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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.9

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IN THIS ISSUE CREATIVE MAKES, HOME DÉCOR, FASHION, ENTERTAINING, READING, SHOPPING, NEW COMPETITIONS!

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SHARING PAGE 32 DESERTS & WINES PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS ZODIAC BIRTHSTONES SEED BEAD BRACELETS UP-CYCLING JEWELLERY LAMPWORK TECHNIQUES 1

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MEET LAMPWORK + CHOCOLATIER DIVA

ANNELYSE TAYLOR PLUS 4 INSPIRING INTERVIEWS! JILL EGAN – CERAMIC DIVA HAROLD DOWSE – BREAD SCIENTIST CLARE JOHN + GILLIAN CORCORAN RESIN JEWELLERY DIVAS May 2013


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JOAN GORDON EDITOR IN CHIEF Hello, welcome to issue 9 of MCD. I am so excited to be writing this editors message because by the time you read it my designer Rebecca and I will be in Australia. After the long cold winter and spring we’ve experienced in the UK some sunny autumnal weather will have us both smiling! I’m looking forward to eating some delicious seafood cooked on our barbecue and catching up with several members from the Somerset Art Society in Esk (11p) and dropping by Ocean View Estate (31p) to catch up with Kate and resident artist Lorraine Emerson. Bec plans to design Issue 10 by the beach – I think I may have to join her just to make sure she’s not having too much fun! We have really enjoyed putting this issue together. I’ve been inspired to revisit resin as a medium for making jewellery thanks to Clare John (21p) and Gillian Corcoran (48P) and my special guest Harold Dowse has motivated me to try my hand at making bread. Thanks to all those who have subscribed to our magazine this month, your support helps us to keep the current issue free to view online. Remember that if you like us on your facebook page you are helping us to reach out to more and more creative people. Don’t miss your chance to win these super new tools from our friends at Dremel, you’ll find the entry details on page 68.

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Wishing you a creative month, Joan

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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.9

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVERY MONTH

DIVA INTERVIEWS

06 This Month’s Divas 17 Editor’s Special Guest 24 Diva Reading

8 Annelyse Taylor 12 Jill Egan 20 Clare John 48 Gillian Corcoran

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DIVA PROJECTS 66 Spring Beach Bag 70 DIY Laundry Detergent 72 Attaching a Trim 74 Chirpy Chappy 76 Retro Entree 80 Shortbread Biscuits 82 Delicious Halloumi

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FEATURES 32 Divine Information – Sharing 54 Divine Fashion – Summer Forecast 57 Divine Home – Holiday Inspired Decor

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS

ANNELYSE TAYLOR

CREATIVE LAMPWORK DIVA & CHOCOLATIER

“My two great passions are hot glass and handmade chocolate.” Lampworking is an addiction which has stayed with Annelyse for the last 8 years. She describes it as a meditative occupation. After moving from France to Scotland she missed the artisan fresh chocolate bonbons that you can buy in the local chocolatier shops in France. To solve this dilemma Annelyse decided to go on a course where she learnt to make her own. E info@crescendochocolate.co.uk W http://www.crescendochocolate.co.uk/ http://www.annelysetaylor.co.uk/index.htm F https://www.facebook.com/pages/Au-clair-de-la lune-Lampwork-beads/348577015159043 https://www.facebook.com/CrescendoChocolate

JILL EGAN

CERAMICS DIVA

Jill works in a variety of media but her main focus is the little known art of overglaze painting. She paints on a ceramic body using enamels and lustres. Jill grew up surrounded by creativity, her mother being a dressmaker. When her children started school, she studied City & Guilds Craft & Design and was awarded a bronze medal for excellence by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace. She then gained a diploma in china painting, falling in love with the artform. She also works with fused glass, clay and metal, making jewellery and items for the home. E eganj11@googlemail.com W www.kilnfiredart.co.uk F www.facebook.com/KilnFiredArt

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS

CLARE JOHN RESIN DIVA

I am immersed in the wonderful world of resin in many different ways. I teach workshops, run a website business selling resin materials, write magazine articles and appear on JewelleryMaker TV as a guest designer. Teaching is a fantastic way to meet people and to spark off new ideas. The magazine articles have led to my 2013 project, which is writing a Resin Jewellery book that will be full of projects, ideas and tips for working with resin. E info@resin8.co.uk W www.resin8.co.uk F www.facebook.com/resin8

GILLIAN CORCORAN CREATIVE DIVA

Gillian works with epoxy resin. It’s a tricky medium to use and took a lot of experiments ie. many disasters to get the techniques right. Safety is priority while working with resin - surfaces covered with plastic sheeting, gloves, respirator and proper ventilation is essential. However, despite all the precautions and meticulous methods involved with resin, she really enjoys the versatility of it and how it traps the essence of an object and preserves it in its original splendour forever. E gilliancorcoran@gmail.com W https://www.etsy.com/shop/ResinRoad F www.facebook.com/ResinRoad B gilliancorcoran.blogspot.ie/ T twitter.com/ResinRoad

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CREATIVE LAMPWORK DIVA ANNELYSE TAYLOR

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ANNELYSE CREATIVE LAMPWORK DIVA + CHOCOLATIER

ANNELYSE TAYLOR “MY TWO GREAT PASSIONS ARE HOT GLASS AND HANDMADE CHOCOLATE.” This month we offer a warm welcome to Annelyse Taylor who has kindly offered to share some of her creative work and a little about herself with our MCD readers. I know you are a lampworker Annelyse, how did your passion for the torch evolve? In 2005, I came across a lampworker website by chance. The glass beads were like nothing I had seen before and the idea of playing with fire somehow appealed to me. I ordered my first torch and the hot glass bug bit me as soon as I melted my first rod of glass. I practised a lot, usually at night, as I had to look after my two very young children during the day. I booked myself on my first course with Diana East in 2006. I have since taken another six classes with some of my favourite artists which have all had an influence on my techniques and style of bead making. Lampworking is an addiction which has stayed with me for the last 8 years. It is a meditative occupation (you really have to concentrate on this flame and let go of every other thought) and I still find it very magical. As a professional chocolatier do you see a connection between creating with these two so different mediums? There is a sort of alchemy between ingredients which is very important in both mediums. Different types of glass combine in the most magical and sometimes unexpected ways due to the reaction of metal oxides in the flame. Combining flavours is the 9

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art of the chocolatier and each ingredient in a chocolate bonbon interacts with each other to create the final product. I enjoy being creative and experimenting with new combinations in both disciplines. What led you to follow a career path in working with chocolate? Greediness! I am French. I moved to Scotland 20 years ago, but I have always missed the artisan made fresh chocolate bonbons that you can buy in the local chocolatier shop in every single town in France. Let me explain! Chocolate bonbons which are more than 1 or 2 weeks old are stale. They are a little bit like bread which can be kept for a long time if stored in a plastic bag and made with preservatives but will never be as good as a loaf straight out of the oven. It is very difficult to find fresh chocolates in Scotland, so I decided to go on a course and learn to make my own. Are you self taught or have you attended classes or college to master your skills? I have attended a professional chocolatier course for six months, as well as a number of specialist courses at the Callebaut Academy in the UK. What is the most distinctive aspect that you enjoy about your work as a chocolatier? I particularly enjoy developing new recipes and my own signature chocolates. While I am influenced and inspired by many of my French chocolate heroes, I also use a lot of local ingredients.Whisky, Scottish raspberries, Scottish cream and Scottish heather honey, for example feature in many of my recipes. I think that this French/Scottish combination works well. I am particularly proud of my ‘Braveheart’, a heart shaped moulded bonbon filled with

a dark ganache made with a really nice Ghana chocolate, heather, whisky and a drop of raspberry coulis. What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome? Organisation. I work from my own home kitchen which is licensed but has to return to being a family kitchen when my children return from school. What is your favourite technique? What excites you about it? I love making enrobed chocolates which is the technique whereby you dip little bits of slabbed ganache into tempered chocolate. This technique results in beautiful, artisan looking chocolates. What keeps you motivated? In both chocolate and beads, I love improvisation, practice and play, and my greatest motivation is the desire to try something new, sometimes to great effect and sometimes not (but I always learn something from my experimentations). When it’s time to recharge the batteries, where do you go? I take my dog for a walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding my house or just go to my yoga mat for a practice.

