It is incredibly important to give new things a try. No matter what it is. This is part of my stash problem. I see something new, I have to do it. Once I do it I move on, usually never to touch that thing again unless it was utterly and totally mesmerising. Call me shallow, I probably am! Hence a shitload of stash and a hubby in despair. Although I have improved and I don’t buy anywhere near as much these days and I am a lot more choosy. Or maybe it’s cos I have so much already!!
Anyway the other week some woman was on Create & Craft with Pergamano. Now, I can hear you all going into metamorphic shock – Nikky and Pergamano, surely not!! Well, for years I have had my beady eye on the lovely technique but it’s always so fancy schmancy and lacy and victorian which is SO not my thing. Must be about 10 years ago I had a convo with someone where I said i was going to do it but in a different way. Right-o. Anyway this woman totally made me crave the beautiful butterflies she had which were no less than orgasmic. So i bought her kit which had no tools, then had to go off and buy some tools. So all in all I spent a small forch, and I mean a forch. The pattern books came and they might as well be written in the language of the Justified and Ancient from Moo Moo land cos I’ll be jiggered if I can understand it and I aren’t a brick short of a wall really. I’m not saying what they were, most of you probably know already but I was stunned at the price of what I thought was a bit of old photocopied instructions really. Hardly any nice pics to show what you to do and on the show she said even beginners could do them. Well love, if you ever read this you are a big fat billy liar!! Yes, if you’re a beginner and you’ve bought every bloody Pergamano tool you can find maybe you can, but I think it’s outrageous that in one pattern book that had about 5 or 6 designs in it you needed something like 20 odd different tools and grids!! BUT I remained open-minded and vowed to still have a go and tonight the feeling just came over me, so I pulled out the grid, the 7 tools I’d bought and the patterns and gave it a go. I had no idea what I was doing and after half an hour of trying to understand the book, I tossed it to a side and went for it on my own. It’s a bit bolloxy in parts where I went wrong, I’m not the most patient of people but I am when i really want to do something but the book had already annoyed the patience out of me by this point. Anyway here you are, my very first Pergamano butterfly, totally freestyle aka moi…
I have to say that it looked dead pants and I nearly chucked it but once I cut it out it really made a big difference…very time consuming, this took me about an hour to do, and I think my grid is too big for my tools (it’s a standard size grid) but I think I might have another go another day with one of these babies…see, I’ve done it now, time to move on! x
This is the gorge projjie we made at my last class..the gals loved this one so much they took their time and we’re finishing it next time. I acsh demo’d how to make the flowers on one of my Create & Craft shows, they’re so easy and I think look stunning. The whole thing is easy peasy in itself…
Now being a tidy crafter (choke!) now I have a proper workspace I do seem to be keeping things a little more orderly, and I sorted out loads of old cards which I had in boxes from the days when I sold them at work. Sadly I have nowhere to sell them anymore! Or the time to make them anyway, haha. But I used to make a tidy sum at work which kept me supplied in stash and as I was sorting the dross from the not-so dross from years of cardmaking, I came across this which was still sitting in tissue paper even though the gorgeous box it was originally in was totally and utterly trashed…
I still really like this and I can remember making it, but it must be a good 7 years old now I think, the box it came out of hadnt been touched in about 5 years and I think I made it for a special Wedding Fayre where I had a stationery table or something. I only remember it because whilst I will spend my last penny and more on stash I am incredibly tight at putting them on a card to give away or even sell, and the fact I went so OTT on this one with all the metals and charms and ribbons gave my proper palpitations at the time. I used to showcase it in its’ lovely tissue and box and put a hugely overstated price tag on it so no-one would buy it – which obviously worked, hahah!! Anyway I still love it and when i get chance I’m going to hang it on my wall somewhere I think. Otherwise the cat will get it, he’s already had a paw or two on it.
so yeah, about that new years ressie to blog more, cough, splutter…hmmm…those of you who blog every day I just dont know how you do it. Either I work more or I waste more time (the latter I would thinks!) but there is just no way hosay that I can blog every day. For a start my life is SO dull there is nothing to say every day. Other than cat tales that is. You know Shirley Valentine “Hello Wall” well that is me! But usually “hello pooter”.
But anyway, I am having an easy night tonight, been sooo busy todat, lots of chair-based arrands and phone calls to make and catch up on, boring admin, insurance cancelling and all that jazz malarky. And I have just opened a trillion parcels full of Timmie’s stuff which I got suckered into on QVC craft day. Stuff I’ve wanted for ages but just finally gave in and got it all! Now I just need to find a home for it all. My shelves are filling up nicely!! Read his book, was slightly disappointed there wasn’t that much I hadnt seen before but it’s deffo worth getting. I dont know where he finds all his metal stuff, the junk shops and curiosity shops I go to never have any decent finds such as bootiful keys and frames etc, typically they always seem to do antique stuff better in the States.
So yesterday we launched our latest CD “Paper Boutique” on Create & Craft. OH EM GEEE. I cannot believe how hot this is, it is flying out, our website must be about to go into meltdown, it sold out just as we went off air, we promised them more stock and I think thats all but gone. Poor Krissy is pulling his last few hairs out at the number of orders he has to try and get through in the next week bless him, I think I’ll have to lend a hand to plough through them. We’re always busy post-show but this time it’s like, MAMMOTH. We just seem to be getting busier and busier and I know from all your lovely emails, tweets and facebook comments that you’re all collecting so thanks so much for your support it really does mean a lot to us both. And when I’ve wedged my eyes open with a couple of brads in the wee small hours trying to meet deadlines it keeps me going to know you love the designs and collections, I always have jitters before a launch “omg what if they dont like it, what if it doesnt sell” but luckily thanks to you wonderful peeps and your unfeasibly great taste it’s always unfounded, fingers crossed, LOL!!!
Well I will be uploading all the photos of the show samples tomorrow onto the main gallery and when I get chance I will try and put some more on here too. This is only a short post as I’m too whacked to ramble on any more and I’m boring myself, let alone you..plus there’s a prog on TV where they’re training some blacksmiths and I’m in awe, we used to have a little smithy about 500 yards from our house when I grew up and I always loved sneaking peeks through the doors…he was a really old gadgey in dark blue overalls and a scruffy old jacket and he must have been there till he was 100, or it seemed so at the time…and I always wanted to have a go even back then when I was on my way to primary school, I remember craning my neck to try and see what he was doing as I went through the school kissing gate. Don’t think I ever told anyone till now but I remember it vividly, the ching ching of his hammering on the metal and all the old crappy horseshoes hanging outside…funny how I detested those horse brass things that everyone in the country had hung up on their lounge walls at the time, SO 70’s and SO naff. Even as a 6 year old I had the heart of a designer I think!!! So i’m off to watch this fascinating prog, BBC2, looks like a new series on craftspeople, check it out…laters peeps xxx