Due to persuasion from certain parties, (Namely Sue Thwaite of Ladybug Fairies ) we took the plunge (though it had been a long-term plan for some time) and decided to branch out into America. We have just returned from Philadelphia (see the write up on its own page Philadelphia Review ) which was a fantastic experience.
Now bear with us here, we have also agreed to go to Chicago in March….yes Miniatura is in March….yes, there is only one week between them…..yes we are doing both….!!!!!!! (Aaaaarrrgh!) So please excuse us if we seem a little jumpy next time we meet! The plan is to make enough stock to have a whole show ‘kit’ packed ready for Chicago before we go to Birmingham (Ha,ha,ha,ha!) OK, I’m off out to the shed………
March 24th & 25th 2007 –
Miniatura – NEC Birmingham
NB We have tried this out successfully with an invoice sent out on a Thursday and the goods arriving at their destination in New Zealand on the following Monday!!
As mentioned elsewhere, the shed is really up and running now. Although it does have a tendency to get messy on a regular basis, it is lovely to be able to clear everything away into its proper place!
(Aidan has a work area of his own (well actually it is my packing and photography spot, but don’t tell him!) and often accompanies me outside in the evenings and on weekends when I am not in London. He has his own polymer clay as well as general art materials and is often found making bits and pieces for his doll’s house (actually he is scarily good – I think he is planning on taking over the business when I get too senile and nobody understands what I am going on about any more …don’t say it…. I know I’m pushing my luck a bit already!) He is most likely dyslexic judging by all the signs apparent so far, we are trying to get him statemented at the moment as he is moving up to middle school at the end of the year. As a ‘symptom’ of this he is absolutely amazing at art. He draws using perspective and apparent 3D, very, very accurately (he is 6 years old) and has declared his intent to be an artist when he grows up (oh well there goes my plan of being supported financially in my old age……)
Anyway (back to the shed), I have my oven and a fridge,
a phone, storage space, tools and materials, bookshelves, the
aforementioned packing and photography area and an office desk which will
have a networked computer at some in the future! Plus now I have proper
wired in lights and heaters, smoke alarm and extractor hood, DAB radio and
Venetian blinds…..ah bliss….no I don’t have a coffee machine…if I did that
I would never come out!!!!
The Shed Saga
The shed story has now out grown the news page, so please click this
Work in progress:
Kevin is very busy with work at the moment, with an
ever expanding customer base.
I managed to do a workshop for the midlands regional
group of the British Polymer Clay guild, the weekend before Autumn
Miniatura (yes I just like to make things difficult for myself obviously!)
on the theme of Halloween. Much fun had by all, thanks again to Gaynor for
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Stuff on my cat news:
As Guilhem managed to make it onto my favourite website this year, I made a special cat and sent it to the website originator, Mario Garza. I constructed it using suggestions from the site’s numerous regular contributors and it was well received, with much hilarity all round.
For those of you who really cannot imagine what I am talking about, please see link below.
Really Odd websites:
Just to let you know what Alex does when she should really be working, here are a few websites that have been amusing her recently
animal photos : can ‘t say too much about the site as it is in some
Cyrillic language but the photos may provide some inspiration in the
stupid pictures of cats – anyone who lives with a cat will understand
these on some level – though most are rather more cheesy than our cats
would stand for!
site. Be warned this is not totally politically correct in places. Not for
people who think cats are fluffy sweet harmless and chocolate boxy. Some
moderately strong language, drug and sexual references- very, very funny
for anyone who really understands the true depths of a cats personality!
Look at your own risk!!
And for the
vegetarians amongst you…..
Now here is something from the archive! - No I'm not doing them this small again.......ever.......really!