Wednesday 5 June 2013


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Our visit to The Craft Barn Extravaganza was lots of fun - this year we were at the new shop near Redhill, situated on a beautiful farm, with a great farm shop, garden centre and (I am told) a fabulous cafe!  Love the surroundings, and the new shop - crammed full of 'must have' crafting goodies.  The demonstrators (x25) were doing their stuff in 3 marquees next to the shop, and the marquees were a joy to be in.  The weather was amazing and the interiors were light and cheerful.  We met lots of lovely new people, and lots of old friends - hope you too enjoyed yourself?!  We should have taken more photos (now why on earth didn't we?), but Malc remembered to take one of Gio (all the way from Italy), and myself, at Gio's demo table, just before we set off back for home.  Gio has more photos of the occasion on her Blog HERE..

Both of us sporting gorgeous crowns made by Gio herself (Malcolm had one too)!

We also met up again with Lucy Edmondson, Helen Chilton and Brenda Brown, all from the 'Team' - lovely to see you ladies!

Now on with the Challenge details for June:

Sylvie aka Nefertiti has chosen the subject for the Challenge which is a lovely summery theme -
'SEA, SUN AND BEACH'.  And here are the usual Challenge details to get you started:


To enter this month's Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your project, following the subject material outlined above (your project must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please), then:

Post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to this blog.  Leave a link in the URL box displayed in this post to take us directly to your Challenge project, etc., which will then appear here on this Blog as a thumbnail image - so we can all see your wonderful arty work.

At the end of the month the CI team and/or guests will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice.  And don't forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI website valid until the 10th July.

Go for it and enjoy the challenge x


Please do join us and create your own project based on the idea of 'Sea, Sun and Beach' and just for linking in you will be able to get a code from us that will enable you to have a huge 25% discount from any order you place with us at Crafty Individuals valid until well into July this time.  When you have linked in your image please email us at to obtain your discount code.  So don't be shy and do make a seasidey kind of a card, or altered art kind of sunny, beachy project, and link it in soon!


Here is Sylvie's superb project to inspire, made from an altered wooden table frame - what an imagination! Have a look at Sylvie's Blog for more details.

And to end this post I want to show you Janet's - of 'The Inked Edge' fame - framed creation which I thought fits very nicely with this Challenge theme.  Janet made this at our class when we were concentrating on TAP transfers to cotton.  I think it was intended to be a gift to her sister - but I'm not sure if her sister will actually be lucky enough to receive it, as Janet rather likes it herself (you know how it is!)

Back with more pretties soon!

Jean x


ionabunny said...

Glad you had fun. It sounds like the new venue is fab. Great challenge theme now summer has finally arrived.

Craftyfield said...

Run out of time at the Craft Barn demos and didn't get a chance to chat with you or Gio, but I did see a complete demo by Brenda and was so inspired. Loved the new stamps too ! Looking forward to enter the challenge this month...

Gio said...

Oh , I love the picture with you and me, Jean!

And of course these piece are wonderful and so inspiring. Welcome Summer!

Alison said...

Hi Jean,
What a lovely photo of you & Gio! It was a fab weekend, & so nice to catch up with you & Malcolm again!
Gorgeous Summery creations from Sylvie & Janet, & very inspiring!
Hope to join in the challenge this month, it's a great theme!
Alison xxx

Alison said... what colour are you going to dye your hair? ;o)

Cocofolies said...

Hi Jean and all, great photo of your stand with Gio and its wonderful crown !!! :) And for the challenge, I really LOVE what Sylvie did, really awesome !!! Hope I can participate this this month again, bu I'm not sure yet... so busy ! Great frame at the end also, really beautiful work today ! Happy week-end, Coco xx

Anonymous said...

That is a wonderful photograph of you and Gio - love the crowns!
Sylvie's creation is so inspirational, amazing detail.

Netty said...

Terrific photo of Gio and yourself. Thank you for sharing the lovely samples, x

nefertiti said...

Wow! so lovely ladies!!!!!!!great crowns!!
Delicate and wonderful Janet's creation

pearshapedcrafting said...

Looks like a load of fun you had there! Chrisx

Maggie said...

Fabulous projects great theme for June have just linked mine

Rebecca said...

Just about made it in time, love all the work.
Happy Craftin