Saturday, October 26, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fun and frolics at Absolutely Everything...

You are always guaranteed a good time at Kates place.

Saturday I taught 2 4hr workshops on writing and stamping.

Sunday was an 8 hr all day Art journal Extravaganza, made somewhat difficult by my wrenching my back earlier! I didn't know wether to laugh or cry as it went in and out of spasm and I was grateful for all proffered drugs, lol

At the end of a long day the students, as usual,  posed for a photo. I had to stand at the back because if I had got onto the floor I would have never got up again lol.

I was so grateful for Kate and some of her fabulous students who helped me pack it all away for the next store. I honestly don't know how I would have done it without them.

Thank you ladies, I salute you...

I then spent the next day flat on my back trying to recuperate, and then it was back to the airport for the next leg of my journey. Thank you, airline angels, for first class upgrades!!!! I don't think I could have survived the journey without, lol.

Enjoy xx

Monday, October 21, 2013

Only chance to take a class with me, at my studio, till February....

Yes you heard correctly. I am so busy that I ony have the time to teach one class at my studio ( apart from regular journals )

So I thought I would make it a big one...

And what better than one of my Star books. this one is a super dooper mahoosive 24 pocketed Star book, complete with 24 stamped and decorated tags..

Here's the official blurb...

Sat 2nd Nov - Now that's what we call a star book by Dyan - 10-5pm

Come and join Dyan in a 7 hr book making extravaganza. The Star book is one of our most requested workshops and this star book far exceeds all expectations! A massive 12 pages, and 24 pockets stuffed with tags and charms. She has combined the fabulous Laborotorie papers from Tim Holtz with the Dylusions range of skulls and spookiness to produce a fabulous handmade book. Cutting, folding, sticking, stamping, painting, creating, a pinch of this and a pinch of that all blended together with fun and chocolate, to create the most wonderful keepsake.
This is Dyan’s last workshop until 2014 at Art from the Heart.
The workshop includes all materials including a full pad of the Tim Holtz Laborotorie papers


A whole 7 hours of fun and frolics and on a Saturday as well, what more could you want. This workshop is stuffed with product and a fabulous day guaranteed.

Don't forget this is the ONLY class I will be teaching before Feb 2014.

To reserve a place book HERE.

Enjoy xx

Monday, October 14, 2013

You mean San Hose isn't in Texas...?? Oooops is that supposed to be Jose.!!!!

So I finally made it to San Francisco to be greeted by the lovely Lucy and the gorgeous  Laurie who owns Scrapbook Island. They decided to treat me to a bit of sightseeing.

Driving into the city.

The fabulous bridge

Look at the size of that.

 I was really excited to see Alcatraz. It is amazing how it is just perched there in the sea. It doesn't look to be too far away either so it's no wonder people thought they could escape. but the water is treacherous. I was fascinated by it though .

I couldn't work out what the strange noises were that I kept hearing and then we walked round the corner...

Lol so many sea lions all basking in the early evening sunshine. 

When we got to the store there was a mass panic when we discovered all my tubs of equipment hadn't made it. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!! Panic mode or what?

We eventually tracked them down ( via the lovely Louis from Afghanistan...yes really), to a UPS facility 2 1/2 hrs away. They assured us they would be delivered by end of day Monday !!!

Err I don't think so, Monday I would be gone.

Could we go get them.?

Well you could if we knew where they where.??

Meanwhile all the ladies where arriving for the book signing so I had to put on my smiley face and pretend I didn't have a care in the world.!!!

Unfortunately I don't know what Karen was doing with my camera but I only have these few pics !!

Finally at 10.30pm the tubs were located and Laurie and her lovely husband made the epic journey to retrieve them.

That just left an early start on the Sat morning to get everything ready for the days classes.

After a manic day, and a massive clean up we had it all turned around again for the  All day Sunday class. Think Laurie needed a lie down to recover.!!

Sunday was a fabulous day, the students were great and kept up with my fast pace.

Heres the official picture

And heres the unofficial, lol

Then it was time for all the photos.

Awww my lovely girlie Laurie x

And then the big clean up and pack up ready to send to the next store.

Up at 5am this morning to begin my travels over to Ranger Headquarters. I am currently sat in my usual room with Chicken, broccoli and rice, a bottle of sparkling Pellegrino and my feet on the coffee table..!!

Enjoy xx

Saturday, October 12, 2013

life in the country...

So off I toddled for a few days rest and recuperation in the country with Jim and Cesar. We started out with lunch at the Cotton Patch, just look at the fabulous view.

We then got down to the serious business of trying out all the scary things in Halloween Spirit. I found myself a new beau but he's not saying much..!!

Not sure what to say about Jims...

Look what we found in Hobby Lobby...Yup my sprays...

Shame I broke the packaging lol.

This was waiting in my room when I got to the ranch...

And of course I had to have a go in the vibrating bed. I didnt want to get out I tell you.

Ooohb Pei Wei makes a change from my steak and broccoli...tonight I had chicken and broccoli, lol

I stocked up in fabric in Joannes.

And I taught Jim how to sew...

 and Cesar

Look what they made for my bed...!!

After tons and tons of laughs and fun, it was time for another handover, back to Carolyns to spend her birthday with her.

We ended the night with a steak dinner ( of course ) and a little two stepping..

They dared me to have a go on the mechanical bull, which of course I accepted, but I only lasted two minutes before I broke it lol. Yup you heard me right , I broke the 20 yr old mechanical bull...!!

And then it was back to the airport for the next step of my journey. Look what I encountered when I got off the you think she is waiting for me?? 

More shennanigans tomorrow

Enjoy xx

Quote of the Century

"You are an extraordinary woman.

How can you expect anything ordinary to happen to you"

Louisa May Alcott