Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Together Again

You may not remember my friend Elaine - my son's wife's sister's husband's mother - but I wrote about our road trip last year.   We got together again this week but in the English Midlands not South Carolina!

We had a quiet day on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we woke up to a beautiful day.  We drove to Kingswood Junction and walked alongside the Stratford Canal to the Fleur de Lys pub for lunch.

And back again of course!

On Thursday I went to Littleheath Barn Studio for day 3 of my Art Cloth course.  More about that next time.  And Elaine had a day to herself which included a coffee shop and a facial.  In the evening we went to my Lifegroup meeting.

On Friday we drove to Shrewsbury where we planned to do a 4.5 mile walk.  However we missed a bit out at the end because I was exhausted from the heat!

Shrewsbury School which is housed in an old workhouse.

Shrewsbury School and its rowing club.


We drove on to Oswestry where we stayed the night.  On Saturday I did a Mixed Media Textile Book workshop whilst Elaine did a 2.5 mile walk and visited coffee shops!

After the workshop we drove back to the centre of Birmingham to have dinner near The Mailbox.  Then we walked along the towpath to Symphony Hall.

We went to see Remembering Fred.  Roger had bought me 2 tickets as my Christmas present - one for me and one for a friend.  Isn't he wonderful!

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Traverse at Uttoxeter

Traverse exhibited recently at the British Quilt & Stitch Village at Uttoexeter Racecourse.  You can read about the exhibition on the Traverse website.

Our theme has been Destinations and the work I exhibited at Uttoxeter was the same work shown at the NEC that I wrote about here.

Venice Tiles

The show was much smaller than the NEC but we spoke to far more people and received much more feedback from visitors.

On the last day I was approached by 4 different people who want to book me to teach the technique I used for the Venice tiles.  They all promised to email me so I'll have to wait and see if it happens.  I'm feeling excited, flabbergasted and terrified all at the same time.

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

40 days of mark making

After the Amanda Hislop workshop Becca, Julie & I decided to take up a 40 day mark making challenge.  Two other ladies have joined us and we share our results in our little group.  Becca & I also put them on Instagram.

I started with an A6 Pink Pig sketchbook and a black pen.   Day1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

DAy 6

Day 7  I tried a Stabilo All pencil and a wet brush.

Day 8

Day 9 

Day 10  Wax with black watercolour paint

Day 11   Back to the pen

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15  Using a needle point bottle of acrylic ink

Day 16  Acrylic ink and black India ink and scraped with a pattern making tool

Day 17

Day 18  Asemic writing and then blowing ink with a straw

Day 19 Blowing ink blots with a straw

Day 20   And back to the spirals and squarels and blowing the ink.

Half way through!  Here's to the next 20 days.

Thanks for joining me today

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Verse Mapping 2

This is going to be a short post today.   As I mentioned in my first post on verse mapping, we are using it as a theme for April in our EveryDay Journals & Living your word of the year group.

This time I looked at Zephaniah 3:17

I love the thought that God is singing over each one of us.

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Cruising the Cut

Last Saturday the weather forecast was for rain all day and we had booked on a Spring Cruise on the canal or Cut, (another word for canal).   I had seen the cruise advertised on Facebook and signed up.  The lovely Brenda from BCNS matched non-boat owners (like us) with boat owners and we cruised on the boat belonging to Alistair and Hannah who turned out to live not too far away from us.

We set out from Tipton in the drizzle but it soon stopped raining.  However it did stay grey and as ever I have a load of photos with grey sky.

There were several narrowboats in convoy and we followed this one.

Roger helped with the lock gates.

And no set of photos from me would be complete without the odd brick wall.  These plants grow out of the wall inside the lock despite being covered with water every time the lock fills up.

The view from the lock.

The entrance to Netherton Tunnel

The heron on watch

Inside the tunnel

Coming towards the end of an almost 2 mile tunnel.

Looking up a ventialtion shaft.

Another narrowboat coming towards us

 The light at the end of the tunnel

 Bumble Hole where we turned round and moored for lunch.

The sun even came out for a little while

 We started back.

 The end of the Netherton Tunnel.

For those who are interested here is the route we took.  The tunnel is on a canal that is lower than the canal we started out on which is why you can see that we went over the canal near the tunnel entrance, then turned left three times, came down the locks and up to the tunnel.

The journey back followed the same route in reverse.  We had a lovely time.  At the end we went to dinner at Mad O'Rourke's World Famous Pie Factory where I had an Eeny Meeny Beany Pie.  Yum.

Thanks for joining me today.