Thursday, 16 April 2015

New Stamps for Demo Day

A sneaky peak at some of the new stamps that we have been working on recently
which will be available in store on Demo Day this Saturday.

Hope you can join us

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Opening Hours this week

Vicky is in the store on her own this week
so please call before travelling on 01234 855833
Life can be unpredictable with a 10 week old baby!

Saturday 18th April
10am-3pm
Free Demonstration Day in store
Come along and watch the demonstrations which are all free

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

April Project Club tonight

Project Club is tonight (8th) at 7pm, if you would like to join us please call us to book on
01234 855833

Project Club is Wednesday 1st April 1pm and 7pm
and Wednesday 8th April at 7pm.

If you would like to join us for any of these classes please call us on 01234 855833.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter



This is a handpainted egg given to me by a friend in Switzerland.
It is a real egg that has been blown and then painstakingly painted by hand.
It is very fragile, 
I brought it home inside an egg box and the egg box was wrapped in bubble wrap, and then wrapped in my clothes in my suitcase.
And it made it home in one piece but I took these photos before I left in case it didn't survive the journey.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend.
Mine will hopefully be relaxing and catching up on sleep.
And maybe some chocolate!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter Holidays Opening Hours

During the school Easter Holidays are opening hours are:

Thursday 2nd April  10am-2pm

Friday 3rd April - Closed
Saturday 4th April - Closed
Sunday 5th April - Closed
Monday 6th April - Closed

Tuesday 7th April 10am-2pm
Wednesday 8th April 10am-2pn
Thursday 9th April 10am-2pm
Friday 10th April 10am-2pm
Saturday 11th April - 10am-4pm (Crop)

If you would like to visit us any earlier or later than these hours 
please call us on 01234 855833 and we will try to arrange it.

We hope you have a very Happy Easter

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Last Day in Switzerland

The weather today in Switzerland has been very grey but if you look closely in the photo you can see the sun shining on the mountains
It stayed like this all morning.
We went up to visit Jacqueline's horse and on the way there we saw this building which looked very Germany castle ish

When I got to the airport this afternoon it started raining and then it turned to sleet.  
Apparently Switzerland is getting snow this weekend.
Now I knew it had been very windy at home and it became quite windy in Zurich so I was a little apprehensive about the flight.
We were able to see the planes approaching the airport from the house and it looked like they were getting a very rough ride.
On my Easyjet flights I don't normally find those special bags in the seat pocket but when I looked this time there were several, which is never a good sign.
Bad weather had made the plane late and was also making the flight longer than usual but it wasn't uncomfortably bumpy, which apparently it had been earlier in the day - phew!
Back to the shop tomorrow.

Day 4 in Switzerland

Monday I had 2 x 3 hour classes on the Technique Pages.
We seemed to have developed a rhythm and everything ran pretty smoothly,
we even finished a little early which is very unusual.

Now I need to decide what the next 3 Technique pages will be.
I am thinking Alcohol Inks and maybe Distress Stains.
What would you like to see on a Technique page?


Monday, 30 March 2015

Day 3 in Switzerland

Sunday was a lazy day.   The weather was wet and windy.
We had a leisurely breakfast and then took the dog for a walk before heading into town for a little shopping trip.
In Switzerland most shops are closed on Sundays! 
But we found a few that were open and manged to spend some money.
After shopping we went to the store to plan my workshops for my return visit in June. 
This took us several hours hours before we then we returned home for dinner
and some internet research on products we want to use next time.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Vivid Dream

Have you ever woken up from a dream that was so vivid you could remember every detail?  It used to happen to me a lot but hardly for the last few years until last night, well 3 o'clock this morning.

It was so vivid it woke me up and then I didn't want to go back to sleep in case I went into the same dream so I started reading to distract my mind.

The dream started with me visiting a salon that my friend had recommended for leg waxing.  The owner of the salon greeted me on my arrival, he was a very flamboyant character with a heavy accent.
I was taken to a treatment room where he popped in to chat to me every now and then but I was in there for a long time waiting for my treatment when Antonio Banderas came in and sat down and started chatting to me.  
This went on for a while, after Antonio left I eventually had a half leg wax.
As I walked out of the room the doorman/bouncer said to me that is 675 - what pounds? I replied.  I was told £20.  OK give me £20 and we'll call it quits and then he walked off towards the pub over the road.  I ran after him and explained that I would rather pay the girl on reception so there would be no confusion.  He shrugged and walked away.  
I walked back to the receptionist and took out my money, as I lay it on the counter it felt and looked strange.  I picked it up as she tried to grab it away from me, it was Russian money.  I thought someone must have given it to me in my change somewhere by mistake so I pulled out another note from my purse, it turned out they were all Russian.  So I started to panic, I pulled out my driving licence photo card and that too was in Russian - someone had stolen my identity and it must have been the people in the salon - it was at this point I woke up suddenly.

Now, some time ago a friend did recommend a salon to me which I recently visited, plus I saw Antonio Banderas on a chat show last week - but as for the rest of it I have no idea where that came from.  Maybe I've been watching too many crime dramas!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Day 2 in Switzerland

I forgot to take my phone today so not even any phone pictures, I will try to do better tomorrow.

The day and all the workshops ran smoothly today, no incidents or accidents.
Lots of lovely ladies with varying degrees of English, they have been helping me improve my German and teaching me odd words as well as giving me chocolate and alcohol!
It's a lot of fun teaching to people when English is not their first language and sometimes they don't know any English at all.  It really makes you think about the way you describe things.  
Luckily a lot of what I do is visual so words aren't always necessary.  But I do find that I try and describe things in as many ways as possible in the hope that they will understand one of them, there is usually a word that is common in both languages.
I taught lots of different techniques today including 4 ways with gold leaf, chalk pencils, masterboard plus more.

I have a day off tomorrow and the weather will dictate what we do, but all the shops are closed on Sundays so no shopping, maybe a museum, some sightseeing or possibly a horse ride.
I shall just have to wait and see what the morning brings.