Now that sounds lovely doesn't it ?
Well don't be fooled - as I was actually on an industrial estate 20 miles north of Paris getting cold, tired & smelly conducting machinery trials for 3 days - and missed my bank holiday Monday off too.
So not exactly the romantic idyll you might expect from Paris !
Anyway it was great to be back home late Thursday night !
We had a lovely day on Saturday with our friends Lynda & Robert - a great walk around Cardiff Bay to the barrage - then a South American tapas lunch at Las Iguanas - yummy !
We really enjoyed ourselves & commented how great it was to share the final sunny days of summer with friends !
Sunday I just needed to rest up after the busy week - so as well as the weekly shopping trip - I was pleased to have a happy day pottering at my craft desk - hence you can see plenty of WIP's !
So here you can see my "works in progress" this week ...
I started Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday course for 2013 on Sunday.
I have done this course a couple of times in previous years - even finished it some years !
I have gone with 6" x 6" pages - just cut to size or selected some from pads that size - as I will be away for the 2nd half of the month, I wanted something small & portable !
I bought these sassy cats at the Newbury Show - they were supposed to be decoupaged but I thought they looked cute just like this anyway - plus a few lime gems to add a bit of bling !
Shimelle sends you a prompt each day & then the idea is you create an entry for each day.
Some people blog, some do tags, mini books - even 12" x 12" layouts !
You may be asking what on earth is that green thing lurking to the left hand side ?
Well it's a silicon spoon rest from Tesco ! I had this brain wave it would be ideal for resting messy paint brushes on ! then rinse under the tap or even whisk through the dish washer (rinsed first of course !) - so I'll let you know if it works out !!
I have been working on this box - it once contained my DH's Samsung tablet - it was destined for the recycling bin but when I felt how sturdy it was I couldn't bear not to to alter it !
So 2 coats of gesso finally blocked out the pack photos & writing - and then a coat of baby blue acrylic !
I had bought some texture paste as I had seen people doing great things with it on various blogs - so here is my first attempt to do texture paste through stencils !
I have got this far - but am a bit of a loss now !!
How do I add more colour to the white paste areas now without messing up the back ground ???
Please - anyone who knows where to go from here - point me in the right direction !!
My bargain sign is getting various layers of paint - still looks at the messy stage !!
But I am hoping it will start to come together !!
And that's all from me - great to be back with you all this week - looking forward to seeing what you have all been upto !
Have a great week !