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Keep Calm and Carry on Crafting!

Keep Calm and Carry on Crafting!

Hi there. Thanks for popping in. Yep. The world is going mad, and all we can do is keep calm and carry on crafting!! Whether you make cards for Ukraine, or knit socks for the neighbours, it doesn’t matter – JUST MAKE SOMETHING! My distraction, my calm place, my serenity is in clay. Although I haven’t had much time for pottery lately – that will change again – I did manage to pinch a little trio of pots last weekend….

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A Stencil a day….

A Stencil a day….

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Spent the afternoon with Tina Cox today. It was so good to catch up with her. Haven’t seen each other for years! Isn’t that crazy? Well, she’s back in the Arty Saddle for sure! We firmed up arrangements for her two TV upcoming TV shows on Saturday 21st. (2pm on CreateandCraft Extra, and 5pm on CreateandCraft main channel). She has designed a little set of brand new Groovi Parchlets for us. They are delightful!…

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All the way from London…

All the way from London…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. It’s A family week for the Grays! First my brother Steve married lovely Sheila yesterday in Rochester. Beautiful, quiet and very private affair… Then tomorrow it’s our Dad’s 85th birthday! Here we see both Mr Grays – and all three Mrs Grays! Very cool So I made a card for Dad when I got in from work today. 85 years ago, just before the war, he was born in London. Willesden. Northwest. So I…

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The Little Thumper…

The Little Thumper…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. We have added a wonderful table top printing press to our ever-growing collection of printing presses… and what a joy!!! This one is called A Little Thumper – and blimey!! Is he heavy! I’m talking about the printing press, not Dave, cheeky!! Proper imperial mission getting this one in the log cabin! (The Press girls, the press!!). But you can always trust a farmer to work it out! Give that man a wheelbarrow –…

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We’re shrinking!!

We’re shrinking!!

Hi there Happy May Bank Holiday Weekend! I hope you’re enjoying your time, whatever you are doing. I’ve been doing a little pottery and cleaning… more pottery though!!! It was a finishing day. Had to wax my bottoms before I can do any glazing… TV tomorrow – Create and Craft for 2 hours from 3 to 5pm. We’ve split the show into 2 for starters: first hour STAMPS. Beautiful stamps designed by Tina Cox and myself, which many of you…

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Easter Greetings – Make Art not War

Easter Greetings – Make Art not War

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Easter greetings to you and your family. I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are, and you are having a calm and pleasant weekend. Couldn‘t sleep, even after walking our socks off around London yesterday. That old washing machine head was up with the lark, and there was nothing for it, but to get up with it, and distract it. And what does a crafter do? Make art. We went to a…

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Don’t Worry – Be Hoppy…

Don’t Worry – Be Hoppy…

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Sunny Sunday, and it’s time to hop about! Get busy, be productive, MAKE SOMETHING – even if it’s just the bed!! It’s the only way for me. I have to keep busy, keep with my hands. Can I level with you? I’m certainly not alone here when I say things have been getting to me; the real news, the fake news, fearmongering and catastrophizing is starting to impact. I find my fuse is very…

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Very Pressing Business!

Very Pressing Business!

Hi there Thanks for popping in. Just in from a day out in London. We met up with our dear friends Linda and Rob Williams, which was wonderful. Little bit of parchment planning for the Open Days in June and the Spa Retreat, little bit of business chat, then a super posh lunch at the Shard, saunter round Borough Market, along the river in the sunshine to the Tate Modern, a powerful dose of surrealism – and back to the…

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Time out

Time out

Hi there Thanks for popping. Dave’s daughter Laura and the family came over for a little birthday tea party this afternoon. We had cancelled earlier in the month, due to illness. Actually, it’s just as well, because the weather was so lovely, we were able to hang out in the garden today! Here we see lovely Evie and I completely engrossed in colouring in together. She and the nipper Oliver are such a joy. Just beautiful little bundles of innocence…

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Back in the Saddle.

Back in the Saddle.

Hi there Thanks for popping in. After a week of chaos and illness, happy to report that all is well again in the Gray household. I haven’t felt that rough for a good while. It wasn’t COVID, but it certainly packed a punch to the gut! Say no more. I slept for pretty much two days. But there we are. Nothing terminal. Just some sort of flu. And she’s back in the saddle! I look forward to getting back to…

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