I left my desk on Thursday and I got back to my 'nest' a couple of hours ago ( this is how Lizzie finds out I didn't crash and burn on the M25/M1).
On arriving home I was duly greeted by man and dogs, my purse was immediately raided by eldest son, and the youngest son is still awol... in Leeds - with new undergrads, gatecrashing freshers week.....it feels like I was never away.
Did I go on retreat??? nah - far from retreating, I have been advancing like a demented Celt into 'altered book battle'. I went to Kent to pull in a Jennie Boxall lesson - altered book class III - and of course to spend time with the lovely Lizzie, unfortunately Jo did not make it, which was a shame, because there was definitely 2 inches of room for her on Lizzie's craft desk. And Jennie & Co were really looking forward to meeting her. But never mind, the remaining five ladies had a splendid time.The course was held at the Artistic Stamper Shop Cafe and Bar AKA 'Mal's Palace', he makes a mean cup of tea, and (here's a tip) he does a weekly bargain deal, I got two shimmer mist sprays for £4. I also found out that Mal is a whizz when it comes to photography advice. In full command of his domain, any befuddled shopper is swiftly directed to relevant craft items. A shopping pleasure.
During class itself - I learned new techniques (see examples below) . I used what I learned to alter the book Jennie gave us using samples taken of her stock, and her precious stash of golden oldie adverts ( London Advertiser 1904) . We put in zips and buttons and made metal plating, I also used gesso texturing techniques in both my altered book and in my swap journal. The class company was great, I have not laughed so much in ages. It was a rare treat to have six undisturbed hours to lose ourselves in art and craft. Ask Jennie about her grandma next time you see her...
Finally - please do watch Jennie's website (and mine!) as we will release new stamps next week ready for the upcoming shows....I can't wait to show you my Salome's Christmas...but I just have to wait for release day....here are the pictures of my work: