Sunday, 20 November 2011

Long time no see!


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Hello dear friends! No i haven't been abducted by aliens, and no you're not seeing things with my banjo fund pot there lol, all will be explained in good time.
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So how have you all been? Behaving and still turning out fantastic crafty makes i hope? Well i've had a bit of a lull in the crafty activities latley, mainly because i have lost my beloved craft area! As some of you may know, one end of my daughers double bedroom was the craft area, but other things have taken over and it's been replaced. Sigh.
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So what have we been up to? Well to say things have turned slightly musical in our lives is a bit of an understatement. I'm starting back with my guitar learning and am getting on pretty well. As a secret bluegrass music lover, i'm also looking to get myself something i've always wanted....a 5 string banjo!!! That is what my fund pot is for at the top. So far it's not going too well, but i'll get there....this is what i'll be getting....
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Before anyone says it, yes i will be sat in my rocking chair wearing dungarees and scaring the tourists with a rendition of duelling banjos! :)

As well as that, i bought myself a Ukuelele...but it's not just me that got one....
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Yes our Maddy is a dab hand at one now too! Maddy's always been musical though so she's got a head start on me, she can hold a tune on a violin and is learning the guitar with great results.
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At least my efforts are appreciated by Maddy's daughters dog, little Mojo...




So are we good i hear you say? Well i'd like to say that the pic below is our new album cover...




However it was just a pic from a day in the rehearsal studio we had up in Leeds. Lots of fun, and it really perked up my girls interest in music.....which means that the new gear like mic stands and amps for the bedroom has taken the place of the craft table!

Maddy has been busy with her daughter Georgette too, she is doing really well with her music, she's performing at a lot of live gigs, on radio and is through to the Open Mic Uk area regional finals, if she gets through she could be performing at the O2 arena. So it's been all go here and very tunefull whilst it happens too. :)

I hope to get back to crafting again soon.....as soon as i can find a place to do it! I hope you are all well, i'll take a trip round everyones blogs over the next few days and catch up.


Take care all,


Calv.

9 comments:

artymess said...

Hi Calv thanks for visiting my blog as we are unable to leave comments on you tube ........it was good to meet you too and obviously we have a lot in common ....if you email Jim on info(at)jimchorley(dot)com then he can 'talk to you in the virtual world at least ...just off to check out your blogs ..all the best Lorna

All in Good Time said...

Hey Calv...Lovely posts about your crafty endeavours...I especially liked the Bee Hive and your first painting...Lorna and I work in the Art Department of a secondary school in Southampton and both know how rewarding Art for Arts sake is...All the best,Jim

Calv said...

Hi Lorna, hi Jim, thanks for stopping by. Yes the painting was a major accomplishment for me,i'm lucky i have a very crafty girlfriend who seems to have dabbled in most things arty. She used to be an artist in residence at a school many moons ago.

Lovely to see you both anyway, i'll be sure to have a deeper look through your blogs later. Your textile creations look stunning Lorna. I bet you have a very colourfull house!

Take care,

Calv.

artymess said...

ha ha how did you know we would have a colourful house !!.......thanks for saying lovely things about my textile work its my passion and life blood.... and my obsession bit like Jim and his music.....we seem to have a lot in common what sort of art does
Maddy do ?.....

Calv said...

Maddy has always been known for her Fimo creations, but she has done well with the papercrafting too. Her blog is here...
http://madimaginations.blogspot.com/

Failing that, click on any picture of a little white clay mouse called Calvin on the right side of my blog, that will take you to her stuff.

I must admit i need to do more around here to make my house reflect my craftyness, i love colour but my colour matching skills are not great lol.

artymess said...

i don't match colours they just happen ....

Calv said...

Lol Lorna....thats what i usually use as an excuse for my mishaps...they just happen! Just wish they turned out as colourful as your happenings. :)

laoi gaul~williams said...

Calv when you get that banjo come and sit round my garden fire and play a few tunes!

by the way you might like nickel creek...

Calv said...

Lol whilst that sounds great, i'll let you reserve judgement until i've learnt to play in tune first. :)

I'll check out nickel creek, cheers neighbour. :)