Quick Update …

Just thought I would quickly update on what’s happening, well, what’s going to happen 😀

Watch out for a live morning show on Ideal World and Create & Craft channels on 2nd July at 9am – going to be an early start for me, I have to be at the studio for 7am so set off from home at around 5.30 !!!

There’s another 1 hour show mid-July, I will update with details nearer the date.

I am also doing a Fiskars demo at The Range in Coventry soon, so if your around the area, pop in, its always lovely to see my crafting buds. This is booked for the 5th July, 10am – 4pm.

Finally, if you are one of my craft ladies that attend workshops in Chesham, I’ll be seeing you at Blue Haze on the 4th July, Independance Day 😉 No, hang on, wrong country 😆

We are booked to do black and white themed cards in the morning and Stamping & Embossing techniques in the afternoon.

What an Experience !!

I got back from the Create & craft Experience on Sunday night, wow, what an experience… A full weekend, actually even more, started on Friday with 200+ crafters descending on the Hilton Hotel, Birmingham NEC. What a sight that was, a pack of ladies (and a few gentlemen) with purple trolley totes, issued by Ideal World to every attendee, trying to get past each other in a mass of purple. With so many crafting bodies together the comradery and banter made everyone feel welcomed. even if they had arrived alone.

Once everyone had booked into their rooms, the evening’s entertainment started with dinner and a speech from Joanna Sheen. My goodness, what an interesting life she has had so far!! The first place she ever sold her pictures was Harrods !!!! Now, if that’s not an impressive start, I don’t know what is… She has been in the craft industry since 1979, so as you can imagine, she had a few stories to tell 😆

After dinner there was a huge gathering of people in the bar 😆 Once everyone realised they had a very long day ahead of them they decided to have a restful sleep to prepare.

Saturday was be a long day with 4 scheduled workshops, it was sheer hard work, a welcome break was lunch in between 😀 Half hour breaks between the workshops meant there was lots of shopping in the retails areas in between.

Using RedHotBed products I had planned to do 3 projects in 90 minute, I am very proud to say that everyone who attended my workshop finished them all ! I hope all enjoyed the workshops as much as I did 😀

It was a fun filled Saturday evening, the entertainment was a Family Fortunes style game show and the Craft Experts did terribly 😆 With a £100 worth of vouchers, EACH !!! up for grabs. to spend on the Create & Craft website, the competition was fierce. It was the Smarties group that eventually won and I bet they are all chuffed to bits with the extra spending money, well done guys 😀

Sunday’s workshops started at 9.30am prompt. After 2 workshops we broke for lunch and then after one more the weekend came to an end. 🙁

We all gathered in the big hall, where we had been having all our meals and entertainment and there was a speech to say thank you to everyone who had attended. I had a great time, and hope that I will be invited again next year … watch this space 😉

I am hoping to upload some pics as soon as I get them …

Had a Wales of a time =)

I was in Wales for a couple of days where I had a great time. The weather was fabulous, not the usual rain, so it was even better.

Travelling by train, it was surprisingly a shorter journey then I had imagined. It only took 3½ hours to get there, which wasn’t so bad. I thought that I would nod off and end up missing my stop 😆 but instead, I managed to read most of one the poker books I had been meaning to, so it was a productive use of my time too 🙂

I got to Bangor station at about 12.40 and was so grateful that the sun was shining, as all the times I had visited before I had to avoid big puddles. It was a real treat being there in the sunshine, I would experience the beautiful landscapes on a beautiful day…

Angie picked me up from the train station and off we went on our adventure to Anglesey. Driving around it was evident that Angie would end up with one browner arm then the other before the day was out 😆


Angie on the Pier at Beaumaris

We crossed over Menai bridge and headed for Beaumaris first, where there is a lovely beach and pier. You can even go over to a place called Puffin Island on a boat excursion. Then we just took a leisurely drive around the island stopping at scenic beaches and places along and ended up at a place called Bull Bay. Stopped there for a drink and just took in the fresh air and sun rays.


