19 February 2015

Four days of fun...

Hi everyone and welcome! Thought I'd just share a little of my life recently (and it might go a little way to explaining why I've been unable to drop by your blogs in quite a while).

Think I shared previously (losing track) that I got some shows recorded for IndigoBlu, and these are currently being broadcast throughout February on britishcraftnetwork.tv. And I'm pleased to say plans are afoot for more of those to come in the foreseeable future! Thank you so much to all of you that have passed on fabulous messages of support and praise - it means the world x

Obviously the DT work and demos have continued apace (had the BEST time ever at PoppyCraft in Wallingford) and closer to home at Back2Craft in Walsall it was fast paced and furious with four in depth make n take sessions in one day! Thank you to everyone who came along to these for making them so enjoyable, and to the lovely Verna and Val at PoppyCraft and the wonderful whirlwind that is Sarah at Back2Craft.

And so to the last four days...  it all started on the Saturday with a one day workshop at my local craft store at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Rangemore with 21 eager and enthusiastic ladies all ready to get down and just a little dirty with paint and flake. To say I got them working way outside their comfort zones, the results were superb - hats off to you all! A huge thank you just doesn't seem a big enough way to show my appreciation to Wendy for organising this and even coming in on her day off to help throughout the day. It would not have been possible without you x
Here are some photos of the day...






Then it was off to the trade show at the NEC, Birmingham to a place I was thrilled to call home for three days, demo'ing on the IndigoBlu stand! Seriously, it was SO busy that I didn't get any photos of the stand (thank you so much Kay for this pre-show shot and for the chance to do this!) The stand had everyone in raptures (huge round of applause to the DT/demonstrators for the awesome samples) and they were LOVING the new stamp designs, papers and seeing what could be done with English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paints.


Best not to ask me what was on display at the show! I got as far as seeing Finnabair and the Decoart stand (with the fabulous Mark Gould and uber-smiley creative wonder that is Andy Skinner) but that was it. It was lovely to have some of my personal heroes drop by the stand to say hello too - Kath Stewart was taking a well deserved opportunity to just enjoy the show, my good pal Rosella Cottrell flew by in between demo'ing and her shows on C&C, and Jennie Boxall came by too with Mal by her side. Then I finally got to meet the gem of a lady that is Julia Stratford-Wright in person. How long have I worked alongside and 'known' this lady and yet it took until now to finally get to see her irl!


Can't even begin to describe how fantastic it was to catch up with the beautiful Brenda Brown throughout the three days (boy, that lady has stamina!) and we were joined by another creative genius and all round lovely person, Astrid Maclean on Tuesday! You'll probably have spotted that the paint splattered pinny was welded on to me permanently the whole time.


So now I'm back home, getting posts written for the coming days, looking forlornly at the state of the house and trying to figure out which of the long list of creative jobs needs doing first - it's silly busy but incredibly exciting! And now you know why my attempts at general blog hopping/visiting has all but ground to a halt, and I can't promise normal service will be resumed any time soon, but I do have a plan hatched to make it up to you - more on that to come (mwahaha!)...

I'll be back tomorrow with that step by step for Frilly and Funkie so I hope you can drop by for that.
In the meantime take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like life is incredibly busy indeed! Love the photo of you with Brenda and Astrid.

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  2. Sounds like you are in a crafty whirlwind , hope you find time to catch your breath and enjoy it too x hugs

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  3. What a lovely post Jenny, a writer and an artist! So wonderful to see it all so thanks for sharing. Oh my goodness love the workshop with the flakes! Bet that was a messy day. Do,you do indigo blu demos further south, let me know if you do, would love to come along. Is there a schedule anywhere? Nikki xxx

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  4. Good morning Jenny, you have tired me out just reading about your "life" at the moment. As long as you are enjoying it all, that's the main things. Life is too short not to fill it with what you love doing.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  5. Fabulous post Jenny! Lovely to get a peek into your weekend. I am enjoying seeing all your creations and catching up with you on the British Craft channel. Keep up the good work xxx

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  6. You are a busy bee! Lovely to catch up with you and drool at your gorgeous artwork, your very excited friend Elizabeth ;) xxx

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  7. A great round up of your busy days Jenny!! Don't forget to enjoy it too!!! Super photos and I was so happy to meet up again!!!

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  8. Sounds fantastic - thank you for the photos!

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  9. You must be completely shattered Jenny but in a very, very good way!! I could not say it any better than Patricia (above) - life is too short. Just enjoy it! After a while, the dust doesn't get any thicker....or so some wise woman once told me! Great pics, really sorry I missed it... but pleased it all went so well for you. Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Looks a fabulous fun time Jenny. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Julie x

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  11. Ohhh I do love a good vicarious vacation and I had the best time at the local little craft store and you are just plain ADORABLE!! Loved all the smiling pictures. So glad you're having fun and remember the old saying, " A dirty house is the sign of a happy creative woman."
    hugs

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  12. Jenny you must be either running on adrenaline or absolutely shattered by now!
    Thank you for sharing those photographs. I can tell you had the most amazing time and it is wonderful to read that you are in such high demand, you deserve all of this.
    It must be lovely to meet up with blogging friends.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  13. It sure looks like one great time and so lovely to see some of my DT Sisters enjoying each others company! Hugs!

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  14. Wow Jenny!! You do sound as if you've been extremely busy, but it does look like great fun!! Can't wait to see your post tomorrow xx

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  15. Sounds like you are having a great time being busy doing what you love! Great stuff Jenny.... Don't exhaust yourself though, how lovely to meet up with all these talented ladies ! And great news about the filming. I really enjoyed watching you ..you're a natural ! Xx

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  16. Sounding of great excitement Jenny. I am really happy to hear that you are achieving your dream. Take time to breathe sweetheart. Looking forward to seeing lots of new things from you. Hugs Rita xxx and

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  17. What a busy time you've been having - but you deserve every moment of the opportunities and successes coming your way. You know I thought you were fab in the tv spot, and it looks as though you've been equally brilliant in the classes and demo-ing - a big bravo all round. And fab to see the photos of all those lovely people too.
    Alison xx

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  18. Looks like a wonderful time! So glad to see so many familiar faces having fun together.

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  19. A lovely post Jenny, you certainly are a busy lady. Lucky you to have finally met some of those incredibly talented ladies and lucky them to have finally met the incredibly talented you!! So enjoyed reading this!! ox

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  20. Such exciting times, how wonderful to meet all those wonderful talented folks! Wish I lived on your side of the pond so I could join in the fun, lucky folks who got to learn with you!

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  21. Such fun I know! I am so happy you are doing this!!!

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  22. What a great post, one busy lady! Lovely to put faces to names. Enjoy your deserved success. Ruth x

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  23. Thank you for sharing all the fun and exciting things that have been happening in your life, Jenny! I think YOU have tons of stamina, too, as I'm quite exhausted just READING about all that you have going on! Forget the house! Life is too short! Carry on loving and living every minute of it crafting away just like you're doing. And don't worry about commenting to me - seriously, I know how it is. Sending hugs, Darnell

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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