I felt very privileged to teach in Australia again, this time I went to Townsville and Adelaide – two very different places! The Tropical Topsies are a very clever bunch of girls and I can see how their doll making has really benefited from the variety of tutors they have taken workshops with, they are able to apply different skills to achieve very creative work! I loved my time with them and was reluctant to leave. It was very special having fish and chips on the beach watching the sunset. As you will see, Lizzie’ is a very popular choice!
I feel very privileged going to Christchurch and having a chance to catch up with my friend Cathy, she is one of the most creative people I know and can successfully achieve nearly every craft known, as well as cook and make fantastic coffee!
Hands Craft Shop where I work has an amazing range of stock, in fact the best I’ve seen in New Zealand as far as craft supplies go, not to mention their magazines and books. I always find and purchase some unusual bits and pieces there. I could easily spend hours in that shop and the staff are so helpful.
The girls enjoyed making Lizzie and I was inspired to hear their stories of the changes to their lives since ‘the quake’, amazing positive people. I love being in the South Island
I always like going to Ashburton teaching, the classroom is in the middle of the shop, so we are surrounded by beautiful quilts, enticing stock and interested customers. Everyone interacts which is always fun. Some of the girls I knew from previous ventures so it was like catching up, and of course it is always great to meet new doll makers. Cindy and her family are wonderful hosts!
These lovely ladies had lots of fun making Lizzie in my workshop in Whakatane, some were new to doll making but any nervousness went out the door in the first couple of hours. What a great group and perfect weather too!
Its always fantastic being on holiday, this time was no exception, spending time in the UK with family and getting to know our gorgeous granddaughter, what a delight, wonderful memories made, lots of photos and video coverage to remind us. Looking forward to getting back to work, now it seems as if winter has arrived, so new season, new beginnings. Cant wait to get into my sewing again, fresh ideas jumbled around in my brain, catch you soon, cheers Jill.
Staying with our daughter and her husband and the most precious little granddaughter one could ever imagine, she is sooooooo cute, talented, happy and entertaining and is loving having ‘Nana and Pops’ around, I honestly can’t get enough of her, she is such a darling little soul. Even doing some crafts with her!
We have also been touring around the South Coast and Devon, Nana and Pops in their little car having a ball, catching up an old school friend and seeing so much of this beautiful country with its spring flowers, woodlands, rolling hills,stone buildings and bridges, thatched roofs and tiny lanes framed with hedges, just wish it was the blackberry season!
Off to the UK soon to see our daughter but not before some great classes in Palmerston Nth, Rotorua and Taihape, we even made the Taihape Times! Well done ladies for all your creations, hope you had a fun time!