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 thingy..it sits and waits and it's entirely up to you. So why do I crop? It may be because its empowering!