The Uncharted Course

The Uncharted Course

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. It’s Wednesday, so I stepped out to pottery this afternoon for a little while. Started a new project today: a vase. It’s an experiment, based on the slate vases we used to make back in the day, when stamps didn’t pay the rent during the summers! They were very lovely, heavy, and hard work to make, but very popular. The whole Gray family made them. Mum and Dad, Steve, Dave and myself. We couldn’t…

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Youtube Tuesday – Sam Crowe’s Symmetry in Yellow

Youtube Tuesday – Sam Crowe’s Symmetry in Yellow

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. I am so excited that Sam did the following Youtube1 I LOVE this piece of artwork that she did, using Tina’s stamps! It is so excellent! The minute I saw the art sampler months ago, I immediately wanted to learn how to do it and emulate it. Which is the sign of a great piece of art , isn’t it? Well done Sam! And this little set of stamps stole the show. Literally. We…

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Paper Anniversary!

Paper Anniversary!

Hi there! Thanks for popping in. A year ago today, Dave and I were tying the knot over in Port Lympne, with friends and family. What a special day that was! See the two swanky ladies to the right of Dave, sporting the posh fascinators? They are our friends from Texas, Debby and Gill. Well guess who turned up tonight at the house, to celebrate our anniversary with us! Yep!! I mean, we knew they were coming! They didn’t just…

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Glorious weekend!

Glorious weekend!

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Hands up who caught the sun this weekend! I certainly did! It was a beautiful day yesterday, the sun was blazing down on us at the festival – only mad dogs and Englishmen and all that! There was a fella with ginger hair covering himself with copious amounts of sun block, and he must have read my mind… (“Blast! Should’ve brought the lotion”). He kindly lept to the rescue, offering me his bottle, and…

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It’s time to dance!

It’s time to dance!

Hi there! Thanks for popping in. Cor blimey. Can you believe it? A week ago today we were hopping about in Ditton at the Open Days. What a gig that was! The vibe was so special, I smile whenever it crosses my mind. We’ve booked the hall for next year already! But this weekend is family time… Just on the way out to our local Black Deer Festival. It’s not Glastonbury for sure, but I bet it will be super…

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Open Day Podcast with Elizabeth Finch

Open Day Podcast with Elizabeth Finch

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Friday’s blog a private peek, right? Please allow me to introduce you to Elizabeth, a young lady I met for the first time at the Open Days in Ditton. Elizabeth is an avid Groovi fan. She came to Ditton for the day, to meet us all, and to tell me how much Groovi art has changed her life. Simon Green, another old buddy of mine (Oi! Less of the old!) and I had a…

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Brand New Mixed Media Particles Collection

Brand New Mixed Media Particles Collection

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Maria is on HOCHANDA today, 9am 1pm and 5pm. She launched a set of superb Fresh Cut dies: Part 2 of our new Mixed Media Collection. This time it’s the particles part! Absolutely invaluable, so versatile and useful. Wait till you see what Maria gets up to. She really is awesome. Maria is one of the most talented crafters in the business. She thinks outside the box and always sees things the rest of…

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It’s seldom what it seems….

It’s seldom what it seems….

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Day off today. Just needed a day away from the coalface, a day to regroup, untangle the old brain. And what better way to do that than…… P O T T E R Y ! ! ! ! ! I had started these two towers earlier in the month, which were to become vases, or jugs or something sexy. Real easy to construct. You roll out the clay like pastry and just wrap it…

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YouTube Tuesday – and the winner is…..

YouTube Tuesday – and the winner is…..

Hi there Thanks for dropping by. Youtube Tuesday it is, and Groovi it is too! I am doing a neat little 3-D illusion trick using our designer parchment. Enjoy. xx This designer parchment is brilliant – even if I say so myself! And it’s available at a great price all week, until next Tuesday, if you fancy treating yourself . In fact, all the lovely products pictured below are ! Click the here to find out more! Before I forget…

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Glassy Eyed Stare….

Glassy Eyed Stare….

Hi there, Thanks for popping in. Sitting here at Heathrow, Terminal 3, watching the world go by, waiting for Grace to land. It has been a long day again. Zipped up to Hochanda this morning, then came straight here. Managed to avoid most of the traffic, although the M25 is pretty savage any time of the day or night, innit. Did I tell you I got done for speeding? Got fined £100 and got 3 points on my licence too….

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