Hi there crafters. Stuart here with my jolly, Tuesday blog spot.
Now, I’m sure many of you know the importance of being careful what you say to small children. No – I’m not talking about accidentally teaching them swearwords, although last week it did sound as though the boy had mastered a word he’s never heard in this house. But let’s not dwell on that too much, just to be on the safe side 😜. What did happen though, was that the children were happily watching Winnie the Pooh when I decided to tell the girl that the Hundred Acre Wood was a real place. She never believes me about these things, you see because I always tell her weird facts that sound unbelievable to a four-year-old, but are actually true. So, when she discovers that I wasn’t fibbing this time, and also that it wasn’t far from home, we just HAD to go, didn’t we? So, I talked myself right into a trip to the Ashdown Forest. I suppose I’ll go to B&Q next Saturday, instead…
Oh well, it turned out to be quite a nice trip. Kids ACTUALLY behaved and we had a picnic. We dropped some sticks into the very slow-flowing stream beneath Pooh Stick Bridge and even saw Owl’s house high up in a tree so large no one could possibly climb it and knock to see if anyone was home (spoilsports). Apologies that I didn’t take any photo’s to share, turns out I was enjoying being disconnected for a change and I didn’t even take my phone out of my pocket. Fresh air and proper conversation enjoyed by all. What a novelty!
I do however have a photo from last Sunday’s drive to a different part of the forest and I’ve highlighted the rough location of Pooh Corner for you!
*now for a masterful segway*
I don’t know if you’ve ever driven through the Ashdown Forest. If you have, as you can see from the photo above, it’s dense, full of trees and shrubs. Plenty of Heather, plenty of Gorse (of course) and at this time of the year, the foliage is amazing. Every shade of green you could imagine as well as some stunning deep purple/red (does anyone know what type of trees have dark red leaves at this time of year)? Anyway, that got me thinking, we have rather a few foliage-inspired designs across our product ranges which are well worth checking out: https://claritystamp.com/search?type=product&q=foliage .
We also have a really neat YouTube tutorial by Barbara using the Funky Foliage 7×7″ stencil. It’s simple, easy, pretty quick and punches well above its weight. You wouldn’t expect such a simple project to make such a wonderful looking piece of art, but there you go. It’s amazing what you can do when you just know how…
Featuring Gilding Flakes, Adhesive Sheets and an A6 canvas board, it’s well worth checking. And with 20% off all those ingredients, it’s mighty tempting to try it out, right?
Before I go, quick hands up who’s used Gilding Flakes before? I’d love to see some artwork if you have any pics to share… Either comment below or email me email@example.com and I’ll pick those us.
Well, that’s all for me for now.
Remember Clarity matters; stay safe; be creative!