If you’d like to view some of Annelyse’s work visit her website or send her an email.You’ll find all her details below. CONTACT DETAILS E info@crescendochocolate.co.uk W http://www.crescendochocolate.co.uk/ http://www.annelysetaylor.co.uk/index.htm FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/pages/Au-clair-de-lalune-Lampwork-beads/348577015159043 https://www.facebook.com/CrescendoChocolate PHOTO CREDITS ANNELYSE TAYLOR 10

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CERAMIC DIVA

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CERAMICS DIVA JILL EGAN “I gain inspiration for my work from the things I see around me every day, I live in the countryside and I’m inspired by nature and her moods, wildlife and textures.’’

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In her current work Jill uses enamels and lustres producing pieces that are collectable, and look as good in a contemporary or a traditional setting. Ranges include ‘Seeds and leaves’ and ‘British wildlife’, with further ideas for a range of farm animals and landscape pieces, and also jewellery making and glass fusing. Here she shares with our readers her passion for ceramics. Where do you live and what do you enjoy most about it? I currently live in Cumbria, and love the countryside, the drama of the landscape, and how the scene changes, we can get several seasons in a day here. I love walking and taking time to notice the things that usually go unseen, and of course the wildlife around me. What do you think is one of the most important values of a Creative Diva? I think one of the most important values of a creative diva is diversity, experiment, trying new things, and even when it doesn’t go to plan you have learned something. Allow time for creative play. How is it that you became interested in ceramics and how do you describe your style of work? I was working in textiles and thought painting would be a good hobby, but I became hooked. My style involves using traditional media in a contemporary way. For anyone who may be new to your craft how can they learn some of the skills involved? Try and find a local teacher. Or if you have access to a kiln I have some tutorials on my blog, and run workshops occasionally.

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JILL EGAN INTERVIEW

Would you please share with us any information about organizations, galleries or shows that you are involved with? In the past I have written for china painting magazines in the UK, USA and Australia, and I was a director of IPAT (International Porcelain Artists and Teachers). I’m now concentrating on my own work, exhibiting at the Cooper gallery, Eskdale Art, a pop up gallery, and I’m about to undertake an exciting new venture displaying in a makers gallery in Yorkshire. Do you have any tips you would like to share with our readers? Overglaze painting is part of our heritage in the UK and it is important to keep these skills alive especially now the factories in ‘The Potteries’ have almost all closed down.

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Do you work from home or do you have a designated crafting space? I work from home, usually taking over the dining table, I like being part of the family when I’m working, it’s how I grew up. What is your favourite tool? Why does it work for you? My favourite tools are homemade, unconventional tools, like a twig used for drawing branches, and a piece of loofah which is great for painting textures like fur.

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Do you keep a crafting journal or portfolio of inspiration and ideas? I’m not short of ideas so I don’t keep a journal, blogging helps me get things ordered in my head sometimes, and I take a lot of photo’s when I’m out walking for future reference. What is the most distinctive aspect of your work that sets it apart from other styles of ceramic collectables? I think my work is set apart from other ceramic collectables by the fact there are very few contemporary artists working with overglaze techniques and lustres. If you would like to book a workshop or view more of Jill’s work you’ll find her contact details listed below. CONTACT DETAILS W www.kilnfiredart.co.uk E eganj11@googlemail.com FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/KilnFiredArt 14

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WILTSHIRE TREES, OVERGLAZE ON CERAMIC SUPPORT

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GIVE A GIFT THAT LASTS!

Show how much you care with a gift of handmade bespoke jewellery made by Nicky Townsend.You won’t believe how little it costs to purchase a one of a kind piece that will last for years to come.

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HAROLD DOWSE This month Joan invited Harold Dowse – Dusty from Maine USA to share his passion for baking bread with our readers. Dusty is a Professor of Biology and Cooperating Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maine.

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“My passion for making bread began when I moved away from my home town of Albany, NY for the first time and found I was at a loss for Real Bread”. Over the last several years I have developed a powerful focus on baking and bread science. As board member of the Maine Grain Alliance, I can apply myself not just to my own baking, but to education and outreach to help people to bake at home, raise food grains, and become professional bakers. Our group is particularly interested in seeing Maine again become a grain producer and regain its strong local baking tradition.

Where do you live in America and what do you love about it? We have lived in Cambridge, Maine since 1975 and love the people and its strong sense of place. It is quintessential rural America. Is there a renowned baker who inspired you to want to bake bread? The first really good book I got was by John Rahn Braue. Finally there was some good direction on making real artisan bread. He stands like a rock. How did you become a baker and what organizations do you belong to? I began in the 1960s for the pure joy of it, and have worked nonstop since then to improve. I have a small bakery now with a woodfired masonry oven. I belong to the Bread Baker’s Guild of America and the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). I am a founding Board member of the Maine Grain Alliance (MGA). What do you enjoy most about your craft? Baking is one of the most ancient of all arts, a very tactile art. And there is the BREAD! Is there a particular type of grain that you prefer to work with? I like rye. It has a high percentage of coarsely ground whole grain. I bake sourdough ryes and traditional pumpernickels. For anyone who may be new to baking bread, how can they learn some of the skills involved? There is a wide selection of excellent books which will help even a total beginner to bake fine loaves in short order. I believe you travel, demonstrate and present talks about bread making. What is involved in these presentations and how do you gauge the success of such events? Just recently served on an IACP baking panel in San Francisco. I discussed the role of science in informing the baker, most

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particularly on sourdough. Locally, I present regularly at the Kneading Conference. Success is measured in new collaborations, friendships and better baking. Do you have any tips you would like to share with our readers? If you want to bake, BAKE! No problems, just learning experiences. What are your future goals and plans? I plan on spending more time working with MGA and in my own bakery. I want to start further collaborations with other bakers and bakery scientists. At the end of a long day you look forward to? Reading. Sometimes I even read books that have nothing to do with baking.

COMMON GROUND

If you wish to learn more about bread making you’ll find Dusty’s (Harold Dowse) contact details below. CONTACT DETAILS P 207-717-4578 E dustydowse@aol.com FACEBOOK www.facebook.Dusty Dowse PHOTO CREDITS HAROLD DOWSE 19

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RESIN DIVA

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RESIN DIVA CLARE JOHN “My interest in resin has evolved since I discovered resin at Art College in the 1970s- resin has changed so much since then.� Joan met Clare several years ago in Cardiff. Clare contributed projects to the jewellery making magazine that Joan edited in the UK. Here she shares with how she became fascinated with resin and some of her beautiful work. Joan asked Clare the following questions.

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Where do you live now and what do you love most about your home? I live in Gloucestershire. My home is a Cotswold stone cottage and I love its character and history. How did you come to develop a business focused on resin? It was by accident really. I have always used resin in my silver jewellery and I came across the products I use at a Trade Fair.After some years of using the resin, I met the manufacturers and they invited me to be a

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consultant for them. I work closely with them in testing new products and making suggestions for more applications. How best would you describe a typical working week and how do you cope with the varied demands made of your time? I spend quite a lot of time on the computer maintaining my website and looking after customers. I try to spend time playing with resin - writing my book means that I have to invent and design new processes. I take the photographs for step-by-step projects myself, but send the main products to be shot professionally by Paul Mounsey, a brilliant photographer in Cornwall. My husband Rob is a wonderful support – he looks after packing and posting orders and does lots of cooking. I also have the luxury of a cleaner! What is the most distinctive aspect of your work that you enjoy? Playing with resin in new ways. What is the current focus for your students who are attending your classes? I want them to be confident to use resin on their own. What excites you most about actually making jewellery? The magical act of transforming things such as sheet, wire and liquid resin, into a solid shiny artefact that somebody wants to wear. How do you find inspiration for your designs? Nature, architecture, visiting galleries - keeping my eyes open to the world really. What makes you smile? My lovely daughter. To learn more about resin, to book into a class or to purchase product you’ll find Clare’s contact details listed below:

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Five fabulous books to entertain and inspire you. By Jennifer Schembri.

The Biba Experience £22 Published by Antique collectors club ISBN 9871851495412

If I could invent a sartorial time machine, my first destination would probably be Biba – a mecca for the young and fashionable in the late 60s and early 70s and a favourite with the likes of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful. It was so much more than just a clothes store, with its iconic black and gold logo, and just looked like the coolest place to be. The first store opened in 1964 and ten years later its third incarnation was the first department store to open in London since WWII. Once described as ‘the most beautiful store in the world’ by The Sunday Times, it sold not only clothes but food, décor, furniture and so much more. In the weeks leading up to the store’s closure in 1975 even the furniture was ransacked (apparently shop lifting had always been part of the Biba experience), a heart breaking site for founder Barbara Hulanicki who had been forcibly divorced by her board of directors months earlier. She was the life and soul of Biba, and it was destined for destruction without her. Biba “fulfilled the rock & roll promise to live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse”, and this fabulous book tells Barbara and Biba’s story, with beautiful photos that capture the glamour, personality, clothes and culture of this relatively short lived but much loved establishment.

Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas & Frederique Veysset, £15.99 Published by Abrams Image ISBN 9781419706813

From Isabelle Marant to Vanessa Paradis, it’s true that the French women have a certain je ne sais quoi - their understated chic style admired the world over. The authors of Paris Street Style believe that the key to their success is confidence and being true to yourself , and want to help you achieve just that. Packed with interviews, tips, illustrations and photos, it features a whole host of stylish ladies and will help you find your own style, the French way. Starting with an assessment of your wardrobe, it features a great deal of common sense (we all know we should throw out anything cheap, tired and fraying, but sometimes it takes some encouragement). Rather than telling you how you should dress it encourages you to avoid buying into the latest trends and copying celebrities, and instead have fun and choose clothes wisely that will stand the test of time. Practical chapters include The Power of Accessories, Making Cheap Look Classy, Denim for Every Day and The Bag of Your Life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and now have new impetus to clear out anything past its best from my wardrobe and go shopping! Mission accomplished ladies.

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Colour by Victoria Alexander, £16.99 Published by ? ISBN 9781743362006

No matter what your creative passion, colour is an integral part of being an artistic person. From getting dressed in the morning, to taking photos, painting pictures and decorating our houses, colour can have a huge impact on the way we feel. Author Victoria Alexander has been passionate about colour since she fell in love with her first box of colouring pencils as a child. Here she shares this passion, exploring the significance of colour and encouraging us to consider it more carefully. Each chapter looks at a different colour, and each one is introduced with colourful photographs (naturally), and an exploration of that particular colour’s cultural significance around the globe. My favourite touch is the end of each chapter, when Victoria offers up ways of enjoying each colour, in both a literal and abstract sense. Take yellow for example; suggestions include spicing up your cooking with turmeric and saffron, gathering a bunch of daffodils to bring sunshine into your life and getting vaccinated against yellow fever! This is one of those books that would be a welcome addition to your bookshelf, providing snippets of inspiration when you are working on a project and just need a bit of a nudge.

Cook With Love by Pete Evans, £20 Published by ? ISBN 9781743364956

Remember the pizza book I drooled over last month? Well Cook With Love is by the same talented chef. Pete Evans’ 20 years as a chef have taken him on travels all over the globe and seen him publish a handful of books on a variety of foodie subjects. This book is essentially his ‘greatest hits’, featuring a selection of recipes that he has handpicked to share in one special collection. Pete’s ethos is that once you can cook you can adapt it for any situation and that’s what this book is about, offering recipes for casual lunches at home, food for parties, vegetarian dishes, seafood, desserts and lots more. There are plenty of recipes that have caught my eye that I will be trying out soon, such as eggs benedict with salmon, crispy prawn & tapioca betel leaf, and yoghurt panna cotta with blueberries. The instructions are clear, the photography is superb and the variety is inspiring. Exactly what you want from a recipe book!

David Austin’s English Roses by David Austin, £14.95 Published Garden Art Press ISBN 978 1870673709

I love roses. Not just because they are beautiful to receive, but because in my somewhat barren garden they are one of the few things that always survive. To be honest I avoid gardening completely from October to March thanks to the English climate, but no matter how much I neglect them, my roses always thrive and bloom from spring until autumn.Which is why this book caught my eye. David has a true passion for breeding English roses, creating new types each year that combine the delicate charm and fragrance of old roses with the huge variety of colours and prolonged flowering of Modern roses. His blooms first came to prominence in the 1970s and this book showcases his finest examples up to the present day. Roses are a hugely versatile flower that can be grown as shrubs, standards and climbers in borders, or in containers. So no matter how much outdoor space you have, there is a rose for you. Each type is introduced and photographed, emphasising the vast array of colours and styles available. From Buttercup and Anne Boleyn to Peach Blossom and Strawberry Hill, they sound every bit as beautiful as they look.

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MAKEOVER SESSION WITH BEV MARMONT I’ve never had a makeover before so I was unsure what to expect. As I tend to spend my spare time outdoors, the luxury of being pampered is something I seldom have time for. I was both excited and a touch nervous at the same time. On a sunny day last month, having treated myself to a day off work, I made my way through Manchester pulling my trolley suitcase behind me to the new<id studios located close to Albert Square. The session started with having my hair washed and styled. My hairdresser added volume, creating a style which was very different for me, as normally I would simply wash and dry it quickly. Next it was the makeup session. I was introduced to Diana and she discussed with me what look I wanted to achieve. I plumped for something subtle and understated to enhance rather than exaggerate my features. new<id have their own range of cosmetics, and to end the session, Diana completed a sketch for me to take away showing me which product had been used and how she had used them. I found this to be a very valuable part of the experience. Then it was onto the photography session. Laura was excellent - she made the experience great fun and in no time I was feeling relaxed and posing as instructed. Laura broke the session into slots, both formal and informal depending on which suited each of the four outfits I had taken with me. Following the session there was time for a quick lunch break whilst the photos were prepared for viewing. I couldn’t wait to see the results. The photos were great, I was amazed at how many I really liked. In fact selecting the photo I got to take away was the most difficult part of the day. I eventually selected the shot you see here, and my friends can’t believe the outcome. I have a wedding coming up in a few months, and will be putting what I learnt into practice. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and with such reasonable prices for a pampering session, I would happily do it again and would certainly recommend a makeover to friends.

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A PASSION FOR WINE AND TOURISM Ocean View Estate is a stunning destination. It’s based at Mount Mee a picturesque rural area about an hour drive north of the city of Brisbane in Australia. In this feature article Joan talks with Kate Honnef about her business and passion for tourism. I believe Ocean View Estate is far more than a vineyard Kate. What may visitors to your complex expect to see, experience and enjoy? Ocean View Estates is not just a winery, not just a restaurant it’s the end of the journey: the destination, offering vineyards, cellar door, accommodation, al a carte dining and Australia’s most intimate and hands-on experience of a fully-operational winery, all in one location just 45 kilometers north-west of the Brisbane CBD. At Ocean View Estates, guests get closer to the action and, with everything on one beautiful property so close to a capital city, it’s easy to come and unwind in the vines for an hour, a day, or a weekend.  Have you always had a passion for wine and tourism? Always wine, but tourism was pretty new to me until about 8 years ago when we started really thinking about what guests were looking for. How did your business evolve? Our partners and very good friends owned the property and we all had a passion for wine and the wine industry. We saw a great opportunity in the location being only 45km from Brisbane to partner a tourism and wine experience. We developed slowly planting the grapes first, making our first wine in 2002, opening a cellar door cafe in 2004, then expanding the winery, building the restaurant and cottages in 2006. How do you find creativity in your work? Brainstorming with all of the staff and people involved in the business and keeping an open mind. We have followed a concept we learnt through a mentoring program called “Blue Ocean Ideas” and in our ‘Blue Ocean” meetings we come up with solutions to problems and ideas that have no boundaries.Thinking outside the box with a group of creative people is very energising. What do love most about what you do and where you live? The people definitely. I love making true connection with people and seeing them enjoy what we are passionate about. It’s a beautiful spot too. Nothing better than being surrounded by vineyards, lakes and rolling hills. ARTICLE CONTINUED 29

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For anyone visiting Ocean View Estate from within Australia or Abroad what other attractions are on offer within the local? We have a gorgeous State Forest just up the road that has some spectacular bushwalking tracks from an hour to ½ day walks. There are a couple of art galleries close by and Dayboro Village itself is worth a walk around with a definite vintage theme.We are also a great stop off on the way to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane if you want to avoid traffic on the highway. What type of cuisine is on offer in the restaurant? We are Modern Australian Cuisine with a focus on fresh produce and spectacular flavours. Do you offer wine tasting notes or classes, to help visitors who aren’t confident with experiencing new wines? Our cellar is open Wednesday to Sunday for wine tasting and we do a wine tour at 11am daily. Cellar staff are involved in the wine making process from beginning to end so love to share their knowledge and passion with guests. We also have wine experiences with throughout the year including degustation evenings and regular events we call “Walk a While With The Winemaker”. Thomas guides guests through each vineyard tasting wine with matching food from the vineyard they were grown. Are there any special creative workshops, exhibitions or events in the Diary for May, June or July? There is always something happening! May 16 “Drink and Draw” with local artist, May 18th “Bubbles, Beer and Tapas”, May 19th “Artists in Action” –up to 20 artists coming to demonstrate their work and offer workshops from the day. May 26th “Walk A While with The Winemaker”, Jun 9 “Unwind in the Vines” with the Black Sorrows and July 14 “Unwind in the Vines with Sista Burley”. Who has been a major inspiration in your life? My 3 girls continue to inspire me to become a better person.

