Pretending to be crafty + Giveaway!
A couple of weeks ago I made my first big trip post-surgery and headed from Newcastle to Sydney to attend the Spotlight Make it Merry Christmas craft event, hosted by Kids Business.
You may be wondering why a decidedly non-crafty blogger like myself made the effort to attend a clearly crafty event. And I get your puzzlement, indeed I do.
Well, I needed an outing after many weeks confined to the house post-surgery. And the prospect of meeting some of my blogging buddies again was also a huge draw card.
But there was another reason I decided to go.
I must confess that I’m a Spotlight VIP member. A member of MANY years standing.
Now that you are back on your chair, let me explain this anomaly.
In my pre-kids/pre-blogging days, my hobby of choice was cross-stitching. I spent many, many years rhythmically moving my needle through aida cloth in order to make quite a few different creations.
Delilah’s birth cross-stitch – finally completed a mere 3 years after her birth!!!
Apart from my kids’ birth cross-stitches (which took me some years to complete once I discovered blogging…oops…) I also completed pictures for my Nan and my Mum and Mother-in-law. Not to mention the quick little creations that I used to love producing for other family and friends.
It seems a lifetime ago now but I really did enjoy the art of cross-stitching and I hope to rediscover it again sometime in future. It was something I was at least semi-decent at doing.
Alas, my cross-stitching ability has never translated into other forms of craft, as became VERY apparent at the VIP day:
I was really proud of these angels for my daughters until my husband pointed out their resemblance to the weeping angels from Doctor Who.
Some of my so called “friends” agreed. Then, sadly, I then couldn’t unsee the resemblance…
To be honest, if I couldn’t even make something beautiful out of cardboard and stickers, maybe there really was no hope for me…
Nevertheless I persevered. Next I ended up at the cake decorating table and learned a few things about fondant (again, very badly). Having said that, Gilbert gobbled up the fondant covered biscuit when I got home so maybe it wasn’t so bad???
If you look closely you’ll see where I had to stick an extra red candy cane decoration to hide a gaping hole I made in the fondant…
After my struggles with food decoration, I had a brainwave and decided to play to my strengths.
So I headed to the kids colouring table.
Now you’d think I’d be able to show off my awesome colouring in skills. (I’ve been practicing, you know).
Sadly, I still managed to make a mull of things and actually made a jolly bauble look downright evil…
He looks like he has angry holly eyes. Or the moustache of Dr Eggman from Sonic…
So my bid to pretend to be crafty didn’t exactly turn out as planned. But the day out was not a complete waste. I was able to see some beautiful items that Spotlight have ready and waiting for you, more crafty types, as we enter the silly season…
There were some gorgeous fabrics, a range of wooden crafts, cardmaking and scrapbooking supplies as well as crafty decorating ideas on display. There really was so much to see and do.
The star of the show had to be the new MINC machine. Now, I didn’t even know what this machine was until I went along to the #makeitmerry event. But even non-crafty me wanted one of these babies after I saw it in action.
It turns black toner into gold – literally. The foil sticks to the black toner parts of an image, making them literally shine:
Despite my non-craftiness I did have a great time on the day and I want to thank Kids Business and Spotlight for the chance to do some dodgy craft. It reaffirms, yet again, that I’m much better at writing than crafting!
I was lucky enough to receive a $50 voucher from Spotlight and I would love to give it to one of my amazing readers (that’s you, by the way!). Because, let’s face it, I was only pretending to be crafty – I think the voucher would be best served by someone who could truly use it.
For your chance to win, leave a comment below and share a christmas craft idea. It could be something you plan to make or have already made. It could be Pinterest worthy or preschool worthy. It doesn’t matter.
What matters, is the most creative idea will win the voucher!
The competition is open to Australia residents only and ends 6pm AEDST Friday 6th November.
Good luck to you all – now go on and get crafty!
Disclaimer: I received craft goods to the value of $200 plus the $50 voucher from Spotlight as part of the #makeitmerry event. As always, my thoughts and views are completely my own – besides, who else would own up to so many craft fails???