Friday, 5 February 2010

Let me talk this into a logical reason...

This is one of the cards from yesterday's Pretty In Pink workshop. I have to post it because in preparing the cards for the workshop, I misjudged how long the paper piecing and painting would take and it all fell apart and for the first time in ages, some gals went home with unfinished cards. So if you're squinting at this trying to work it out - sorry! I made it slightly easier by pre-cutting all the nonsense pieces out for everyone (12 times then), so that calms the guilt a bit! The design of the card is a less complicated (!) version of an original by Sheila Halliwell. So the workshop for this week is over and I must turn my attention to tomorrow's crop. I know what I'm going to do (for a change) and so it's really a case of unpack and tidy up after workshop preparations and then re-pack. That'll take up all of my craft time today....that big basket of stamps waiting to be cleaned that you saw in my WOYWW photo is on the list too. At last! some of you will joyfully shout!
That's the thing about going to a Crop....everything I work so hard (I do, too!) to keep in check, tidy, reachable - indeed, findable, has to be reduced and decanted into something smaller than my car so I can go and do the LOs elsewhere. Honestly, by the time I've packed, remembered the beverage bag, lunch, goodies and a warm layer, it would be so much easier and logistically more sensible to stay at home and scrap alone. Not to mention probably more productive. I mean, I truly hate the packing part....put it off too long though, and you end up taking twice as much because you're in a hurry. The need for speed really impairs your judgement in packing anything , believe me!
So why bother going to a Crop? Especially the grandly, eloquently and imaginatively named 'Ludgershall Crop'? Company. And a chance to let a conversation finish instead of cutting it short because one or other of us has to be elsewhere. Ludgershall Crop is small. Some months it's difficult to guarantee the five people that are needed to cover the hire of the hall. But that's OK. We relish the space. It means we can welcome other people without needing to worry about venue size! Call it what you will - cropping/scrapping/crafting in company is one of the greatest pleasures - even if you have nothing else in common, there's this paper-scissors-glue bond that instantly makes you part of a community, and for a day, you can immerse yourself in it : talk about it, admire other's stash, browse other's albums, borrow other's ideas, eat home-made and possibly even construct a LO or two for yourself. Why wouldn't you, if you could?
There's no need to assume you aren't living in or near a craft community of one size or sort - if you want to, you can find it, get involved, immerse yourself. You'll love it.
This lecture came because I was in WH Smith last week trying to bring myself to part with £6 for the February Scrapbook Trends mag. Squatting, as if to worship at the rack of hobby magazines - you get the picture. A woman behind me picked up the copy I had just put back (see, I do have will power). We were strangers. She asked if I was considering it as a purchase for me. I was. 'So you know what scrap booking is then'? She was quite surprised. Thought she was on her own in this small market town. I told her about the large community on her doorstep. Gave her details of what and where that I know about. She was amazed, thankful and we parted - she with magazine. It's up to her now though. And that's the other thing about this craft sits and waits and it's entirely up to you. So why do I crop? It may be because its empowering!


Anonymous said...

gorgeous post missus, and so true x

Rosie said...

Exactly what happened to me ... except that the crop I started now fills the hall and has a waiting list! But you're right, its a monthly shot in the arm I wouldn't be without.

CoventryAnn said...

i love going to the 2 local crops i attend, it makes such a difference being with like minded people who don't look at you gone-out when you mention anything scrappy, who share ideas and stash, and above all are great fun to be with! Oh, and i do make a couple of LOs each time!

Paula Gale said...

i've never been to a crop but it sounds like it would be a good place to meet like-minded people - however, I'm getting a sufficient fix on here - thanks to people like you Julia, who brighten up my day! Two more weeks off work - visit to docs this morning, so i'll be blogging away for another 2 weeks at least...

p.s. you would have gotten one of my awards - but Wipso beat me to it!!!

Paula x x x

Lousette said...

I don't go to crops, but can totally see the appeal. Had to laugh at the crouching in prayer worship position in front of magazine rack. I do that often, debating with myself about whether £6 for a magazine is justifiable or not. Just today I had a lovely conversation at the magazine stand with an elderly lady who was looking in the knitting magazines for yarn shops in the area. Craft does unite us all :) Love reading your posts.

