Sunday, 12 June 2011

Staying Positive

Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, kind words etc. I've been overwhelmed by the kindness of blog comments, emails and text messages and I'm gradually trying to reply where possible. No news yet about the degree but some reassuring emails from the Associate Dean at the Middlesex School of Arts & Education so I'm staying positive and my fingers are crossed!

Meanwhile I have spent a brilliant day at Missenden Abbey promoting my courses and peddling some wares and thanks must go to Jamie of Colouricious for organising such a fabulous event to coincide with the Abbey's Open Day. We were busy all day with lots of interest in my courses - the first one is a summer school from 31st July to 5th August - "Razzle Dazzle Machine Embroidery" A week of colour, texture and machine stitching for all abilities. Details on the Abbey website.

I also sold a fair bit of "stuff" and met lots of people - some old friends I'd not seen for a long time, ex-students, some blog friends, some blog readers... lovely to see you all! One friend in particular Kim, has been a student on a couple of my courses in the past and we also met on holiday in Italy a couple of years ago quite by chance when we discovered we had rented ajoining apartments... that was a surreal moment when we both walked out on the patio at the same time and did a double take. Anyway, Kim had read about the bad news this week and decided that as I'm always making cakes for other people she would make a cake for me... how kind was that!

It is the most delicious apricot fruit loaf I have ever tasted which I am sharing very reluctantly! Thank you Kim.

And of course it is also another Postman's Knock swap weekend and I came home to this intriguing card from Joanna... complete with lots of little doors...

which when opened reveal concealed messages about what might be hiding!

As we are half way through the postcard swap this means we have received cards from the same person we have sent them to this week and this is the card I sent to Joanna whose theme is "Collections." You can see more of the postcard swap on the Postman's Knock blog.

So as you can see, there are lots of good things happening too.


  1. Just a thimbleful...

    I heard the sad news about Opus from Marian - what a blow. I am sure it is all going to work out though, lots of positive thinking and cake!

  2. Just to let you know that I will keep my fingers crossed for you :O) Hope all goes well!

  3. I love the buttonie card, brilliant!! *stores idea in brain for inspiration at a later date* xxx

  4. That button card is gorgeous!

  5. Good to see your positivity and definitely cake helps!!
    I love those little jars of buttons. :)
    Vivienne x

  6. Two great postcards again. Glad that the cake helped in what has been a very difficult week for you.

  7. That button card is brilliant Gina. Guess what my idea was? Guess who's going to have to go back to the drawing board now? The same has happened with Windows too this week. It can only be that great minds think alike. Glad you're moving forward again - albeit laden down with cake calories - and that the day at Missenden has been a success. Lesley x

  8. Another button fan here. Your last post shocked me, but it seems doors are opening for you. I have so much enjoyed following your art work!

  9. So pleased the weekend went well for you!

  10. lots of yummy, interesting things on this post today

  11. hello gina,
    sounds like you had a fun day at Gt Missenden and good that the classes are booking up. I love the button jars, just lovely! i wonder though is it an accident or intentional that you have shown only certain letters? see what they spell... rea...l - low- Blu... maybe a 'subconcious' reaction to the your recent devastating news?
    if this was not intentional on your part, think of all the other word possibilities you could create. and here's to keeping positive xxx

  12. I'm really sorry to hear the bad news about your degree course and I hope that something can be done for you to finish it after all your time and hard work. Everything crossed for you. :o)


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