Friday, 20 April 2012

CSI Lincoln... not a tv programme I expect to see any time soon.  A friendlier, more mellow and prettier town than Lincoln (in the UK btw) you cannot imagine, especially the uphill part of the town.

But, last summer bank holiday weekend, I was strolling back from the shops to the friends we were visiting there, and a cyclist snatched my handbag and made off with it.  I chased and yelled, and several people tried to follow him, but he unfortunately got away with my life: new handbag, diary, phone, camera, keys, cash, credit cards, store vouchers...  "bother" (was not what I said at the time)! A lovely policeman turned up within half an hour and took all the details and reassured me that it was probably an addict after quick cash and he expected the bag to turn up locally over the next few days.  So my husband and children and our friend all went off to look in local gardens and bins, and - my hero - DH was back in ten minutes having found it in the first place he looked with everything still in it except the cash!  It could have ruined the weekend, but given the bag was retrieved, it added something of a "frisson"!  (Not that I'm looking for a repeat performance I still lost £60 and had a sore shoulder to show for it!).  I felt like this was definitely an experience to scrap...

I used a Tim Holtz background (I think it was the lost and found stack) for an urban feel, but knocked it back with a coat of gesso, and cut some useful "polaroid" photo blanks from a page from my stash for the photos and journalling.  The little bike represents the getaway vehicle!  The date was supposed to look like graffitti but I guess I need a bit more practice at that. 

Had a SMASH-ing time... the US with my children and my mum.

On our holiday I took a spiral bound book of black paper and some white gel pens. We wrote, drew and stuck stuff in as we went along to remind ourselves of our trip. I'm really pleased with it, we're going to add the photos very soon.

And while I was in the US, I made a special trip to Michaels (a bit like hobbycraft here in the UK). I was delighted to find amongst lots of other temptations, a whole display of SMASH books and accessories! They are an updated version of those dingy scrapbooks from the 60's that were made of coloured sugar-paper. But dingy SMASH books are not: they are made up of lovely themed 2-page spreads to inspire you and make your scrapbook pretty with almost no effort.  It would be perfect for a non-scrapbooking friend who's shown an interest, or a holiday where you can't take supplies with you.  Here's a video made before they were launched last year.

It's inspiring isn't it?  I'm afraid the song might be in your head all day, sorry if you don't like it... 

Smash products have been rather hard to get hold of here in England so I spent quite a while browsing and then treated myself to one (I chose ecology) and a  few accessories including the very useful double ended pen/glue stick. Watch this space for a few photos!

Crikey, it's been ages...

...since I blogged!  It's because I've been away, Reader, and neither of the places I stayed had a signal.  Or anywhere to craft.  But I'm back, and ready to get busy, busy, busy for up-coming open studio days and lots of lovely classes.  Today I intended to make glass beads ALL DAY.  In the end, I only did it for about two hours, as "life duties" got in the way!  I had fun -  it's such an absorbing, beautiful craft to do.  I decided to experiment and play, here's what I made, still on their sticks so they're a bit dusty-looking:

Ha, ha, oh dear, a bit out of practice.  See the penguin's expression? That's how I feel about this haul.  I was very pleased about the dolphin, modelled on the lovely below who I met in Florida last week.  Except one important detail.  He has no fins.  DURRRRR.  I didn't even notice until my daughter pointed it out.  Back to the drawing board - Pat, you will get your dolphin eventually!

Happy Friday!