Monday, 29 June 2015

A Groovi week away

Bonjour mes amies!

I am back from the most wonderful week in France with Barbara, Dave and the Clarity Design team and friends. We were staying at the same place as last year, a very beautiful place.
 There are three Gites on the site and we have them all.  I stayed in the little one facing you in the first picture, back in 'my' room from last year. Sharing with me (the house, not the room!) were Sam Crowe, Kirsty Goodwill and Jules and Sally-Ann Hanes
It is an idyllic loation, peaceful and beautiful with a lake at the back


If I ever win the lottery.....!

This time, we were lucky with the weather too and had wall to wall sunshine right into late evening, so we sat outside and had our evening meal together.  Dave kept an eye on how much ice cream I was eating!!
There is a pool too and although I am not comfortable in water, I sat with my legs in the water while some of the others were swimming

The atmosphere was very relaxed, you could craft or sunbathe, chat or spend time on your own, sit and admire the view or walk round the lake.
The lovely couple who own the place looked after us so very well, providing home made bread, cakes and creme brulee to die for.  We had an evening of pizza and music - Alain fired up the oven outside and made pizzas, then he played the bagpipes, which encouraged Dave to get out his guitar and play us the most superb music, he is very talented!

All too quickly, the week was over and we were on our way home, sad to be leaving the beautiful place and the lovely people - but it's nice to be home and the sun is shining here too!



One of the good things with so many talented people around is that you can pick up helpful hints and tips: Sylvia and Maria were giving out tips on the Groovi system, Sam tried to overcome my fear of paints and mess and Kirsty managed to stop me blotting colour off my color burst backgrounds - more of them later.

This is my fisrt go on the Groovi board, I really enjoyed this, it isn't a quick thing to do, but it is very relaxing.  One of the main tips I learnt is not to use too much pressure, especially when embossing the back of the parchment, the first stroke you make shouldn't even mark the parchment, you just have to use lots of light strokes to stretch the fibres, then leave it to rest and do more later.

I did this sitting in the sun!  I have coloured the back of the flowery bits with Spectrum Noir pencils, but I don't know if that shows very well.  This isn't finished yet, it needs mounting up properly, I just used a green background to scan it, but it isn't attached yet, I just wanted to prove that I hadn't spent ALL my time eating and sunbathing!!!

Thank you to Barbara and Dave for their generosity and hard work making this all possible and Thank you to all the lovely people there for making it such a great week.

Normal service will now be resumed!!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet xxx

16 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a great time Janet. It's such a beautiful place and it looks even better in the sun!

    I look forward to seeing more of your Groovi work. x

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    1. I had the room to myself, Lynne - there was room for you there!

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  2. It looks so lovely there Janet, glad you had a good time xx

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    1. It was fantastic, Julie, sorry you couldn't be there too xx

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  3. The whole week was a joy, missing you all xxx

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  4. Looks like you all had a great time xx

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  5. Looks absolutely fabulous Janet, glad you had a lovely time. I love that card you have made too... very pretty design! :) x

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    1. It is a very lovely place, very relaxing x

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  6. Sounds like you had a brilliant time Janet, I was so upset that circumstances stopped me from joining in....looking forward to seeing all your designs...hugs...xxx

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    1. Thanks Jo, shame you couldn't make it x

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  7. What a lovely place and so good to hear that you had a great time. xx

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    1. It is a truly beautiful place, Sue x

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  8. It was a great week wasn't it Janet. I enjoyed spending some quality time with you too. Your Parchment piece looks great. Xxx

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    1. Likewise, Sam - lovely to spend time with you x

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