I had a fabulous time at ‘Tex Towers’ last week. I met some fabulously creative people who totally inspired me to go the extra bit and outside the comfort zone. A big shout out to Lisa Evans who runs CreativeStays retreats (which sound fabulous!), Lynette Jasper,and Leonie Pujol our celebrity crafty TV demonstrators; Michaela Thouless, Lisa Robinson, John Cook and the marvelous Tracy Evans who inspired us all on our Powertex journey.
I have booked my first promotional craft fair on March 24 at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool. I am also busy crafting the basics I need for the workshops and demonstration pieces.
Who else lives the rock and roll lifestyle? I have got to the age when Friday evening is no longer spent dressed to the nines going clubbing, but more like dressing in my PJ’s and crafting.
Hubby is out in the craft studio, yes I do share my love or art and craft with my husband and yes I am lucky! He is creating a tree branch mosaic in the shape of a motor home. Just because he can.
I, on the other hand have been preparing for Powertex workshops on Monday. I have two booked in.
The morning of Monday the 16th we are creating a mixed media canvas based on a memory or memorial with keepsakes. Then on the evening there is a fairy house workshop. For these I need to cast the silicone moulds for the doors and windows to go on the recycled coffee jar. I just wish I could get hold of more old teapots as those are fab as a fairy house.
I have used a mix of silicone moulds for my preparation. I like the Artyco large fairy door and castle window as it feels strong and solid like a castle door. But I also like casting the KatySueDesigns enchanted window with the extra ivy leaves and flowers.
I must admit, after trying a few silicone moulds from eBay and China, I much prefer the quality of the designs from these UK providers. The quality of the cast is exceptional and doesn’t break up on extracting.
The first steps on my new adventure begins. Today I attended the Powertex workshop of Abigail from Curiously-Contrary Abigail has agreed to be my area leader and to support me getting my new Perertex workshops up and running in the Hartlepool and Teesside areas after my training.
The workshop was held at the Crafters Companion Store at Newton Aycliffe. It was the first time I have been here and I loved it!. The whole store was filled with laughter as well of gorgeous products. Best of all was the home made cake which was served with the coffee. That cake was heaven on a plate! Too nice to refuse.
CraftersCompanion store at Newton Aycliffe
The workshop was to make two goblets and a bottle wrap using the Powertex Univeral Medium and scraps of fabric and a bit of creativity. So it was just the thing for me to get my hands dirty on. There were four ladies present at the workshop, although there was plenty of space for a few more people. Abigail, the Powertex certified trainer was fabulous, and as there was some people who had never use the product before, she went into all the details of how it works with natural fibres and materials.
We were each given two nice quality wine glasses to customise and an empty wine bottle. Of course we all suggested the wine bottle should have been full, but I am sure the course would have cost a lot more when getting a full bottle to play with!
I chose to use the lead pewter colour Powertex and the other attendees chose the bronze. We all selected a range of textured fabrics and a few embellishments and got to work on our creations.
Hands on at the Goblet workshop on 23/1/18
Once the messy Powertex was finished and we have wrapped our glasses and bottle, it was time to let them dry off a bit while we had a cuppa and a slice of that fabulous cake from the cafe. Then we learned the art of dry brush painting technique and had a little practice with the coloured paints before we were let loose with paint on our new creations.
I used a turquiose base with a silver and terragreen highlights. I loved the little metal bee which I used to decorate my set. Although it would be fabulous to make the set with love hearts and a couples initials on the goblets for Valentines day. Perhaps thats a class I plan in for Valentines day 2019 as I wont have time to get set up with classes before Valentines day this year.
So my goblets and bottle wrap look a bit like old polished pewter now they are finished. They certainly don’t look like bits of scrap fabric. Which is why I love the creativity of Powetex.
Finally, I found my log in details for the site. I must admit it took some hacking into to recover lost passwords and archived email addresses. But I am pleased to say Scrapdragon is back crafting!
What have I been doing? Well in 2014, I sadly ignored this site as I set up a new business creating custom Ballet tutus. This really took off and you can find the link to the sister page at the top menu. The business became so busy that I looked for a solution to help organise me a bit better when I signed up for @girlsmeanbusiness and their #Awesomemarketingplanner. The course asked what was my goal and a realised that my business didn’t have one!
So in defining my goal I became aware of what I did want to do and what I wanted to stop doing. Hence the 2018 New year and new changes for a better life. No I am not going all health conscious and joining a gym; god forbid anyone hoping to laugh at me sweating in Lycra and becoming an exercise bore!
One of my goals was to concentrate on the high end bespoke ballet tutus at a championship level. I love creating the structured one off designs. The large number of stretch ballet tutus might be a bit bread and butter business, but it doesn’t inspire me as much as a quality structured. So my focus of work is changing.
Second one of my goals was to support other #DanceMums as it would seem today, very few of them can make their own costumes. When my three dancing children were in the scene, every dance mum could knock up a costume overnight and often was asked to. When dance mums come to order a ballet tutu, they often say that they wish they could make the costumes instead of having to order them in. So my second goal was to set up some #DanceMums 101 costume design workshops. to teach the hands on skills of stage dance costumes from basic to advanced levels.
Third of my goals was to do something creative together with my husband. I was alright me having the sewing business but when he retires he will need to become involved. We both love creative crafts and have both achieved our City and Guilds 730 adult teaching certificate over the years. So building on the theme of specific workshops for dance mums, we are going to offer additional workshops for mixed media creative crafts. In February, I attend Tex Towers to become a certified PowerTex trainer which is a fabulous product. I already have some workshops planned for Christmas 2018 which are available on our SCRAPDRAGON facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Scrapdragon-1888415478155099/
I will publish the events and workshops on here so that interested parties can book in and have fun.
So far, its the 9th January and I have two DanceMums workshops sold out and two partially filled. I also have bookings for Christmas crafts later in the year. So 2018 is looking good to achieve the dream and Be AWESOME!