Good morning everyone. It is raining and a Wednesday again. Rain was needed here, so I won't moan too much - and at least I can get some crafting done without feeling I should be outside pulling up weeds!
I am going to share some photos of what is going on in my craft room this morning, and if you would like to join in, then go to Julia's Stamping Ground for the linky thing.
Firstly, I actually went out and crafted in a group setting last week. Not been able to get to a workshop for a while (they are normally expensive, on a day that I couldn't make or my health has got in the way). There was a big birthday being celebrated at our local craft shop, and several workshops were hosted by the birthday boy to raise money for charity. Despite him never doing anything like this before, he did brilliantly - and I really enjoyed it.
I was introduced to Cosmic Shimmer's Pixie Powders, which I had never heard of (seems they are the latest 'thing' in the craft world - but I had missed the programmes on the craft channel and do not read magazines now). We used them in a simple but very effective way - mix a tiny bit with varying amounts of water and paint on to vellum (butterfly stamps had been used with black embossing powder and they were stunning). Embossing onto black card created the backing of this wonderful project, vellum stuck on top, butterflies cut out and added, and voila! I had time and some spare already-mixed up powder, so did two more butterflies, ready for another project some time when I get round to it. They are really shiny and fab.
Of course I had to buy some - and the Metal 3D Paste (which was in their sale area at a bargain price). If you are in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, then go and see Ben and his team. They also sell online - SET Crafts. (ETA - I have had lots of questions about the Pixie Powders. I will blog again in more detail about how I am using them, but click here for a video.)
Here is my much-awaited Sketchbook Project book. I am now thinking of ways to fill it - but I don't want to think too much, which I tend to do - so will be jumping in and at least getting some photos of the farm in there (especially the older buildings before they completely collapse!).
For those who are not aware of the Brooklyn Art Library (we must go on a visit there!) Sketchbook Project, it is basically the world's largest library of artists' books from every corner of the globe. Order a book, fill it up, send it back (and you can have it digitised too).
I am going to have my breakfast now, sort out kitchen etc, feed dog/ponies/cats. I went to the dentists yesterday for a big filling and couldn't eat much last night - so will make up for it today! Then I can return to my cosy craft room (it is actually dark enough this morning to put lights on) and make 2 heart-themed ATCs for a trade I did last week.
Keep safe everyone.