It isn't often that you'll find me lost for words ... but right now I have so much to tell you about that I hardly know where to begin!
This past weekend, I attended The Quilling Guild's annual general meeting, display of work and shared skills day in the beautiful county of Suffolk. What a wonderful couple of days! I have made so many new friends, put 'faces to names' of people who I chat with on the internet, watched some inspirational demonstrations and seen such an extravaganza of brilliant quilling that it feels as though my head will burst!
In fact, there's so much to say that I've decided to spread it over several blog posts in the coming days, starting with the most exciting news of all: I actually won three prizes in the Guild competitions!
My 'Rainbow Snowflake' picture came third in the 'Never Placed' section, which is intended for newcomers to the Guild (I joined last year).
My little quilled sea-shore sculpture achieved first prize in the 'Quilling Plus' category, in which quilling paper may be complemented with other materials (mine incorporates real sea shells).
Best of all, however - and I can hardly believe I'm telling you this - I was awarded the Rose Bowl Award for my 'Spiral Starburst' quilling on a twisted easel. The Rose Bowl is awarded for innovative quilling, so I'm particularly proud of this one. To say that I feel honoured is an understatement!
I'll tell you more about the competition entries, the people and the demos just as soon as I can think straight once again. Meanwhile, please excuse me while I spend just a little more time floating about on Cloud Nine!