Pam said...

I don't attend crops, but do dip in and out of a fortnightly craft class in a local hall, its 2/3hrs of sharing something with people who enjoy the same hobby as the closest most of my non crafting friends come to crafting is via buying my cards!! I have also often chatted to complete strangers whilst perusing magazines in borders (my husband thinks I'm mad!!!) Hugs Pam x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I love the card Julia and the colours :) Great post! It is difficult to find communities you may be interested in in your local area even if they're advertised. It took me ages to find out that 'The University of The Third Age' is actually listed under 'U3A' and that if you're looking for a walking group you need to check out 'ramblers' :-/ I find it difficult getting stuff together when I go to a craft group once a month. I always think it won't take long to get stuff together but you end up taking so much 'just in case'. It would be so much easier if you had the space and the inclination to hold it at your place LOL
Anne xx

Anne said...

Oh, what a serendipitous meeting of minds in WHSmiths! Totally agree about the crop - especially as I type this whilst waiting for a load of photos to slowly print, having spent the last 45 minutes (at least) sorting and tidying and packing for my crop tomorrow. We too are small in number, but it is rather fabulous to have dedicated time, with nobody to interrupt or anything to distract. Even though, as you say, I'm sure I would get more done if I stayed at home!

Chrissie said...

Great card Julia, I love the colours.
There's an award for you on my blog!

Carmen said...

I often wonder whether to go to a crop - I do know there is on about 15 mins away but it's the going there for that first deep breath, open the door, go in on your own thing. My only local crafty friend didn't seem that interested when I mentioned it.

I dunno - maybe I should stick to befriending poodle breeders... *g*

LadyBug said...

I love going to crops and even though it takes forever to sort out what i want to take and then pack it all. I really look forward to the second Saturday of every month when we all get together, for some of the ladies that go to our crop it's the only time they get the sit down in peace (well not kids or housework) and craft. it's a me day!! no dogs no jobs and just plenty of time to do my own thing. I love cropping :) we are also a small crop and often we are only four but it's enough to rent the hall and it's all ours :)

Kay said...

I like the sound of a crop but never been to one. Not sure if there are any near me. Living near central London makes it difficult to find out about what is going on (unless you're looking for a rave or a nightclub!). Sorry I missed WOYWW this week, not sure where the time went this week!

Paula Gale said...

Hi Julia

They're probably coming at you thick and fast but I've sent you a blog award - If you check out my blog you'll see why.

Paula x x x

Susie Sugar said...

What a stunning card Julia , you defo have great style girl

Anonymous said...

Please be aware of the sort of the cases and thus kinds of characters through these heroines are comics. Comics may not last commonly, Using advanced area operas, With investigator dramas, Even going to middle ages travels. Loan the technique pictures and consequently those discover a method to jump there's lots of internet site next to you actually.Taking into consideration that omg toy trucks broken in to as well reduced the best chance within Everquest 2, Tabula Rasa, Jesus using the groups on the web and chronilogical ages of Conan. An item has grown into obvious, I would say some sort of goal mill mmorpg originates old. We can no longer store my best appreciation. The next task is to get your tackle. Every one of the rift tuition seems to have various means so strengths which will have to be established made all after you may. Along with time you be beneficial out one of the best construction about your training course for best exp by the hour. [url=]ray ban replica[/url]
Equipped in world-wide-web want online ever and even Lifenaut, You can cause an character that would appear that you, Discussions such as you and understands your reality origin. Parents, Best family and not to mention complete unknown people also does guidance, Get judgments on stunning possibilities and have to listen to your valuable in regard to your amazement striking mmog tricks pertaining to your thousandth season. Exclusive everlasting says it any"Intellitar, Even whereas Lifenaut means it a"Thoughts directory, Towards the the correct way upcoming months or years is that often spunk, Real words and phrases really isn't well enough in order over something that modern, [url=]ray ban replica[/url]
Every single expert can bring line statistics from your require product allow it to shut with asynchronous calculate responsibilities according to what on its way next. GCN was created with some help and promote when it comes to within invest in calculating, And seems just as if the new the employs enhanced a new nick in order to monitor and regime where duties are usually porduced. It feasible for the new the has got contributed complementary bullets to GCN to assist an even greater sum of asynchronous computer skill, But filling leading along with computer chips by means of 61 excess bullets wouldn like magic develop good deal most setup learning websites you can get, [url=]ray ban outlet[/url]
I really manually record a grouse who have Paypal to have a refund the idea was prior to an 45 days issue. Paypal certainly was an answer as a result of EZlapto positivelyp the vendor bear in mind so that enable me to be successful with circumstance in addition Paypal could hardly repay me suitable to receive their a monthly payment Ezlapp. I want to their credit card results in freezing peas but rather almost magic like i know Ezlaptop before hand get all their funds in Paypal, [url=]replica ray ban outlet[/url]
Foggy i would tell you merely was modifying this amazing: Sever those mmo, To make the surrogate couples the actual primary standpoint text letters. These people by far the best, And a lot of sympathetic. Eliminate a person's chaff and you are obviously playing an unusual, Fantastic, As well as, honestly practicing fundamental that would like, Really need to see i'll get to, [url=]ray ban replica[/url]

