Sunday, May 16, 2010

SENZ Sunday Times - Edition Two

With 9 weeks to go we’re into serious SENZ mode around here. My pink laptop just arrived, along with the new pink sleeve (with a white flourish and butterflies on it). Can you get any more girly than that?! So now I’ll be spending more time in the evenings organising things for SENZ (along with blog-hopping and checking out the current craft trends).

We’re in the middle of designing some fun uniforms for the Artfull Crafts Team to wear. We’re fortunate to have designer Tony Zwies from Yellow Design on board to help us. The brief: Hot Pink and black with some bling thrown in...Soon we’ll be sourcing the clothing and aprons and then getting the printing sorted. Very exciting!

We’re also writing lists (and more lists and more lists!). It’s going to be a big job preparing for this event and so we’re planning it well in advance. I’ve been off sourcing display stands for the event. Since the stalls can be really busy I know that we’ll have to carefully plan how we display stock to make the best use of the space. And there is a best-looking stall competition...

If you have purchased your SENZ tickets you will soon start receiving email updates from the SENZ Team. Here’s some information I got from them this week:

Craft and Crop Sessions during SENZ
The SENZ organisers will be setting up an all day Craft ’n Crop area near the cafe (for ticketholders only) so you can come and go as you please and have an area to finish off your class projects, socialise, swap pins and have your lunch etc.
On the Saturday night they have organised a social Craft ‘n Crop night from 6.30pm – 10pm in the Phar Lap room upstairs. At this event there will be a few demos, a group challenge, and you’ll have time to finish off some class projects as well. There will be prizes to win and generally it’s a fun night out and great way to meet people.

Volunteering and Tutor Assistant Helpers
It’s a SENZ tradition that they have volunteers helping out with visitor info, handing out coupon books, supervising the crop areas, helping to set up and break down, and helping out the tutors in their classes. So if you want to join the team let Fiona know at They do reward their helpers - the more hours you do the more thanks you! It could be a free ticket to the crop, a thank you voucher, or a free class with Trina or Ngaire!

Talking about Helpers...
Artfull Crafts will also be looking for some willing hands during our busy weekend. We’ll chat about that later though!

Competition Corner
You’ve still got another week to go in the draw to win a class with Melissa Kennedy and Al Hannah. Just buy your SENZ ticket from Artfull Crafts by Sunday 23rd May, You’ve got to be in to win!


Storage Idea
I’ve always loved cubes for storing things in. I’ve got my scrapbook albums, Bazzill Cardstock and magazines stored upright in cubes. Then I found this great picture of a homeware shop showing off their product (okay the hot pink made me look twice). So I went off to Plastic Box today and found some amazing fabric boxes – and they fit inside these cubes! They come in all colours – including pink and black and they can be folded up and down for easy transport. Even I can’t use them at SENZ I’ve found a place for them here...They fit perfectly on the bookcase shelves and will hide a whole lot of crafty mess! So with that in mind, I’d better go and start tidying my craft area. Maybe next week I’ll have a photo of where I spend my evenings.

Until next week, keep warm...


  1. Oooo I like your pink laptop! and that shelf unit with pink fabric boxes would look fabulous!!

  2. Liz my calender says that the 23rd May was on Wednesday....I was just reading your competition corner and noted that you mentioned Sunday the 23rd???