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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Workshop price reduction, 19th century deed boxes, Nass surprise party & that amazing gift.

Good Morning

Arundel Eccentrics Antiques 

  Paint workshops

I'm having great fun this week.
At the weekend I ran a workshop.
Just for two.
A mother and daughter who wanted a day out together.

They thoroughly enjoyed their day.
I always ask for feed back and they wrote some lovely comments in the book.

One of the comments runs like a thread  through every workshop.
" Painting, chatting and laughter."
That's great to know.

Here's what they brought along

I hadn't seen one of these before
a gentleman's shaving mirror.

At the end of October the workshops are reduced.
They are normally £95, but they will be £75.
That's  a full days tuition...max 3 people.
Lunch, glass of wine and all the materials....
Oh! chat and laughter thrown in for free. LOL

This had been a toy box.

Now those boys are heading for teenage years
the box is more of a table.

The room its to go in has maps on the all.
I had some 19th century French maps that we photocopied.
We aged the copies down.....

I'm particularly encouraging friends to link up and come along.
Makes for a great day out.

If you fancy it just email me

Monday 27th October until Saturday 2nd November.

We can paint and distress then finish with varnishes and waxes,
decoupage, introduce you to gilding and crackle glaze.
If you want to do 2 days we can do everything more in depth.

19th century English Deed Boxes

Been working on 19th century deed boxes this week.

We find battered and unloved deed boxes and turn them into something very much more beautiful.

halfway there...the white is varnish....

I found a beautiful old book at Ford car boot sale some while ago.
It has gorgeous images of London.

almost there, just a little more aging to go......

The 50th Surprise Party

After months of planning
 the day arrived.
Nass's 50 th birthday.

My lovely husband has done
 a lot of fundraising
for others just recently
 and I thought he deserved a bit of
something himself.

 the lull before the storm

The wonderful birthday cake was a work of art
and was made by our lovely mate
Amy Fathers.

It was heavy.
All that choccie inside.

Bridget my friend was
 helping with the food prep.

She had the job of collecting it from
Amy's house.

She ran into the house balancing the cake
 precariously, calling out,
" It needs to go in the fridge,
 the shards are sagging"

You can't go around
 with sagging shards & there was 
no room in our fridge.

Another friend said it could go in theirs.

Back out in the car with it,
 saggy shards n all.

Gently the Bridgey
 drove round Arundel
 to Tarrant Street.

" oooo bigger than we thought"

So they emptied the fridge.

Half an hour later
they had an emergency and
had to dash out.
They were unsure as to whether
 they would return in time.

Bridge had to collect the cake.

By now she was a nervous wreck as 
she was worried the entire thing
 would fall over in the boot of her car.

She took it to the football club
where we were having the party.
Lets put it in their fridge.

The kitchen there was full
 of people making sandwiches and
The fridge full of egg mayonaise and 
sandwich fillings.

No room there.....

So back it came and by now those shards
 were most definitely sagging. LOL

Ah was fine.
We got it there in one piece.

It was the most well 
travelled cake in Arundel
and.... the 
most amazing
choccie cake I've
 ever seen/tasted IN MY LIFE. 

The party took 
months of secret planning.
Since Christmas.

Girl friends met.
They had to drink wine of course.

Helps with the ideas to flow.

All that Pinot Grigio paid off.
It was a wonderful night.

The day itself
 was a tad stressful.

Getting him there without
 the secret being blown
 had a few hiccups.

Huge thanks to all those
 friends who were in 
on the secret.

George who took him out for the day.
To Goodwood to play golf, swim, sauna.

Those who helped with food,
Julie, Allie, Jacqui and Bridge
and the many who brought
salads, and quiches,
 meringues and trifles......
thanks to those doing
 decorations,set up,
clear up,
wash up....etc etc

we did it.......

The Birthday Boy
had such a wonderful time.

Friends came from everywhere.
Nass was at Slindon College 
as a boy
and many old boys he
 hadn't seen for years,
 came along.

the gathering of the clans......

my fantastic friend who came all the way from France to help

 my beautiful nieces

and lovely friends

Vintage the band arriving

Friends arriving with food.
These guys ran the warehouse for the day.

It got a bit difficult when Nass phoned me
 to see how the shop had gone...

and I didn't have a clue Ha ha

" Hmmm whats going on in here?"

" Seem to be a few people I know"

He was thrilled.

" Yaaay I did it!"

The old crowd Nass used to cause havoc in Arundel town with on Friday nights...oh so many years ago LOL
They are all sedate family men now.....well not too sedate.

Waiting to give the speech

For our chums who live far away
here's the waffle...LOL

ha ha

No, no he's not in tears with emotion
My turn to embarrass the old man

 The band

 now I could relax

By the way...thats my phone, not huge hips
Thats thanks to Slimming World Arundel ha ha

Thanks Amy, for all you've done....

and you George who did amazing things....

Ian was at school
 with Nass at Slindon College. reason for
 reposting this
is to thenk EVERYONE who came
 and made it such a spectacular event.

Special thanks to all those friends who 
were involved in the joint gift.

That was really amazing, 
and we are both so grateful to you all.

Friends who couldnt make the event also put in.

What was it?

It was a fund for an air ticket to California
 so we could keep an appointment
 with a very special little lady

our beautiful grand daughter.
Who we hope to meet for the first time at Christmas.

Have a great day

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