Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Stitches 2016 catch up

I got back from a weekend in Birmingham last night, tired and full of cold but was so fired up with ideas from being at the Stitches show I ended getting up in the middle of the night and getting on with project work. My sample for the next AVJ challenge starting on the 4th March is almost finished and this morning I wanted to have a very quick play with my new distress crayons so there's a 'Checking Out' blog post coming a bit later - but before we get there let me share some photos. I didn't get many (so busy chatting and catching up with people), but I know others have got some so I will try and scrounge some more later.

I felt very privileged to get a space on Tim's workshop on Saturday afternoon ....


.. and we had a great time learning how some of his new products work ...


... particularly the new distress crayons and the crazing collage medium.


 Having time to play with them whilst learning about their properties and how they work with each other was amazing ...


 ... and coming home with a beautiful framed vintage collage and our left over goodies, including the pack of crayons we were using, was the icing on the cake.

 It was lovely to catch up with old friends O:), meet friends from Face Book and make completely new friends especially Marie and Ilona from Sweden.
A quick dash to Starbucks with Anne, Julia, Nikki (in the background) and Cathryn and it was great fun having lunch with Kath, Enfys and Hina on Sunday.


 A little time to catch up with Mario ....


 ... and of course great fun with the prankster Andy Skinner on the DecoArt stand. He's always full of fun as well as being super talented with all his grungy, artistic makes. L to R me, Cathryn, Julia, Nikki, Andy and Anne.


 It was also good to catch up with Jenny Marples, Di Oliver, Elizabeth Robinson and Katie Leitch, but sadly no photos of them.

Thanks everyone for a great weekend - looking forward to the next get together.

hugs Brenda xxx






23 comments:

Redanne said...

A great post Brenda, I love the picture that you did with Tim, it looks fantastic. Tim is such a wonderful teacher isn't he? It was so lovely to meet up with you - I owe you a drink now! Crafty friends are just the best. Get well soon. Hugs, Anne xx

Monika Gulyas said...

It must have been a wonderful time with unforgettable experiences in Birmingham! You are so lucky to meet friends there and to participate in Tim's workshop and especially to meet Tim! I envy you :-) Thank you for the photos! xxx

Team Clark said...

How very fun this sounds! Your project is amazing and the photos of you with your friends just screams happy!

rachel said...

sounds like the perfect weekend to me Brenda and your make is amazing - wow - what a fabulous time xx

Paper Profusion said...

Oh I'm jealous!! So lovely for you all to catch up and your project looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing lovely pics. Nicola x

Jane said...

You lucky girl Brenda, what fun you had. The photo of you and Tim is brilliant and I am sure the workshop was wonderful. I really want to play with the crayons they look amazing. Your finished collage is gorgeous. Looking forward to catching up soon...only 4 weeks tomorrow until work finishes. Get over your cold soon, hugs xx

Anita Houston said...

Aw...lucky you to visit with all those great peeps! LOVE your piece from the Distress class. FUN FUN FUN!!!

Julia Aston said...

Looks like a super crafty and fun time Brenda! I saw a few pics on Facebook from Kasia (Wanderlust) and happy to see these photos of many of my AVJ 'friends'!! Love your project and look forward to hear what you think about the crayons and other new products! Julia xx

Nikki Acton said...

Fun day!!! Sorry for ruining the coffee pic, you know me! xxx

Patty O'Malley said...

Looks like a fantastic time! Love the project you made!

Kathyk said...

Your workshop make looks great as do your pix - looks like a brilliant time was had by all .. now back to reality!!!!

Kathyk

Annie said...

Looks like you had the most fabulous time Brenda..........wonderful photographs and a stunning creation from the workshop xx
Huge hugs
Annie xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Well we knew you had a fabulous time, but fabulous to see the photographs too and hear a bit more. The framed picture is gorgeous My Distress Crayons have just arrived - you know me I went for brown !! but now I see your beautiful picture I think I will be ordering the other colours! However I need to work out how to use them first! Hopefully catch up soon x

Astrid Maclean said...

Great photos Brenda and I adore what you did with your framed collage!! Very clever work with that cutie from the found relatives! Now I can't wait to see your next few projects!

Juliz Design Post said...

Lovely to see your photos of this memorable weekend, a dream come true. Fingers crossed I'm well enough should he decide to come back next year.
Hugs, Julie x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

How lucky you are to have been able to take Tim's class, slightly green with envy here! Can't wait to see your post on the Distress crayons, I'm still waiting on mine and can't wait to experiment with them. How wonderful that you got to meet up with so many friends old and new, wish I could have joined in to meet you all. Thanks for sharing your great pictures Brenda, Deb xo

Deborah Wainwright said...

Look at you hob nobbing with everyone, looked like you were having a fabulous few days. How envious am I doing class with Tim, I bet it was amazing. Thank you for sharing the photos xxx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Looks like you had an amazing time Brenda! Your frames are so beautiful! I really love how it looks like the baby is holding onto the arrow, how clever! hugs and happy weekend :)

Barbara Schiassi said...

Great post! Another super lucky lady! I guess meet personally Tim and Mario was a really exciting time! I hope to live it too, sooner or later! Absolutely stunning work! Barbara

Barbara Schiassi said...

Another Lucky Lady! I guess meet personally Tim and Mario was a really exciting time! I hope to live it too, sooner or later! Absolutely stunning work! BArbara

Angela Radford said...

More gorgeous Photos, lucky you Brenda. Love the collage and freebies too! Thanks for sharing it all. Angela x

butterfly said...

Looks like you had an amazing time - and how cool to play with the new crayons and crazing medium with the man himself - love the finished piece.
Alison x

Candy C said...

This is such an awesome post, Brenda. Your Tim vintage piece is so gorgeous. I just received some collage medium and the crayons and I'm excited to get a chance to play with them. I totally love what you've done through your class with Tim. And your photos with Tim and Andy are wonderful. What a fabulous time to spend with friends and those giants in the industry. I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave such a nice comment about my break out of your comfort zone art journal pages.