Saturday, February 20, 2010


I have had a fantastic couple of days in Harrogate at Art from the Heart. Two workshops with

Mad Friend phoned and asked me if I wanted to go, silly question me thinks, and after she got her hearing back from me squealing in her ear, she managed to book us two places, quite a feat as places were sold out in about 6 minutes!

We were held up for two hours on the tarmac at Belfast due to fog in Leeds/Bradford airport, so a long wait with nothing to read did not improve my humour, especially as on the way through baggage control, you know the bit where you have to remove everything that is protecting you from the elements only to be told that they do not know why the darned machine is STILL bleeping when you go through it and would you mind having a full body search? STILL not to find anything and being allowed to get on the plane anyway! Those people, yes, I am NOT impressed with them, they managed to give my handmade brooch away to someone else, who apparently looked at it, said it was not hers and walk off with it anyway! May plagues fall on her head!

Anyway, arrive we did and headed off to stash our cases and troll off into Harrogate. What a town! Architecture, shops, people and Betty's!

I cheated and had coffee, but it is great in there, someone every tourist should go to ........ once lol

Dyan did us all proud, tea/coffee and crumpets/pikelets in the morning, a gorgeous pasta dish for lunch and again later, coffee/tea and homemade cake courtesy of Pat (I think) in the afternoon. How scrummy is that!

Hmmmmmmm enough of the food :) The first day's workshop was the Collage Discovery workshop, background techniques and transfer methods. Brilliant! Messing with paints has to be THE most fun. There was a lot of laughter too over English v American words, especially popsicle/lolly sticks, the others were just a tad too risqué for blog land, I know how sensitive you all are ;)
What is it about button baskets that has us all, even Claudia, grubbing around in them like children? Perhaps that is exactly what it is, remembrances of childhood, and Granny's button tin?


Julia Dunnit said...

Oh how marvellous, apart fromthe Cath Kidston shopping, it looks and sounds like the best coupla days.

misteejay said...

Sounds like you had a really fab time (apart from the airport incident) glad you got to have some fun.

Toni :o)

misteejay said...

Tips for the loo-roll stamp face up as if you were going to ink it. Place wet loo paper wad over the top and press into the pattern (paper needs to be wet enough to press into the stamp but not too soggy - you can take some of the excess moisture off with kitchen towel) turn over stamp and gently peel paper away as you lift stamp off. Let dry - this can be helped by gentle use of heat gun or placing on a radiator. Have fun playing.

Toni :o)

Lyn said...

I loved Harrowgate when we did the touristy thing there - as you say, the architecture is amazingand there is only ONE tea shop - if you queue long enough to get in!

Of course I am completely jealous of the workshop, let alone the food, fun and frolics you had along the way. Can't wait to see and learn in March!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Thanks for sharing in on all the fun! The woman who got your handmade brooch must be crazy! Love the pictures! Patsy from