My mega-bargain-that-was-slightly-expensive-really-but-will-be-worth-it-in-the-end arrived today. Yeah - the 25 metre roll of Bondaweb. Have been chopping up pieces that I already had and painting them this afternoon. My fingers are stained turquoise and ultramarine. I forgot what a pig Brusho is to get off!!! I also received a gorgeous Fat Face dress that I won on eBay. Again it was a bit more than I would normally pay but it was cheap for Fat Face and is so lovely now I have it. And it came in time for my hols. Yay!!
On Sunday Evie and I hit the car boot sale. I kept bumping into people I knew, not least of these was Megan who I did my C&G Patchwork and Quilting with. It was so fab to see her again and we were yacking away for ages (much to Evie's disgust). We lost touch at the end of the course due to family circs :o( M was selling off much of her patchwork stuff as she is focussing on her knitting and crochet now. The following 2 books were bought from her at a bargain price (she was going to just give them to me but that's not the idea with a boot sale, is it?).
The Helen Deighan one is brill and I can't wait to get stuck into some fabric dying again. The crochet one will be great to take to Cornwall with me as I'm determined to get this crochet lark sussed while I'm away.
The next pile of books were from The Works and another bargain book shop in Lichfield. This first one has some good ideas in it (even if the examples in the book are a bit cheesily done). So the Imagemaker and waterslide transfer paper will also be coming out in September.
These final two I bought because I love childrens books when they have fab illustrations. This fairy tale swap has got me all gee-ed up about mermaids again. I'm not actually doing The Little Mermaid for my partner but I've always wanted to make mermaid dolls. The illustrations in these books are just so 'textiley' that I had to have them for inspiration when I finally get round to my doll(s).
And while I'm on the subject of mythical watery beings... Jackie posted a pick of some of her older work not so long ago and it made me laugh. When I was doing my Foundation course I used her piece as a reference in my sketchbook at college. Here is the evidence - I was a fan before I ever knew her :o) An inspiration then and now.
Incidentally she has a great tutorial on her blog at the moment, for those of you who are terrified of free machine embroidery. There's a video and everything. Take a look.
My birthday isn't 'til next month but I've just persuaded hubster to buy my prezzie. If you want to see what it is click on the link.
I am sooooo excited about this. We have got tickets for the whole weekend (although we won't be camping as it's only 10 minutes up the road from us - what a dream!).
Van the Man
Irish dancing ( kiddie will be so pleased)
and they haven't announced who or what's happening on Friday yet...