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Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Trip to the Cutters

Whilst on holidays a focus of my trip was to "pretend" I was working for myself full time and see how productive I was. So I lugged down fabric, interfacing, bag feet, cotton.... to make twelve bags for Faint Impressions.
Before I got to this stage I had much to prepare. I bought all of the fabric and bits and bobs and then off I went to the cutter for the first time! It's only been on my goals list for a year! So with boyfriend in tow we get to the factory thingy at 7.30am, we walk in and there is a table about 10 meters long with one roll of fabric running the length of it! We show the man my 1.5 meter of this and 2 meters of that and he says to me "I don't usually try to talk myself out of work, but don't you want to do this yourself to save money"!!! He OBVIOUSLY didn't know that one day he would be saying "I did the first cut for that famous designer chick at Faint Impressions".
I picked them up a few days later and was so excited to see all my little baggies cut out and wrapped up, I finally did it!

Stitches & Craft Show (Sydney)

The stitches and craft show was awesome!!! A lot of inspiring people there doing their thing.
I saw some great clutch purses from Berlinski, had a chat with the girls from Ink & Spindle and ran into Kristen Doran again, I swear she must think I'm stalking her.
I did it the right way this time. I arrived when the gates opened, thinking there wouldn't be many people there yet. Ohhhhh lordy was I wrong! Hoards of people where there by 9.30am and the doors didn't open until 10:00am. I started with my MUST SEE stands and then moved onto browsing others. Stopped for a yummo baked lunch, followed by a few studio sessions on blogging, how to turn your craft into a business and reupholstering a chair. All which were very cool. I finished the day at 4pm being quite proud of myself for not buying everything I liked. If you didn't go this year, you should definitely go next!

I like collecting pretty business cards when I visit craft shops and shows, here are a few

Friday, August 28, 2009

Blogging is not as easy as it looks

Ok, so I have realised that this whole blogging thing is not as easy to keep up with as it seems. I keep seeing things and taking photos and thinking, ooo, that will do nicely for my blog but then never get around to loading it up.
I've witnessed a LOT of craftyness over the past month. I've been on holidays for two weeks, some of which was spent at my parents beautiful house, which I prefer to call my craft retreat.
The mountains, the fire, the cooking, the love, mmmmm goodness.

My parents house is full of lovely "stuff" collected over many years, which gave me an opportunity to practice my photography.

One of the many nice little features in the house

Something I love about good old Tenta (Tenterfield), yes yes, the Tenterfield Sadler, blah blah, anyway, the thing I love is the buzzing craft community. My mum has two craft groups that meet once a week. They bring their own projects to do, usually quilting, and they have this amazing space to work in. Huge tables for laying your projects out on and cutting fabric, industrial overlockers that go super fast and of course there's the leader of the pack to answer all crafty questions, Fran. I really hope to have my own craft group soon. Of course you have to have a cool name; I was thinking "Sew Impressed" to link in with Faint Impressions, ya ha, what do ya think about that one eh?

Mum, toiling away
Fran & friend working out the next step

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