So sorry I am late today, but hey ho.
I’m here now!
Been on the go since 5am getting ready for the telly.
The show felt a bit flat to me. Not sure why.
The Design Team samples were beautiful,
I tried my best to do some neat demos.
The sales were good too!
But somehow, it just didn’t feel like it was gelling.
Until the very end that is!
When Dave and I got home,
Mark was there with his two friends.
One American lad from Mark’s College, Declan, who is on a sabbatical in London, and one Welsh lad, Sean, who is the captain for the rugby team that Mark plays for. Smashing boys.
And I thought to myself, what those lads need is some good home-cooked food. Their mums are so far away!
So off to Waitrose to buy all the food for a Roast feast!
And do you know what? It felt sooooo good, to just be a normal Mum and housewife in the kitchen, for a couple of hours,
cooking a lovely meal for a bunch of lovely men.
TV seemed like a million miles away in minutes!
And it was tipping down outside! I loved the feeling of being in the warm kitchen, with all the roast dinner smells wafting.
Dave had a snooze and I pottered. It was perfect.
So here is the demo that didn’t get done today.
Very apt, with the brolly stencil, too!
We sometimes wonder how to use these rather complex pattern stencils, like the brolly one, but Dee and I have developed this really neat halo look; where the stencil design forms a kind of halo around the central images in the centre.
The picture here shows you just which Adirondacks were used.
Tape the stencil to the 7"x7" Gelli Card,
and have your stencil brushes at the ready!
Start with the lightest colour, which in this case is Stonewashed.
Swirl around the outer edge with the lighter blue.
Then add Denim around the outer edge, but don’t come into the centre as far as before.
Adding an even more subtle layer of Espresso brown is sublime. It really set the blues off, but again more ink should end up on the stencil than on the card, ready for you to pull into the opening with a make-up sponge !
Let’s take a close look.
See what I mean about graduating the colours?
If you get a chance, go to our website and look at our range of stencils. You will see so many of these full pattern designs which are PERFECT for this Halo Technique.
Just position the stencil aperture of the mother or woman where you want her. Remember, you can face her the other way too!
And NO! I don’t mean so that she looks as if she’s abandoning the kid!!!
Blend the colours, the blues and brown with a make-up sponge.
Doesn’t she look lovely?
Now you could actually add a beautiful sentiment too....
I see her daughter. Who do you see?
Could be her teacher too...
But the idea is the Halo Technique
with brushes around the perimeter.
I gave this card to a mother and daughter who sent in an email right at the end of the show. In the email, the mum told us that the little girl is deaf, and that she was watching the show, saying the word Beautiful over and over again.
In a split second, the show was turned around for me.
Right at the end I got my daily dose of humility.
So yes. I see a mother and daughter.
I can’t stop; Plum Crumble and Ice Cream for pudding!
Those boys need feeding!