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Over the last weekend I have been indulging in all things paper for a change….there are some out there that think you should mix your interests up but how can you really explore mixed media as an art form if you don’t have the media and the requisite skills to mix?

Paperific offers all sorts of opportunities to try out product and learn new skills through their “Make and Take” programme. A day can easily be spent exploring all that is on offer – in my case, I ‘tagged’ with Azza at Scrappmats, ‘structured’, ‘foiled’ and ‘scultped’ with Jo at Izzii and acquired bits and pieces from Yazzii, Art Stamps Australia and others.

Such fun.

Paperific will be back in August 2011 at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds in Ascot Vale.

 

 

All the last minute things that you find you have to do in the lead up to a show and someone chucks a curve ball at you!  Thanks to the help of my lovely friend Mary Jane, I have managed to get everything in order and will be leaving at the crack of dawn for the wilds of central west NSW.

However , my dear little cat deserves no thanks at all… in the midst of all this packing she thinks its a great lark to bring in her latest catch – a young rat – and let it loose in the lounge room!  Luckily both the cat and the rat were successfully ejected into the back garden.  I’m not going to imagine what took place…. Cats – they are such helpful creatures!

This is a of sample new project from Ella and Skysie I have just completed – it will be available as a special gift to customers at the CraftAlive shows this year but I thought I would post it here to celebrate friendship – thanks again, MJ.  You’re a star!

May the hinges of friendship never grow rusty!

 

At each CraftAlive show, I conduct a series of hands on workshops as well as demonstrations alongside those presented by the various stallholders.

Over the past couple of years I have been delighted to have had the opportunity to share the fun of working with the Siena Adorn Needlefelting machine and encouraging show visitors to try their hand at making  postcards using this great little machine.

 

Del and her first postcard

There have been many “postcard” students over the past couple of years who have discovered how quick and easy these cards are to make and how much pleasure they can bring to the recipients.

In preparation for this year’s shows, I thought I would make up some other items using the Siena Adorn to make needle felt…..and I have incorporated the use of a warm water washaway also available from the Siena Adorn Creative Products range.

This is a sneak peek at just one of the items that will be on show at Dubbo CraftAlive in a couple of weeks time!

Needle felted tiny treasure box

Needle felted from merino, silk, kid mohair and silk throwsters waste on Siena Warm Water Washaway.  Embellished with hand dyed emu feathers, assorted beads and ribbon.

 

CraftAlive kicks off early this year with a return to Dubbo NSW for the first time

in nearly 10 years. 

Dubbo CraftAlive will be held in the Dubbo Civic Centre

from Friday March 4 to Sunday March 6 2011.

 

I will be continuing to organise and conduct workshops and demonstrations during the course of the show and look forward to meeting both new friends and familiar faces in the Crafter’s Workshop Cafe.

Craft Alive now has its own blog!  All the latest news and information regarding each of the upcoming shows can be found here, plus daily reports of the happenings at the show.

Workshops and demonstration timetables, stallholder lists, location maps for the shows and other information can be found just by checking out http://craftalive.wordpress.com

Be sure to have a look at what is upcoming for the next show to be held in Griffith, NSW, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th June!

This week sees the first of the Craft Alive shows for 2010 opening in Bendigo.  It has been some time since Craft Alive has been held in Bendigo and visitors will be sure to notice that the show has a fresh new look.

Come along to the All Seasons Convention Centre on McIvor Highway, Bendigo on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and check it out for yourself!

If you are interested in attending hands on workshops or demonstrations, the Crafter’s Cafe programme is detailed here.

WOW!

Paperific at Melbourne Showgrounds has been great up until mid afternoon on Saturday…..when the weather changed!

I must say it is the first time I have ever been hailed on INSIDE the building.  The show was evacuated after the roof failed to keep out the weather and the display area, cafe and toilets were  flooded and hailed upon with great enthusiasm!

Stallholders scrambled to cover stock and raise boxes from the floor as some patrons shopped on until evacuation became a priority!

Needless to say, the building is in no fit state for the public today and the last day of trading has been cancelled. Off to pack up the stock now and to survey the damage!

We were safely moved across to another building while the situation was assessed, at which time I braved the elements and retrieved my car….and it now sports a lovely wavy finish over the roof and bonnet courtesy of the golf ball sized hail that pummeled it!  Whilst waiting for the decision to stay or go, there was one mighty deafening flash and thunderclap as one of the light towers at the Showgrounds took a direct hit – I looked up to see the  floodlights lights glowing and the tower flashing green. It certainly has been one of nature’s more spectacular shows!

If you missed out this weekend…Don’t forget to come in August!

At any craft event you may attend over the year, the catering is always a topic for discussion. It is usual to hear  comments on either the appalling quality, lack of options for the dietarily challenged, the price however exhorbitant or not it might be and how bad/slow/rude the service is – often it is all of the above.

My typical concern is what the offerings on hand will do to my waistline – something that is becoming rapidly less noticeable as the years pass!

It was not helped recently when I was in a position to catch a few shots of the deliveries being made to the kitchen…..these were enough to add kilos just looking at them!

CraftAlive in Wagga is over for another year and by all accounts, it was a great success.  Numbers through the door were far more than last year and I hope all our visitors found something to tempt them.

Local craft groups were well represented – Riverina Woodworkers, Linden Patchwork and Needlework group, Wagga Machine Knitters, Wagga Potters Group and CWA all mounted great displays and demonstrations of their crafts.

Many of the stallholders have made their way straight to Canberra and are recuperating and repacking in preparation for the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair which opens on Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Maybe I will see you there as I will be demonstrating for Scrapmatts once again. Andrew tells me there are some brand new designs in the chipboard range being launched at this show so pop round and have a look.

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Scrapmatts Handbag design ATC

Th first day of Wagga Craft Alive is over and I am resting my sore feet – I really need to go shopping for some new shoes with lovely supportive inner soles!

The workshop programme was in full swing today with Elizabeth from Aussie Patches, Kerry from Beadshack and Barbie from Fiddlesticks all with students enjoying the classes on offer.  I had time for taking some photographs of the classes in session.

The show continues over the weekend and there are plenty of interesting on site demonstrations in fabric painting, jewellry making, lace and fabric dyeing, pottery, woodwork, leatherwork and knitting just to name a few.  There are a range of classes in which you can learn new skills, polish old ones or just have a good time!

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