Perfect Ivory Parchment

Perfect Ivory Parchment

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Up with the dawn chorus this morning. What a glorious time of day! It may be chaos in the world, but in our little garden it’s peaceful and it’s calm. The early birdsong is a wonderful thing; it wakes up and it wakes me up as the sun rises – and no amount of rioting, no pandemic however devastating, even slows it down. Like the ebb and flow of the oceans, like the sun…

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Spot the Peacock….

Spot the Peacock….

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. When I was picking orders the other day, I came across a few of these lovely stamps and their matching stencil. We’ve got such a vast selection of stamps and stencils and dies, some of the loveliest designs get forgotten, so I decided to shine a light on this one, illustrated for us by Mel. I also noticed a lot of you were taking advantage of the Distress Oxide Ink Pad Offer on ALL…

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A Fantasy Doodle on Designer paper.

A Fantasy Doodle on Designer paper.

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Came up to the SHACK to blog, and saw a scrap of Waimea Falls paper from yesterday’s paper piecing trick with the Maasai Warrior. Remember? It caught my eye because I saw a landscape…Do you see it too? So I settled down to a little bit of escapism, a little bit of “not here”, and decided to doodle a little fantasy place into the colours… Pick a Paper, any paper. Stare at it, until…

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Another new outfit? Really?? But it was such a Bargain !!

Another new outfit? Really?? But it was such a Bargain !!

Hi there! Hope you are keeping safe and well? Last day in Africa today. Ahhh. I so enjoyed spending a week there with so many friends! The art and the vibe, the doodles and the colours, the banter and the songs – yes. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable little break away from it all. There’s just one little old technique I want to try with my little old Maasai warrior: a bit of paper piecing using the new designer…

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Painty Play

Painty Play

Hi there! Or should I say Hujambo! Still on a whirlwind tour of Africa here. Tomorrow, sadly, we have to return home. But we’ve had a fabulous time with SHAC-Shack tours. The tour guide wasn’t bad; her spelling was a bit ropey today. Had all the A’s but not necessarily in the right order! That said, her pronunciation was spot on! Hahaha. So just for the record, Kaa salama is correct for Stay Safe, and you say it Castle-llama. Perfect….

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Kaa Salama! Stay Safe!

Kaa Salama! Stay Safe!

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Had such a fun morning in the SHAC Shack. Who knew we spoke Swahili too?!? To be continued…when? Tomorrow at 10 am of course! To continue the Africa Day Celebrations and get your creative juices flowing, let’s take a look at a few fab artsamples which I found in our Africa Box… These wonderful animal stamps have been illustrated by our good friend Mel Turner. Come complete with masks. And I drew the Maasai…

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Twas meant to be!

Twas meant to be!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Hope you are safe and well? Grace just sent me a message. Here’s what she wrote: “Did you know it was AFRICA DAY yesterday?” Well, no I didn’t, did you?!? What were the chances of us flying off to Africa the very day it’s actually AFRICA DAY!!! Twas clearly meant to be!! I LOVE IT WHEN THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN!! Makes me think that there IS a plan! You see! I told you there…

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Shift happens

Shift happens

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Bank Holiday Monday? Who for? The banks are closed, 7 million furloughed people are at home anyway, many millions more work from home. So Bank Holiday Monday. Mmm. I’ve worked all day anyway, because this Monday is just like any other to me. Shift happens, doesn’t it. The goal posts move, the lines get blurred. The rules change, the focus moves in and out. Nothing stands still. Shift usually happens gradually, almost surreptitiously. We…

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Memory Lane…6 years ago…

Memory Lane…6 years ago…

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. I’ve been busy this morning, mapping out our next Doodle Trip. I think you will enjoy this next week. I am so looking forward to sharing with you tomorrow, if you do fancy joining me on the Doodle-SHAC-Shack bus. It’s quite a challenge, but no pain, no gain and all that… May has always been our time to travel, because it falls between shows and events. Yesterday, I went back a year, to NEW…

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New York New York

New York New York

Hi there. Hope you’re ok today? I looked back to the 23rd May 2019 this morning, just to get some perspective on today, and it threw a whole heap of emotions at me. A year ago today, we were on our way out the door to visit Gracie in New York. It was the trip when we were making a plan for her to join the Clarity Team. We had been to see Jools Holland the evening before (Paul’s Christmas…

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