Yorkshire air - yeah go on, breathe it right in.
**sprinkles some bottled goodness over this blog post**
It no longer stanks of coal, sulphur and pale ale (like in't good old days).
Yorkshire is my homeland, its beauty knows no bounds by by eck, it were bloody freezing today. Chanking is the word I would use to describe how bitter it was.
Today, I nipped over to the posher ends of Yokshire (Harrogate no less) to join Dyan and 10 really nice and I mean REALLY nice girls who were just darling to sit with. I met lots of familiar faces again and didn't feel like I was teaching a class at all. The warm reception certainly took the sting out of the cold day. So what did we make? Well, we made my special recipe advent calendar and we also made this. Its an inside photo (I hardly saw daylight today)To make this little eccentric crimbo table dec you only need pages from an old book and some bazzill to make a cone to stick the strips onto. Of course we distressed the pages and splodged alcohol inks on the paper before we stuck them on and then we topped it off with a pretty lil butterfly.
My advice when making this curly tree?
When you eventually rip the pages from an old book, make sure the lead character isn't called Fanny. That name appears on several of the strips on my treea nd Im quite unsure whether it really is suitable for my crimbo table. Im even sorry to even have to type the "F" word, I really don't like it. But there you go. That's Jane Austens Mansfield Park for you. Who knew that name would have such a cringe worthy significance these days? Bluergh. PS: Don't go looking at the picture again just to look for those words, I turned the tree until there were none on show. What I am grateful for is that the girls on the workshop were good humoured about it and needless to say, they used pages from a book with slightly more appealing words.
I really enjoyed my day and the trip to Harrogate is worth the 3 hour return journey. So much so that Im going to take a once a month residence in the shop to teach all sorts of stuff that comes in to my head. The next workshop in January is a class where you will complete 8 layouts in 5 hours with 8 techniques to boot. Nothing spectacularly difficult, just the opportunity to bang some photos on a page or 8 - Im lucky if I can make one layout in 2 hours at times. I have to say Im really excited about that, truly.
Then if that wasn't magnificent enough to wet my whistle, Ive only gone and booked myself on a Rusty Pickle day at Dy's (Art from the Heart, Harrogate) on the 16th Dec. The class runs from 12-3 and will see you making a complete album. Its entitled Rockstar but its nothing like the title suggests, which I admit put me off a bit. I got to see the sneak preview and Im so excited and I hardly ever bock myself on a course (namely due to lack of funds or time). I thought I'd mention it on here as not many people know that Lance Anderson himself is coming over to teach it. Counting down the days....................
*meant to add, go and read Dyans blog to fathom what this picture is all about - its hilarious).
toodle oooooooooo xx