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Clients from Hell

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently; it’s been a busy and stressful time with two of my sons taking exams, and I don’t seem to have had anything textiley to write about.

My eldest son sent me the link yesterday to this wonderful website called Clients from Hell with pages and pages of web designers’ experiences with clients. Have a look! From wanting pink text on a red background to expecting website coding for free ‘because it’s fun for you’, it kept me amused all evening.

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Journal 2!

Here is the second journal I have made on Sue’s course.  I made the outside with some yummy silk dupion which has been on my shelves for some time, too nice to use until now.

silk journal

It is a bit smaller than A4 landscape size and is meant to be a sketchbook, although I’ve got a feeling I will be a bit wary of using it because I won’t want to get any marks on it!

The button is a ceramic one which I bought in a button shop in one of the arcades in Cardiff ages ago.

ceramic button on silk sketchbook

It is covering up velcro actually, rather than being a functional button….   We put grommets along the spine to hold those rings like you have in ring binders, which will open.  I’m not very happy with mine, mainly because I had to purloin them from a photograph album I made in the 80s and they are rather stiff!  But I couldn’t find any locally.

spine of journal

We painted watercolour paper to go inside the book.  I painted this one with a mixture of walnut inks and acrylic ink and water and laid clingfilm on top to produce the texture.  I made some tags out of it too.

painted paper and tags

This one is just acrylic inks (with a bit of white acrylic paint to make the red ink pink), diluted with water and with clingfilm added.  I think this looks a bit like fireworks!  I like the way you can manipulate the clingfilm to influence the patterns you get, although it is still unpredictable. 

pink and blue watercolour paper

You can just see the pockets in the inside of the sketchbook.  These are for holding pens and other paraphernalia.  The fabric is some Australian eucalyptus leaf fabric which I received in a swap. 

If you want to have a look at lots more journals which people have been making, Sue opened a Flickr Group – you can view the photos even though you can’t join the group unless you are in the class.

By way of a change, I thought I’d post a photo of my three boys sitting opposite me on the Tube last week.  We went to London to see the First Emperor exhibition in the British Museum – the first time any of the Terracotta Army warriors have left China.    I don’t post photos of them very often but I thought this was so funny.  DS2 and 3 don’t get on and you can tell!  This was the only one I managed to get with DS2’s head in it – in all the others, he managed to avoid me by hiding behind a newspaper!

travelling on the tube

I didn’t take many photos in London, but shot this garage as it looks so old fashioned – it is in the heart of Bloomsbury and I could just see Bertie Wooster (well, Jeeves actually I suppose) filling up the car there….

Bloomsbury service station

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Etsy Goodies

Over the last few weeks I have acquired a lot of things from Etsy sellers and three of them arrived this morning so I thought I would post pictures of them all here.

I did a trade with Marion of Artmixter – Spiralling Joy went to a new home and I acquired:

Art Quilt Window by Marion Barnett DSCN3460

Art Quilt Window and Dream Journey.  Aren’t I lucky?

The Boomers Street Team also had a swap, and this morning mine arrived:

Galaxy by Jean Hood

This is ‘Galaxy’ by Jean Hood. 

I have also bought a few ACEOs …

white tree and black tree by Sixsisters

These are White Tree and Black Tree by Sixsisters.

And this one arrived today:

Blue myrtle mixed media monotype by Nancy Ryan

This is Blue myrtle mixed media monotype by Nancy Ryan.  I was her very first customer!

This is another very unusual ACEO I bought from ZudaGay, who makes amazing and beautiful things with polymer clay…

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Feeling like a St Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt?

In Etsy I’m on the Ecoetsy Street Team, which tries to find recreative ways to use recycled packaging for our goods.

Today we are having a Scavenger Hunt starting at 12 noon EST which is 4pm in Britain, and it ends at 12 midnight EST (which is the middle of the night for us UKers so start looking!!) or until all the prizes have been found.

More detailed instructions are on the team blog NOW!!!.

Lots of prizes to be won – rush over there and come and join us!!


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