Off we went for our first Powertex retreat and Garden Party.
When you here of “going on a retreat” you might conjure up images of a spiritual sanctuary, peace and quiet contemplation, possibly with a detox and with organic or vegan food. OH NO! It definitely wasn’t that sort of retreat. Perhaps is should be named a Re-Treat!. There was fun, games lots of laughter and loads of new friends made. All were loaded with cakes; stuffed with BBQ’s and plied with alcohol. Oh Ok, I admit, I did contribute to the alcohol things by offering shots of various home made gin flavours. After all, what’s a party without gin?
Three days of crafting mixed media products and learning new techniques in creating three new canvas styles. I have already signed up for the 2019 event here: https://www.powertex.co.uk/
Just a few photos of us camping on site and in the workshops. My creations will have to wait till next time….
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!
My lovely Janome has a slight problem with the internal light fitting. As its still under the warranty, I have to send it back to the shop for a repair. The lovely man Duke from http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk/ told me to pack it up in the original box and it would be collected from home and delivered back once it was done. Fantastic service I thought. But there was one problem. The original packing box was so big, it took over the back bedroom so it went to the recyling. The pretty black cover which Janome supplied is lovely as a cover but not realy protective for the machine, so I decided to make my own carry bag to protect the machine on its trip in the van.
Hubby had ‘found’ a large roll of what seems to be 3mm thick heavy interfacing. I used some vintage curtains from my stash and created a bag shape with velcro top closure. The machine can be lowered into the bag and where the base is larger than the top, I threaded some pretty ribbon through the sides and used it to pull up to size. This means that the Machine handle is still accessible to carry the heavy machine but the pretty padded bag protects all screens and acessories.
I think the vintage look is growing on me! Practical and pretty.