Saturday, 29 September 2012

End of (Sweethaven) Summer and back to school!

How are you my Friends? We've got lovely weather here today. A bit chilly but I am really enjoying the autumnal sun. No doubt the trees will soon start turning colours...

And with the end of summer I finally finished reading "Sweethaven Summer", a book I 'won' from Elizabeth at Silver Scrapper's Crafty Space.

The book is quite a good read and it has a lovely crafty flavour to it (its main characters look back at their memories collected in a handmade scrapbook). When Elizabeth finished the book, she decided to pass it onto another crafter through a draw on her blog. And I would like to do the same. 

So if you are interested, let me know by leaving a comment below and I will put your name in a hat. I will draw the winner let's say in about a week's time :).

Now, you might be wondering why I mentioned 'back to school' in the title. Well, that's right, I've signed up for a couple of courses :). First one is a 10 week long course in digital photography. The course is with Aimee Kirkham from Oxford Photography. Hopefully you will soon be able to see some improvement in my photography skills :)). And you never know, I might occasionally publish a homework piccie or two just to show you how I'm getting on.

The second workshop was a one day course about jewellery making with beads and wire with Amy Surman from The Oxford Beadshop. I really enjoyed it and you can see the fruits of my efforts here:

Some of you might have also noticed my new blog design :)). I was craving for a change and I hope you like 'my new look' as much I do. The work on the new design was quite tricky at times so I hope everything is working how it should. It you have any problems viewing my blog however, please do let me know as I would really appreciate your feedback.

I will soon have some crafty inspiration to share with you. Until then... have a lovely weekend and hope the sun is shining brightly wherever you are!

Big hugs


Ellie Knol said...

I'd LOVE to read it, I read english books sometimes to keep my English up-to-date! LOL

butterfly said...

Well, September is the right time for starting new courses (I still slightly think of it as the start of the year, even though I've been out of education for a good 20 years!) - hope you have a great time with both. And I love the new blog look - gorgeous colours!
Alison x

Bonnie in SC said...

I love stories that are woven around crafts. I would really enjoying reading it. Your jewelry is pretty. I wish I could do beading but I have difficulties holding tiny objects. I like the new look of your blog too. Nice job.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Gorgeous jewellery, really beautiful, your blog is looking fab too
Lindsay xx

Ros Crawford said...

Love you new blog ... though at first I thought I'd click the wrong thing Lol! Sounds a good book ... and I would love to attend those courses ... The jewellery looks fabulous ... and I love photography .. we don't have things like that around here really ... I hope you enjoy!

Unknown said...

Your blog looks wonderful. I really LOVE the new header.. That sounds like my kinda read. I would love for my name to be tossed into the hat to get a change to win it. Your jewelry looks so pretty. And have fun in the photography class.


Unknown said...

I also thought I'd stumbled on the wrong blog ... but love the new look..lovely muted colours !! Good luck with your courses, and could I go in the hat for the book please, I've not had a good read for ages !! Chris xx

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