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Lynne Gilbert

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Retreat News

Its almost a year since I last blogged! How bad is that? My excuse is that I've been really busy! We have a beautiful new grandson who is now 7 months old and another due at Christmas.Its going to be a surprise what little prawn is!!! Peter and Kate are getting married November 2nd and I'm busy making bouquets and buttonholes! And that all comes after a very busy and successful retreat weekend. Here a few glimpses of the sort of things we got up to: Another piece of interesting news.......... Birds in the Barn have finally got a new blog, all thanks to Sue. We will be posting news and information about new products and workshops. So please pay us a visit. Short and sweet. Take care. Lynne x

Thursday, 17 January 2013

New Year, New Job!

Oh Dear!!!! I promise to blog regularly and here we are half way into January and no post since middle of December! I have lots of exciting news so hold fast, here we go: To cut a long story short I have a new job. I started working at Birds in the Barn last week and am loving every minute. I am also working 2 days a week at Clacton Art Craft and Model Centre and thoroughly enjoy it there too. I consider myself so very lucky. So if any of you are in the area please pop in and say HELLO. If you go to Birds in the Barn website you will find the workshop list for January and February, March to follow shortly. Karen ran her first Tool Shed last Friday. Always popular as it will give you lots of interesting ways to use your Big Shot. She is a very talented lady with her machine! And she makes lovely cakes!!! I think her daughter is following in her footsteps because Bobby and I really enjoyed our chocolate Malteser cakes. THANK YOU Claire. My first workshop was last Tuesday and we created a beautiful Msterboard using some lovely delicate colours from the Distress Ink range. We then cut up the masterboard and created 3 cards and with a bit of luck there should have been a little left over for yet another. ,
Here is a sneek peek of something you may be doing if you book onto my next workshop: Not So Distressing, Wednesday 23rd January. We will be using my all time favourite Distress Inks to create a range of different effects. Just ring the shop Here if you would like to come along for a morning of fun and crafting.
Even more exciting things to come so why not pop along and book yourself on to join us. You will be greeted with a smile and there is always someone there to help you with anything.
Janet is running a 'Basic Stamping' class on Saturday which is almost full but you could ring the shop to see if there are spaces left. I've seen the cards you will be making and they look lovely! Then her 'Resist the Bleach' should be great fun and that is proving very popular so you better be quick if you fancy booking on, Thursday 24th January. I will shortly be posting info about Clactons workshops and demos which are due to start shortly. I know its a bit late but I wish everyone a very Happy 2013. Hope to see some of you in the near future. Lynne XXX

Monday, 10 December 2012

Silly idea!!!

My Christmas tree is still in its box along with all the decorations!!!! I am determined to get them up in some form or another tomorrow - Well that's as long as something else doesn't happen to come along and change all my plans! I thought I would share with you my latest mammouth task!!! Bobby has soooo...... many people to give Christmas gifts to that it is just not possible to get decent presents for everyone. I would love to but I really can't afford it. Anyhow we came up with this idea a couple of years ago and it has now become tradition! We buy big tins of Quality Street and make boxes/bags for each person and pop some sweets in each. Everyone seems to appreciate it so we continue to do it. I mention WE but of course the most important job is Bobby's. He fills them with the chocolates!!! Last year I made baskets for the ladies and boxes for the men. Taken the easier route this year and made the same for everyone. Bobby delivered 5 today, here is a piccie of another seven and I only have another TEN (at least) to make!!! Bobby keeps thinking of more people he wants to say thanks to! Think we need to buy at least another three tins of sweeties. Trouble is.....I keep eating the toffee ones!
I really love this paper. Its actually wrapping paper which I found in Denny Bros. I have now decided I hate making the Tattered Pinecones! Not really. I love them but not when I have so many to make. My fingers have got more glue on them than the boxes. Off to bed now to dream about boxes of Quality Street and hopefully tomorrow I can post a picture of our tree! TTFN Lynne X

