Well we finally have some kind of patchy internet working at home, but we have a very strange thing on the actual phone line. We have two voice lines active at the same time – double trouble! I discovered this when contacting our insurance company (call centre) and had the interesting situation where the call was picked up, yet carried on ringing at the same time. I then ended up getting two call centre people on the line at the same time and with stereo echoes on every single noise it is impossible to carry on any kind of conversation. Turns out we can’t get incoming calls at all, so there’s definitely still a pretty major fault on the line. They’re now telling me it will be fixed by next Tuesday. There’s heavy rain forecast, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets worse before it gets better!
So while I have a window of internet opportunity, I’m blogging some pics from Amsterdam, as I promised the ladies in my workshops that I would.
You can see each of the cards in detail on my Flickr photostream. I’d like to say a big hello to all the ladies who attended the three classes – it was great fun and Nathalie has already asked me to go back next Spring.
Nathalie’s shop is De Posthumus Winkel which is a beautiful shop. As well as art stamps, they also specialise in letterpress, seals and sealing wax and commercial stamps.
If you want to see inside the shop click here for an interactive site where you can use your mouse to pan around and see the interior. You start with a shot of our stamps!
Amsterdam is a beautiful city and Adrian really enjoyed having a couple of free days with no objective, no agenda, just time to relax and enjoy himself. He took some great photos and even did a bit of clothes shopping – an activity that doesn’t normally come high on his list of favourite things to do.
I didn’t have time to shop so he also spoiled me rotten, buying me treats from a stationery shop called Cortina Paper and another called Vlieger. He bought me a couple of lovely journals, two Fabriano watercolour paper pads some sheets of printed papers – the prints included Amsterdam houses, old wooden rulers, oriental script and vintage travel. Do I have him well trained or what?!
I did manage 20 minutes in Vlieger myself on Saturday before it closed and could happily have been locked in there for the rest of the weekend …. It is one of those old fashioned arty paper shops with the smell of an old bookbinders and rows of thin paper shelves crammed with large sheets of printed papers. Definitely need to go back and spend more time in Amsterdam.
I’m working at home today so hoping this internet connection stays stable … fingers crossed!