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Tour Around The Old Art Room Studio

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Take the chance to see a virtual tour of the creative studio space of The Old Art Room in Swaffham. Take a private tour around this inspiring environment with creative director Jane Clark and be led through the magical ambience that inspires so many from innovative Textiles to ingenious printing and imaginative art work. The Old Art Room offers both the physical materials in the studio shop to kindling of inspiration in the workshop studio area. This is the first of our many videos of our studio hope you enjoy:))

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Yurt Holiday with Crafty Camping

View of Bodger's Shelter

View of Bodger's Shelter

Wood Workshop at Guy Mallinson Crafty Camping

Wood Workshop at Guy Mallinson Crafty Camping

Art with Dudley The Crafty Camping Dog

Art with Dudley The Crafty Camping Dog

When classes finished in June Stewart and I went down to Dorset to do some Art Camping at Guy Mallinson’s Crafty Camping. This was to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, ‘Glamping’ in a Yurt for five days and Stewart taking a ‘Pole Lathe Course’ in the woods with seven other course members and the food was wonderful. Myself, I spent three days enjoying taking in the woodland atmosphere by making art in a Bodger’s Shelter opposite a Trout Pond, full size tepee and Woodland Shelter. Magical**** Guy and his team made us so welcome and the holiday was something else. Glamping here is so special, including the tree four poster bed, the round window in the yurt roof, watching lightning storms while in bed! and the willow tree showers, something else. We did leave twice in the five days once for our Lobster Anniversary dinner and a ‘Fossil Walk’ along Lyme Regis beach with Brandon a Geologists who really made it easy to find fossils. I found a beauty. To see my sketchbook, and some of the atmosphere of our holiday click HERE

To see my post and a video that captures the atmosphere of the camping visit my video tech site HERE

Visit Guy Mallinson, Crafty Camping, Yurt Camping and Wood Craft Courses HERE

It is truly magical, the holiday and experience has had a lasting effect on our lives. We immediately felt rested, batteries recharged and inspired.

Busy as Ever!

Orange Pumpkin Bowl

Orange Pumpkin Bowl

October has been a very mixed month of creativity,

I feel so lucky to be able to have a creative life as my career and

it is working out so well. It is hard work but in a very different way.

See some of what I have been doing by visiting some of the post which are on my

daily blog site at Quilters Cottage.

Enjoy a little taster by visiting the posts,

from a Bag making workshop at Weeting Village Hall,

See post HERE

Meetings at Alveva Quilters, a talk by Yvonne Brown,


Christmas  and other projects made by my Students


Felt Making at The Embroidery Guild


Textile Painting


A visit to Jimmy’s Farm


I am creating different types of cards with the different classes and

practice pieces.

See them on my

card site


I have been busy collecting videos from You tube

and making my own videos in the studio

to illustrate the films I have been watching and items I am making too,

Visit my Tech Site


There has been so much it has been hard to select these few.

If you want to see more visit my portfolio pages on the right

of this post or go to Quilters Cottage and keep scrolling down

onto older posts.


Charleston Farm House

Visiting Charleston

Last week Stewart, Jenn and a friend Sopie went off to stay in a Cabin in Leonard on Sea and then visited Brighton and the Pavilion see blog post HERE

Brighton Pier HERE

The Battle Hastings Battlefield HERE

The Town of Hastings HERE

Charleston Farm House was amazing and the garden was wonderful see blog post and more photographs HERE

Berwick Church and the Bloomsbury Murals HERE

There was so much to see and enjoy it was a wonderful break. Hope you enjoy the blog posts and pictures.

To see more of what I have done over the last week visit my daily blog at

Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Skyspace, Houghton Hall

Skyspace, Houghton Hall

Today Stewart and I visited Houghton Hall.

A Palladian Mansion set within an award winning Garden, sculpture,museum and

deer park.

Houghton Hall was built by Sir Robert Walpole,Britain’s first Prime Minister. 

We were impressed with the sculpture within amazing gardens but

John Turrel’s art work ‘Skyspace’ is so inspiring and contemplative space within it’s woodland setting.

The visit to Houghton Hall  has inspired some ideas for some more sculpture in our garden,

 so watch this space.

See my blog for some more of our visit and sculptures of Houghton Hall.

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