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Sunday 9 June 2013


Hi everyone

I intended to blog today, but Blogger didn't intend me too!  I had problems accessing the 'new post' section
of my blog and several re-boots later, it appears to be back on my side.  Thank goodness - I hate to miss out on my main post of the week.

I took a few days out last week, following my back problems it was very welcome.  I spent some time with my sister and we did some shopping, relaxing, walking, chatting and eating out - all very nice and the weather was very kind to us.  

I bought some lovely crafty things including some more embossing folders.  I can't show them to you this week as they are part of my workshop demonstrations, so don't want to give the game away for my crafters.  We still have spaces available on our card-making workshop, so if you would like to join us please get in touch on

I made two items in pottery this week: a shallow dish which will be burnished, biscuit-fired and then fired in saw dust - a new experiment for me.  My second piece was a large candle-holder made up of individually decorated sections.  No pics yet, but next week.  Due to no power at the centre during half-term, we have a rather large back-log of work waiting for various temperature firings to take place.  Now I know why I got started early on those Christmas pieces!

My fellow workshop crafter, Lauren, is running a great give-away on her blog - lots of great Stampin' Up goodies.  Nip over, follow the instructions in her post and you will be in with a chance to win.

The Surrey Artists Open Studios event opened this week and my pottery tutor, Jean Tolkovsky, held a special viewing today to which she invited her pottery group.  It was great fun, lovely nibbles, Pimms and of course really great pottery.  You must have a look at her work - such a diverse range of creations.  Last year at Jean's studio I bought a mum guinea fowl and two chicks.  I saw some lovely pieces today - one big head-shaped pot caught my eye - sadly not my bank balance though.  However, there were other pieces that come within my price range, so I will be going back.

Off now to make more cards for the workshop.  A crafter's work is never done.  Don't forget to visit Handmade Monday - it's number 120!  Where does the time go?  If you would like to be a guest blogger here, please contact me on  

Hope you have a good week - I will be back next Sunday and Milly (who missed last week - just can't get the staff) will be back on Wednesday.



  1. Glad your back is feeling better x

  2. That's the trouble with being crafters we enjoy looking at other people's crafts and want to buy things too!

  3. I did wonder where your Sunday post was, thought you were out enjoying the fine weather :-)

    I love pottery but waiting for kiln time really does try my patience. I like to see more immediate results, so switched to mosaic.

  4. Hope your back is feeling better now, you are always so busy that nature made you slow down.

    Really looking forward to the workshop on Tuesday.


  5. Christmas started already? *faints* Sounds like you are very busy though - hope you're looking after your back whilst doing all your crafting.

  6. I hope your back is much better this week. I can't wait to see your finished pottery. I'm very impressed that you've already started preparing for Christmas. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  7. Good for you getting some time to relax, i suspect when you are self employed it is particularly difficult to get!

  8. Hope your back isn't giving you too much trouble this week. Sometimes you just need to take it easy for a change.

    Can't wait to see your finished pottery xx

  9. ooh it sounds like you're having a go at Raku in pottery - its great fun, you'll love it i'm sure!

    i hope your back is feeling better after some down time :) x

  10. Sounds like you have a lot going on! Look forward to seeing your pottery pieces - my mum's a potter, and getting things out of the kiln is always an exciting/nervous time! x

  11. It's lovely to take time out, especially with a sister - I made time to visit mine this week and see what was going on in her studio.
    Looking forward to seeing your pottery, I had great fun last year having a go at Raku

  12. I hope you're fully recovered! I can't wait to see the embossing!

  13. I hate it when blogger plays up and doesn't do what you want it to do.
    It sounds like your relaxing time with sis done you good.

    Take care

    Jan x


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