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

20 Days 1 hour and 22 minutes till Christmas!!!

HELP! Well at least I feel a little Christmassy now. We had a lovely Craft Club last night. A few Christmassy nibbles-----Thanks so much to Natalie for the lovely cakes. Such a surprise and they were delicious. Also a nice glass of pink or white bubbly!!! Unfortunately we all had to drive home so it had to be the non alcoholic stuff! Then we had a raffle with a difference. Everything was wrapped up so it was like a lucky dip. We did do a bit of crafting! Made a little candle holder to hold an LED tealight. NOT SIUTABLE FOR A REAL CANDLE!!! I just love Tims Tattered Pinecone die.
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for the lovely cards - all hand made of course, and for the pressies for myself Mum and Bobby. I hope you all had a good evening and look forward to seeing you January 7th 2013. Short and sweet tonight cause I am exhausted so off to the land of nod now! TTFN LYNNE xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Keep Calm & Carry On!

How appropriate!!! These last few weeks have been manic to say the least. How on earth did I find time to do a full time job???!!! So I have just had to Carry On and try my hardest to Keep Calm! Katie is so much better and was able to come back to work with Bobby today. He is so pleased to have her back. Mind you we only have until Christmas and then she is off on maternity leave. I have been frantically trying to arrange suitable cover and we're almost sorted - I hope! Anyhow, I thought I would share with you the card I have made for Paul's birthday this Saturday. I'm banking on the fact that he never reads my blog! I don't think he even knows it exists so I'm 99.9% certain he won't see his card until his birthday. Well unless he ventures into my little crafty cupboard and climbs over the mound of boxes and papers without falling head first into the bin, which is overflowing with all the packaging from my new TH dies - which of course I just had to purchase!
I bought these stamps ages ago when we were all suffering from Olympic Fever! Well we were in this family. Loved every minute of it and we were lucky enough to get tickets for both the Olympics and Paralympics. Apart from that, Paul just LOVES London. He knows it like the back of his hand and likes nothing more than wandering around taking in the sights and the atmosphere. I can take it or leave it myself! I hate the crowds and the hustle and bustle. Give me the beautiful peaceful countryside any day! So I have finally used some of those stamps I purchased. I'll have to save the rest for next year! Hope you like it. TTFN LYNNExxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Forget Me Not Workshop

Good evening all. Just a little peep at the card we will be making at Forget Me Not Kraft Kabin tomorrow morning. It is a brayering workshop so we will be doing some techniques on tags and then using our new found skills to create this card.
Using Adirondak dye ink pads along with the new Ink Blending Mat and a Speedball brayer. Definitely the best brayer on the market! Using this mat (Splodge mats are the same) makes the whole process so much easier and certainly saves ink, so it really is worth investing in one. They are also great for using with Distress inks for those who struggle to get a nice even blend then this will solve all your problems. Sharon sells the Ink Blending mat in her shop. Check on the Creative Expression website for your local suppliers (Link above) I will post some more picture tomorrow of our tags. TTFN Lynne XXX

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Every day holds the possibility of a miracle

Just a quick post tonight. Busy getting ready for a brayering workshop, something I haven't done for a while so a bit of practice is required. Don't worry ladies, everything will be all right on the night!!!! Still not quiet sure what we might be doing but I'm sure that light bulb will spring into action over the next couple of days! Katie is still not feeling well. Back to see the Doc tomorrow because she has completed her course of antibiotics and still in pain! Bobby and I really miss her! So I'm off to Music, Knit and natter, pottery, bowling and dancing tomorrow! Doesn't leave me much prep time does it? Decided to post a piccie of a canvas we did at craft club earlier in the year. Everyone really enjoyed this project. Some not too keen on getting their fingers messy but there were some really lovely creations.
This second picture is another craft club project. Again another favourite with the ladies.
Sorry about the quality of the photos. I blame it on the camera (old one) not of course the photographer!!! While I'm here, just wanted to let you know about the new Creative Expressions Project Book. It will be appearing in Retailers shortly, priced at £4.99. Really good value for money, so why not give it a try?! Hope you all have a good week. TTFN Lynne