Thanks for popping in.
How’s your Sunday going ?
Mine’s been great.
Went for a good long walk with lovely Mel and the dogs,
then came home and had to choose between the ironing and you -
and YOU won!
(no contest xxx)
It’s been a week since the NEC, so I thought it really was time to get my demo box out of the van!
In fairness, it’s taken most of us the week to recover!
I haven’t told you what happened at the end of the show on the Sunday, have I.
Well, it was a shambles. It’s never much fun dismantling the stand at the end of 4 busy days, but last Sunday will go down in history as the fastest breakdown ever.
We had done what we could, and boxed what we could,
but Dave was stuck in a mile long queue
trying to get near the hall with the van.
I had just taken the decision to get the ladies out of the building
and home, and let the guys load the van.
Gentleman Steve escorted us to the cars with all our gear.
We hadn’t been gone 5 minutes when one of the Stand Breakdown Contractors removed a supporting wall behind our stand - and the whole 14.5 metre long Clarity stand collapsed.
And I mean hit the floor.
How nobody was hurt or killed !
Thank God I had left with all the girls!
Poor Paul and Len were the only 2 there when it went down.
Plenty of damage, but no casualties.
Why haven’t I mentioned it until now?
Too shocked and wild about it.
And it ain’t over yet, I can tell you.
This is one occasion when I am getting my armour on.
Unacceptable and dangerous.
I don’t even want to think about what could have happened if the whole team had all still been on the stand. We could never have all moved out of the way fast enough.
It was a week ago to the hour actually.
But there you have it.
Have we had an apology from the NEC?
Have we had a phone call from ICHF ?
What do you think?
Paul got yelled at by some oik in a High-vis jacket for taking photos. “Stop taking photos, or I’ll take your phone away???”
It’s a bloody good job Dave, Steve and I weren’t there actually. There would have been bloodshed I’m sure.
And now you know the rest of the story Jackanory!
We were making coasters at the Make & Takes,
(many thanks to Maria and Jo for doing a fab job!)
we were making coasters with Groovi,
well, Paul was!
and I was making coasters with our Gel Press Petites.
Fantastic for gifts, don’t you think?
I got stuck in for the duration of the show,
and just kept on doing the same thing...
Cut the Stencil card in 4 equal parts,
ink up a Petite Gelpress plate with Archival ink
Lay the lace down on the card
|lace swatch A3 + size buy here|
Squish the inky Petite down onto the lace.
Flip over and do other side....
Add a wordchain word...
Sandwich in the coaster. Fits perfectly....
The back is beautiful too.
Use lace, use the Petite Stencils.
Use the square Petite. Use the round Petite.
I made LOADS!!!!!
Loads of Christmas Pressies actually!
Look at the beautiful coloured lace!
I think they make a delightful gift.
Groovi, Gelplate prints, photos, cross-stitch.
If you are thinking of making handmade gifts this year,
it doesn’t get much easier, cheaper or more pleasant
than useful coasters.
And why not personalize them too?
£5.99 for 4 or £10 for 8
I must have signed another hundred 2017 project Calendars too.
So happy you like them.
It’s very flattering that you would want to hang my art on your wall all year round. They also make nice pressies.
We still have a couple of hundred left, but when they’re gone they’re gone. Limited edition, one print-run and all that jazz.
One more thing.
Have you seen the deals on our Christmas Hampers?
The Gel Press Petites Hamper is pretty excellent...
Must go now -
The ironing won’t do itself.
Love & hugs,