Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Hi folks. I am rather late posting today as I was out all morning and have spent half the afternoon chatting to my youngest son via a video call on Skype. He is coming out to visit us in just over a week, and we are so looking forward to it. Also he is going to take something back for me that I have to finish off, so that is all that is on my work desk today.

Followers of my blog will know that I finished a scrapbook for my second youngest son just in time to take over ot UK when I visited in September. He was so thrilled with it but he asked me if I could add an extra page. Because of the way it works, this actually means two extra pages, so I put an extra slipcover in his book so all he has to do is slip these pages in to it when he gets them. The first one (that he actually asked for) is to highlight all the posters and fliers that have adorned the streets of Brighton, advertising gigs for his various bands - he is a drummer in a heavy metal band. He is well aware that I don't really go for his style of music, though I love to see his energy and enjoyment as he plays, and I am also not bowled over by the art work on many of his posters, but I understand the 'thrill' he says he gets to see his name (or the name of his band) in print, and they do deserve a space in his book. So I printed them out onto plain matt-finish paper and divided them into the four bands he has played in. I tied one to a lampost, put two behind acetate in a 'window', stuck most of them randomly on a notice board, and the most current ones onto a blackboard. That page is on my desk here.

For the other page I suggested he gave me his favourite photos of the bands in action, performing, practising, and just enjoying being together. And he did - some 35 of them! So the rest of my desk is covered with draft copies of all of them and I am experimenting with ways of displaying all of them on a 12" x 12" page! I think I am going for two cascades, one of the live performance pictures and one of the rest of them. These will just fit and I will have a tiny corner left to do a snippet of journalling. Best get on with it then....

I also just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' to everyone who gave me help and advice on the storage of copics, promarkers etc. It was very, very helpful, and I am grateful that you took the time to share your experiences.

Now I will just link this to Julia's blog and see what some of you are getting up to. I am sorry I can't get round to everyone, but I'll try to visit most of you in the next couple of days.


Shoshi said...

Hi Kate, thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, and for your prayers - so much appreciated! I'm still more or less voiceless and my throat is still sore, but I do feel a bit better today and feel a bit more interested in things! This beastly bug seems to be doing the rounds and it would have been a miracle if I'd escaped it, probably - esp. as my dear hubby was generous enough to share it with me!!

Hope you have a great time with your son. Your other son will be thrilled with your latest layout! Well done! Happy WOYWW, Hugs, Shoshi #70

Bridget Larsen said...

From the UK to Spain, wow thats a big change, Spain has always fascinated me, I love the language the colour and the food, maybe one day I shall visit that gorgeous place. Yes it is sad to leave family behind. I will visit your blog again to read how this move came about. Scrapbooking is such a good way to keep memories alive, sadly I gave all mine away as gifts I was making for everyone else. Hugs to you in Spain
Bridget #36

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Nothing better than recieving a hand crafted page from Mum! You know full well that it will be the best page!!

He will love it hun, and it already looks fab!!


Lou #41

jude said...

Im sure your boys will treasure their albums .Especially the son who has asked for extra pages!wow hopefully he will love the finished layout!Thanks for sharing.
Have fab wdnesday !please pop by i have candy on offer
hugs judex 18

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for letting us peek into your creative space this week. It’s always inspiring seeing where and how we create! Hope the rest of your week goes very well for you. Your page looks fab and I like the way you used the hanging sign die to create the lamp post.
Neil #31

Di said...

Wonderful Kate - especially when the music itself isn't really your thing - but then that's what Mums are for. Hope you have a lovely time with your son when he visits. Do post what you get up to - as you know, I follow both your blogs and love to keep up to date with life in Sunny Spain. Meant to say - I saw the cosy sheepskin slippers for sale at the Sunday Market in Estepona Marina and squeaked at Len 'Oooh, look, Kate and Chris's slippers'. Poor man thought I'd totally lost the plot :)) Di xx

Sarah said...

Well you will have your work cut out - there are some grat design papers around with music themes and I'm sure you'll do him proud - great news about the upcoming visit too!
Thanks for taking some time to share your desk...Sarah at 14.

Chris Powell said...

Hope you enjoy your sons visit and he likes the pages you have put together for him.Love your work

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh I agree, the posters and flyers are an important part of your son's story really, and certainly he'll love the page and the lamp post! We were toying with a quiet week over at our place near Torrevieja, but suddenly the work has come in and so we won't be as quiet as we thought...shame, could do with some decent light!