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Saturday 11 October 2014

Let It Snow Even More!!

Hi everyone and a special welcome to my new followers.
Please grab a coffee or tea, even better, a glass of something stronger! You might need it!
I am afraid this is a bit of a photo shoot, so I apologise in advance.
Firstly I have been bursting to tell you some news.
Are you sitting comfortably - then I will begin!
In a garden centre about 5 minutes from here, we had a Hobbycraft Store. Not a huge one but great if you wanted something quick. The big store is about a 25 minute drive, depending on the traffic, could be even longer. The staff were very friendly and one of them, I had known for a number of  years.
Hobbycraft, then out of the blue, decided to close it.
As a support to the staff and local crafters, who couldn't get to the big store, I decided to email the CEO. No mucking about, go straight to the top!
I didn't expect a reply and even stated this in my mail.
Well I got a reply, straight away!
I will cut it short now. The outcome was, the CEO, Catriona Marshall, asked to meet me for a chat.
We arranged a date and met up with her and a guy called Bruce Gibson. 
I explained, as in my email, that due to public transport here, that she had now cut off many people access to craft  products. People in the villages without cars, would find it impossible to get to the big store. Not just older people but Mums with young children too. Also, as I buy in bulk, canvases, boxes etc. if I didn't have a car, there was no way I could get there and back on public transport. It takes 2 buses and about 1 1/2 hours just to get there. Then the same home, fully loaded! It would also put the price up for my market sales and that is for the charity I support.
Our meeting lasted 2 hours and unfortunately, as she explained there was no choice, the store is closed.
It is a shame, but Catriona and Bruce were very nice and seemed to take on board my comments re the stores. One of them they agreed with and said it was already being gradually implemented in all stores.
I am still getting people moaning to me about the closure.
I have been very lucky, as they have made me their first public Discount Card holder. I was very chuffed and it will certainly help to offsetting petrol expenses.
Sadly, it doesn't help other people.
Right, now to the photo shoot! I bought this pack of letters at Ally Pally from the MDF man.
Sorry the first photo image is a bit p... sorry, wonky! Hubby was behind the door holding the cord!

At first I didn't know how to decorate them and then I had a moment!
You know, the wave comes over you!

I had bought some Decorators Caulk ( a type of wall filler) in Aldi, so I decided to apply it in waves like snow drifts. I let it dry overnight and then covered it with white acrylic paint.
The first snowman is an old Whiff Of Joy stamp and a favourite of mine. I love snowmen but they have to be special looking!

The snowflakes are a mix of different makes put together. Spellbinders and Marianne Creatables.
They have been glittered with Stickles, Star Dust. 

The snowman, as all of them, have been coloured with Distress Inks. Then glittered to look like snow, with Dries white Cosmic Shimmer glue and sprinkled with CS Iced Snow glitter. 
All bought from The Craft Barn

This snowman is a Lili Of The Valley stamp, called Seeds and Greetings.

Isn't he gorgeously cute?!

Another LOTV stamp called Penguin Friends.

Meet Mr Snowman, an old LOTV stamp and another old favourite!

Wakey Wakey!!! Are you still with me? It's over now and I promise my next post
will be short and sweet.
Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for stopping by and leaving me such gorgeous comments. They always make me smile and encourage me to keep crafting.

Lili Of The Valley - Anything goes


Chrissy said...

What a shame about the store closing Carol..but what a wonderful creation to lift the spirits..gorgeous hanger with that thick swirly snow and delightfully gorgeous snowmen and snowflakes...fabulous project and a great way to make use of


Jacee said...

Lovely project Carol, really fab work, I love it!

Well done you for speaking up, AND for getting a response! I'm sorry they are still closing, so sad for all you local crafters. I am lucky where I live I have two enormous Hobbycrafts near me, one is five min drive the other about ten min drive, both are big ones too, but to be honest I rarely buy from them, much cheaper to buy online, I tend to use them for emergency's to be honest, but I do feel sad that you no longer have the choice, but well done for making a stand.
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Well done on your meeting, shame it didn't stop it closing. Your hanging is gorgeous, I did smile at hubby holding the cord behind the door. Aren't hubbies supportive. Such a lot of work in this. I have the three LOTV stamps, fabulous snowmen. I am sure this will sell quickly x

Sarah said...

Well done you for standing up against the closure Carol, I bet you were so disappointed that it still happened :0(
On a happier note...what a fabulous project, that caulk is a fabulous idea and has really made a brilliantly snowy texture. Such a great way to showcase your beautiful stamped images and fabulous snowflakes too. Hope the Hubby won't be standing there until twelfth night though!! xx

Sue - said...

Beautiful wall hanging!

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow hun this is stunning, love the snow effect and the stamps are all adorable, I so need to get in the cristmas mood, sorry about the store closing hun, my nearest store is 9 miles away and I don't drive so it's always a pain for me too, hugs Liz xx

Lynsey said...

Wow Carol what a stunning make! I love the snow effect background and all the gorgeous images! Sorry to hear about your local craft store closing.
Hugs Lynsey x

aussie aNNie said...

So the store is closing, what a shame my BFF, but a wonderful creation to view...tell hubby what a good man he change here on the home
aNNieThe Journey is the Start

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie, Absolutely Fabulous in every way!! Hugs Pops x x x

Carole said...

What a beautiful creation...but oh so sad that the store is closing even after your valiant efforts but you can be confident you did your best on behalf of everyone.

Elise said...

HI Carol! Gosh, that is so sad to have the craft store close down!!! :(

Your project is GOR-GEOUS!!! It really looks like whipped snow on there! And I so love the idea of you putting all those beautiful snowmen on each letter!!! Sooooooo STUNNING!!! lol ... about your hubby in the back holding the string! hehehe! ;)

Big Hugs,

Louise said...

Wow loving this project,must have taken you ages but will be able to come out every year.
Hugs louise xx

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

Absolutely gorgeous, such a beautiful project and the images you've used look perfect.

cotnob said...

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to visit Carol but I have real problems accessing your blog!
This is a wonderful project, I love the adorable images that you have used and the fabulous texture and details.

Erica said...

What a fabulous project Carol!

Thanks for joining our Lili of the Valley 'Anything Goes' Challenge!

Good Luck


Erica x