Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

28 October 2010

Catching up...

Its half term at the moment and I'm catching up with bits and pieces  which is good but its been hampered slightly by:
  • Our main pc is a little the worse for wear and so a nice man has taken it away to (hopefully) make it better.. (you know how computer help lines always tell you to turn the machine off and on again - well ours was doing that all my itself!!! ggrrrr) and the laptop doesn't have a seperate mouse (just one of those plate thingies in front of the keyboard - aaaargh I just can't get on with those - I need a mouse!! lol)
  • I've run out of glue sticks - how is that posible - I was sure I had a load in a drawer somewhere but apparently not!  I discovered its quite hard to craft without a glue stick - and not just any old glue stick - a Tombow glue stick - love Tombow but dislike that its not overly widely available.. I've been online and bought 6 sticks - I almost bough 10 but decided this may have been a bit obesssive! lol
What else has happened in JoLand - well there was this last friday:
Hubby arranged these - he never does things by half!!  These balloons couldn't be any bigger or pinker could they!! lol  v v fab - but Bertie & Lola are a little unsure about them - especially as they have bells on (the balloons not the cats! lol)

There was the first of 2 ArtsyCrafts weekends - which was really good - lots of lovely ladies making lots of lovely stuff... The projects were really really nice - The ladies who are going to Warrington this weekend are in for a real treat.  I'll post photos once the second weekend is done & dusted.

I downloaded the NewYork photos (loved New York!) ready for the pc going to be repaired - here are a few photos (there are soooo many I can't show you them all - and I'm sure you've got better things to look at on the internet than my holiday snaps! lol)
I loved the NewYork brownstone houses - elegant and tradional against all the skyscrapers that everyone associates with NewYork (and yes we did see the Sex & The City street but I didn't walk down it ala Carrie Bradshaw - I didn't have the right shoes (trainers rather than Manolo Bkahnik's) lol)
I took this photo down on the Lower East side - love the peeling posters (the posters might even have been painted on).  This was near the Tenement Museum - if you go to NY you really HAVE to go there. The museum is just wonderful - its been put together with such care, love and attention that its a definite must see.  The guide who took us round almost reduced me to tears twice.  Very moving.  This one tenement building had 7000, yes SEVEN THOUSAND occupants over a 50 year period!! Can you imagine! That works out to be, on average, 140 new people through in each year!!  10 approx a month!!  I have trouble getting my head round those numbers!
 And this is the view from window on the journey home - oooh fluffy clouds - they look like you should be able to bounce on them! (and coming into land it did feel like the plane was bouncing on them!) and I love the Union Jack on the edge of the wing!

Well thats all for today (got to go feed the car (yes the car) & then catch the shops before they close) - tomorrow I might have some creative bits to show you! ... but I'm not making any promises! lol

27 October 2010

Insight into Jo-Land

I was wandering around the www today looking at the sites/ peeps I follow on twitter, planning to sign up for a course that Copy&Paste are running to do with Christmas but I got side tracked at Julie Kirk's blog (one half of Copy&Paste) by the list of questions she asked & answered (all about 'shopping' at home - ie using things that you've already bought but not used yet)- she invited readers to answer them:

so here are my answers - its a little glimpse of what its like in Jo-land! (a very nice place, of which I am queen and she who must (maybe) be obeyed rofl)

1. It would be amazing if my house really was a shop like ...  Can't decide: so many shops so little time!

2. But at the moment it's probably more like ...  no-one's just mine - bit of this bit of that..

3. The best-stocked area of my house has got to be ... my workroom or the bathroom shelf (though quite a lot of that is M's)

4. But I'm not sure I would dare do a stock-take of my ... Craft stash! because if I added up what's here and at the studio it actually makes me feel quite sick - there is soon to be a major cull/destash of this because its now cramping my thoughts....

5. I could actually open my doors right now and sell off most of my ... music cd's, craft stash, junk jewellery (necklaces, bangles)... and I'd still have plenty left!

6. If I could go shopping in someone else's house I'd choose ... oooh too many choices!!

7. With the money I'll save by shopping at home for my supplies, I could buy ... hhmm thats a toughy - I'd save it all up until I saw the perfect 'something' - and as those things come up unexpectedly its good to have the money squirrelled away 'just in case!  oooh no, I know, I know - I'd buy an Isamu Noguchi table (been wanting  one for a while)
8. During this class I hope I will get to 'buy' / revisit / finally get to use my stock of ... Everything!! lol but especially chipboard shapes & alphabets, not forgetting the buttons, buttons, and oh, more buttons....

9. The best thing about shopping at home will be ... not carrying any bags of 'purchases', rediscovering forgotton treasures - and turning all that stash into lovely items!! destashing AND creating - thats a double whammy!

 10. Shopping at home will mean I can get away with wearing ... no make-up and my oh-so-comfy pink-with-white-spots pj bottoms & a t-shirt .

aaaanyhoo enough about 'shopping' in Jo-land!  thats all for now.. got to go and create something!!  (I've got some new Tim Holtz & Sizzix dies to play with!)

25 October 2010

Call off the search party! I'm here!...

...and I been a truly bad bad blogger - almost a whole month has gone by without updating of the blog - thats truly shameful ... I blame the very quick & easy Twitter! lol
but I'm getting back on track.
Normal service will resume asap! I may even WOYWW!!
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