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Balls to Christmas – with Mosaic On!!


I know my title’s a bit naughty but it got your attention, didn’t it?

What d’you think?

 

We’ve been making mosaic baubles at class – quite fiddly but it will be good to see it on the Christmas tree and know its all your own work! Not sure about the white grout – I generally avoid white but thought it would be the best colour for this project. Now I can’t help thinking it might look better with black……..what do you think?

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Today’s Craft Fair and other news


There’s a craft and gift fair after school today at Chorlton C of E Primary School http://www.chorltonce.co.uk/ starting from 2pm. I’m taking some mosaic kits along and I know Cathy will be there with her gorgeous handmade scarves – I’ve already bought a number of them for Christmas gifts – they’re utterly ‘Adornable’ (officially, now.)

Green Day Mosaic

If you were wondering what was going on in the playground at the school yesterday, I’ll explain. We had a problem with one of the mosaic panels on the playground wall. To be honest, I’d worried about the centre panel from the minute the wood arrived. Even though all three panels were cut from the same sheet – it was 18mm external grade ply, if its of interest – just one of them had a very slight bow. I talked to Craig at the timber yard (Chesworths in Urmston) about it and we concluded that after 3 coats of yacht varnish was applied to the reverse, with the weight of the ceramic on the front and with four fixings into the wall, it should be fine….

However, in truth, the panel was clearly held in too much tension and after a couple of months and the impact of a football, the screws sheared and the panel came down! I was reassured, however, by the strength of the mosaic itself – good adhesive and good grouting there, because despite all this movement, practically nothing came away!

So yesterday we removed the other two panels and then re-installed the whole thing using much more serious expanding anchor bolts into the brick. I think we’ve secured it good and proper this time so I just need now to mosaic and re-grout over the gaps!

Horse & Jockey Craft Fair — Saturday 11th

The day started out quite sluggish and stayed quiet for the first couple of hours. I didn’t mind too much because I was enjoying the very good company of Mary, Alex and Fay who had tables immediately around me. It was also lovely to see Sarah, Chris and Cathy who all popped in to have a look and say hello during the day. However things livened up during the afternoon and my fellow crafters and I all made good sales. The variety of goods on offer was great – I came away with jewellery, a fabulous ‘Manchester Pin-Ups’ calendar with Manchester girls in vintage 50s style clothes, make-up and hairstyles and also a beautiful home made Christmas Cake – with cute penguins on the top.

Wonder what I might pick up at today’s craft fair……………………

Christmas Craft Fair at the Horse & Jockey Pub in Chorlton


Cup of Cha, anyone? 25% discount on Mosaic Kits only at the Craft Fair this Saturday

Feeling stressed? Not ready for CHRISTMAS? Here’s the perfect solution: do your Christmas shopping in the pub!! Come down to the Horse & Jockey Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday for some warmth and good festive cheer – inspired, stress free shopping!!

Saturday 11th December
11.00am – 5.00pm

See you down there!

Come and See Me at Chorlton Arts Festival, 16th May


For the 3rd year running, I will be taking part in the fabulous Arts and Crafts Market at St. Clement’s Church on Saturday 16th May.

This year I have even more designs in each range and the fabulous new packaging that was recently designed with help from the NWDA Innovation Voucher scheme. Come and have a chat. I’d be pleased to show you the kits, answer questions etc. and there’s also going to be a competition with a brilliant prize.

The event is free to attend, starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4pm. Look forward to seeing you there!