Friday, October 26, 2012

Its Friday again already??

Where did the week go? Its been really busy round here, which is a good thing, it would be worse if I had nothing to do!
The tiny extension for my craft room has begun.... the cement base has been laid and the paths around it reconstructed, there is a huge pile of materials ready to start building tomorrow, I can't wait for it to be done but i'm not looking forward to the dust when the wall is taken down!

Next Friday November 2nd (November?!) I will be at the RDS in Dublin where Kate from Create with Kate has a stand, I will be doing a demo of a mini book using some of her beautiful papers, rumour has it she will have not one, not two, but 45 new paper lines at the show!!!!!! oh dear, and I was doing so well with my paper addiction....

What else? well, there are two more classes planned one in Killarney on Sunday 11th November and one in Dungarvan on December 1st. All the details are on the Facebook page so you can check it there or send me a message if you're interested. If you're in Kerry the Killarney class is being held in "Just Desserts" in Market lane, they have the most delicious cakes and lots are gluten free, there will be more then one coffee break that day!

And then, we have the annual Killarney Art & Wine night, its usually on a Thursday but this year its Saturday 24th November, this is a great night, its €20 for a ticket and there are dozens of artists displaying work. Each year four local charities are chosen and 30% of any art sold on the night is donated to them........ its hugely successful, which might be because there are about a dozen wine shops that give out free (yes, free) wine all night!
Anyhoo, i'm painting away for that and here is the first of a new series i'm doing~

There are also two Christmas fairs coming up, one is the day after the Art & Wine night so i'd better have some restraint at the wine counter!  and the other is in December, so there is lots to be made for those and don't forget the next issue of Crafting Ireland is out on November 12th, thats Christmas themed too.

But for now its Friday evening, dinner is cooking and we can all relax. Next week is half term so everyone is very pleased about that.
Have a lovely weekend and half term,
F xx
p.s. I forget to get the Halloween decorations out of the attic, so i'll relax after that!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today I went to ....

I had met Midi at the Finnabair class in Cork and she had invited me over to Dungarvan to teach a mini book class .After much organising and changing of dates I finally got there.
We met in Whitechurch National School which is a great venue, really bright and airy and once everyone had settled in we made this:
 We used Prima En Francais papers and the album has 4 envelope style pages inside that hold tags.
The little fabric flower was hand made which took some people out of their comfort zone,  everyone was delighted with the outcome though, some looked like daisies and some like carnations but they were all beautiful!
 Look how much space we had - lots of room to spread out!
 This is Michelle.... for the last 3 or 4 years we've been speaking to each other on the phone, i've met her Mum lots of times but yesterday was the first time we met in person....... and she is just as nice as I expected!!
I'm not sure if these smiles are because they are delighted with what they made or because they didn't have to thread any more needles and seed beads!!!!
Thank you Ladies for making me welcome I hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did (who couldn't enjoy a class with that much cake?!)
I promised Lynn and Patricia that I would put up a tutorial for the roses - which I will later in the week, and i'll come up with something creative for the next class!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Altered Art Fix!

Last weekend was the Great Big Craft Extravaganza in Athlone, which means classes, meeting people, and SHOPPING!!
Kate from Create with Kate had more than the usual amount of goodies, I boughtTim Holtz Pulley Wheels, a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 Curiosity Shop papers and THIS.
(excuse the crumpled-ness, I threw it away before I checked the brand!)
It is a wooden frame with chipboard boxes and measures 6x 5 3/4"

Did you see Cloth, Paper, Scissors this month? it had the most gorgeous altered cigar box by Linda Cain
isn't it fab?! it was the inspiration for my altered chest of drawers.

 There had to be a little DIY to get the wheels on - they're heavy, hot glue wasn't going to do it!
 And this is the finished result..........
 The wheels were distressed with gold Alcohol Ink and black embossing powder,
 and the top was decorated with beads, pins, grunge board sprockets and some metal junk.

 I love this paper, lots of cut outs!
 The background paper is  Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections.
 The drawers were covered inside and out and because they fit in pretty snug I added some beaded pulls to get them out easily.
 This side has an old door knob and a zip pull (are they Prima? I can't remember)
so thats it, thanks for stopping by!
F x

Friday, October 5, 2012


Super quick and super wonky video for you!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Altered Canvas Class ~


Kerry has put together great kits for the class, but you'll need to bring some of the following :

Penil, ruler, scissors, black pencil (Stabilo or similar)

Roll of kitchen towel

Heat gun

Any paintbrushes you like to use, but one for fine detail

A kitchen sponge

Craft sheet or roll of Baking Parchment

Scraps of patterned paper that you love

Any pastels - soft, oil or water soluable that you might have (optional)

tiny stamps (optional)

An Apron - it gets messy!

Mat Medium, Mod Podge or similar

Jam jar for water

A plastic container (chinese take away type) to use as a palette.   See you all on Saturday!!