Sunday, 10 February 2013

Finishing Touches and Lots More!

Hello friends
Definitely a long blog post today - pop that kettle on!
Yesterday was a fruitful day - yippee!
The shop window finally came together, I've gone for a bit of a Valentines theme for this month with
red hearts, red cushion and other accessories.
The little units are now painted cream and I found a bargain lap tray....
it is perfect for displaying Spellbinders brochures, a flower display (my clever Mum made that for me)
and a few heart chocolates...not sure how long they will remain in that glass....!
 A bit more of a close up, I've gone for cream bird cages at the moment, brighter ones
coming out in the Spring.
I'm all set for today's class - a mixed media is a sneak peek...
Also, a project of mine has just popped up on Julianna's Positively Me Blog
While I was shopping in B&Q for paint for the studio (it was probably about the tenth trip as I used
SO much paint!) I found myself wandering down the gardening section and the pretty packets of seeds caught my eye.  I came up with the idea of making a seed gift wallet - all the details are here.
 And....I haven't forgotten about Pet Gallery, I still have some photos to share with you...
Today two crafty cats!
This is Harry
and this is Louis (I spy a Rose Creation on the desk, you clever cat Louis!)
These adorable two live with Susan (Craftin' Susie) and there is a third cat called Cleo who is camera shy!
Susan explains that her cats like to get involved in craft and make a point of laying on top of any
projects in progress.  It must be hard to concentrate with these two, I think I would be stopping
every five minutes to make a fuss of them.
Some treats are on their way.

Phew...said it was a long blog post!  I do hope you are having an enjoyable weekend...
who is managing to fit in some craft??
Take care friends.


jucrook said...

Morning Christine. The shop looks great just the sort of shop that draws people in to have a look inside stall the beautiful things. Can't wait to visit next weekend. Good luck with today's class the project looks stunning. Out for lunch today so no cooking, hurrah. Have a lovely Sunday. Ju

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

The window looks beautiful Christine! You have pulled everything together beautifully! The seed packet holder is gorgeously elegant! Good luck with your class today it looks so interesting. Thank you too for showing my pictures xx

melanie said...

The shop window looks fantastic well done .Melanie

Cindy said...

Hello Christine,
Wow your shop and workplace looks very fantastic.It`s too bad that it`s so far away from where I live.
But I`m glad that I can follow you on your great blog.
It`s always a pleasure to read your blogpost.I wish you good luck and a fabulous time in everything you`re gonna do over there and I`ll keep on following with much fun.
Have a great Sunday
Hugs Cindy from holland

Elaine said...

Have a fantastic class. The shop window is fantastic !

Scrapalicious said...

Love this window.. to visit your shop is on my 'to do' list.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Looking good, just the sort of window that draws you in.
Hope your class goes well today.
Love your seed packet project.
Sad day for me its the first anniversary of my mums death, a lot of reflection today I'm sure.

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
Glad it was a productive day yesturday the window looks so inviting.
Liking the Seed Pocket idea will be poppong over in a min as purchased some seeds for my father in law.
Amanda x

Lacelady said...

Your shop window looks great Christine - you have obviously worked very hard to get to this stage. Love the idea of the decorated seed packet gift.

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
Your window looks really great ,but I thought it would you seem to be able to get things just right The seed packet holder is really pretty and such a good idea,I will pop over now and have a look.
Thank you for showing 2 lovely helpfull cats they must be such good company.
I wish we could all be at your class today. Take care. x.

Janice said...

Hi Christine

Your window looks wonderful, you have a great eye for fixtures and fittings. The shelves look perfect painted cream too. It's just the type of window that draws me inside the shop when I'm visiting small towns and villages, so hopefully yours will do the same.
Love the seed packet, I saw it last night and left a comment.
Have a great day today, I'm sure the ladies will have a fab time, your samples look gorgeous.
Janice x

Janice said...

Forgot to add that the red flower cushion on the chair looks just gorgeous!
Janice x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Your shop loves beautiful and I would definitely have to call in if I was passing.... which I may well be doing in April but will email you about that!!!

Great pictures of the cats crafting too!

Sue xxx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Your shop loves beautiful and I would definitely have to call in if I was passing.... which I may well be doing in April but will email you about that!!!

Great pictures of the cats crafting too!

Sue xxx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, wow the window is stunning, the sort of window that draws me in for a closer look. Have fun with the class today and the seed packet holder is gorgeous, and last but not least 2 stunning crafting cats. Emma

Carole Z said...

Oooooooh Christine, your shop looks stunning! Well done to you and your family of helpers! Have fun with your class...loving the pussies! Carole Z X

nmty said...

hi Christine, Wow the shop window looks stunning, i really love it. would love to come and see it in person, but just too far away. Good luck with it all. i hope his works out for you, you have really worked hard.

loved the project too and have left a comment on the blog.

have a great sunday.

lv norma

barbiepinkfairy said...

