Monday, 18 April 2011

Would you really want me in your home?

I've been teaching today in someone's home - something I seem to do more and more of lately. A group of friends join together to hire me for a day's workshop. It's a lovely informal way of getting together to learn something new... and from my point of view no lesson plans or evaluation forms to deal with... and they make me lunch! Seven friends gathered in Jenny's home to learn how to make book jackets, using a shadow quilting technique. I made this one to cover my diary as a demo...


And these were all the others that were finished throughout the day. A beautiful jacket for a dinky little square book from Moira.


Denise did something slightly different and made a cover for her Kindle.

This was Jenny's cover - love the colours and the way she has taken the design off the edges.

Catriona made this for her son. It is his birthday today and she plans to give him this tonight so she really did have to finish it!

Jackie made this for a photo album... the simple shapes work really well.

Sheila covered her address book...

and this is Jenny's work in progress... not finished beacause she was running around making us cups of tea and looking after us all day... not to mention clearing up the debris after I took a book off a shelf and the whole lot collapsed... not a good advert for hiring me to come into your home I guess!!! In my defense, Jenny did say it had happened before... honest guv


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And on a completely different note

It's been another postcard swap weekend. The one above was the one I received from Lesley, which I loved and you can read more about it here. And the one below is the one I sent to Chrissie - you need to check here to see the surprise element in this card.


Check out all the current postcard swaps on the Postman's Knock blog.

The standard of work is amazing!

28 comments:

  1. Those book jackets are all wonderful and so different. I love both postcards and your surprise element is great. Just off to feast my eyes on some of the others.

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  2. Those book jackets are all wonderful and so different. I love both postcards and your surprise element is great. Just off to feast my eyes on some of the others.

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  3. Blogger had a funny turn there and said I hadn't typed in the correct word verification. I duly typed in another and bingo! Obviously today's BOGOF offer!

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  4. Those postcards are such a clever idea. :)
    I wouldn't mind you dropping round to my house Gina, so long as you bring some of your lovely cakes with you!! ;)
    Vivienne x

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  5. What gorgeous book covers. Your creativity is amazing, as well as how much you inspired your class. It looks like so much fun! The postcards look like so much fun too.

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  6. Looks like a fun and productive day! And I'd love to have you come to my house anytime! (too bad I live so far away......)

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  7. Your workshop sounds such fun ! Loving the postcards.

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  8. Gina,
    If I lived a bit closer could you come round and show me how to get that neat satin stitch edging to the sewing. I'd have a workshop all on my own and then maybe I'd do it properly just as these lovely ladies seem to have done today. The book covers are a great idea and these look as if they've been done by some talented sewers - either that or they had a fab teacher. Shame you wrecked the house though... Lesley x

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  9. great results from the ladies Gina. LOL @ destroying the place. Your links have taken me off all over the place to lots of interesting blogs tonight.(love King Kong BTW) There are such talented artists out there.

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  10. Those book covers are lovely Gina and the postcard swap sounds fun! I wish I had MORE TIME to play!

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  11. Your New York postcard is brilliant Gina! Feel sorry for you, demolishing the poor woman's house. I wonder if you'll ever get invited back.

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  12. You'll have to keep away from the furniture next time you visit someone's house, its a brilliant story. The book covers are brilliant and I like the Empire State card.

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  13. Boy, that looks like such fun Gina. I would think those informal classes in the home would definitely be a good time. Your students made some beautiful covers!

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  14. Oh, that postcard is just genius!!

    And 'at home' workshops are great. Your ladies did you proud.

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  15. Those book covers are beautiful, I've been meaning to try one for ages..now you've given me so much inspiration! And the postcards are fascinating!

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  16. I love the book covers - lucky ladies having you to do a workshop with them. Postcards look interesting too - I need more time in my day!!

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  17. Brilliant idea to give lessons in the home, makes it a lovely relaxed day I should think. If you brought a bookshelf down here, we would all choke to death on the dust....... ;O)

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  18. Hello Gina

    Really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful book jackets that your students made. I think it sounds like a great way to spend a day, hosting workshops in peoples homes! Thank you also for taking the time to visit my blog, and for your kind comment. Your work is lovely and I look forward to visiting again soon.

    Love Julia x x x

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  19. Beautiful work there - they all look amazing. And I like the idea of no lesson plans!

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  20. Hello! All those book covers look so wonderful! I want to make one more... It must have been great day and so much fun for creating together!

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  21. Fantastic book covers! Looks like you all had a lovely and creative day.

    Those postcards were both wonderful, the standard of this group is stunning, *gulp*.

    xx

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  22. All these covers are lovely & it's a good idea with no overheads except for the lunch & cups of tea ;)

    Just been catching up with your other antics - either of those cheesecakes would have done for me!That drawing looked amazing. I was promised sunny & hot for my working at home day but.....it's not, typical. I will work in the garden later regardless but a max of 2 hrs before the joints fall apart!

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  23. Love the postcards and the book covers.How do you get your ideas? perhaps its when books fall on you!.

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  24. I love it when you teach a group something and every single piece is completely unique!
    Lovely things, looks like a good time was had by all,
    Penny x

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  25. All the books are wonderful ... such beautiful covers. Off to look at the postman's knock thingy now x

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  26. Wish you lived near me I would love to make a kindle cover...

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  27. What a brilliant idea to have you in my home. Maybe in the autumn I can get a few people together. I'll get back to you then to see if it's possible. Norfolk isn't too far is it?

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  28. King Kong is fabulous :-)) and the book covers are all excellent.

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