Wednesday 26 February 2014

Noteable Notebooks!

Hello friends
I was greeted by this scene as I arrived at the studio/shop yesterday.
That is a container ship cruising past on the River Thames, 
did I mention how close my shop is to the river?!
At times these ships seem to blot out the whole skyline, never ceases to surprise me.
Yesterday's class...a view of the desks just as cake was served...
mini lemon and coconut loaves - love these cake cases.
Notice there are chocolate biscuits too nestled with the removable tape!
Ros mentioned yesterday the leather look technique.  This is by spraying craft paper with
a mixture of glycerine and water, scrunching and using an embossing folder.
Well, we did that at the class - thank you to Sally who did the demo.
Here is mine drying before a bit more scrunching. 
 And here is a whole array of them drying!
And then onto the altered notebooks...
Sandra's (not quite glued in place but nearly there) 
 and Sally's
Thank you ladies, it was a really fun morning.
More Coffee and Create classes being revealed soon 
including some being held on Saturdays.
All the details will go up on the website.

The majority of pokey tools have now been dispatched and I'm already 
receiving emails from you saying how delighted you are.  
I will pass on all your comments to Dad.

Tomorrow, all going well there is going to be a little survey on my blog...
intriguing eh!?

Take care friends.
Oh yes, the rain returned here too - I definitely spoke too soon!


Carole Z said...

Ooh those notebooks look gorgeous! You've really got me in the mood to do so e myself again ...I just need to find the time! My pokey tool arrived yesterday, you have a very talented Dad, I love it! Hugs, Carole Z xx

Magzeeann said...

Morning Christine. The notebooks are amazing ~ all so different too!Well done everyone! Love and hugs,
Maggie x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Wow! That is some view normally then. I didn't know that you were that close to the Thames or the sea, you lucky thing. Any chance of a container ship free shot (I love water, being on the beach is my favourite place to be)? Glad to see that you kept the ladies well supplied with yummy cake and chocolate. I need to find out how to do the leather look technique, it looks great. I love how each ladies notebook is an original piece, every book is wonderful, the ladies must be very proud. Yes we had rain here yesterday, apart from an hour about midday when the grey skies suddenly cleared to reveal a beautiful blue sunny sky. An hour later the grey returned for the rest of the day with some very heavy downpours! It is so uplifting to see all of the crocuses, snowdrops and now the daffodils out though, even when it's raining. Take care.

melanie said...

the books look fantastic well done ladies .Melanie

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Loving the pic down the street, although I can't decide which is ship and which isn't haha !! Like Mrs B, I would love to see a pic without the ship, if only for me to see which is ship and which isn't hahaha.
The notebooks are absolutely gorgeous, I love them all. The mini lemon and coconut cakes look divine, yes I love the cases too. A lovely day was had by all.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Janice said...

Hi Christine
It was a lovely, relaxing class, thank you, with a lovely group of ladies. I really enjoyed altering the notebook, and now I know how, I will be altering many more to give as gifts!
Thanks again to Sally for sharing this technique with us. I am determined to get inking and spraying again to use my piece on another notebook, I love this effect.
I am sure you must see plenty of 'sea-traffic' on the river, well that is when you have a spare hour to take a look!😄
Have a good day, and looking forward to the survey...
Janice x

P.S. your lemon cake was yummy!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, what lovely notebooks and all so different. Well done ladies. Bet you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the cakes too - yummy.
I tried to do the leather look technique only last week. I went on Youtube to see how it was done and what a complete disaster it turned out to be. I used the same glycerine and water method you mentioned so don't know where I went wrong. Is there a knack to it Christine or was I just simply unlucky? I was really disappointed.
I ordered my pokey tool last night and I received notification at 6.43 this morning to say that it was completed. Thank you.
Looking forward to your "survey" tomorrow too.
Elizabeth x

Laura O said...

notebooks are so pretty ,would love to attend but sadly that is not possible.Well done on such great classes .Laura O

Anonymous said...

