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


Julie-ann Bowden 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!