Today I spent a few hours teaching a workshop (of the continuous kind) for a few hours at a Craft Day where there were numerous wonderful workshops, demonstrations, and a few stalls selling handmade goods. I decided to teach on the use of freezer paper to make stencils and decorate tote bags and t-shirts. While those of you reading in America might be familiar with this, freezer paper is not an everyday commodity here in Australia. You can buy it from speciality shops for a couple of dollars a metre, or, do as I did, and have a friend who is travelling to the United States purchase a roll from a supermarket!
The workshop was fun. The fox stencil that I made last week was the most popular. I saw it going home on bags and t-shirts in a rainbow of colours – red, orange, green and blue!
There were other great stencils made by participants including a golden panda, a red toadstool, and a multi-coloured Lego Man that I didn’t manage to capture photos of. Here are a few that I did manage to photograph!
As always happens at these things, it was the people who made it amazing. There was the little girl who looked like she was about 5 who was so incredibly precise with her paint – and so proud of her results. The elderly lady with a younger woman who worked as a team to make a blue fox for a 2 year old that the older lady wanted a gift for. The family who all made a bag each to be their adventure bags for the school holidays that have just started. And lovely people to talk to, to share ideas with, and to learn from.
The most amazing part of today was that I took all three chicks with me. The boy made one clay plate, then sat quietly behind my stall with my iPad. The middle chick made a clay plate and spent the rest of the time at the free stall for children – making all sorts of amazing creations with glue, glitter and coloured paper. The eldest chick, who often claims to not be very crafty had a ball! She made this beautiful paper votive house, stamped a delightfully cheeky card for her step-mother, and generally had a go at everything!
They all behaved beautifully. The boy left half way through with their step-mother, and the eldest chick left with a friend, but the middle chick stayed to the end and helped to pack up and carry all the loads back to the car without complaint. It was very special!
I have been busy this week but don’t have a lot to show for it, apart from a fresh pile of bibs to re-stock the website that sells them too. Between appointments for all and sundry, doing other parts of business like attending meetings and talking to insurance brokers, and keeping on top of the housework, not a lot of additional sewing has been achieved! I haven’t made a bag for a couple of weeks now and am missing it! I am actually contemplating making a bag for myself! Shock, horror!
I am heading off up the coast next week to attend the Byron Bay Bluesfest – a 5 day extravaganza of musical delights (only a portion of which are actually blues). This year I am driving up on my own, and although I am meeting the people I camped next to last year, and became friends with, I am flying solo. I have nearly chickened out a few times, and decided not to go, but realise that there is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ on attending a music festival, so am going to give it a go and see how I fare! The first night has Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros playing – a band that I saw live about 18 months ago and really, really enjoyed, so that will be a good start to it all! There is an eclectic mix of artists playing – Elvis Costello, Jack Johnson, the Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy, Suzanne Vega, Skunkhour, Matt Corby, the John Butler Trio….. and lots more. If I can manage to get to even half of the acts on my wish list I will be happy! And back to the bag making – I think I might make myself a bag to wear while I am grooving around on my own!
For now, though, this little bird is exhausted and needs to lie down after a big day! I hope that your weekend is going well!