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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Getting ready to sell, sell, sell!

Hello all

So, yesterday and today sort of melded into one, hence no blog entry for yesterday and only just getting round to it today!

Yesterday was a full on day doing all sorts of stuff, including MORE English and Maths with Alex. He did really well and actually showed that he can do doubling and halving and so can do some of his times tables. It just all needed writing in another way for him - believe it or not as fractions! Work that one out! Personally I'm not bothered how he achieves the end result, I'm just really pleased for him that something worked this time. And he did great with his English work on verbs and adverbs. So a big well done pat on the back for him!

Today he's been creating his own Legoland themepark thanks to a software CD that his Dad unearthed in the shed when he went looking for photo paper! Needless to say Alex was thrilled and has had a great time with it and no doubt will be back for more tomorrow since there are endless levels to it so no shortage of challenges for his wonderful brain.

Meanwhile his Dad and I have been sorting out my cards to go to The Emporium, pricing and coding them all up, and I've of course had to produce a very basic kind of catalogue so that we can keep track of which ones sell (note the optimistic way I phrased that!). I'm both excited and apprehensive at the moment and only in the last few minutes had a bit of a wobbly about the box we've chosen to display them in! Still, I'm sure it will all be fine.
I've managed to have a little play with my new embossing toys again but with very mixed results and certainly nothing that's left me jumping up and down shouting Eureka! Still, early days. I have also discovered today that the legendary Tim Holtz has brought out a range of 36 distress ink marker pens which tie in with his ink pads and I watched him demonstrating how to use them. The thing I loved most was being able to use them straight onto stamps, using as many different colours as you want, and the colours stay true no matter what, and hey presto, with a quick "hah" of warm breath onto the stamp to remoisturise the inks (because they dry really quickly) you can then stamp your image, and the end result is absolutely fabtastic. I was, needless to say, extremely impressed and Alex thought they were quite clever too! The white picket fence one was even more exciting because when you use it on dark coloured card, initially you can't see anything, but as it dries the white colour appears, and you can add more layers to make the colour more opaque. Pure magic! They won't be available in the UK for a couple of weeks yet and I'm wondering what they will retail at since over in the jolly old US of A they're going to be retailing at something like $3.50 each. I just hope retailers in the UK don't try to charge £3.50 each for them, which would be very naughty wouldn't it? There's also a complete set of 36 plus the picket fence one which can be purchased together in a canister, but that's probably second mortgage fodder, so don't think I'll be going down that route!

So there you go, that's what we've been up to in the last couple of days.

Come back soon to follow my progress!

Meanwhile, take care.

Love from me xxxx