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DIVINE INFORMATION

SHARING In the following pages we offer practical and interesting articles from professional artists, designers and business owners who have generously offered to share their knowledge and skill with our readers. This month we welcome: CREATIVE DIVA DEBBIE KERSHAW Debbie joins us this month with an extract from her blog. Here she talks about visiting antique fairs in little village halls. Not only do these found treasures add a unique element to her designs, but she is a big fan of taking something old and vintage and making it new.

LITERARY DIVA JENNY ROLFE In issue 8 Jenny offered a fascinating insight into crystals and the zodiac covering the birth signs from Aries to Leo. Here she brings us the crystals that relate to birthdays that fall in July through to September.

PHOTOGRAPHY DON RICHARD WALSH Have you become intimidated by the possibilities of your camera? You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where to start? You need only to consider three variables to take a picture: the aperture, the ISO and the shutter speed. Read Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest advice and get to grips with your camera settings.

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DIVINE INFORMATION GLASS & JEWELLERY DIVA DEBORAH DEW Debbie shares with us a lesson learnt in cleanliness. Read her humorous account of when she decided to make some glass focals and what happened when she mixed bullseye glass with the effetre glass rods. In her own words “I really should know better”!

JEWELLERY DIVA LANZAJEWEL/ANNE MACLEOD CRISP Anne shares with our readers her jewellery expertise on what to do with left over seed beads. In this issue Anne offers a practical pattern that can be used to make stunning bracelets and accessories.

JEWELLERY DIVA JOAN GORDON Joan is a jewellery maker and teacher. In our Sharing section of MCD she shares with us her passion for wine and travel.You’ll find her articles on page 44 and 52. If you are keen to try your hand at jewellery making email her at jgordon@my-creativediva.co.uk.

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DIVINE SHARING inject new life into it. Old maps and pages from books are great for paper crafting and there is a wealth of different fabrics and materials for sewing projects. Whole craft businesses are run these days by using vintage treasures and incorporating them into designs and ranges. When you next have a few hours to spare, go for a wander and see what crafty treasures you can find. Take the kids with you, it’s a great way to get them crafting and creating too!

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BLOG DEBBIE KERSHAW There is an old saying,“ They just don’t make them like they used to!” I think a lot of that is true. I like nothing better than to search out old and inspiring ‘treasures’. As well as being inspirational on the design and making front, I love items that have a history or tell a story. I have spent many a happy afternoon wandering around antique shops and little flea markets in the Yorkshire Dales. You come across some great antique fairs in little village halls. Not only do these found treasures add a unique element to your designs, but I am a big fan of taking something old and vintage and making it new. I believe ‘upcycling’ is the new buzz word for this! MyHusbandmadeawonderfuldiscoveryinalocalcharity shop.A vintage necklace and bracelet set.I really enjoyed cleaning it up and wondering about who had owned it and what stories it could tell? I highly recommend a trip to your local charity shop. It’s amazing what you can find there to use such as beads, materials, bags and clothes to customise. Not only does this appeal to my ethical recycling principles but also to my romantic side too and doing this won’t break the bank either. Old brooches look really beautiful made into necklaces or brooch bouquets for brides.You can use some unusual beads from an old necklace. Simply take it apart and 34

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DIVINE SHARING SCORPIO - 23 OCTOBER TO 21 NOVEMBER Obsidian,Topaz, Beryl Positive attributes: courageous, passionate, intense Negative attributes: ruthless, suspicious, possessive

CRYSTALS + THE ZODIAC The 12 signs of the zodiac each govern 1/12th of the year (about a month each) starting with the Spring Equinox on March 21st. By Jenny Rolfe Crystals associated with your birth (sun) sign can help accentuate the positive and keep the negative traits in check. If you are born near the beginning or end of a sign (the cusp) you may feel drawn to the crystal(s) associated with the adjacent sign. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy way to check this. Just hold your hand over the crystal associated with the next door sign and see if you get a tingling or buzzing from it. Intuition is telling you that, that crystal is more appropriate for you than the one given for your birth sign. Here I cover the crystals for the last six months of the year. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the information for July to December in Issue 8. LIBRA - 23 SEPTEMBER TO 22 OCTOBER Opal, Lapis Lazuli Positive attributes: diplomatic, tactful, peace-loving Negative attributes: vacillating, insincere

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SAGITTARIUS - 22 NOVEMBER TO 21 DECEMBER Rutilated Quartz, Sodalite Positive attributes: compassionate, openminded, enquiring Negative attributes: over-confident, boastful, dogmatic CAPRICORN - 22 DECEMBER TO 19 JANUARY Onyx, Garnet, Ruby, Jet Positive attributes: dependable, hardworking, ambitious Negative attributes: meanness, severity, use others to further their own ends AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY TO 18 FEBRUARY Moss Agate, Charolite Positive attributes: innovative, individualistic, intellectual Negative attributes: irresponsible, anarchic, suffer from feelings of alienation PISCES - 19 FEBRUARY TO 20 MARCH Amethyst,Aquamarine, Sapphire Positive attributes: subtle, versatile, creative, empathic Negative attributes: indecisive, confused, emotionally unstable

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THIS MONTH – GETTING AWAY FROM THE AUTO BUTTON If the reason for the purchase of your fancy camera wasn’t a fashion statement or to get some exercise by carrying a heavy camera bag, it was probably in order to be able to play with the settings in order to get control over the camera and get those nice shots.   What has changed since? You became intimidated by the possibilities of your camera? You don’t know where to start? You need only to consider three variables to take a picture: the aperture, the ISO and the shutter speed. Forget for now all the fancy options hidden in the menus of your camera. Just these three will get you a long way. Play with them, mess with them, read more, take a class. But again: if you are afraid to miss a shot, turn to automatic as a safety precausion. 38

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I DON’T HAVE TIME TO THINK ‘SETTINGS’ WHEN TAKING A PICTURE True, this one will be the hardest to overcome. It requires practice in order to build the automatism you need so that you can set your capture the way you want in manual mode. But once again, you can start gradually. When you have time, force yourself take your picture in manual mode and when you don’t have time, turn on the automatic mode.You will gain confidence with practice and will never want to go back to automatic mode after a while. Ultimately, the manual mode will add fractions of seconds to your setup but the end result will improve much more with the extra effort. Also, as a by-product, you will think more about your picture before the shot is taken. I would like to add one more reason why you might not be using the manual mode. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ‘AUTOMATIC MODE’ DOES If you knew you probably would not use it. You purchased your camera in order to control your pictures and instead, the automatic mode selects everything for you: • The focus point: your picture will be focused somewhere but not always on the subject you picked as a point of interest • The exposure: your picture will be exposed so that it matches an ‘average grey’. This will probably not help seeing what you wanted to show in your highlights or in the shadows. All other settings: the processor inside the camera did not know whether you wanted to freeze the movement or on the contrary, to have a slow shutter speed. It does not know either whether you wanted to throw everything out of focus behind your subject or to have an ‘all in focus’ landscape. You invested and are now carrying your camera because you decided to tell the camera what to capture: you want to be in control and you don’t want now to let the camera decide for you instead. Forget the automatic mode and switch progressively to manual… (you might want to explore the semi-automatic modes aperture and shutter speed priorities too). Feel free to contact me with any questions, I’m always happy to help. Cheers, Richard.

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LAMPWORK TECHNIQUES A lesson in cleanliness… I’ve been busy getting ready for the start of the fair season and my workstation has been getting messier and messier. “I should tidy away”, I think to myself,“but then again, I have to make more beads”. I have two big fairs coming up and they’re just two weeks apart. So I keep going, pulling out more glass in different colours, then the BIG mistake. I decide to make some focals, out comes the bullseye glass, but I haven’t stopped to clear away the effetre. I really should know better... Now anyone who works with glass knows about compatibility and I’ve been doing this a long time, I work with several different CoE’s of glass ranging from 90 to 120 and I know they just aren’t compatible, I also know I need to keep them separate but… I’m busy. Imagine the scene. I have bullseye glass in a pile on my left and effetre glass in a pile on my right. I’m making a set of hollow beads in effetre glass, 40

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I have several rods ready because I know I need at least 4 rods for a decent sized set of beads. I’m happily torching away but then disaster strikes, I run out of glass with a bead almost finished, I fish around with my right hand, all the while waving a lump of hot glass in my left and see a half rod of glass that looks the right colour, grab it and finish off my bead. Next morning, I open the kiln and my beads look fine, I drop them in a bowl of water to soak, ready for cleaning and turn the kiln back on ready to start a new day. Later, it’s time to clean my beads, hmmmm that bead looks a bit odd!! Well that’s because it is a bit odd. I now have a perfectly formed bead, sliced cleanly in two halves! Being an optimist I think, “well, at least I can use it as a display to show how hollow beads are made”. After this session at the torch I have a set of 8 beads instead of 9 but I’ve cleaned my workstation and plan on keeping it that way – lesson learned.....I hope!