Stunning Christine, so much hard work - how do you fit it in. I wish you every success!

darcydaydream said...

It looks so inviting....will definetly have to make the effort to cross the water to visit!...
Christine in Essex.....x

loftylass said...

Morning Christine - Your shop window looks gorgeous and very inviting - I would be 'haunting the shop' if I lived nearby. Good luck with your class, the project looks stunning and I love the seed packet card (brilliant and I'm sure will be copied many times).
Enjoy your Sunday.

Supernan Sue said...

Hi Christine
Your window looks really gorgeous, everything goes together so well. I am really looking forward to seeing it for real next Sunday. The cats are really cute, I can't see how the crafting gets done haha!!
Enjoy your lesson today, and the rest of the weekend.
Well done again
Sue x

hazel said...

Morning Christine the shop photos are great nice to see it coming together . Love the seed packet idea think i will have to use that for mothers day xx hazel

Toni said...

The window looks absolutely fabulous Christine. I'm sure anyone that is passing will call into the shop to have a look further. I hope all goes well at your first class today, wish I was going to be there. Look forward to seeing what you are making today.
The seed card project is lovely too. Must have a go at that one as well.
Have an enjoyable day.
Toni xx

Maddie said...

Oh Christine, you shop is looking lovely and you have all worked so hard but you should be very proud as it really does show. All of you give yourselves a big pat on the back. Funnily enough it is just how I imagined it might look because of your style through your craft. Fab. Now enjoy it.

Sue B said...

Wow Christine, shop window looks great & very inviting. Hope your first class there goes well & looking forward to more pics.

Elizabeth said...

Morning Christine, congratulations and how wonderful to see the finished article. It was nice to see all the things you had shown on your blog prevously actually insitu. You must be so proud that everything has finally come together for your first class today. Phew...I hear you say. Does this mean you will be having a little rest now - I somehow don't think you will, but from now on it will be more crafting.
Harry and Louis you are adorable.
The family are coming over for Sunday tea today and I hope to fit some crafting in later tonight.
Enjoy your first class Christine and the lucky ladies who will be attending.
Elizabeth x

Ita said...

Hi Christine WOW the shop is stunning,elegant,and sophisticated,it reflect your style, congrats and to all your family for all the help and support they gave you.The shelvs are lovely you went with the right choice to paint them, and I love the tray.I wish you many hours of happiness working there,love the card

Anonymous said...

Good Sunday afternoon Christine - It is raining here in Cumbria and so it is lovely to see your blog and completed window display looking superb - so fresh and clean looking and very inviting. You have all worked exceptionally hard to get it ready and I'm sure you will have many happy crafting hours there, making new friends. Enjoy your class today (wish I could be there).
Val C xx

Wilma Brown said...

Hi Christine, WOW your shop window is going to attract lots of customers, I for one would love to call in. It is amazing. Hope your classes go well. Next we await the sop sign.

Wilma x x

Teresa said...

The shop looks just beautiful and how exciting to begin classes! I wish you much success and I know that your classes will be filled with all the talent that you have to share with everyone :) Have a great weekend and yes I am always doing some kind of crafty thing... it's what I love :)

LindaB said...

Congratulations your shop looks beautiful, somewhere were I could quite easily pull up a chair, sit and relax. Good luck with your venture only wish I lived a lot closer so you may find in with my chair..............
Chris Bell

Lin W said...

Shop looking good, Sending you best wishes for the future.

Sarah said...

The shop looks amazing Christine. You must be so proud. All of the hard work you've put in has definately paid off. Love the projects and the cats are adorable. Looking forward to seeing the canvas in full. Looking forward to seeing you on Create and Craft next weekend.

Sarah x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, WOW, the shop window looks divine, I love it, you have an 'eye' for detail, everything complements beautifully. I hope your class went well today, the sneaky peak looks gorgeous.
Susan's cats look beautiful, Louis looks very much like my Lloyd and Lizzie, sadly we lost Lloyd a week ago last Friday, he was ill for much of the week and the Vet tried everything but sadly he was diagnosed with cancer of the bowel and we had to make that horrible heart-rending decision, Lizzie is still very confused as she has been with him since birth, she wants constant attention from us and we are trying to fuss her as much as we can, they were identical so you can imagine everytime we look at her we also see Lloyd.
I have spent yesterday afternoon and this afternoon making a card for my hubby's 60th birthday on Valentine's Day and I still haven't finished it ha ha. I started out with an idea, then some parts didn't work out and so on and I ended up in a totally different direction with it ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Craftychris said...

Your studio is a little piece to heaven! The seed holder is fabulous and such a cool idea and Susan's cats are gorgeous! Her blog is fabulous too! xx

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