Bobbing boats at Beaumaris


A beach on route to Bull Bay and then …


Some fluffy specks in the field, bleating 😆


Still on-route to Bull Bay, does this place exist?? 😆


A lone boat in Bull Bay


Another of Bull Bay, isn’t it just beautiful !! …

The next day we decided to go the long (or shortest, according to the TomTom :lol:), scenic route home. OMG, little teeny tiny roads going up mountains in densely wooded areas with sheer drops. It was a route for thrill seeking roller coaster riders. I kept looking out for the flash so that I could claim my photo at the end :lol:. However, Snowdonia has to be up there with the most beautiful landscapes of the world. It’s so peaceful, with the exception of the odd bleat, and the views are breath taking. We did make it down the mountains in one piece, although I am not sure how, as my eyes were tightly closed for most of the way 🙂

I thought I would share this experience as I managed to take some lovely pictures and thought you might like to see them… Enjoy 😀


Wow, talk about the scenic route !!


Next stop will be the Hilton at the NEC for the Create & Craft Experience Weekend …





Poker at the Paces’





Last night Bev & Norman Pace had invited us and a whole host of poker friends around for a house game. We would all be playing for the Pace Poker Cup, previously won by Grub Smith, Kayla Kalmar and Jon Kalmar (5th in the WSOP main event 2007!). We picked up our friend Sam on the way and got to the Paces’ fashionably late after battling the London traffic, should have known to leave a bit earlier 😆

We were greeted by Norman, Bev, their lovely children and the cutie dogs; it was so nice to see them all again Big Grin. It was also great to see our other friends, most of who we had not seen for a long time. Once we had all got a chance to greet each other, mingle and fill out glasses, which was very important, the game got started.

With 37 runners, professional and semi-professional amongst them, it was a tough circuit. The likes of Paul ‘Action Jack’ Jackson, Jon Kalmar, Raj Modha, Shelley Rubinstein, Jen Mason, Kara Scott and the hostess herself – Bev Pace, to name but a few, it was not going to be an easy game.

Thankfully, I was not seated at the same table as Raj, as this, knowing from previous experience, would not have been good. I was in the study, with the lovely Liam Pace dealing. The game was slow to begin with and the first break came after an hour, at the end of level 3 At this point we were all still in !! I decided that I would just play tight and wait.

After the break and the blinds getting higher, we began to see casualties. With 24 left I was the chip leader so I decided only to play premium hands. After taking out our dealer with J7 off 😆 my biggest achievement of the night came when I took out Jon Kalmar, last year’s champion!!

As the night went on, Raj, Sam and I made it to the final table of 10, Action Jack and his son had also made it through, these were 2 players to be weary of …

The game continued and the Jackson duo were taken out by Raj. So then there were 4. I took out Sam who placed 4th and Jamie, a young lad of 19 went in 3rd, leaving Raj and I heads-up. This is what I had wished for all night Cool. Knowing that it would not continue for much longer, the aggression in both of us came out. Raj raised big with his K4, I went all-in with my KQ which was instantly called. With a gasp of “OH NO” after seeing my hand, I claimed the Pace Poker Cup and was hailed the 2008 champion 😀

We will do it all again next year when I defend my title and hope for a repeat of 2008. Woo hoo !!! 😆



Phew … put my feet up now =D

My word, what a hectic weekend.

After a manic morning, I got myself, everyone at home and ‘stuff’ sorted and left the house setting off for the Studio in Peterborough. I hadn’t got further then a mile when I discovered that the main road I needed to travel on, was closed !!!! Ahhhhh, why why why??? Well, I had to laugh, because if I didn’t then I really would be crying after the last few days I had. 😆

Well, after a massive detour and traffic jams galore, I eventually got to the Studio. I met with Stephaine Weightman and the producer of the shows featuring the 4 Day Deal and we got ready for the launch.

I absolutely love working with Stephanie and I can say this even though I have only worked with her on 2 occasions so far. She is so genuine, accommodating and warm. She has given me so much great advice and has gone out of her way for me which I am really grateful for. She is an incredibly busy lady and her to take that time out for me, well …. I don’t even have words. Thank you Stephanie.

Well, anyway, the 4 Day Deal went well and I enjoyed the time on air with Stephanie. I spent the next whole day with Nigel May- my most favourite presenter (and buddy) 😀

Had another great day, I hope you guys watched Razzberry because Nigel, the Crew and I had such a laugh 😆 Next time I think I might take my camera and get the floor manager to take a few shots of ‘behind the scenes’.

It’s a lovely team of people at Ideal World/Create & Craft. Thank you guys for making life a laugh Cool