Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Shaking my tin-cup

I have been forced off my computer for the last few days - it has been running like a dog - frustratingly unusable!

Phew! Back on and now running smoothly - I was started to have withdrawal symptons!


What did I miss? What did I miss?

Well, I missed The Amy Butler Show which came into town! Boohoo I cried -I am reading her Midwest Modern book (from library of course; best place in town to 'try before you buy'- and it is on my list to BUY! (check out this site with Free Worldwide Shipping)

I will just have to live vicariously through others.....and here and here....


Well, I didn't miss Brown Owls Tin-cup bonanza! I went! I made my first B.O Craft - a rather wonky embroidery of pencils on cup - in case you couldn't recognise what the hell it was LOL!
One in particular I called the chewed pencil - of course that had to be the brightest colour, didn't it.





It was an interesting night!
Shyness can take over me at these situations; I forced myself to introduce myself to Lara - I was sitting across the table from her; I could hardly hide all night - and it was great to meet her in person - we have chatted online a little and she is truly lovely. Hopefully we shall cross paths again!

Pip and her gang were very sweet and helped a lot with the practicalities of the night, but
I found myself sitting with people who didn't like to talk too much and didn't introduce themselves, but kept their head down and concentrated on the job. I introduced myself but no-one reciprocated! I asked people what their favourite craft session was and ooh and aah at their work, but apart from Lara (thank God) and some others who helped this poor innocent (when it comes to embroidery) I did not feel entirely comfortable or settled. I was not asked anything about myself and so, did not feel that I could just offer freely any info regarding who I was, what I like to craft, and the like. I am just being honest - I know people rave about going to these Craft Nights - I think it didn't help coming in at the last minute of the year. Were people to socially exhausted to go through the niceties?- can happen, I do understand.

As a casual I had to pay $20 to come to this session, which is a little pricey for me to continue the rest of the year. I am going to give it another go, though - I won't let my insecurities cloud any potential for fun and fellowship - not this year, but will be signing up for next year! New memberships are only $25 for the whole year - like this price much better!


After getting that off my chest, I need some pretty piccies - my November garden:



Can you believe this ugly thing......




produced this glorious delight?




Our most neglected rosebush....flourishing!!!???



Sweet scented Traclospernum (spelled badly).... at night the fragrance is intoxicating....



Some Christmas craft from D1 - she spied this (slightly) injured wood butterfly in Bunnings and couldn't leave it on the shelf - some pink and gold and it is very happy!


We took (stole, borrowed, purchased, you pick) some paint samples in all different greens to make some gift tags for Christmas.....we also took (stole, borrowed, purchased, you pick) the idea from the illustrious Sugar gals.....


All they need is a silver texta, and some ribbon. Don't you just love the teddy at the bottom of the tree!


10 comments:

thornberry said...

Hello there Bronwyn! It was lovely to meet you - and so sorry that the night didn't really meet up to your expectations. It was a subdued evening, and there were a few people not there who I missed and I think you would have liked. I didn't know the other quiet people either (I don't go to every meeting). I does vary from meeting to meeting - depending on the mix of people and how much energy everyone has! Do join next year though - different format, and selfishly I want to catch up with you again! Your garden is lovely, by the way.

Bronwyn said...

See, I told everyone Lara was lovely! Thanks pal! I have joined up and actually look forward to the New Year meetings!

sewjourn said...

Glad you are back online Bronwyn - I missed you! I might go along next year to Brown Owls if I have time - especially if I know you are going

Louise said...

Isn't Lara a sweetie! I'm glad you at least had her to talk to. I sometimes feel that way in the shop - some people just don't want to talk. I love all your crafty things - lovely!

Michelle said...

Lara is fantastic - she invited me (a potential axe-murderer) into her home, sight unseen and FED me and made me coffee and THEN showed me her sewing room! I almost moved in on the spot.

I'm glad you joined Brown Owls next year - I just wish I lived closer so that I could join up too!

Jodie said...

if I lived close enough to join , there would never be a quiet moment . I can talk the you -know-what out of a kettle (or so I am told).
Stick with it Bron....

crafty things said...

Your pencils look great. Has the stitching been sealed once it was put on the tin?

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I am very envious of you Melbourne gals - where all the fun stuff happens - brown owls and amy! Glad to see you are going to stick with Brown owls - it is always more fun when you are a regular. Love the gift tags you have made (I have to avoid Bunnings now as I am trying to give up my addiction to paint chips)and the butterfly is awesome!!

Janellybelly said...

I am a huge fan of the Book Depository, I just received my order of 'Seams to Me' by Anna Maria Horner and 'Bend the Rules Sewing' by Amy Karol yesterday. They are meant to be my Christmas presents...

CurlyPops said...

Hi Bronwyn, I think you must have been sitting down the table a bit from me. I was right up one end. I am so hopeless at embroidery that I really have to concentrate. I completely agree with Lara, some nights are chattier than others.
I'm quite shy in person but I'll try to say hello next time!