The Master Gardener statewide conference has a Marketplace where counties can sell to fundraise for their group and its projects. My group was pretty busy when the sign-ups came out, so I volunteered to “just do it” and make all items plus run a table (yes, I am a bit nuts). It’s been a few months of nose to the sewing machine when I’m not working.
I’m posting this a tad backwards – this week I’ll have more detailed posts on making the items – but my Sundays in My City friends will appreciate simply seeing the end results and being spared all the bloody details.
I’d been stitching up mug mats / mouse pads with a garden theme …
Cafe aprons that are great for farmer’s markets and plant sales with their nice deep pockets …
Binding their pockets ..
Crafting earrings and ornaments from machine stitched lace and tatting plus beads, then carefully packaging..
and stitching more ornaments (the off-kilter loops were fixed) ..
Lining apron pockets and matching designs ..
Of course, stitching only my favorite designs (so having a green tote/grocery bag for me with this one!) ..
Adding buttons to hide where the ties connect to the apron …
Creating more mug rugs for a cupcake theme silent auction basket ..
And finishing pot holder and stitched matching towel to adorn the cupcake apron in that silent auction basket ..
Finishing the canvas aprons (oops, did trim that thread after the photo) …
Finishing the canvas totes, getting everything packed and to the conference …
Making signs, snapping a few pics mid set-up ..
And then mustering the energy to enjoy our wonderful reception with my fellow Master Gardeners at the Tenaya Lodge ..
Joining 650 other California Master Gardeners for informative sessions over 3 days..
And make it all the way to the closing Horticultural Humor presentation, plus demanding drive home through circuitous mountain roads. Believe it or not, I am happy I did it. Haven’t challenged myself craft wise other than the annual mad Christmas push. Raised oodles and oodles of money for my group – a lot of their funding goes to the school gardens they run across our county. And, finally – best of all- I had a fantastic time at the conference itself.
Be sure to stop by Sundays in My City to see what kinds of things that global group spend their time doing.