Monday, 11 April 2011

Been AWOL again

I'm sorry that it has been quite a while since I lasted blogged.....yes, I am OK, just been beyond busy for the last few weeks but before I give you a quick round up of my busy schedule, I just wanted to thank everyone for the lovely emails and good wishes for Sarah, Chris and Seb.You are all very kind, worrying about them but they are absolutely fine now and they make beautiful family. OK, so where I have I been hiding????? I've been to Version Scrap in Paris with Mr & Mrs Paperartsy, I've been messing around with their fabulous new Fresco Finish paints and exhibiting at Ally Pally.Oh and a spot of shopping for Artsycrafts when we were in Paris too. This is a sample of what I've been making......a bit of a twist on my metal flowers, they have been painted with Leandra's paints and I am in love with the effect. When I get a sec, I will do a step by step for you guys, showing you the whole technique. The trip to Paris was an amazing experience, lots of fun but also a lot of hard work. The fun started when we got to Paris and stopped to get some essential supplies and had ourselves a little picnic of wine, cheese and grapes in the van....very delicious it was too!!! Some of Mark and Leandra's friends very kindly offered to show me Paris at night and what a treat that was. My pictures are not that great, these were taken on my phone but hopefully you'll understand why I was so excited, the Eiffel Tower looks amazing at night. I was a very lucky girl and was taken to some amazing restaurants and had some fantastic meals but this dessert was the highlight of my Parisian dining experience.....melt in your mouth just doesn't come close to describing what it was like. As for the show.....I have been at some busy shows in my time but never in the 18 years that I have been doing this, have I been to a show this busy.

This was one of our delightful customers, Domitillie.I do hope I have spelt her name correctly and she will probably kill me for posting this on my blog too but she was so appreciative of everything we showed her, I gave her one of my samples.


After the show, we ventured into Paris for a spot of shopping. Met up with my dear friend Sally who had done an amazing job translating throughout the show for me. I would have been completely lost without her. We did a spot of shopping forArtsycrafts as well as personal shopping and then headed home as I needed to get ready for Ally Pally. Well, all I can say is that there hasn't been much sleeping going on lately and am very ready for a quieter couple of days.


Ally Pally was a lot of fun. Linda Elbourne was my demo partner for both days of the show, which is always fun having her by my side. Lynne Howe helped Mark man the tills on Saturday and the lovely Karen joined us for the show on Sunday. A big thank you to all who helped out, I couldn't do it without you.


It was lovely to see all my regular Ally Pally customers and to put faces to some of my blogging friends. I do love sharing my ideas at the shows, it's always so much better to see a demo in real life rather than photos on a blog. I had intended to photograph everything I made before giving it away......I started out well, then it got a bit busy and I forgot but here are a couple of pics that I did take.


The next few days will be spent with Leandra, making the projects for Artsycrafts. I know we are late in releasing the details but we have both been a tad busy. We should be ready by the end of this week for places to go on sale, so keep you eye on our blogs. We might even tweet some sneaky peeks this week.

21 comments:

Minxy said...

Looks like Paris was amazing, loving the samples and they looked even better in the flesh x

Gillian said...

Your schedule has beenmanic recently, hope you get some family time soon and cuddles for little Seb. I truly enjoyed your demo's at AP, inspirational Lin, look forward to trying some of the techniques you so kindly shared. Hoping to attend the autumn Artsycrafts weekend, once I have saved up lol. x

Karin said...

What a busy,busy time you've been having. Loving the look of the Fresco paints on the metal flowers, must give that a try soon. Your photos of Paris a fabulous and as always your samples look amazing.

minnie_mac said...

Loved your demos as always at Ally Pally. Thank you so much for the beautiful tag that you gave me, and has inspired me to make a few of my own today using the yummy new paints.

Marilyn

craftimamma said...