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JEWELLERY DIVA LANZAJEWEL - ANNE MACLEOD CRISP This month our international correspondent Anne MacLeod Crisp shares her jewellery expertise on what to do with left over seed beads.

then colour code each jar. Into these jars, I save my seed beads. Many years ago, I received a starter kit from Beads Unlimited and one of their patterns gave me the idea to do a loop bracelet or, as I call it, a caterpillar bracelet or necklace. This is how the pattern is worked. Start with a long length of fireline. For the base line, at one end, feed on size 8 seed beads of the colour that you are using for the bracelet and make the length slightly longer than the wrist measurement as the bracelet tends to shrink in the making. To make a loop, feed on 5 or 7 mixed seed beads in size and tone, one slightly larger bead and then another 5 or 7 seeds. With those beads on the thread, go back through the first 2 beads of the base line. This gives a loop of beads. Now, bring out the needle, add another loop of beads and insert again, going forward into 3 beads. Continue doing ‘back 1 forward 2’, all the way down the base line. If you decide to try this pattern, then I suggest that as you reach the end of the base line, attach one side of a magnetic clasp.This pattern can produce quite a full bracelet but it looks a little sparse. Another run back along the base line will fill out the bracelet. Add the other end of the magnetic clasp and your bracelet is finished. If, over time you don’t manage to collect enough seed beads of the same colour or tone, a mix of all colours can be quite effective. I cannot claim to have invented this pattern, so if anyone has registered this, please email me and I would be happy to credit them in the next issue. My thanks to Maggie Mags Jones for her very professional help in trying to explain this pattern. Wishing you a creative May! Anne If you have any beading or jewellery making questions or wish to view and purchase any of Anne’s beautiful jewellery, you’ll find her contact details below. CONTACT DETAILS E lanzajewel@hotmail.com W www.lanzajewel.com F anne.macleodcrisp@facebook.com

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MATCHING WINES & DESSERTS JOAN GORDON I’ve never been one for drinking sweet wine but after visiting several vineyards near the Niagara Lakes in Canada I discovered ‘Ice Wine’ which is utterly amazing when consumed with dessert. Tarts and puddings that are made using fruit such as apples, peaches or nectarines pair beautifully with the rich silky flavors of ice wine.This wine is often made from grapes that are harvested after the first winter frost. Vidal Blanc, Riesling and Vignoles are grape varieties that are often used to produce this delicious wine. Ice wine is sweet and full of flavor whilst maintaining a resonating acidity. The sugars do not freeze in the grapes when they are frosted, but the water does so when the grapes are pressed whilst frozen the result is a smaller volume of wine but one that is highly concentrated and very sweet. Ice wine is expensive to produce. If the frost doesn’t fall at the right time, the grapes may rot on the vines. A whole year of wine making can be lost if Mother Nature doesn’t do her job. It also requires a large labour force to harvest the whole crop of frozen grapes within a few hours and to ensure the grapes are still frozen when pressed.Whilst ice wine is produced in several countries including Germany, seventy five percent of ice wine is produced in Canada where the cold temperatures are ideal. When next visiting Canada and the Niagara Falls, take a tour up to the lakes district to sample this exquisite wine.You won’t be disappointed! 44

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SLATE TRIPLE COASTERS X 4 Functional and beautifully crafted, our slate triple coasters provide a resilient surface for a classic tableware drinks accessory. Our Just Slate triple coasters make ideal gifts and serve as a neat addition to our existing slate tableware and slate homeware collections. Set of 4 Foam backing gift boxed. ÂŁ28.00 COMPANY Just Slate W www.justslate.co.uk

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A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF CERAMIC ARTISTS

NEW CONFERENCE

ALTERED APPROACH TO CLAY SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2013

Presented by Potters Council Hosted by The Clay Lady’s Studio, Artist Co-op & Galleries and Mid-South Ceramic Supply

THE DEADLINE TO SAVE $75 ENDS MAY 12, 2013! LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW Visit: Http://ceramicartsdaily.Org/potters-council/

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FEATURED ARTISTS Susan Filley, Suze Lindsay, Jennifer McCurdy, and Courtney Murphy TAKE AWAY THE GUESSWORK We have four highly talented presenters who will provide instruction on their personal approach to altering forms with components, slabs or tools.Attendees will learn their philosophical motivation behind the presenters’ alterations as well as skills to create their own approach. Whether you throw or hand-build this conference has something for you to take back to your studio. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU! SUSAN FILLEY

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DIVINE INTERVIEW GILLIAN CORCORAN What path led you to your creative career? I’ve always been a creative person, yet my path which has led me here today has been very meandering! I studied the history of art and archaeology in university, then specialized in archaeology for my masters. I worked for a while in archaeology and enjoyed it immensely as I’ve always been passionate about history and material culture. However, with the downturn in the economy, work became more scarce, so I had to focus on a new direction. I decided to re-visit my creative side and after a lot of research and doodles in sketch books, Resin Road was born. Is there a person in your field of work who you really admire? I admire a lot of fellow Etsy resin artists, especially those who try and make their work original and experiment with techniques. Lisa DiSciascio from Starlight Woods is a wonderful artist and has such a unique concept behind her creations. I also admire Jessica and Gwynne Burgess from RosellaResin as they too have their own style and advocate the use of eco resin in their work, which is a material I would love to work with at some stage.

CREATIVE DIVA GILLIAN CORCORAN I draw inspiration for my work from my local surroundings and my very vivid imagination! I’m from Dublin, and live in the surrounding suburbs. It’s a pretty peaceful place to live and it’s great to be so close to the mountains and it’s also just a short journey to the sea, so I have the best of both worlds! The city centre is a 20 minute bus journey, so it’s perfect if I need to pop into town to pick up some craft supplies or meet friends for a coffee and chat. I’ve lived all my life here and I have a great connection to my local surroundings. I do miss it if I’m away for a long time but at some stage I would like to live right by the sea. In her interview with MCD, Joan asked Gillian the following questions. What medium do you prefer to work with? I work with epoxy resin. It’s a tricky medium to use and it took a lot of experiments and many disasters to get my technique right. Safety is priority while working with resin- surfaces covered with plastic sheeting, gloves on, respirator on and proper ventilation is essential. However, despite all the precautions and meticulous methods involved with resin, I really enjoy the versatility of it and how it traps the essence of an object and preserves it in its original splendour forever.

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DIVINE INTERVIEW GILLIAN CORCORAN What is unique about your work? Being unique is hugely important to me. My Georgian door pendants are completely unique creations. The illustrations, concept and stories were all conceived from the depths of my imagination! My botanical pieces are all bespoke and no two pieces are the same. I make all my pieces by hand and put many hours into their creation. I do find it difficult to part with them a lot of the time. I like the fact that the wearer has a piece of jewellery that no one else will have. They are essentially carrying around a little piece of Irish nature with them, no matter where in the world they are. How do you market your work? I’m still relatively new to marketing and there is a lot to learn! However, I’m trying my best to research as much as I can about it, in particular SEO which is crucial for any online shop to get noticed. Social media is vital for getting recognized. I use Pinterest, Blogspot and Twitter, which I’m not such a big fan of! I use Facebook a lot to promote my pieces and I find it a great outlet to expose my jewellery to a wider audience. I use it as a form of blog and give my followers an insight into my design process, craft buys and just my daily life, which always revolves around my work. I’m always trying to expand my audience online, for example contacting blogs, fashion/craft magazines etc and I also do craft fairs. Sometimes word of mouth is the best marketing! Are you currently working on a specific theme or commission? I love working on commissions. At the moment I’m working on a commission for Georgian door cufflinks and I’m also working on new designs for a series of bangles inspired by the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water. I have a notebook stuffed with other ideas as my mind is always conjuring up concepts, even in my sleep! If you were marooned on a desert island what three things would you take with you? Oh, that’s tough! It would probably be music, a good book and a medical kit...I know it’s a bit boring but at least it’s practical!

