Saturday, 23 January 2010

To CHA or not to CHA?

I got into a bit of a muddle this morning. We walked up to the convention centre only to find that CHA doesn't start until tomorrow! We could have gone round the public craft show that is on currently, but couldn't see the point of dragging Ray round that too, so we decided to do Downtown Disney, which is the Disney Shopping Mall.

Loads of shops, including a huge World of Disney of course, lots of restaurants and glimpses of Disneyland over the fences.

My watch stopped the other day, so I used the excuse to buy myself a Mickey Mouse watch. I could have gone with one with a lot of bling, but decided to go for a traditional approach - black leather strap and Mickey Mouse pointing to the time.

There is also a big Build a Bear workshop. Two floors of bear goodies! I may or may not have decided to buy a few things; I won't say in case Emily reads this.

Then back to the hotel for a rest and a bit more C&G work before sorting out what to do for dinner. I could get used to this!


Nice Weather for Ducks!

Went for a walk this afternoon, and took this picture of the sky. Managed to get back to the hotel before the sky opened though!


Friday, 22 January 2010


Arrived safe and sound and, yes, it is raining! Everyone is saying how cold it is, but 12 degrees C seems quite warm after the weather we've had the past few weeks!

Couldn't see much from the plane as there was cloud most of the way, but managed to take this over North East Canada.

Also managed to do some design work for my C&G on the plane.

'Early' night tonight as we've been up 23 hours so far!


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fame at Last!

Not for me, but for Barleylands, Sue at Tylers Patch and our blacksmith. Last year Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen made a trip to Barleylands and filmed for his new series, 'House Gift', visiting Sue for quite a while. The series is on ITV1 starting next week at 2pm, with the show featuring Barleylands on Thursday. We are not sure how long Barleylands will be featured; Sue thinks they'll probably cut most of the filming they did in her studio, but you never know!

I'm going to record it to watch when I get back (see previous post), so if you see it before I do, leave a comment on this post so I can find out how it went?

Don't forget the giveaway on my 'Not More Snow' post. Leave a comment on that post to receive some of the fabric I dyed. Closing date is
31st January.


It's a Hard Life...

I'm off to Anahaim, California on Thursday to visit a trade show and have a few days break with my husband. I'm hoping to get loads of new ideas whilst I am away and have booked onto some workshops, including two with Sherrill Kahn - one of them at 7am and I'm not a morning person!! The things I do for my art and my customers!

Craft Arena will still be open whilst I am away, in the capable hands of Eileen, but I won't be processing any web orders until I get back. Eileen will be able to take mail orders over the telephone though, so just phone 01268 523780 if you need anything.

I'm hoping to be able to blog while I'm there, so keep popping back to see if I manage it and find out what I've been up to.

I thought it never rained in Southern California (showing my age there) but apparently it's raining today, so I'd better pack a brolly!

You can see where I'm going here. It's right next door to Disneyland, and if Ray thinks he's going to get away with not going in, he is very much mistaken - I have a granddaughter to buy for after all, and what's the fun in growing up if you can't be a child occasionally?

See you when I return.


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Oh Dear .....

What can the matter be?

Trouble is I've just had a selection of new books in, and I am forced to put three of them into my personal library!

Threadworks: silks, stitches, beads & cords by Effie Mitrofanis is an exciting collecton of bright and beautiful collaged and embroidered pieces using, as the title suggests, thread, cords and beads. Very inspirational.

The left-handed Embroiderer's Companion by Yvette Stanton finally gives us left-handers a book showing how to to construct lots of traditional as well as more unusual stitches with lots of pictures and diagrams to help. No more using mirrors or mentally flipping diagrams round. There are even diagrams showing right-handers how to do it!

The other book is a crochet gem. It has lots of patters for decorative embellishments including animals, stars, flags and even fruit! Perfect for adding to bags, cards or even fridge magnets!

I only get two of each new book, so that means only one of each to go on the shelf, so if the one you want has already gone when you come in, just let me know and I can order it for you.