Loved your demos on Saturday Lin. I could have watched all day. Those Fresco paints are amazing. I didn't get to see the flowers so I'll look forward to the sbs.

Hope you get to enjoy some time with your new Grandson. I found out today I'm going to be a Mamma again for the 3rd time.

Lesley Xx

Hels Sheridan said...

It was fab to be able to watch you demo Lin... and I am totally in Lurve with those Fresco paints... need them all now lol... LOVE the twiggy stamp on the tags... hope you get chance to rest now lol

Nancy said...

These are beautiful pieces, Lin!! And Paris ...oh, it'd be heavenly to visit!!
Hope you get a bit of R&R now - and time with your family.

Linda Cain said...

Ooh, La, Ls! Love it,
Linda

Mo said...

Thanks for sharing your latest adventures - Paris sounds lovely. The fresco paint on the flowers is beautiful and I hope you can do a step-bystep after you've had a chance to get some sleep. Enjoy your new grandson.

Daniele said...

I had a chat with Leandra about the show in Paris as I'm hoping to go next year, and seeing your pics of Paris at night are as delightful as are those tags...they are soooo me if you get my drift I love shabby chic and pastels, hope to catch a glimpse of them at the next class

Helen said...

I loved AP even if I had to pull in the reins on my spending. it is always fab to spend time standing and watching you demo! Thanks again for my tag (the first of the ones you showed here) it is gorgeous!

ambrevanille30 said...

Hi Lin ! Thank you so much for all, but my photo is ugly !!!!
Sorry for my poor english, and I hope to come in england very soon !
Here is my new blog, scrap-et-patouilles.over-blog.com
Thank youo so much Linda, I really looooove your work !
Domitille

Kaz said...

Wow you have been so busy!! We have missed you lots too! Paris looks beautiful along with the food/drink, thanks for your demos at AP I know I didnt get chance to have a proper chat but younrn as inspiring as ever thanks lin for sharing so many ideas!!
kazx

Jenni said...

Hi Lin, looks like you've really been cramming 36 hours into every 24! I hope you managed to enjoy yourself whilst you were working flat out. Paris is a great city and so pretty at night! Your new tags look absolutely super, will be keeping an eye out for your tutorial. Glad to hear all is well with Seb & family, hope you get some time to play with them soon.
Regards Jenni in Holland

margaret said...

You have had a good time, thats whats important, the flowers look amazing cant wait to see how its done!!!!! Margaret B

Anonymous said...

Dear Linda --
I've been waiting for your post about Version Scrap and Paris . . . it has come out and, unbeknown to you, you presented me with two things I was thinking muchly about: first of all a picture of the wonderful tag you made for Domitille -- half of which was in my mind, but the not the details, and I just knew that I wanted so badly to try to make something similar -- and second Domitille's name, itself. She was such a nice person, and I thought it would be fun to try to contact her. Have just been through the comments here, and -- lo and behold -- she has posted with her blog address, so maybe I can find her now. Fun. Wow -- remember that tag was the last of three days of a VERY hectic show -- we did have fun, and I'm so pleased I was there to share it all with you, Leandra & Mark.
Love and big hug - Sally x
stampsally@yahoo.fr

jill said...

Beautiful tags.....I am so impressed!! Would love to know how you created them!!!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tags, flowers and bottle caps. Good you enjoyed yourself so much but it always nice to be back home and relax.
Margriet

Piddawinkle said...

great to see you again would happily have stood and watched you all day, had quite a spending spree and hoping for some time this weekend to have a good play. Note to self start saving up for Artsy craft next year, cannot wait x

Kirsten Alicia said...

It was great to meet you at Ally Pally & to be able to thank you properly for the AC event with Tim H. I hope you're able to get some time to relax SOON!

Angie said...

Some how I have lost the past month ...I was certainly AWOL ...so I have been catching up ...wow what a lot I have missed....infact i will have to re read alot of yours but I want to say CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of Sebastian ...he is beautiful.