks around the hem line. It looks a bit grey in this photo but it's ivory really.

I'm really pleased with this one.... it was another TK Maxx find..... love that shop! I also got a fab cream wire book stand that is perfect for displaying art canvases.

Another brill find that I must share with you is this....

I found this at my local Pound Store and yes.... it was £1.00. Brilliant for degunking my scissors and that little scraper is now in my tool kit as it is ideal for spreading texture paste and other such mediums.

My visit to the Metro Centre yielded this.... an amazing 'glittered' lap top skin. I actually bought two, the other is black and silver and features roses, a skull combined with a butterfly and sumptuous scroll work. So ME! I couldn't decide which one to put on first. It's getting a bit much when my lap top has a fashion wardrobe better than mine.

It was my Sister In Law Susan's 60th birthday a couple of weeks ago and she loves butterflies, so guess what her card featured?

These butterflies have been stamped onto acetate with StazOn and gilded with Abalone Metal Leaf.

I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die for the mount which is covered with Artylicious paper then stamped and embossed the beautiful corners with a glittering white embossing powder (all stamps by Elusive Images). I also made a matching box to house the card and she loved it (thank goodness).

And finally for this evening, I'll leave you with a little taster of a Piano Hinge Skewer Book that I taught on a recent workshop at Graphicus.

It's now getting seriously late and I'm always ready for some sleep after teaching for the day so I'll show you some more pictures of this and another one I've made, next time. For now......

Have fun, Happy Crafting .......create Beauty!


crafty flossie said...

Hi Lynn. What a time you're having. Sending hubby and yourself lots of strength. Thankyou for sharing your photos they are amazing. The card you made for your sister in law is beautiful. The butterflies are gorgeous, I think I remember the technique from the retreat. I bought a small cream wire body from The Range on Saturday and told DH it's to hang keys on, Well for a week or two and then it's coming into my room to hand bits and pieces on. I also got a lovely wire book stand perfect for displaying cards. I'd like to thank yourself and Jill for my purchases. It was lovely to see your smiling face yesterday.
Debbie M

craftimamma said...

Hi Lynn, first of all let me say thankyou for another wonderful class. As always I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned some lovely 'pocket' ideas for journals and memory books. I'm so looking forward to Saturday's class too.

I am so sorry to learn of all the sad and worrying stuff going on in your life just now and my thoughts are with you and the people you care about so much.

I was in that fave shop of ours the other day and almost bought one of those hanging manequins. Only the thought of my OH looking at me with despair and saying 'Now WHERE are you going to put that?' stopped me, Lol! I'm still tempted to go back.

Finally, that you for sharing your lovely artwork. I can just imagine how thrilled your SIL was with her birthday card and that book is absolutely stunning!

See you Saturday!

Lesley Xx

veronica said...

Lynn, your tags look fabulous on that mannequin! They make a wonderful display - they look good individually, but all together- wow!

Jill said...

Oh Jo and I almost went to TK Maxx a couple of weeks ago. I really wish we had now.

I LURVE the door hanging mannequin!!!

Looking forward to our workshop tomorrow!



judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Lynn, sorry to hear of the sad times that are happening for you and your OH right now. Life is just so hard sometimes.
I want to thank you so much for two absolutely wonderful classes last week, I had such a lovely time. They were just what I needed. Particularly Saturday, I just loved what we did, and was able to just forget everything else. It was lovely to see everyone else too! I love your mannequins, and thank you for sharing your lovely artwork, it is an inspiration as always, Judith xx

Jo said...

A feast for the eyes as usual, Lynn. Your blog is such an inspiration it's lovely to see you can post more often again now. Sad to say I have not managed a workshop with you this summer and will miss the coming open days too. But looking forward to being on the retreat again this year. I know you will have some fantastic projects for us.