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Saturday, 3 August 2013

RYWF and

...a lovely day to play.

Well it was back to work this week and I have to be honest...there hasn't been much to rock my world during Monday to Friday. I have tried Virginia, I've really tried to find some high points to the week.
 Each week the lovely Virginia encourages us to take a look back at the previous 7 days and find the positives. I've really had to dig deep but I've found a few...

Monday dawned and it was certainly a case of 'back to work blues' but it was so nice to have colleagues that I don't work very closely with, asking how I was getting on with all the 'to-ing & fro-ing'.

We have had quite a few thunder storms in our neck of the woods this week - I love storms, but not when I'm having to travel backwards and forwards to work. Tuesday we had the thunder during the daytime (previously it had only been of a night) and boy did it rain...if only I hadn't been going to work it would have been marvellous as it was that very fine rain and it actually felt warm - unfortunately I got a bit soggy...not the most comfortable of ways to spend the day at work LOL

Thursday I managed to get some more super storage boxes from "The Works" - they are currently reduced but I had a 10% voucher so got even more off of the price - I now have 9 boxes that I intend to use to tidy away a lot of my craft stuff.

Today has to have been the best day of the week. A Paperartsy demo was arranged at Sugar & Spice over at Barleylands and late last night Marion was able to blog that the fabulous Leandra would be demoing during the morning - even though it was her birthday...
Leandra showed us some wonderful techniques with a whole host of goodies and we sang "Happy Birthday" at regular intervals throughout the morning LOL
Weasel (Suzie) came along too and we were both a little naughty with the items that just seemed to hop into our baskets...
...this is just a sample (I've checked the cupboard and the freezer and I think I've got enough beans on toast to last me until the end of the month - gosh, is it really only the 3rd???)

After a great bit of demo watching and retail therapy - Suzie and I had some lunch and sat and drooled over our new goodies. We also checked the colour charts and decided that there were a couple more colours that we just HAD to have...so back we went.

Leandra had departed to continue her birthday celebrations with her family and Marion & Nina were doing some 'make & take' sessions - we had a fabulous play...
...these are my two completed pieces. On the left is a sample of some stamping and colouring over a crackle background - the translucent paints are super to paint/colour with. On the right I had a play with some Grunge Paste through a script stencil and then I coloured the board before sanding back to reveal the words. I had stamped the sprigs in black down the other side of the card and then decided to use some of the Treasure Wax to add a bit of shine - lovely effect but it dulled the stamped images a bit...so I re-stamped and was really pleased with the finish as the first stamping acts as a gilded shadow behind the fresh stamping.

So, today really has 'rocked my world' - I had a wonderful time watching/learning/playing - and a pleasant lunch with a friend. What more can one ask for on a lovely Summer day..........................

9 comments:

Suzy said...

Some weeks are like that Toni, I had one.myself the other week but this does encourage you to stay positive. Would have loved to have been st.the demo and love your finished pieces

Suzy x

Virginia said...

I agree with Suzy, some weeks are dig deep weeks and we just have to accept that, but I think you've managed a fantastic post full of positives and crafting and time with friends etc! We haven't had any storms where we've been in Wales but we did have wet Wednesday which was it's new official title! I hope this week provides a whole host of positives for you!

Hugs

House of Bears said...

Love your makes, they're so pretty. Also love your purchases! Those stamps are on my most wanted list!

Donna Irwin said...

Demo sounds great. Your finished pieces are lovely. I like the way this keeps me feeling positive too.

Lesley G said...

Love your pieces. Hope things settle down soon and life takes a more relaxing turn :)

Allison said...

the demo sounds like fun and your cards are super
AllisonX

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowww Toni,,,,it sopund as had a wonderful time,,,,,,,,I like these cards,,,so unnusual ones,,,,, I have just watch another Kewpie card by Kate, wowww,,,,,and as I told you . you can choose any product from my stuff for free, my friend ,let me know which is your choose,,,,,,to nicecrane@yahoo.com

Stef H said...

kudos on remembering your week. i don't remember yesterday... which is probably why i blog - LOL.

cards are gorgeous and weather has been really nice lately. ahhhh, life is good.

hugs :)

Carmen said...

That's the brilliant thing about RYWF even when it seems the week from Hell, if you look hard enough there were some gems - it's all to easy to dwell on the bad stuff. The workshop days sounds so much fun, gorgeous yummies.

I too love thunder storms but not driving in them - I hope they hold off on my drive to Scotland but otherwise I just love watching them.

Hope this week is proving easier for you Toni x