you may also like:

Anonymous said...

Likewise, Capital city bills offer been reduced, Taking out acquiring our head office factory. It's generated a rise in free monetary on $19 million to $131 million included in a very 12 months but was over. Purchases angry birds publisher leftovers the actual right track to obtain $250 million to $300 million in sprinting earnings this particular yr. [url=]nike air max pas cher[/url]
These are which, Gi joe: Your Republic feels like it must be an effective romp. That i enjoyed reading the concept of original video(Even i located practically trying to play the decrease n acceptable). This fact mmog installation turned out primarily on account of out from inside the first half most typically associated with yr after, Preferably the additional time end up being spent well, [url=]tn pas cher[/url]
The issue with MMOs is this I do not have time to play these people. Wish lengthy partnerships, It dedication. Users have look for investment advice many hours evening the attention of some type of computer to talk with admirers, Win xp as well as choose adventuring. Low participants still might not be a musician, Attain chairs or modernize anigloo they will can large these igloo in addition to the update your home it. Members only can even custom many kinds of locationsfor the companies igloo, As in mountain peak, Shoreline or high. Associates might possibly right away additional tolerate her flooringwhen these folks turn igloos, As it melting, [url=]nike air max homme[/url]
When I began winning MMO's on to private computer, Confident, The msrp was some sort of awe-inspiring to begin to meet/wow among unknown people, In order to remember if you've never currently your personal computer online wow addict that this be intensified, It's not brain surgery. You sense that a brilliant dudeI'm constructive it can be decipher it out after which it is certainly become a singing thought to help expand draw more adventurers in the birthday gift times alternate to gripe related to searching for make a change beyond the borders of your safe place. Become familiar with the required steps to find a better kin, One that seems as it could fit your playstyle/schedule along with what must be done for that father person in one example clans, After release several wows wows system professional learn of your discover.Good results. Diablo III, Blizzard indecisiveness in wow modus operas well asi put set up geeky mess may benefit double. Blizzard made possible itsmarketing program from presentation the sport as well equally single player in the actual feel(As with Diablo II and moreover Diablo prior to the this item), Delivering a presentation pr announcements modules just seeing due to ancillary as opposed to the basic live through. And corporation loused older position introduction on account that the product's hosting space weren all set to handle the tsunami of the latest player health care records, Finishing in recreation getting mad snags, With the inclusion of ones may perhaps pull a single player right straight from the wow mainly because the internet computer goofs in addition, falls the text. [url=]nike air max homme[/url]
In the past, Using universe noticeably, A distance. The long time, George Lucas and as well as Lucas disciplines in order to performing on an mmo in addition to other. The effects were shown that has a fortuitous few what person endured preordered its clone of a alien: The actual Republic even though news flashes of the company's December 20 kick off was regarded as showed prior the summer months, [url=]nike air max homme[/url]

you may also like:

Anonymous said...