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DIVINE TRAVEL DESIGN DIVA JOAN GORDON Joan shares her passion for living in Wales and exploring where she lives. In this issue she takes us on a walk to Old Beaupre Castle. Beaupre Castle is about a mile from St Hilary’s village and a half hours drive west of Cardiff city. The castle can be reached by a public footpath that takes you through picturesque farmland bordered by a bubbling stream. This stunning ruin is free to view and I would suggest that if you are visiting on a warm sunny day, ensure you take your camera and a picnic to enjoy in the inner courtyard of the castle. This summer I plan to take a group of friends to Beaupre Castle where we can share some food and drink then play the ancient game of Kings [a strategy game played with a block of wood and dowel throwing sticks] in the grounds of this splendid ruin.

amazing feats of architecture were under construction. If you get the chance to visit this part of Wales, make sure you drop by The Bush Inn, a charming thatched pub situated across the road from the church of St Hilary. This 14th century church is also worth a visit. It’s where you’ll find the Bassett Family tomb. If you enjoy travel and would like to share your story with our readers, please email me at jgordon@my-creativediva.co.uk and when space is available we’ll publish your article. Till next month, safe travels. Joan

The original building was medieval, dating from approximately 1300. In the 16th Century it was extended and became a Tudor manor house owned by William Bassett and later by his son Richard. After the Civil War the family’s fortunes declined. The property was sold at the beginning of the 18th century but through neglect and the loss of the family’s wealth, only some parts were still habitable. The outer gatehouse and storied porch are an important feature of the house and are well preserved. The building certainly demonstrates the wealth of this family. What I found astonishing was that some of the windows still contain leaded glass. The fireplace in what would have been the main reception is still intact and would have been sufficiently large enough to roast a full beast. It’s when I visit ruins such as this that I wish I could time travel and go back to when these 52

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SUMMER FORECAST FAR AND AWAY By Kira Withers-Jones Travelling might be on your mind at this time of year and it was certainly in the designers’ minds when they created this summer’s fashions as tribal prints are everywhere. Paired with the ever-present stone and khaki summer basics you can channel the exotic East and hot African Sahara wherever you go. Think practically with your floppy sunhat and over-the-body bag then top it all off with a dramatic necklace – you’re ready for anything! (LEFT) Mint Velvet Bella Print Dres £89 Storm Cropped Jacket £229.

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HOLIDAY INSPIRED HOME DÉCOR BOTANIC GARDEN PLATES from £12, By Portmeirion For stockist details log on to www.portmeirion.co.uk or call 01782 743 456 COMPANY Portmeirion

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DIVINE HOME If you can’t escape to an exotic location for a much needed holiday, turn your patio or garden into your own personal oasis. Make your home our castle with these simple home décor tips • • • • • •

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HANDY HANDBAG REMEDIES PRIMAVERA® AROMATHERAPY ON THE GO ROLL ONS PRIMAVERA® Aromatherapy On The Go Roll Ons offer instant natural remedies in a beautiful and practical fuss-free bottle. The neat 10ml bottles with a roller ball applicator are a quick, no-spill way to apply an aromatherapy remedy and these unobtrusive little bottles will slip neatly into a handbag or pocket for easy access. They are especially useful for travelling or at work when discreet application may be necessary. Organic Anti Stress Aroma Roll On (£11.90 for 10ml) contains Lavender to help relax the mind and body. This blend is also excellent for treating bruised areas and is great for when you are worried about an exam or interview. Harmony (£11.90 for 10ml) Lift your mood (his too!) with this harmonising and balancing blend. Suitable for everyone, this gorgeous blend is a bestseller. The delicate scents of Rose, Rose Geranium and other fragrant essential oils are beneficial for just about everyone, relieving anxiety and promoting general wellbeing. Clear Mind (£11.90 for 10ml). This pick-me-up in a bottle is a minty, refreshingly aromatic blend of lemon, rosemary and pine, ideal for clearing the mind and relieving headaches. Good Mood (£11.90 for 10ml) is designed for those moments when both mind and body need a lift, whatever the time of day. The uplifting aroma with essences of warm ginger and crisp citrus are blended into this handy roll-on. Sharon Little from PRIMAVERA® says: “These little roll-ons are the perfect way to incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy into your daily life. Whether you’re at home, at work or travelling, there’s no danger of spills and you can reap the benefits of using more than one aromatherapy oil at any one time”. The range also includes Cold Therapy (£13.00 for 10ml).This is great for clearing nasal congestion when the misery of a cold strikes. A brief application to the wrists, chest area, below the nose or temples delivers powerful yet gentle congestion-clearing relief. It can also be used in a diffuser to gently inhale. Organic Lavender Sleep Therapy Roll On (£13.00 10ml) is a safe and natural aid to encourage a good night’s sleep. Easy to keep by the bed for quick application to temples, earlobes, wrists and chest, this blend of lavender for relaxation along with rosewood and vanilla aids restful sleep and is especially useful when travelling.

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Five lucky readers can win a Primavera Clear Mind Organic Aroma Roll-On (worth £11.90 each): they contain organic ingredients and have a minty, refreshing aroma to help clear the mind and relieve headaches.They are also a handy size to fit into handbags. HOW TO ENTER EMAIL competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk ATTACH THIS CODE Primavera – 01 The lucky winners will be published in Issue 10 of MCD. CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES – 30th May 2013 Conditions of entry: Only 1 entry per household. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition.The winners name and address will be forwarded to Primavera for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva does not accept any responsibility for the distribution of the prizes.The name of the winner will be published in issue 10 of MCD. Open to UK residents only. STOCKISTS Available from www.primaveralife.co.uk and good online and on the high street independent health and beauty stores nationwide.

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DIVINE FLOWERS

DIVINE FLORIST BETH FORBES- SIMPSON

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Forbesfield is a gorgeous florist, specialising in a modern, classic style. We offer bespoke floristry for all occasions which caters to your budget. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find us in Cardiff City centre on the balcony in the Castle arcade where our shop is brimming with fabulous fresh flowers and unique gifts set against a backdrop of vintage and antique furniture. We are not like any other florist you will have seen...

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On your next visit to Wales, come and visit us at The Bear Inn.We’re at the top of the hill opposite the Bull Ring and Model House Creative Centre in the charming historic village of Llantrisant. Experience unique shopping from the gallery and artist’s studios that are spread over three floors in the Model House and when you need some refreshment call into The Bear for excellent ales, food and wine. Meet up with your friends or make new ones, you’re sure of a warm welcome at our pub. Visit us this summer and enjoy a delicious meal in our new spacious dining area or relax over a cooling drink on the deck in our garden. Enjoy! The Bear Inn Heol-Y-Sarn, Llantrisant CF72 8DA,Wales (01443) 222271 REVIEWS FROM SATISFIED CUSTOMERS “A proper pub with proper chips” Great pub, excellent service, tasty well prepared homemade food including rather wonderful proper chips. Good selection of well kept ales. Nice atmosphere with a log fire and good location in the middle of historic Llantrisant. Hard to find fault with this place… “Best Sunday Lunch in Wales” Just had yet another perfect Sunday dinner at the Bear Inn Llantrisant.Well done Colin and all the Staff at the Bear 10/10! “BEST EVER SUNDAY LUNCH” MUST SAY- Best Meats and Gravy I ever Tasted! Had loads of Sunday Lunches must be the best one ever had 4 choices of meats. Sometimes the Chef said they have 5 Meats. (Looked stunning) - Went for the Ham and Beef - - - FAB! Which was stunningly cooked to perfection,Wish I tried the others “NOW”… 63

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SPRING BEACH BAG BAG IT UP FOR THE BEACH… A simple straw basket with plain leather straps suddenly becomes a thing of beauty when you add some material, a bow and some pyrography. Simply follow our step-by-step guide. All you need is your Dremel Glue Gun and Dremel Versatip – and off you go! MATERIALS REQUIRED Dremel® Versatip™ with Shaping Knife 203 Dremel® Glue Gun 930 and 7mm clear glue sticks Bag with leather handles 1.6m of 150cm wide lightweight cotton fabric Scissors Dressmaker’s pins Fabric marking pen Ruler Iron and ironing board DIFFICULTY RATING Fairly difficult STEP 1 Making patterns on the leather handles. Fit the Shaping Knife 203 into your Dremel Versatip and set it to medium heat. Use the tool to burn patterns onto the leather handles of the straw bag. STEP 2 Making the bow and fabric band around the bag. Following the grain line, trim the cut edge of the lightweight cotton fabric straight using scissors. Fold the cut edge across the piece to align it with the selvedge, making a triangle shape. Use the iron to press along the fold made to establish the bias, i.e. a line running across the fabric at 45° to the selvedge. Measure and mark a line 12cm away from the bias edge. Take your scissors and cut along the line to create a 12cm wide bias strip. Repeat the measuring and marking process to make a second 12cm wide bias strip. Cutting the strips for the bow on the bias will allow the band to sit flat around a tapered bag. STEP 3 Place one of the strips right side down. Lay the second on top of it right side up, matching the longest edge to the shortest edge. To make the profiles at the ends of the strips match, cut the lower strip following the angle at the selvedge of the upper strip. Repeat at the opposite end. Use the iron to press in a 1cm turning around each strip. Cut the shorter strip in half. STEP 4 Mark a light pencil line around the circumference of the bag where the top of the band will sit then measure around the circumference of the bag. Fold the longest bias strip in half. Measuring from the fold, mark a point that is half the circumference of the bag, on both layers. Unfold the strip and lay the sections of the shorter strip on top of it, matching the ends. Transfer the marks made on the longest strip to the short sections. Place the two short sections together, matching the ends, and measure a point towards the straight cut edges that is 15cm from the marks made. Cut through both layers at the last marks made to make shorter strips with profiled ends that will match those of the longer strip. STEP 5 Place the full length strip wrong side up on the work surface. Lay the short sections on top, one at each end of the full length strip, right side up and matching the profiles at each end. Use the Dremel Glue Gun 66

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930 and 7mm clear glue stick to glue the short sections of strip to the long band, wrong sides facing. STEP 6 Position the centre of the full length band to the rear centre of the bag. Stretching the fabric slightly as you go, use pins to hold the band around the bag, positioning the upper edge of the band to slightly overlap the pencil line. Pin each end of the band to within approximately 3cm of the centre front of the bag. Pin the lower edge of the band ensuring it sits flat against the bag. Tie the ends of the band in a bow. Glue small sections of the upper and lower edges of the band at a time to glue the band to the bag, removing the pins as you go. Arrange the bow, securing it with dabs of glue if necessary. STEP 7 Lining the bag. Place the remaining fabric inside the bag, ensuring it extends slightly above the upper edge all the way around. To avoid the finished lining pulling when items are placed inside the bag, check that the fabric lays flat in the base. Cut roughly around the fabric extending above the edge of the bag leaving some extra fabric to allow for any repositioning. Hold the fabric around the top of the bag with pins, arranging the fullness into a series of roughly equal pleats, all facing in the same direction. When happy with the arrangement, keep the pleats formed by using your Dremel Glue Gun to glue the front and back of each one. Trim the top of the lining to just above the top edge of the bag. Carefully fold the raw edge over and pin it so that it sits approximately 1cm below the inner rim of the bag. STEP 8 Unpin a small section of the pleated fabric at a time and apply a thin line of glue close to the edge of the fabric. Press the glued fabric to the bag, repeating the process all around the edge to secure the lining. Both tools are excellent value for money at just £31.55 for the Dremel Engraver and £52.59 for the Dremel 7700 Hobby Multitool including VAT from all good DIY shops or online at: W http://www.dremel-direct.com or http://www.tool-shop.co.uk or http://www.amazon.co.uk

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In this issue, we have some more great prizes from Dremel. If you’ve been inspired to create our Beach Basket but don’t own the Dremel tools, then why not enter our competition to win them? The Dremel Versatip is a cordless soldering iron which comes with six interchangeable tips. It has a variable temperature setting for maximum flexibility.This easy to use butane tool is perfect for heat embossing, pyrography, hot fixing, soldering and much more. The Dremel Glue Gun 930 is a dual-temperature glue gun especially suitable for detailed gluing. In its low temperature setting, the glue gun is ideal for a variety of creative hobby applications, such as scrapbooking, decorating, colour gluing on glass, etc. Add sparkle with the 7 mm glitter sticks and make beautiful decorations. Use the high temperature setting for gluing ceramics, wood, plastics and glass.Thanks to its drip-controlled precision tip you won’t spill glue on your project. Both tools are excellent value for money at just £35.75 for the Dremel Versatip and £18.89 for the Dremel Glue Gun 930 including VAT from all good DIY shops or online at http:// www.dremel-direct.com or http://www.tool-shop.co.uk or http://www.amazon.co.uk

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Metal laundry room rules sign 38.5 x 12.5cm, £9.99. Metal pegs bucket, £5.99. This is an unusual but stylish alternative to the traditional peg bag. It is available in cream enamel with a strong stainless steel hook for hanging on the washing line. Holes in the base of the bucket mean it won’t fill up with rain. Dimensions: H18cm x W18cm x D15cm. COMPANY The Contemporary Home W www.tch.net 70

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DIY LAUNDRY DETERGENT Most laundry detergents are full of chemicals and fillers that don’t actually clean your clothing. Some of these commercial products are not biodegradable and can irritate the skin as well as your wallet as they are so pricy. This recipe is effective for cleaning most clothing, bath towels and bed linen. It can be used in top and front loading machines. As an added plus, it’s also environmentally friendly! Give it a go. INGREDIENTS • 1 cup Lux soap flakes • Water • 1/2 cup of washing soda • A large bucket • 1/2 cup borax • 4 x 2 litre clean plastic bottles METHOD OF WORK Heat 4 cups of water with the Lux flakes in an old saucepan and stir the mixture until it is completely melted. Add the washing soda and borax to the mix and stir until it’s dissolved. Add 4 cups of hot (not boiling) water to a large plastic bucket. Add the Lux mix to the hot water in the bucket and stir until it is completely mixed. Measure the amount of fluid you have in the bucket by pouring it into a large glass measuring jug. The aim is to finish with 8 litres of fluid in total. Pour the soap mixture back into the bucket after recording the measurement and add sufficient water to make the volume up to the 8 litres. Stir the mix thoroughly. Pour the finished detergent into clean 2 litre plastic bottles, leaving air space at the top of each bottle so that you can effectively shake the liquid before you use it. The mix will thicken in the bottles, this is natural. Remember to shake the liquid vigorously before you place it into your washing machine. HOW TO USE For a top loader use approximately 1 small cup per full load. Front loaders require less detergent. Pour ¾ of a cup into the dispenser of your machine. To soften the water you may add a tablespoon of washing soda to the mix in the dispenser. This will help prevent calcium build up in the machine and help to keep your fabrics soft. Half a cup of white vinegar in the rinse dispenser will also aid in softening your fabrics. To fragrance the washing detergent, add 20 drops of pure essential lavender oil to each 2 litre plastic bottle.

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ATTACHING A TRIM Decorating towels and throws to add a splash of colour to your accessories is easier than you may think. Readymade fringing, embroidered ribbons and iron on appliqués can be stitched or ironed onto to fabric with the use of double sided webbing tape. • Ideally fringing and ribbon should be hand or machine stitched onto towels or fabric to ensure they remain securely in place especially when washed. • If you plan to attach fringing to your soft furnishings, prewash it by hand and allow it to dry. This way you’ll be sure it’s pre-shrunk before it’s attached to your fabric. • New towels or fabric should also be pre-shrunk before being decorated as various materials have differing shrinkage rates. Wash all items in the same temperature of water and use a mild detergent. • Add a handful of salt to the wash to ensure the colours remain fast. Iron the fabric smooth before decorating. • If applying appliqués with double sided webbing, read the manufactures instructions before applying it with a hot iron. • We love these beautifully trimmed Fouta’s and towels, they’re made from quality materials and so reasonably priced. Grab some while you can! THE FOUTA Fouta Traditional - New Collection The Fouta is traditionally a Hamam towel and is now considered as the essential holiday companion. It is a beach towel, a bath towel, a sarong, a throw, a tablecloth or a picnic blanket. It is absorbent, lightweight, washes brilliantly and well made. Whether you are poolside in Provence, yacht hopping in St Barts or building sandcastles in St Ives, the Fouta is the ultimate in summer chic buy one as a treat for yourself or as an original present or hostess gift. Hand made in Tunisia by artisans using 100% natural cotton. It is machine washable at 40° and it dries very quickly, eliminating the need to use a dryer.Your Fouta becomes softer the more you use it and the more you wash it. Dimensions: 200 x 100 cm. £35.00 COMPANY FEBRONIE 73

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DIVINE KIT REVIEW

‘Chirpy Chappy’, needle felted bird kit. MAGGIE JONES

jab needles into a pad of fibres. However as you work your way though the kits, you will realise you can achieve shaping, depending on how you needle the fibre. I followed the instructions, which are comprehensive and include photographs.