Morning Christine love the notebooks really like this technique but not tried it yet. Wish I stayed a little closer so that I could join in the classes. Take care all Sophy n Gran

Wendy L said...

They all look great.
What a great location for your shop.
Intrigue awaits Mmmmmm

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Love all the notebooks, and the cakes look great in the little cases. Looking forward to what you have for us tomorrow. Take care. x.

Anonymous said...

WOW, fancy having the Thames at the bottom of the road. What a fantastic view you must have ordinarily.
Love all these notebooks all different yet beautiful.
The cakes look pretty good as well.
Love Val in Spain x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
I too see these huge cargo ships from my window, they look like small islands they are so big.
Sounds like you had a great class yesterday, love the books they are all grand.
Look forward to getting my pokey tool.

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

Those container ships are huge...I used to see a lot when we were living in Hong Kong and they were stacked so high its a wonder they could still float

I love the altered notebooks, now I think a video of this project would be wonderful. They are all beautiful but I really like the design that Sandra has done

Hope you have a good day

Sue xxx

Valerie said...

WOW Christine, your class did good. So pleased you are thinking of doing the same sort of thing on another day, as I am not able to attend on a Tuesday. Love the faux leather, where can I find the instructions? Valerie

hazel young said...

Lovely photos the note book all look great, glad you had a lovely day. Have a great day xx hazel

Rosie said...

Love those notebooks!

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, beautiful set of notebooks, looks like everyone had fun, love the faux leather technique also. Wishing you a lovely day. Hugs Emma xx

loftylass said...

Hi Christine.... thanks for showing us your day... it looks like a very productive day was had by all. The notebooks look amazing as do the cakes....mmmmm another recipe perhaps!!! maybe even a demo of the craft-card technique!

ros hodgkins said...

Hello Christine, The altered books look great. Glad you all had a good time.
X Ros

SusanP, Kent said...

Astonishing to see a ship sail past at the end of the road: Surreal. Beautiful notebooks and yummy cakes: What more can you ask? So pleased(though not at all surprised)the pokey tools are a runaway success. I will want one at some point - oh dear, pun not intended! I'm suitably intrigued about the survey.

Sally said...

Hi Christine, really enjoyed the class yesterday. It was nice to meet Janice again.
I must say, although I showed the ladies the leather look technique, the idea did come from watching Sheena on C&C. My friend, Wendy had seen it as well and had tried it out first, then showed me how easy it was to do. So a joint effort but that is what crafting with friends is all about.
Hope you get your new Kettle Christine.
Sally xx

Ann said...

Hi Christine

Wow what a huge ship those containers are massive I wonder how the ships stay afloat......

Your workshop day sounds wonderful oooh wish I lived nearer
The altered notebooks look beautiful and all different designs.

My parcel arrived today and please tell your Dad his pokey tools are just fab.

Hugs Annxx

Lacelady said...

Late today, Christine, I've been up to Northern Ireland for the day. I must remember to get some glycerine next time I'm in town, I love that leather look technique. The cakes look scrummy too.

CraftyJo said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time - wish I lived closer!

I used to live near Southampton and worked in a restaurant on the waterfront. The QEII would sail into port regularly and passing by would fill all the windows - stunning! I never got tired of it.

LoraineC said...

What great notebooks made by the ladies and the little cakes look yummy too x

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. What a fun time you all had and those notebooks are real works of art. Well done to all. Intrigued by tomorrow's blog ... see you then. xxMargaretxx

LyndA said...

Cakes and faux leather notebooks. A gorgeous and very satisfying combination.:) :)
I've tried the leather technique with some success but came unstuck with the sewing in of the pages.Did you do it like that or is there another way?

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the note books they look gorgeous love Jean Z xx

Anonymous said...

Well Christine, I never thought there would be something of interest to my husband on a craft blog! If ever there is a ship around when we are in town, we have to go take a look. The notebooks look good aswell. JuliaT x

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