Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Well December 1st at 12noon sees the opening of BarjanB Crafts. Myself and the gang invite you all to join us for the ribbon cutting, cupcakes and champers.

The shop is on Main Street Newbold Verdon in Leicestershire LE9 9NP

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Living The Dream Has begun

November the 30th already,where has 2011 gone? It has been quite a year for me, losing my beloved Janet in February then her Mum in April and having to move house as well, it has taken it's toll. But! A dream that Janet and I shared for all of our 25 years of marriage, begins tomorrow, December the first 2011 sees the grand opening of BarjanB Crafts, my own craft shop with a rather smart demo and workshop area. The shop is situated in Newbold Verdon in Leicestershire, a couple of miles from the Battle of Bosworth battle field. I will be stocking MollyBloom, Creative expressions, personal Impressions, Crafters Companion, and Robert Addams cds. More new stock is arriving daily and my web site should be up and running just after Christmas.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Cards for Rob Addams show on Create and Craft TV

Robert's new cd is all based on dinosaurs, fierce ones and cute ones plus lots of other bits and bobs. It's a jolly good cd. and ideal for children from 9 -90 as well as home decor.

Christmas Cards

I said that I wasn't going to make any Christmas cards this year, but I have made more this year than ever before.These are made using papermania Enchanted Christmas stamps and coloured with pro-markers and a bit of stickles to give them some bling.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Fat page swap on Do-Crafts Forum

Hi here is my first attempt at a fat page. A 4x4 page to swap with  other forum members. The theme is halloween or orang/black. Stamped image coloured with pro-markers. Also an album made from cd sleeves
to keep the years swaps in.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

First attempt at shabby chic

Hi everyone, It's October already but with the weather it still feels like July. What a crazy world we live in. Well I've had a go at shabby for the first time from scratch. I don't know weather I like it or not, perhaps you could make a comment on how I could improve it.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Christmas stocking bunting

Hi again,just finished another christmas project, and here's me who aid I wouldn't celebrate Christmas this year. I have made more things than ever. It will look good in my new shop window, when I eventually get the keys.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

My first Chritmas cards

Hi all, thought you might like to sse my first Christmas cards of  2011, I  said that I wouldn't make any this year, I tell fibs as well LOL.
The candle card is made using papermania stamps and craft planet self adhesive paper.

The wreath is made using Sheena Douglas stamps, both are coloured with Pro-Markers.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

A key holder for my new home

As well as finding a retail shop I have had to find somewhere new to live, the house I'm in at the moment has 9 rooms and I rattle about a bit. But lucky me the shop I have got has a flat above it, 2 birds with one stone as they say. So I have created this key hook. I bought the frame because it reminded me of a beach hut. So I painted it added the lines, stamped some Molly Bloom and stuck a photo of me aged 5 on a donkey. I think it works quite well.

Mininsewing book

Well September already, what a quick summer we have had. For the last 6 weeks I have been negotiating retail premises to open a craft shop. All of our married life my late wife and I dreamed of opening a craft shop, and at the age of nearly 60 I am going to live the dream and open BarjanB Crafts. I have found the perfect shop situated in the Leicestershire village of Newbold Verdon. There is plenty of room for the shop and a fabulous work room area . So I will be planning lots of demonstrations and classes for everyone to enjoy.I am waiting for solicitors to finalise everything, then it's all systems go.
The mini sewing book is a thank you gift for a dear friend, who has been a great help over the last few months, she will probably read this blog and not realise it is for her...... Thanks Mo! Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A Dog in Wax!

Hi everyone, I have been having a clear out of cupboards and draws and came across this print of an encaustic art picture that I was commissioned to do in 198. I had forgotten all about it. So, as I have just re-discovered it I thought that you might like to share it with me. It is done using the hot brush attatchment.
You cover the entire sheet of encaustic art with the iron, then trace your picture on ordinary tracing paper. Place the tracing on the wax face up, and with your scribe tool trace over the picture, pressing on fairly hard. As you lift the tracing off, it lifts the wax off of the background, leaving you with a line drawing to colour in. Using your hot brush like a paint brush complete the picture.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

An altered box for special memories of Luffy 11

Hi everyone, I thought that you might like to look at the memory box that I have made to put my Luffy 11 special memories in. We have had the box for about 5 years and I wondered why we bought it at the time. Now I know. I have painted the box with a metalic water based paint, then put grunge paper swirls and letters and painted them in the same colour. The picture is from the Magic of Oz papers from Graphic 45.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Altered Guest Book

I have just altered this guest/visitor book for everybody to sighn who comes to The Do-Crafts meet up at Loughborough. It was an old wedding guest book bought at a car boot many years ago. So I thought that I would use it for Luffy 11.I have used the Magic of Oz papers from Graphicus 45. Hope you like it.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

My very first post on a blog

Hi thought you might like to see the picture I have created for the Loughborough Do-Crafts meet up. It is stamped, masked and coloured with pro markers. Hope someone likes it enough to put in a bid on the day.