On Saturday I had a perfect day. Would you like to hear about it? From the beginning then….
A journey (every good tale starts with a journey) Ours took four hours! Luckily I had the perfect driver in my talented other half. We found somewhere to stay for the night, arising bright and early, the ‘full english’ helped! The reason? I had booked a days workshop…at the one and only Hope and Elvis
For anyone who does not know of Hope and Elvis, this is how I explain it….
If you were a keen, young footballer growing up, you would dream of playing for your team at Wembley stadium.
If you are a ‘maker’ you dream of going to Hope and Elvis. I could not believe I was actually there.
I blame my bloggy pal Ginny T from crafting not cleaning for this infatuation with Hope and Elvis, she had visited previously, with Dottie Angel and Rachelle those awesome ‘granny chic’ girls.
This time when she told me she had booked a workshop with one of my all time favourite and long admired Bloggers I was right behind her in the queue.
The teacher in question was the artist, superwoman and sewist that we all know as
MRS BERTIMUS !!!!
I know I am shouting must calm down a bit…the brooch in the picture from yesterday’s teaser was made by Mrs B herself.
It is a ‘nana’ brooch..nanas were the theme of the day….
We got a little lost at the entrance to this amazing venue, it is set in the grounds of Welbeck Abbey and all sorts of interesting places are scattered around the grounds.
Therefore on arrival I was greeted by Ginny T, phone in hand waving us in.
I have known Ginny for over a year through blogging, we text, we email, once we even chatted on the phone in real life!
But we had never met, I’ll admit I was slightly nervous. I needn’t have worried she was everything I knew she would be, funny, kind, clever and chatty! I felt like I had known her all my life.
All because I started a blog.
I love blogging. Don’t you
First up was the beautiful Mrs Bertimus in the flesh (in real life!!)
As well as teaching us about mixed media art methods, she inspired with anecdotes, tit-bits and shared her private journals with us
I love her!
Well how can you not love a woman who keeps her paintbrushes in a jar like that?
The rest of the day was spent in a haze of creativity,
there was lots of laughter…..
Gifts…Mrs Bertimus had made us all T-cup presents filled with goodies to eat and play with!
Oh the food! Louise had been up at the crack of dawn, preparing and cooking everything ready for our lunch.
It was divine Thank you Louise!
As it was a ‘Nanas’ themed day, the adorable Nana’s were everywhere….
even on the scrumptious cakes made by Mrs Bertimus’ Mum
Yum Yum….thank you Mrs B’s Mum!
Creativity was in the very air we were breathing and inspiration could be found in every corner…
Mrs Bertimus had bought some of her own work too, the details when seen in reality were breathtaking…
Awesome! as they say…
4pm arrived far too quickly…it was time for show and tell…
The work was as diverse as it was beautiful…(sorry if I have missed any pieces!)
I came home with these…I am continuing to fiddle with them
If ever you get a chance to take a workshop with Mrs Bertimus or visit Hope and Elvis…
JUST DO IT, don’t even think twice.
Once again a big thank you to everyone involved in helping to make this a perfect day!
bestest until the next time…