Friday, 6 May 2011

Brighton Open Houses May 2011

Pink Birdhouse

29 Southdown Avenue
Brighton, BN1 6EH
   

the weekends of ~ 7/8, 14/15, 21/22 28/29
11am - 6pm 


The Brighton Open Houses start this week end and I am making some cushions to go into my friends Clare Rose's house. If anyone wants to pop in and say Hello! I will be stewarding tomorrow from 11 - 6, Sunday 15th 11 - 2.30 and the weekend of 28th & 29th 11 - 6.

I am no longer opening my own house as I just don't have time to get it all sorted, it is such a mammoth task which is just as well with the website crashing last week.

I have been having great fun working with all my scraps and oddments of fabrics making cushions. It is such a treat to give myself time to play with fabrics and see what happens. My floor is a sea of colour, I have been wading through silks, denims and cottons and it has been wonderful. It makes such a change to be working with natural fabrics and my trusty old Bernina 707. I have had particular fun combining image transfer with log cabin using up old denim jeans.
I have been using up an old tub of Image Maker with gives you lovely thick images that you can distress with a scourer. While I was at Art Van Go I picked up some of their JetFx inkjet paper, this a fantastic paper that gives a very clear image that can be washed AND ironed!!! I am very pleased with the effect.

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The website is almost back to normal and ordering has commenced - Hurrah! I have 85 new customers to re enter which I will start next Monday and finish during the week. I am off to stay with my friend Sue Culligan in France next week to discuss my teaching out there, it was supposed to be a bit of a break but I suspect I will be inputting customers onto the website most of the time. Sue is the owner of the mail order company Kangaroo whose website is run by the same company as me so has had the same nightmare week when her website crashed at the same time as mine. The B & B that Sue runs is going well and I am looking forward to seeing all the changes they have made since I was there last. (There is a link on the left).


On Sunday I will be attending the Short Course Seminar at West Dean College where all the Short Course tutors get together and discuss sharing good practice, new technologies, resources and marketing. It will be good to compare notes with the other tutors and of course there will be lunch and dinner to enjoy. The food is the best of anywhere I teach. It's a great hardship - but Hey!!! A girls got to what a girls got to do!

I'm off to make a few more cushions, I can feel a crazy mix of blue and green lame and satin coming on! Yeeehaaaaa!!!!!

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