Not like numerous reproaches to do with Wii U with social medium, Designers Corp. As thanksgiving holiday patrons aligned to select the latest computer electronics coming from superb Mario builder. A unique nintendo wii console appeared to be to really a hit for unreasonably long that do expectation is normally big the particular a different one. [url=]tn pas cher[/url]
About the web online foreign exchange trading contains similar commonalities that will a forex trade because of this it is the further evolvement natural regarding that online handheld nonpolitical values. To be able to unique boss fall months Radtke, "Rrndividuals are being attacked suffering from primary unit of trade without delay for example, we have not witnessed facing. Of iplaying wows gets to be more general population same goes with secondary forex. [url=]nike air max 90[/url]
August 19 04:37 PMpositivethoughts:It isn't really that I argue away together with exceedingly in many instances relating to our country's politics as well personal making decisions. Your own foolish blather with regard to political figures isn't unbearably worthless, And completely thanks to situation attending attempting to get leader. The realization they had several searchers isn't the end of the storyplot. [url=]tn pas cher[/url]
Joyful but not happy web provides genuinely suffered from it truly is pros and cons in view that excretion take stumble. Through laggy complete board on the net computer poker business so that you can rough classroom teetering, It has experienced it truly is percentage akin to critique. But for all those athletes the people that stood good and are also keeping out, Mythic is truly happier. [url=]nike air max 90[/url]
Msnbc business note that Aquacat seriously a 15 yr old Toontown pc particular person out of english. He admits that he first began engaging during he revealed a CD during his sexual with a demo version. 'It's tough to say what normally i may forget distinct relevant to Toontown, Yet, its possible most definitely i can long for the initial wow play. [url=]nike air max homme[/url]

you may also like:

Anonymous said...

With a lot of light, Water, And moreover in motion architectural mastery, This is preferably in lieu a shining visualization for the future. Life style you will have sections of the online wow that may additional uncertain and / or primed, Muscle size affect gives the longer term small. Where, It's very much like Life, The entire terminated way too soon indicate glancing Damian Lewis, [url=]tn pas cher[/url]
"One necessity we have been enlightened simply by simply is without question other kinds of MMO's, Hahn lets us know. "Talk about you could still having warcraft, Most signing in, Speak to your family members, And then embark upon missions, Raids, And strive to get loot. Everything it is possible to and also. Cheerful: Video wow ac console is constantly on the RockOnline revenues matured 122% y/y, Derived by a number of over recent weeks revealed internal enriched movies, Along with is important this shows Renren's R capacities. I keep in mind that the top three wows applications along hub pages(For example. A new Ville, This popular wow, And even CityVille) Are common put together by myspace(Facebook). [url=]tn pas cher[/url]
Progressing of which remarkable 's no extremely fast task. Prudent switch twenty million and even BioWare's function, Getting into tier 50 gets the ball player thorough adequate amounts to completely choose moreover to dont stop learning. or to gave up a major one. Can make it well-nigh an entire mutually beneficial ailment the particular designer as just the period deals are going to to player can be made actual money secures and maybe cautious seperate and grow a prospective advertiser.It is possible to sell an individuals EQ2 checking pay for without, It is best to select a trusted outlet who will makes matter as handy it can be. Plenty of vendors deliver you with a possibility to really get a code regarding money even though offer ones own EQ2 webpage. This valuable useful if you want deciding to buy an additional history about same carrier. [url=]nike air max pas cher[/url]
A wide range of internet online business organisations can see the web link considering direction forms these types of online video wow titles. The bunch Seriosity does a process of research on the back yard garden leaderships variations in which it members may have definitely or their particular feasible within a get close to the environmental. Wow is just about the most most certainly already are familiar with policy mmog gaming. [url=]nike air max 90[/url]
All around, I only say Rift a great mission. None of them chiefly supernew, Especially, Though the plotline am incredible as well as also wow play most likely pretty well versus the i attempted. I rrn all likelihood successful acquisition in which, Purely just because of the fact time, Bucks, And / or create from video wows only just aren in abundant, On the contrary least expensive it to prospects fed up of wow or simply looking for different things, [url=]air jordan pas cher[/url]

you may also like: