A crafty retreat at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth

Morning my lovelies, hope you had a lovely weekend.  We certainly did, laughing and crafting our way through three days, two evenings and countless shift changes at our crafty retreat at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth.  Ladies thank you so much for coming along,  loved your company and your projects all looked stunning. Our lovely friend Lin was with us in spirit too.  Thank you too to all the staff at the Holiday Inn who looked after us too.  Fabulous food, hospitality, company and great crafting. 
It was altered art day on Friday.  We made Christmas themed gift boxes, perfect for petit fours, marzipan fruits, hose round choices wrapped in gold paper and taller gifts in the large one. 
Altered projects by Carol
Our large two day project was a Christmas Carol album/memory book altered again in the Christmas Carol papers, this years Christmas release from Graphic 45. 
The late shift on Saturday night

gorgeous decoration by Meryl
Saturday morning
Cathy and Kim crafting away
Janice & Jane concertrating 
Donna joined us from Arizona
Starting the day on a Starbucks with Sheena 
Donna, Sheena, Jan & Cath taking time out to pose for the camera :) 
Roul and the fabulous staff who looked after us at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth
Most of us late Sunday Afternoon, tired but happy :-) 
Sheena's projects 

We raised a total of £112.00 in memory of our lovely crafty friend Lin Jones over the weekend too which has been paid to the Clatterbridge Cancer Trust who looked after her so well in her last few days with us.  Thank you ladies for your contributions. 
It's always sad when an event comes to an end, especially after such a great three days Our next one is booked for 20th & 21st February 2016. If you fancy joining me and like minded crafters for a weekend getaway to enjoy your hobby click the link below for more info and booking details.  

We've got a big birthday in the house this week.  Harry bean (my baby) will be 18 on Saturday.  Am dithering over making or buying a cake (says the mum who taught cake decorating for 10 years) so am off to get out some books and have a think.  
Have a great day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up later in the week with some more crafty makes :-) C


A crafty day down on the farm

Graphic 45 Christmas Carol Workshop with Clare Charvill

I'd like to send thoughts and prayers to all who suffered in the atrocities in Paris on Friday night.  Such a beautiful city. Words can't describe how the families of those who lost their lives must be feeling right now.  It really makes you wonder whats coming next. 
Our class was great fun yesterday.  Ladies thanks for joining me, huge thanks to Isobel at Scotch Lodge Farm for arranging the dates and class and Patsie for keeping us fed and watered throughout the day.  Organisers and File folders all made up and almost decorated.  There was lots to cram into our day before Bev, who'd joined us all the way from Australia heads home on Tuesday.  Here's a few pics. Love Julies project altered in 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' papers. 

The Event Organiser kit, and various combinations of the project sheet to alter the kit or to just make the albums are available over on our website along with the Lantern Kit that I know lots of you have been asking about.  Links to each option below:

Event Organiser Kit - the chipboard kit with album covers and spines ready to alter (papers Sold separately) 
Christmas Carol Event Organiser Project Sheet - Instructions and cutting guide for the full project including the organiser and file folder. 
File Folder and Organiser Project Sheet - includes supply list and full instructions to make the file folder and organiser 

Our new journaling mask is now in stock too.  Great to add lines to your journal pages and projects with pens or inks. I've used it in the organiser above with co ordinating stamps from the Christmas Carol collection. 

Well my lovelies, I've got to shake a tail feather or two about the house here before the boys return.  I'd hate them to think I've been doing absolutely nothing lol!!!  now there's a thought.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you again later in the week. 


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hello there, have you got that Friday feeling :-)  I've been working away and listening to the radio today. Can you believe there are only 41 shopping days left until Christmas.   We have an 18th (Harry Baby's) and Ols' 23 to fit in before I can get into Christmas mode.  Have got a few pressies stashed away in secret places though.  Lets hope I can remember where when i go to find them lol!!  
We had a real fun workshop at Stoneleigh last weekend.  Ladies, thank you for joining me for a Christmas themed crafty day.  Was lovely to see you and your projects were fabulous.  Here's a few pics. 
 Sally even posed for a 'Mrs O' impression as she bought in the tea tray.  

