Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm still flying high after the news of our daughter's engagement, she rang on Tuesday morning to tell me her cheeks were aching because she couldn't stop grinning!

Well I've had a free hour this afternoon so I thought I'd post some pictures of my recent creations...
Here is the tree I painted at Dyan's (it has been nabbed already!)
I so enjoyed this - the shading technique took a bit of practise but I mastered it in the end and was quite pleased with my result...

The other side....
And yes, I did that shading. A simple touch that makes all the difference!

I've had a little play around with the Viva paints. They are great for adding texture to your work.
I love the colours of this - Autumn shades

The following 'photos are of the Artsycraft weekend I went to recently - Leandra and Lin asked us to wait before posting on our blogs as there were 2 weekends and they didn't want to spoil the anticipation for the 2nd weekenders.
Gill and I arrived Friday night, booked in and checked out our room before heading over the road for a Chinese meal. Ann (aka the flutterbycrafter) and Jane joined us. I was the only one to attempt eating my meal with the chopsticks - didn't last long - the food was going cold before I could get it in my mouth!

Ann and Jane had arrived earlier in the day and had polished off a bottle (or two) of wine before
they joined us! Can you tell?

We met up with Christine (I wish I'd taken a 'photo of her work - she was really adventurous mixing the colours) I first met Christine at AFTH

Would you believe it - there were two Sandra's and we were both on the same table!

In between the main project, which was a clock on a canvas, we made a couple of mini projects too. (Confession - I haven't finished them!)

But here is the clock.... we used the TSS metal along with the Viva paints. We worked in sessions and put the whole thing together on the Sunday....

A close up of some of the metal work...

And some of the paint work ... we stamped into the terra paint with Leandra's new tick and tock stamps (Bought a few as there was an offer on over the weekend - well you can't pass up an offer can you?)

The venue was De Vere Hotel New Port Pagnell....I first visited here nine years ago at a Bonanza event with friends Jane, Joy and of course my buddy Shelley... its a convenient set up - the work rooms were on the same level as the restaurant and there's a sort of relaxing space where you can get free refreshments anytime you want.
Do you think Gill looks a bit worse for wear?

And last but not least, I have to include Lynn who booked me onto the weekend as a surprise for my birthday.She didn't arrive until the early hours of Saturday morning as she'd just flown back from Italy. She had a heavy cold but soldiered on all weekend...... all that creating did take its toll though - she slept in the car nearly all the way home


  1. awwwww looks like you had a fabby time, you lot. Your tree looks ace and your painting like you,ve always done it. Love ya loads Mother of the bride..!! xx

  2. It looks like you had a cool time on your weekend away and loving the Christmas tree - it looks beautiful - those papers are so addictive and loving the shading bit! Having a great half term week, in between trying to sort little man's bedroom out we've managed to get out and about a couple of times!

  3. Blimey must have taken ages to do this blog :)) Your tree looks gorgeous, no wonder someone has already got it, love your shading. Had a fabby weekend and the Chinese meal was very good, with lovely company. xx

  4. Your artwork looks great Sandra! Love your pics of the weekend too! Hope to meet you again at the next event, if you're not too busy with the wedding! xx