All Counties Craft Challenge Diary – A Series Of Surprises And One Serious And Immediate Issue For Maisy

June 5, 2016 — 20 Comments


The ‘Demented Cats’ (self titled) organise a weekly crafting session between them and invited me to come and host a mixed media session for them as part of the All Counties Challenge,

The venue was the Glazed Creations shop in Royston – a fabulous place full of creativity.

These painted tiles on the wall are just fabulous!

Apologies as I can’t credit the creator for this however whoever painted this tiles is a genius, ‘think happy thoughts’. Mystery painter, I will do my best for you!

Having been bowled over by the venue there was another surprise in store, I was made an honorary Demented Cat and presented with a hand painted coffee mug depicting Maisy and the cat version of me driving her!!!

Nearly cried!!!

Anyway, as you can possibly tell from the group name, they were a lively bunch, and not shy of the camera …

Oh, by the way, as we are here, let me show you a few of the bits that we used during the workshop.

Nice simple selection of bits here.

These paints were just stunning!

We got to work and the ladies were soon nattering, I mean crafting. Crafting and nattering ;)

As it was one of the groups’ birthday they had also brought a gorgeous buffet of nibbles!

I certainly got the right day!

Ok, anyway, more nattering, nibbling and crafting later …

… and everyone started getting to the point where they were creating something unique, despite being given the same materials to work with.

I think this is something that I really love about group workshops.

Sometimes people say that the tidying up at the end of a day of crafting is the least enjoyable part – not this lot – fun with a capital F!!

I shoud show you what the ladies made shouldn’t I?

See, lots of similar elements but seven different variations and seven unique creations.

Just like the ladies themselves :)

Having realised that I’ve been getting a lot of forehead shots when trying to do group shots with me in them today I discovered the timer on the camera – genius – just time enough to run around and do the jazz hands!

You know, I think after my time with these ladies I’m tempted to offer a change of name.

They pooled their knowledge and connections and found somewhere for Maisy to have her oil change the next day – now, these ladies are really an inspiring and ‘can-do crew’!!


20 responses to All Counties Craft Challenge Diary – A Series Of Surprises And One Serious And Immediate Issue For Maisy


    A truly fabulous, enjoyable and engrossing read. Such wonderful memory making happenings and joy shared with others. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us. I couldn’t make it to the workshop you had near to where I lived due to illness, but keeping up with your travels is the very next best thing. ~ Cobs. x


    Wendy Thorburn June 7, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Fabulous, I really enjoyed reading about your antics and seeing tthe happy faces and lovely projects! When are you coming to Wiltshire?Wx


    Elaine Jacobs June 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Yes take notes and get the book under way! Great style of wrighting. If your up Chester-Le-Street way, can you come and show me how to get to grips with my ScanNCut. Like your style of teaching, Mel gets too excited!



    Shame there is no camera crew filming all this for a documentary wouldmbe hilarious.

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    Lynne Nicholson June 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Well done John for coping with Maisie’s oil change. I had a hospital appointment I like to arrive early to avoid my panic attacks. A week early is probably a bit too much!! I wrote it on my calendar at the same time as a second appointment for 6 July – oh well a bit of retail therapy and then settled in for watching you on c&c.



    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with everyone – it’s great to feel as though we are part of your journey. Take care xxx Liz



    Hope you’re keeping notes on your travels for your book! What ? You mean you’re not going to write a book? Well you should , I like you’re writing style.

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    Thanks for the update. The workshop at mountain ash crafts was superb.
    Hope your shows go great have set the recorder as I’m at work.

    Stay safe



    Hi John

    What an epic week you’ve had! Firstly, I have to say all the artwork I have seen by your participants has been wonderful. Some terrific work there I’d happily hang on the wall.

    Well done on dealing with Maisie’s little issue. That must’ve felt so good. Proud of you :-)

    I’ll be watching during the week when I can, might try and email in and say hello!

    I love reading your diary, it’s like I’m travelling round the country with you.

    Big hugs and happy thoughts to you and your readers!

    T x



    Well your life isn’t dull!! I know I keep saying this but wow! I mean you just got up and went for it!! Looking forward to seeing you back on TV tomorrow



    Great blog John. It’s lovely to hear of your ventures – warts and all. Your workshops always look like a lot of fun.

    Keep up the good work x


    Olive Ann Jones June 5, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    brilliant account of your journey, hope to hear more soon xx



    love your adventures John, but you must be bushed!
    when are you going to get your oil changed.
    crafty hugs sarah x


    Phyllis Elias June 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Your blogs are wonderful and it is a joy to read them because it is as though you are sitting in my study telling me of your adventures. I am still hoping you can come up to Gretna, and my offer of free parking on my enclosed drive is genuine. I know there are lots of crafters round here, and I am sure I could organise something for you given a little warning.



    Great blog John, love following your journey. Looking forward to seeing you on TV this week, have learned much about my SnC from you. Xx



    Thanks for your updates John, I enjoy reading them and seeing all the creations. I applaud your honesty as to how you are feeling at times, I can relate well. I just hope you don’t feel anxious when I have my one-to-one with you……I will be the anxious one 😝

    You’re doing brilliantly


    Handmade By Deborah June 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Wow – what a week :)

    Many, many congratulations for dealing with all that!

    You dealt with some potentially challenge-stumbling issues and made some beautiful creations and friends along the way :) – I thought I recognised Jean from the Surrey workshop!

    Looking forward to your shows on C&C this coming week and reading more of your journeys – good luck with Deano ;)

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    I look forward to your blog, and today it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve had one of those days when you are fed up for no reason, and haven’t got much done because you couldn’t be bothered……..then later on think about all the things you could have done, which makes it worse. Sorry, I won’t go on, but then your blog came, and I chuckled several times, so that’s one of your good deeds for today. Looking forward to seeing you this week. x


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