Friday, 13 January 2012

Have A Peek

Hello Everyone.
I have just put some more pages i did for a collaborative Art Journal Swap i did last year up on my other blog.
These pages were done for Barbaras journal in her chosen colours of Ochre and Kingfisher.
Heres a little taster to whet your appetites.

Here is a snippet from one of the pages. An acetate frame and a peacock head dress wearing Friendly Plastic face.

We are really busy at the moment getting our samples and goodies ready for Create and Craft next month.
I cant wait until i can show you all of the new products we have come up with and i am sure you will love them.
The house of Wishful Thimking has said goodbye to the builders ( who have done a fabulous job ) and the plasterers have finished off in the kitchen.
So now it is filled with plumbers,glazers,electricians and Malcombe the joiner.
I went up with Gordon and had a look at how its all coming together last night and we are loving it.
I think the bathroom will be ready in a few days and will put some more pics up then to let you all see.
Coffee time now for me.
Thanks for dropping by.
Love and Smiles Robert, Gordon and Harry xxx

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Had to Share This With You

Hi Everyone
A couple of days ago one of our customers came into the shop and Gordon asked her how she was getting on with her Big Shot Pro machine.
She told him that she was having problems using it and in fact lately she cant use it at all.
Gordon said that she could bring it back to the shop and he would see if there was anything wrong with it.
The lady then told Gordon that she had a photo of the machine and the problem that was stopping her using it and showed him this.

This is Orion and ever since the lady has had her Big Shot Pro he has decided that it is his new place of residence.
As you can imagine everyone in the shop was highly amused and Gordon suggested she had better buy another one so they could have one each.
Hope this brightens your day.
Love and Smiles.
Rob, Gordon and Harry xxx

Monday, 9 January 2012

Time Flys and Art Journals What a Mixture

Hello Everyone.
Well what a week its been here.
On the 3rd it was 19 years since Gordon and i first met and I cant believe how quick the time has gone and how far we have come. What a wonderful journey it has been so far.
Heres something to make you laugh.
This is how we looked all those years ago ( Oh how i would love that waist back :-)

This was 9 months after we met and Gordon took me to Florida and it was really magical.
We are somewhere in Disney Land in this pic.
The week before we went i decided to have all my hair cut off ( it was very blonde and way past my shoulders ) and i am so glad I did as it was scorching hot over there.

As you may remember last year on the 4th Gordon had his Aneurism and almost died.
We cant believe a year has gone by and how lucky he is to still be here.
He continues to grow stronger every day and doesnt get so tired any more but the girls at the shop and I still guard him and make sure he doesnt do too much.
By this time next year he should be back to 100 per cent himself thank goodness.

I dont make resolutions for New year as i never keep them and then get on a line with myself, but i have decided to get my other blog up and running again even if i only post 4 times a month or so.
The first things i am going to put on is the Art Journal swap that myself and 6 others did for our college course last year.
We all had to choose two colours and then use these on the persons pages of their book.
This is one of the pages i did in Cherices book.
Her chosen colours were Purple and Teal.
I chose Fairy garden and Mermaids for her book and this is one of the Fairy Garden pages ( the other one i will put on my other blog as it may be a little risque for this one )

I was really pleased how this turned out and used all kinds of media on it including acrylics, gel pens, friendly plastic, canvas, fabric and Spellbinders dies.
So thats all for now.
Oh i almost forgot ...... The builders should be finished at the House of Wishful Thinking tomorrow.
So now the Plasterers can come in and do the kitchen walls.
Malcolm the joiner has already started doing the walls in the bathroom, and the glazers are coming soon to re fit all the old windows that remain with double glazing.
So hopefully by the end of this month we will have a kitchen and bathroom all fitted and finished.
Cant wait to put the pics up for you all to see.
Will stop here as i need a coffee.
Thanks for dropping by.
Love and Smiles .
Rob Gordon and Harry ( who goes for a haircut tomorrow ) xxx
Love and Smiles

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Hello Everyone and Happy New Year.
Hope you all had a good Christmas and a safe one too.
We had a very relaxing Christmas day and didnt get up until around 10.00 AM.
We opened our presents and helped Harry open his ( he didnt know what to play with first ha ha )
At around one o clock we went for a good long walk from our new house to Newstead Abbey as it was such a beautiful mild day.

This is the walk that leads you into the grounds of Newstead Abbey.
Not a soul in sight as everyone was probably tucking into their Christmas dinners.

Newstead Abbey is usually very busy , but today we had it almost to ourselves and i was able to take some great photos of the Abbey.

This is the oldest part of the Abbey and I just love the big window and would love to have seen it when it had its stained glass, i bet it was gorgeous.

Here are the three of us by the waterfall.

Harry and i just had to go look through the window behind it.

Where there is water Harry will find it, so Gordon let him have a paddle.

I love this door. It used to open at one time but now it is locked.

One more shot of the Abbey in all its glory.

We got home around three o clock and i started the Christmas dinner.
A Turkey is too big for the two of us, so this year we had a loin of Pork with all the trimmings and it was delicious.
So we had dinner around 6.0.clock and then just relaxed in front of the telly as you do at Christmas.
Boxing day was fun as my Brother and his family came up and stayed over.
We had a great time chatting about old times when we were kids and all the great presents we used to get.
We took them to see the new house and the shop then went for a walk around the Nature Reserve just around the corner.
The rest of the Christmas break has been spent relaxing ( we cant do anything to the house at the moment as there is building stuff in every room ) and we have been into the shop every other day for a few hours to process and post any orders.
Last night we saw in the New Year with Harry and kept him entertained while the fireworks were going off outside.
Gordon decided he wanted to launch a floating candle up into the sky.
So we got it lit and held it until it was ready to float upwards and just as it was going up over the house a big gust of wind blew it into the tree in our front garden. So i had to get a bucket of water to put the flames out.
I dont think we will be lighting any more of those somehow.
Today we have been to the shop and got all the orders processed ready to post on Tuesday.
I have been doing some boxing up in my craft room ready for the move and Gordon has been reading and taking it easy.
The shop will open again on Wednesday and we look forward to seeing you and hearing your Christmas stories.
I am going to have one last Mince pie now with a cuppa.
Happy New Year again.
Love and smiles Rob Gordon and Harry xxx