It seems that no sooner have you got to the end of June, the end of July pops up to meet you.
It has been an exceedingly busy and stressful month with a few fun things thrown in as well. A weeks holiday at the beginning of the month at the coast with beautiful weather and a good relax. Not that I remember the benefit of it. It was straight back to an 18 hour day and my feet have not hit the ground yet.
The day Mouse took her Ice Skating exams (she pass all 3 by the way but don't tell her I told you she will want to tell everybody the next time she posts herself) there was a big fire in Sheffield, which involved 4 buildings by the canal, so the canal was closed for 2 weeks while the fire was put out and the damaged buildings made safe. The navigation is now open but the towpath is closed still. For us it has meant re arranging cruises, and once the fire was out negotiating to use a small part of the canal so we could still operate. Most people with bookings were great realising it wasn't our fault that we couldn't operate as normal, which has really helped.
Last week I took a day out and took Mouse to Denby Potteries, we made a clay frog and painted some china. we also toured the factory, which was really interesting and Mouse enjoyed the day it makes playing catch up really worth it. In the craft shop we have completed the last workshop for the summer holidays, it gives us a little time to catch up on all the other shop tasks as well as giving us some time to spend with Mouse during the school holidays.
I have managed to get my creative time in each day either early in the morning or late at night, but haven't made time to blog. As Dorrie's new Journal says "Note to self" I must try harder. Any way her is July's tag, we do celebrate the 4th July here and anyway it is now a distant memory until next year so I needed another theme. I found the rub on Butterflies in my stash and the idea cam to me before that I was struggling with my mojo.
I brayered diluted distressed re-inkers in pickled raspberries and peacock feathers onto my tag and when dry over stamped with a flower from a paper artsy stamp set I found a lock and key sticker which I painted with distress crackle paint (Rock candy) and then used distressed re-inkers colours as above on them. I put the rub on butterflies onto card and cut them out adding another to the tag. The words are also a rub on, which says Dreams are the wishes of your heart. I coloured bit of ribbon with distress ink and then put it together. I love the colours they have the feel of summer. Hope you enjoy it.
Until next time Happy Crafting