Monday, January 3, 2011

Next Workshop and Unmasked Retreat

HOLD ON TO HOPE – Crop for a Cause Workshop
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Now that I'm on a roll I'm letting you know about the next workshop and the upcoming retreat.
As i am off on teaching on the cruise this week and then to CHA registrations for both these events (yes believe it or not – early they are) can NOW be downloaded if you follow the links in the left column.
As you know we were booked to capacity at the last crop so please get in early with payment to SECURE your spot.  This will be strictly on a first in basis and payments received. 
We are raising money for a local family in Geelong whose young mum (25) has been diagnosed with MS.  (she is the sister of one of our lovely regular ladies) and we would love to show her our support and help them out.  All money raised from sales on the day will go towards this cause.
There will be more details to follow in regards to competitions etc on the day – at this moment we are just opening the registrations.
UNMASKED – Weekend Retreat
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more info:  Unmasked

Often i hear in the scrapbooking world – “I wish I could do that” – and i often think – “Well you can” if you try.   After the last workshop and the success of the little make and take – which was giving many of you the chance to try something you wouldn’t normally do (Tim Holtz inking) – these classes that are included will challenge you a little to go beyond what you are normally comfortable doing and hopefully have fun and learn something new.
We too often don’t give ourselves the chance to dream, explore our talents before we critise ourselves and tell ourselves that we can’t – so with this in mind we hope that this weekend we can encourage you a little in your crafting but also personally to have the courage to do and BE what you have hidden away inside you..
This again is limited numbers.  Realise the cost to some of you maybe a little high but please bear in mind this cost includes the cost of 4 classes, kits and giveaways, ALL meals and accommodation. 
There is also a discount if you pay early.  As it just after Mother’s Day, for some of you it may be what you just need – so why not ask hubby to contact me or Al  for a gift voucher…..(that would be extra special wouldn’t it).
We hope that at the end of the weekend you will have an extra shot of confidence installed and that you can go out and tackle some of the things you just haven’t had the courage to try.
“It’s not who you are that holds you back  – its who you think you’re not!”

Christmas Workshop Wrap Up

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.  For some who have lost loved ones this year I know this Christmas would have been hard to get through and thoughts were with you.
For me it was the usual extremely busy day where you try to fit more than you should into it all and eat waaaay tooo much.  But it was great to sit back and watch the excitement on the girls faces and as usual they are very expressive.
Here are some pics from the last crop
These clever girls entered the quick cards competition.  They all managed to make some gorgeous cards in limited time.  How they do it – we all want to know.
First second and third placegretters  for our Ready Steady Scrap competition.  Well done, Cherrie, Deb and Bec (sorry about the pic Bec, your eyes are closed)  These girls whipped up a layout in 1/2 hour.  Great work.  Congrats too to Bec if you haven't already caught up on the news – Bec had another beautiful little baby boy (Toby James) just prior to Christmas.
Thank to the gorgous judges for helping out on the day too. Thanks Al, Richelle IMG_1939
and Kylie for helping out .
Huge thank you to PRINTBLOCKS again (and Andrew) for generosity and help with the prizes
The layout competition was won by Bec Beatie  (you were on a roll)075
followed up by Jo Stokoe.  This was unreal – the whole tree just folds up
Fantastic effort girls – thanks so much to everyone who entered and for all of you who entered the Christmas decoration competition.  Sorry i didn’t get photos of everything.

Can’t go by without thanking Karni for buying MY tree.  I still haven’t had another one remade but who can say no when the money raised from auctioning it went to a good cause.
We were able to make up 9 huge hampers.  These all found there way into the hands of needy families – a huge thankyou to Jenni and Therese Fox for helping out here .  Also other money as you know was given to Chez prior to crop for her trip to the Phillipines – where she put it to great use with the childrens home.  Chez will send me some pics later to post.  Also after the day we had enough money left over to also purchase a rick shaw for a family in India to help them become self dependant. – again photos to come.
So once again thank you to everyone who came and supported Crop for A Cause. We look forward to the next one.