Monday, October 12, 2009

Craft Expo

Hello blogging friends,

On Friday I went to the Craft Expo-Craft fest and assisted the FDAA and SFDAV paint a Hugh canvas(25 metres long by 10 metres high) for the "Humour Foundation" for the Clown Doctors.

The public donated a gold coin to paint a piece of the canvas. We had all ages join in from a one year old to a 90 something year old.

The donations will go to the Clown Doctors, the canvas will be donated to a Children's hospital. There was approximately $500 raised each day.

I did have a lunch hour and went shopping. Oh, not enough time to see all the stalls. I popped in to see Sonja from Giggle Buttons and yes I did buy a couple of buttons and stitchery. I also bought a rhinestone applicator with a few rhinestones and some bits of lace and motifs to add to my next scrappy quilt for embellishments. It's amazing how much money you can spend in one hour. Now I just need more hours per day to achieve all the things I want to make.

As the school pick up hour came the stalls became quiet. I heard over the speaker the first five participants to the Bernina stand could enter the competition for free. As this was just across the way i was encouraged by my painting friends to join in. I approached the lady running the show and asked if I could paint the apron that was part of the competition. "No, you have to sew" was her answer. Oh dear, what could I sew in one hour on an apron? I rummaged through the pieces of material, bits and pieces and sat down and started designing in a big hurry.

I sewed a palette with coloured fabric for paint and a paint brush. I turned this into a pocket. There were some very talented ladies in this bunch.

After the hour we paraded down the cat walk in our decorated aprons.The winner was chosen by the loudest applaud.

A lovely young, creative lady from Williamstown and I both won first. Of course I had my own cheer squad because the catwalk was very close to the painting stand. I decided this wasn't really fair to the young talented lady, so I pulled out.

The winning apron was going onto Sydney to be judged to win a Bernina sewing machine. Good luck young lady, I hope you win.

Thank you for popping over to my blog and leaving comments. Hugs, Anna


Anonymous said...

What an utterly charming day. Thank you so much for sharing your sewing expedition! Cool!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna

WOW! love the painting - what a great idea for such a worthwhile cause

Good on you for the apron - that was lovely of you to do what you did - but I bet you did deserve to be a winner, even though the judging was near your stall


Tozz said...

Hi Anna and what a lovely lady you are :) I bet your apron looked fabulous and you should put up a pic of it for us to see.
The big canvas looks fabulous too and it sounds like you had a great day :) Wish I had gone to it now.
hugs Vicki

i cant sew said...

is there anything you cant do?? i bet your apron was smashing! you are a kind soul and you will be repaid 10fold. smooches rosey

Tuppence Crafts said...

Anna, you have a heart of gold. congratulations anyway for your win.. I would have loved to see your apron!!

Siobhan said...

Hello Annna,

I have to say that painting is beautiful and I am sure the children will just love it!
Congrats on comming first...even if you did have your own cheer squad lol.

Siobhan :)

Siobhan said...

P.S. I forgot to say I just love your paintings! You are very tallented.

Kerryanne English said...

Woo hoo... first place!! Well for a few minutes anyway. How nice of you to withdraw Anna. I bet your apron was a worthy contended with or without the SFDAV cheer squad.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Glenda said...

wow congrates on winning,. did you take photos of your apron and what a great painting for the Clown Doctors and thank you for showing us, love from Glenda.,and thanks for poping by my blog,.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Anna, what a wonderful weekend it looks like you had. Congrats on the apron and WOW OW WOW, what a huge painting, a masterpiece in the making. Thanks for sharing.


Michelle Eaton said...

Sounds like a great day! Glad to hear all that money was raised. Congrats on you Apron win and also to the other lady :)

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Anna,
Looks like you had a lovely time. Congratulations on the apron...that was a lovely gesture of yours. That canvas was terrific and what a wonderful way to involve people.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a gracious and sweet heart you have!

Bronwyn, said...

Re the huge canvas painting: how pretty & magical!