So just a couple of housekeeping things before I get to the saying thank you part of the post.
Firstly I wanted to let you know that I am going to try to update the blog twice a week moving forward - Tuesday and Friday. It may or may not happen but I thought it would put it out there to get the intention flowing. Wish me luck!
Secondly I'm planning on (finally) doing a full post about The Craft Sessions October 2013 retreat next week. Siri Hayes, a lovely crafter who I am lucky enough to call my friend, also happens to be a photographic artist. She agreed to help out on the weekend by taking some photos alongside me - some very pretty photos to show you next week from the two of us.
The final thing is that I wanted to let you know that we would be filling you in on dates and plans for next year at the start of December. We are already having fun dreaming up what comes next....so join our mailing list to be the first to hear.
Thank you sponsors!
A gift bags were ace! I know that that probably isn't the right thing to say, but I was just so thrilled when all our lovely sponsors jumped on board and provided us with the prettiest stuff. We were all very lucky not-quite-campers.
First we had a beautiful organic cotton bread bag or vegie bag which held all the loot. These were kindly donated by the loveliest Claire from Organic Gertrude.
We were then lucky enough to have Lara from Ink and Spindle donate a whole print run's worth of fabric to us in a custom The Craft Sessions colourway. I am so in love with this fabric - it is simply stunning!!! Have a look at their super new website. You can design your own colour way. Very fun and so very generous.
Sunspun kindly donated a ball of Rowan Felted Tweed along with a super cute cuff that suggested patterns you could make with your one ball. Amy, who is the new owner of Sunspun, also kindly brought a whole heap of gorgeous things that they are no longer stocking in the store and just let us pick what we wanted.
Next up we had a discount voucher from The Fabric Store. They also donated two $100 vouchers which we gave away on Saturday night - names-in-a-hat-style. One went to the lovely Bridget who had a birthday the next day which made me happy.
Morris and Sons donated 50 different colours of their new 4ply 100% Australian yarn. I think there are 62 in total - so many colours my kids were quite astonished when I tipped them all out ready to pack.
My very good friend Mara from Printspace - who designed our logo - custom designed and donated an exclusive The Craft Sessions 2013 "I Craft For Joy" print. We gave these out as a parting gift when people were leaving. A little something to take home.
And finally there was a handmade gift from us. A needlecase (sewn by me) made from Ink and Spindle or Maze and Vale fabric. Big enough to fit a little pair of scissors and some pins and needles. We will be putting up a tutorial in the next few weeks that shows you how to make one. So check back my friends, if that is of interest. They make super gifts.
So thank you Sponsors for the gift love! What a great way for our participants to start the weekend.