Saturday night I headed over to meet up with Di and Toni, Mr & Mrs Tando Creative who were hosting a weekend Trade event a few miles away with the uber talented Andy Skinner and Michelle Webb.  Andy I hope you managed to find a secret space to escape to on Sunday lol!!!  Was great to meet you, Michelle, and everyone else I got to catch up with too.  Lovely evening and a great event.  Di thanks for asking me over. 
We only have 7 sleeps left until the last of my 2015 Graphic 45 Retreats next week at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth.  I'm getting excited and really looking forward to meeting up with everyone who's coming along. I've spent most of the week designing, measuring, cutting out, writing and filming a new Christmas Carol album, our Saturday/Sunday project and the new on line workshop.  If you fancy making  it the project sheet and on line workshop will be available on my web site from 23rd November.  Loving these Dickens themed papers.  We have two places available due to late cancellations.  If you'd like to come along for a really crafty two or three days, click the link below for more info and bookings. 

Tomorrow I'm back at Scotch Lodge Farm, Northampton for part 2 of our Event Organiser workshop.   I love this project, designed with a file folder on the left, storage space in the middle and a mini organiser on the right (top pic) it's just perfect for so many different events we plan for or want to remember.  There's been a slight delay in getting the Event Organiser onto the web site but it will be available from 23rd November along with the project sheet that goes with it and the lantern kit. 
There's still a couple of weeks left to leave a comment on this months giveaway post if you' d like to be in with a chance to win a lantern kit. Just click the link below and leave a comment.  

Have a great weekend. look forward to catching up again shortly and thanks for calling by :-) C


Remember Remember the 5th November and our monthly Giveaway :-) ......

November Giveaway at My Creative Spirit christmas Lantern Graphic 45
Evening everyone, I hope you're weeks gone well.  I'm back up country from Cornwall and the rain seems to have followed me.  We tripped out to see Spectre (James Bond) at the pictures last night with Nanny. I know there have been mixed reviews about the film but we really enjoyed it.  Daniel Craig was fab,  the cars were fast and furious of course and amazing special effects kept up all on our toes lol!!! well nearly. 

We're in the throws of Bonfire (Guy Fawkes) night and firework displays here in the UK with bangs and whizzes going off every where.  I love this time of year. 
Remember Remember the 5th November
Gunpowder, treason and plot 
We see no reason 
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

  and so it goes on .........................
It's going to be a wet one for everyone coming along to the firework display at the castle here in the town tomorrow eve.  Roads shut about 5pm and thousands of people come along to see the amazing display put on by the Round Table. If you're off to an event where you live have loads of fun.
Kenilworth Castle by Day
Kenilworth Castle lit up by Fireworks

And so on to our giveaway this month.  New kits will be in the shop over the next 10 days or so - but we have one kit and instructions on how it goes together put by to give away on 1st December.  it takes approx 5 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to alter and then can be decorated with hand made or bought Christmas garlands or flower sprays. I've used papers from the Christmas Carol collection by Graphic 45 on mine.  To be in with a chance to win the lantern just leave a comment below before midnight on 30th November.  The winner will be announced on !st December. 
I'm off to pack up the final bits for my workshop at Stoneleigh tomorrow.  Look forward to seeing you if you're coming along.  Thanks for calling by, have a lovely weekend and look forward to catching up with you again next week :-) 


October Giveaway Winner

A huge helloooooooooooo, How are you?  Long time no blogging I know.  Can t believe weeks have gone by and I haven't written a word lol!!!! October seems to have flown by in a flash.  With workshops to design for and lots of tootling about the country I clean ran out of time to sit down and write. 
We had part 1 of the Event Organiser workshop at Isobels' Farm and Craft Shop, Scotch Lodge Farm 

An album making weekend with Annemarie and Jo At the Krazycraft Retreat, Redditch

A Christmas Lantern Crafty Weekend at Daisy s Jewels and Crafts, Bedworth

A fabulously crafty day in the Yorkshire Dales with Elaine and her crafty friends 

And a JOFY inspired card making class with lovely Cornish maids in Bodmin yesterday 

 Oh there was a little birthday in amongst all of the workshops too and a lovely lunch out with two special friends - Jane and Karen.  Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes, and cards.  I was really touched by them all.  
Am enjoying a few days in Cornwall, with my little sis before heading back home later in the week.  Missing you boys xxx 
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth
I know we're a day late announcing the giveaway winner.  Thank you to everyone  who left comments this month.  I always have a great time reading them all.  Random.org selected no 26 this month
so our winner is 
and that comment was left by Sonya Lemacks3 October 2015 at 01:36
Projects are AMAZING. Thank you for the opportunity to win ♡
congratulations Sonya.  If you could mail me your address I'll get your kits off to you when I get back to the Midlands. 
Details of the November Giveaway will be posted later this week so do call back and leave a comment on that post if you fancy entering.  Its free as always :-) 
I'm off to cook my tea so thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your eve and look forward to catching up again later in the week :-) C