Thanks for popping in.
Beautiful day here darn sarf.
Early morning walk,
then breakfast on the veranda.
Read the paper and drink coffee.
Roast a leg of lamb slowly in the Aga.
Spot of weeding in the garden, deadhead the flowers and water the hanging baskets.
Get up at 7, see Dave off to work,
and clear a space in the kitchen to erect the ironing board.
Listen to Stephen Fry read me Sherlock Holmes on the Alexa for 3 hours while I plough through the ironing mountain.
Kitchen now looks like a Chinese Launderette!
You know it’s time to do some ironing when there are NO clean tea towels in the drawer, and Dave has gone to work dressed like this:
He will be so happy when he gets in from making the freebie stencils we ran out of yesterday, and sees all his checked shirts nicely pressed. He hasn’t seen his favourites for months!!!
I’ve got us a HUGE Pork Pie from Melton Mowbray for lunch too!
Should still be edible…
Pathetic isn’t it? Comical really.
But actually, it’s fine. We had an immensely successful day yesterday, all the hard work paid off, and how good it feels to be appreciated.
Later on this afternoon, we’ll take a drive down to Rye to the Jazz Festival, and go for a good long walk along the beach.
We’ve got tickets for an Eric Bibb concert in the church, too.
Our Sundays may not be conventional, but in the main,
we choose the life we lead, and life is good.
Here is a quick step by step from one of yesterday’s shows, using Linda William’s exquisite Dream Plate.
and the new Indian Summer parchment
I have to say, a Lightwave is pretty handy when using coloured parchment. Emboss the whole plate using the No. 1 Pergamano tool,
or the stylus end (No. 1 too) in the Starter Kit.
Move the Dream Catcher over towards the word.
Using an eraser pencil, rub out the colour in the letters and stars.
This is all done on the back.
It will make any white work or colouring in much easier.
When adding colour to the letters, use the Perga Liners pencils or Perga Colour pens. Both work a treat.
Emboss a frame around the word with any plate which gives you a straight line.
The A5 Calligraphy Plate mate has a great double line around the outside, and you needed it to hold the Dream plate anyway.
See the lines?
The use the straight grid to add white embossed dots around the inside edges. Lightwave helps, believe you me.
Now for a little whitework in the feathers and stars.
Build up gradually from behind, allowing to rest in between.
Check your progress from the front…
Move the work to the white foam mat on the lightwave and working from the front, perforate inside all the open areas on the Dream Catcher using a 2-needle tool. Bold or Fine.
I went with fine because the picot is more delicate, and I liked the look for the dream catcher, but the bold needle tool is best when starting out.
Cut out all the spaces in between.
Take your time; it’s not a race. I just accept that if I want to do this kind of artwork it will take longer.
The satisfaction when done is wonderful.
As I mentioned on the TV, attach one of the 2 sheets of the Groovi Grip to your lightwave; it will hold your Groovi plates in place.
Emboss the outer edge of the Dream Catcher on matching coloured paper,
cut out and attach behind the dream catcher.
This will really make it pop.
See the tiny white brads?
Yep, they have finally landed. And they are excellent.
Very good quality. Lovely colours and metallics.
Rosie will be launching them, together with a couple of very clever brad corner ideas o HOCHANDA on September 9th.
Anyway, I’d better get the pork pie out of the fridge before his nibs gets home!
We do like a Pork Pie!
Actually, on that subject, tune in tomorrow, and we’ll have a Caption Competition.
I’ve had an idea…..
Love & hugs,