Creating the body is the most time consuming part, but the ability to use needles in different ways give you flexibility in shaping. At one point my work in progress resembled a whale, but further needling gave the shape of a bird. As This month’s review is a craft kit from I worked my way through I started adding my ‘Gilliangladrag’, who retail all things related to own decorative elements which gave my ‘Chirpy ‘fibre’ products – fibre for felting, yarn for knitting, Chappy’ an individuality. needles, instructions, and accessories such as bag Remember that the needles are very sharp.They handles and buttons. Gillian Harris, the founder are not suitable for young children and adults has also written books and runs courses on feltneed to use them carefully. Tease out the fibres making. The website has lots of detail on it and, and add gradually as this gives a better result. I like the products, is exciting and colourful. The would also suggest you take out the ‘angelina’ fibre used for felt making is wool and in this kit is threads and keep them in a little bag to keep it from merino sheep. All components, apart from separate from the other fibre. (3+4) glue and scissors, are included in the kit. Maggie Jones talks you through the process. OVERALL RATING I would give this kit 9/10, as I felt it was good MATERIALS & TOOLS value for money, with high quality fibres and • ‘Chirpy Chappy’, needle felted bird kit, from would make a fabulous and unusual gift for a craft Gilliangladrag friend. (5) It took longer than I expected, but • Pair sharp scissors I often used just one needle to be more accurate • Glue for gluing on clip with fibre placement. All in all, I would happily PRESENTATION + COMPONENTS progress onto a more traditional wet-felted kit. The packaging itself is colourful and exciting. Now I have the technique I’m going to use the It is in the form of a sealed bag, which has to remainder of the fibre for a couple of flower be cut open before you use it. Components brooches! and instructions are inside and comprise of; RESOURCES 12 colours of fibre, some glitter fibre, two This product is available from Gilliangladrag it’s felting needles, comprehensive instructions and on their website. It retails at £13.95. a small clip to fix the bird as a decoration. W www.gilliangladrag.co.uk The instructions are good, and there is more than enough fibre to make this small bird. (1+2) F www.facebook.com/Gilliangladrag MAKING UP THE KIT PHOTO CREDITS MAGGIE JONES The technique of needle-felting is simple – you 74

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RETRO ENTRÉE ‘Cheese Fondue’ has been rediscovered and is appearing on the menu boards of retro cafes.This original Swiss recipe is perfect served as an entrée or made into a main dish with additional sides. Serve it with vegetable crudities or slices of French bread.

INGREDIENTS 250grams Swiss-style cheese such as Jarlsberg or Emmenthaler, shredded 250 grams Gruyere cheese, shredded 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 cup dry white wine 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

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METHOD OF WORK Place the shredded cheese and cornstarch in a plastic freezer bag. Seal, and shake to coat the cheese with the cornstarch. Set aside the bag. Add the garlic and a teaspoon of butter to a 2 liter saucepan then cook the garlic until it is soft. Add the wine and lemon juice to the saucepan and bring it to a low simmer on medium heat. Bit by bit, slowly stir the cheese into the wine. Stir constantly in a zigzag pattern to prevent the cheese from seizing and balling up. Cook until the cheese is melted and creamy. Do not let it boil. Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the mustard and nutmeg. Transfer the cheese to a fondue serving pot, set over a low flame to keep warm. If your pot has a thin base, a lit tea-candle will probably keep it sufficiently warm. Arrange various dipping foods around the fondue pot. To eat, spear dipping foods with fondue forks or small forks. Dip to coat with the cheese, and eat. If the sauce starts to become too think add a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of white wine to the mix. Cute little mini cheese fondue set. Perfect for 1 or 2 people. ÂŁ16.99 Company: Table Top Cookware Ltd www.tabletopcookware.co.uk

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SHORTBREAD BISCUITS Small pleasures such as taking time for tea in the garden can make such a difference to your mood. Decorate a table with floral crockery and a pot of fresh flowers. Place fresh scones, shortbread and meringues on a layered cake stand and enjoy the luxury of a well earned break. Spontaneity is the key to creating special moments in our over busy lives. INGREDIENTS • 500g butter, softened • 200g caster sugar • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract • 500g plain flour BUTTER ICING • 140g butter, softened • 280g icing sugar • 1-2 tbsp milk • Few drops of vanilla essence METHOD OF WORK Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy using a mix master. Stir in the vanilla and then add the sifted flour. Mix the ingredients well together. Line a flat cooking tray with grease proof paper. Roll out the dough until it is about 1cm thick. Use a round fluted cookie cutter to cut out several rounds of biscuits. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the biscuits are slightly golden. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the biscuits to firm up slightly before transferring them to a rack to cool. Butter icing Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk to loosen the mixture. Stir in the vanilla essence until well combined. TO SERVE Sandwich two biscuits together with a small daub of the butter icing. Dust icing sugar over the biscuits and place a raspberry on top for further decoration. Dobbies, Heritage Tea for Two Set, Buxus Pyramids, Floral/Patterned Cushions. Heritage Gazebo £299 Heritage Tea for Two Set (2 chairs and a table) £129 Buxus Pyramids £30 Floral/Patterned Cushions £10 W www.dobbies.com 81

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DELICIOUS HALLOUMI Halloumi is a Cypriot semi-hard, un-ripened brined cheese made from a mixture of goats’ and sheep milk (and sometimes also cows’ milk). It has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled. It is a delicious alternative to meat when cooked on a barbeque. Halloumi is set with rennet and is unusual in that no acid or acid-producing bacterium is used in its preparation. Cook it with slivers of capsicum for a delicious all fresco supper. INGREDIENTS • 8 pieces halloumi cheese • 2 x capsicums quartered • 3 tbsp jerk seasoning SALAD • 1 lettuce • 1 red onion finely chopped • 1 head of celery • 2 carrots grated finely • 1 handful bean sprouts SALAD DRESSING • Splash of olive oil • 1 red bird’s eye chilli chopped finely • 1 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped • 25 g peanuts, toasted • 1 lime, juiced • 3 tbsp mayonnaise • 2 teas palm sugar • 1 teas light soya sauce METHOD STEP 1 Toss the halloumi cheese and capsicum in the jerk spices, then brush with oil and barbecue for 2 minutes on each side. STEP 2 For the salad mix the basic salad ingredients together. STEP 3 In a glass jar combine the lime juice, olive oil, chilli, mayonnaise, nuts, palm sugar and soya sauce. Shake vigorously together. Sprinkle this over the salad. STEP 4 Serve the grilled halloumi and capsicum with a generous helping of salad.

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CREATIVE DIVA ISSUE No.10

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Inspired reading for creative hands

YAN FAHEY

DECORATE WITH DREMEL TOOLS!

MAGICAL MAY – WEDDING TRENDS HEN’S PARTIES, ACCESSORIES, WEDDING FAVOURS, PLACE SETTINGS

ENTER OUR NEW DREMEL GIVE AWAY COMPETITION! Win one of each tool. There are three sets up for grabs: a Dremel 3000 Hobby multitool kit and a Dremel Versatip.

SHARING GETTING AWAY FROM THE ‘AUTO BUTTON’

PLUS + INSPIRATIONAL INTERVIEWS & READING DON’T PANIC! YOU CAN KEEP YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE ON HAND WHERE EVER YOU TRAVEL. SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR A PERSONAL DOWNLOADABLE PDF. 94

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READER GIVE AWAY

LAST CHANCE TO WIN THESE TOOLS! DREMEL ENGRAVER WORTH £31.55 INC VAT AND DREMEL 7700 HOBBY MULTITOOL WORTH £52.59 INC VAT A DREMEL ENGRAVER AND A DREMEL 7700 HOBBY MULTITOOL KIT COULD BE YOURS.

WE HAVE 3 SETS TO GIVE AWAY! The Dremel Engraver is lightweight and will handle all of your engraving projects with ease and maximum precision.The kit includes special engraving templates allowing you to engrave pre-set shapes into any material of your choice, such as glass, ceramic, metal, plastic, wood or leather. The cordless Dremel 7700 Hobby Multitool kit is a 7.2V NiCad dual speed tool and the ideal Multitool for first time Dremel users.The tool comes as part of a kit with 15 engraving and drilling accessories, a charger, creative engraving templates and a soft bag along with an instruction manual and information-packed DVD. Both tools are excellent value for money at just £31.55 for the Dremel Engraver and £52.59 for the Dremel 7700 Hobby Multitool including VAT from all good DIY shops or online at; W www.dremel-direct.com or www.tool-shop.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk

HOW TO ENTER EMAIL competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk ATTACH THIS CODE DREMEL WIN – MCD 9 The lucky winners will be published in Issue 10 of MCD. CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES – 30th April 2013

Conditions of entry: Only 1 entry per household. No further correspondence will be entered into the competition. The winners name and address will be forwarded to Dremel for the distribution of all prizes. My-Creative Diva does not accept any responsibility for the distribution of the prizes. The name of the winner will be published in issue 10 of MCD. 95

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May 2013


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