Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Higgledy Piggledy Parade

I got to see my very first Higgledy Piggledy Parade! The little town of Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast does things in a big way for its annual Creek Daze celebration. I had enquired earlier this month about putting a table in the craft fair but had been told that all the spaces were booked. Then I got an email the day before the event asking if I was still interested as there had been some cancellations.

Well, it was a scramble but I managed to pull some things together and my Mom donated a few items, such as the Flower Power Bags. My Mom and my sister Kathy also spent the day with me. It was a blast! My spot was right on the bridge of the road that leads down to the ocean and what a view we had. Check this out:

View of the Pacific Ocean from the bridge in Roberts Creek. That's Vancouver Island you can see in the distance.
Apparently over 200 people took part in the parade. Here are just a few of them:

There were decorated bicycles ...

... and people on stilts ...

... and a "float" from a local business featuring the signature emblem of Roberts Creek - the gumboot ...

... and dogs ...

... and hula hoops ...

... and what parade doesn't need a ghost??

After the parade, everyone headed down to the Mandala where the entertainment went on all day with local musicians and singers performing all day:

The Mandala is freshly painted every summer.

There were lots of booths selling a wide variety of products and food. Here are a couple of my favourites:

Street food, Asian style.

Wind chimes - Roberts Creek style.

I met a lot of interesting people, such as this young woman in her delightful hat:

All in all it was a tiring but very fun day. I sold enough to cover the fee as well as the table I bought to display my wares. I am on the list of vendors for the Christmas Craft Fair and I'm really looking forward to that! I'm planning for it already.

I have some projects to share with you next time, so be sure to check back. Have a Very Stamping Day!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Mom!

Today's post is dedicated to my Mom. She is a master recycler! Give her almost any object and she can make something out of it. For a few years now she has been taking plastic shopping bags, cutting them into strips and then crocheting them into other useful objects. She has made a round, 4-ft. in diameter rug for a deck, numerous fishing hats and over 200 tote bags. Everyone in the family saves plastic bags for her as many businesses out here on the Sunshine Coast either don't use them anymore, charge for them, or use biodegradeable bags. This is a messenger bag she made and gave to me. Lucky me!

Since I am still unpacking, I have been going through clothes that I know will never fit me again in this life! So, I took a bunch of jeans and my Big Shot and the Scallop Square die and the Bigz Island Floral die and the Bigz Clear Flower die and the Beautiful Butterflies die to my Mom's one day and this is what happened! I call them Flower Power Bags.

Bag #1

Bag #2 Front

Bag #2 - Back

This is a great way to recycle old, worn out denim jeans and clothes that would otherwise be thrown away.

Have a Very Stamping Day!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gone to the dogs!

Since I am living at a Dog Resort and also working on a casual part-time basis with the dogs, I just had to have this Level 2 Hostess Set in the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue - contact me to find out how you can earn this cute set FREE - and this is what I've done with it so far.

I also used the D is for Dog set for the paw prints and bone images. And the cardstock is all new colours! The base is Cajun Craze and I layered Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzaz then Whisper White. The ink is Cajun Craze and Early Espresso. A very easy card to make!

I'm off to play with the dogs again. Have a Very Stamping Day!

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