Monday, 28 November 2011

Finger Painting At The Sunday Workshop...Plus Booking Now Open For New Workshop!

This last Sunday saw our fourth and last workshop of 2011 - the third in our  Little Old Garden Series. This time we gave Christmas a festive nod so The Little Old Washing Line sported Santa's red longjohns and mince pies and mulled wine were the order of the day....lovely!!

Apart from the washing line, the coal bunker was the other 'big' feature and as it was supposed to be an old fashioned pebble-dashed structure we wanted to really bring texture and ageing into it. Lashings of grit and paint, liberally applied with fingers, was just the perfect way and introduced the participants to a new technique, including lots (and lots) of finger painting. Everyone got very messy - result - some great coal bunkers!!

The coal bunkers are getting's all going well......

Maggie brought along her garden from a previous workshop - we all loved her wonderful hydrangeas!!

Just for a change we kept landscaping to a minimum and had fun with fabrics instead - again using some new techniques/tips.The concise folder of instructions and kits, ensures that no matter which stage each participant gets to at the end of the day, they can continue to complete their project at home.

Thank you to Jennie once more for treating us all to some mulled wine and thank you for everyones generosity on Sunday. A further total of £48.61 was raisedfor Breast Cancer Campaign from the refreshments and raffle.


A cheque will be winging it's way to the charity later this week. We will continue with our fundraising at the workshops in 2012. (An extra thank you to the gentleman who made a donation on our workshop stand when we saw him at Haddenham Fair a couple of weeks ago).

Well...what a year it's been. Neither of us can quite believe how what was only supposed to be a little workshop venture back in early summer with just a handful of people, has totally mushroomed into what it is now.....NOSTALGIA IN MINIATURE WORKSHOPS. We sincerely hope that those of you who have attended our workshops this year have enjoyed the experience and may come back to see us in 2012. Our March all day workshop at Waterperry Gardens is now completely we have turned our attention to a whole series of workshops with a brand new theme, starting in April.

So..without further ado, we would like to announce that booking for our brand new workshop that will take place on Sunday April 29th is officially open!

Plus there is more about our new "Vintage Hall Series" on the Introduction Page.

Spaces are limited so if you wish to come, as always it is advisable to book early. Please take note about our new payment policy but more about that another time.

Friday, 25 November 2011

At The End of a Busy Week.....

Magazine Project
We were delighted to see our copies of  the Dolls House and Miniature Scene  magazine this week (the January Issue) which is out it includes our 'How To..' project in 1/12th scale of 
"On A Cold And Frosty Morning...After The Night Before."

 Part Two of this project will be in the February issue. We do hope many of you will enjoy following our instructions and suggestions and creating your very own diorama. Inspired by the scenes in our series of workshops this year we thoroughly enjoyed planning and creating this one especially for the magazine. As you'll know, like so many others, we are keen supporters of Breast Cancer Campaign and have donated the completed scene to raise funds for this important charity in a Sealed Bid Auction which will close on February 18th 2012. Full details including how to bid can be found on the official promotional page:

This Sunday's Workshop

This Sunday in our continuing theme of  our 'Little Old Garden' series we have The Little Old Washing Line Workshop - it'll be another enjoyable and full afternoon, and fun too! And.... just for fun we might have a little Christmas surprise for the attendees too.Can we please remind everyone who is coming on Sunday to take a look at the list of recommended items to bring. The list has changed just ever so slightly from before but please don't worry if you don't have some of the items....we will have some spare.

If anyone is reading this and still has not booked but would like to come....we can squeeze  1 more person in. Please contact Robin or  Celia immediately, if you would like to take up that last space.

The Little Vintage Hall

Early next week we shall be able to publish details for The Little Vintage Hall Workshop which will be held on April 29th 2012 .  A full detailed page including a downloadable booking form, will appear on our website next week when booking opens.    It will be a half day workshop again, based in Thame. Spaces will be limited,as this will be quite a substantial project,  so to avoid disappointment it is advisable to book early.

Meanwhile....look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday!!!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The November Workshop - At The End Of Next Week!

As we are already more than halfway through November (where did the first half of November go?)... it does mean that we are only just a little more than a whole week away until our Xmas Special Workshop!!!

It was great to see so many past attendees of our workshops last Saturday at the little Haddenham Fair. It was also lovely to see mini gardens on more than one club stand.....looking rather familiar!lol As we have said before, it is fascinating for us, to see how each and every one of you start off with the same materials but the end product varies greatly as each of you stamp your own personality/ideas on your own projects......wonderful!!! In the above photo, you can see part of our workshop stand at last Saturday's fair where we had the prototypes of all three little garden projects in both scales on show. It created quite a bit of interest so hopefully we will be attracting even more people to our workshops in 2012.

Can we please direct those of you who are coming to our workshop next week to take a peek at the revamped list of items that you need to bring with you on our website:

It differs slightly from the last two workshops, however saying that, please don't worry if you don't have some of the items on that always we will have some spare.
Robin & Celia

Due to the popularity of this November workshop (our last workshop for 2011), we have increased the amount of spaces available which means we still have 3 spaces left. So if anyone would like to come and participate in The Little Old Washing Line Xmas Special Workshop, which is taking place in Thame on Sunday November 27th....please get in touch with either Celia or Robin asap (contact details on our website).

PS. Hope to bring you the first half day workshop date for 2012 and more info on our new theme shortly.