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25 February 2011 @ 05:22 pm
craft weekend 12/13th March  
Anyone on for a craft retreat in rural Kilkenny?

The idea is you bring whatever art/crafts you want to do to our house and have a weekend (or a day) dedicated to creating and crafty socialising, including swapping hints, and maybe teaching each other. Some of our floors are still concrete, so it's a good opportunity to do messy things :-) We could also do a supply swap/giveaway.

Don't have any supplies/tools yourself? I'm fairly hoardy about my usable-up supplies, but I have plenty of tools for papercrafting - punches, stamps, cutting tools; glue; a sewing machine; toy stuffing; drawing pencils; paint - gouache, acrylic, peelable glass paint and silk paint; bead loom; weaving sticks. Bring paper, fabric, acetate (for the peelable paint), beads or yarn.

Don't know how to do anything but willing to learn? Papercrafting, peelable paint and silk painting are all easy to start. And I'm sure there'll be someone willing to start you off knitting. And I have a selection of books and magazines.

I'm suggesting the 12th & 13th of March. I was originally going to give a choice, but my own weekends have filled up, so that's all that's available for the next while, unfortunately. I know a number of you have something else on on the 12th, but perhaps you could come along on the Sunday? Or come on Saturday if Sunday's out. For those who can't make it at all (or want to do it twice), we can do it again in a few months, if there's interest.

Food: This was originally inspired by gothwalk a few years ago, when he suggest renting a holiday home & all chipping for rent and food purchase, and he'd cook as his craft. Anyone interested in doing that? (gothwalk, are you interested and available?). Personally, I'd rather concentrate on other crafting than food provision, so the other options are potluck, takeaway, or sandwiches.

Getting there: I can do pick ups from train or bus, and I'm sure there'll be people willing to give lifts. Driving directions & more bus/train detail are available here for lj friends. Ignore party related details - I'm not specifically planning bbq & cocktails, but who knows what might happen!

Staying over: We've a double bed, two single futons, a smaller chair bed and a few blow-up mattresses. Available mostly on a first claimed first served basis: though if there's a couple they'll get double bed priority, and anyone with issues that make comfort important, eg pregnancy will get bed priority. We've space for other camp beds if necessary.

RSVP please*, so I've an idea about space and sleeping requirements, and for discussions about food. Also mention if you'd like to use the sewing machine a lot, in case there's two or more of you & someone can bring one.

* Is it normal to include please here? I feel weird leaving it out, but also putting it in, cos it's already there in the "SVP". #overthinking

Edit: Feel free to bring along books & magazines to swap/giveaway.
Current Location: Kilkenny
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
unavunav on February 25th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm out, I'm afraid, as that is my weekend in That London with Laura. We will be drinking cocktails and spending money. Have fun!
a very caring potato: irish passportmollydot on February 25th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Have a great time! And say hi to her from me. Haven't seen her in ages.
chebe on February 25th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'll be at MakerFaire in Newcastle (UK) that weekend :( But please keep us informed about any future events, and have a blast!
a very caring potato: minifestomollydot on February 25th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
*jealous* I assume you'll be blogging it?
Will do! Have a makeriffic time yourself :-)
peadarogpeadarog on February 25th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! Sounds impressive.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 25th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
holmesfanholmesfan on February 25th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh! how I wish I was near enough to join in. Have lots of fun and lots of production. Perhaps take some photos to BCinDC.

RSVP literally translates (so my decades ago French lessons remind me) as "Reply if you please" so there is thereoretically no need to add please after it.
See you soon.
a very caring potato: bookcrossingmollydot on February 25th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
See you in April!
lazy_hoor: Dr Zoidberg knittinglazy_hoor on February 25th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I would be on for this but I can't do that weekend. :(
a very caring potato: todomollydot on February 25th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Bah. Not even a little bit of it?

I must arrange to have something on a date you can come!
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on February 26th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
No, have a friend coming over Saturday (to raid my 80s music!) and I'm working all day Friday.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 27th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
It's the Saturday & Sunday, not Friday & Saturday. *is hopeful*
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on February 27th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Y'know my friend's coming on Saturday? THERE WILL BE BOOZING.

It will be an epic boozy weekend due to essay being handed in on the tenth!
a very caring potato: cocktailmollydot on February 27th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
That's what I was thinking, till I read about Friday. Oh well, another time. Have good boozing and boogie-ing! And good luck with the essay.
Kate: Personal: Olly and meeuphrosyna on February 25th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I might pop in on the Sunday maybe? I can't say for definite til closer the time, but I'm very close-by (sometimes) and would love it if a maybe-RSVP is acceptable!
a very caring potatomollydot on February 25th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! A maybe-RSVP is perfectly acceptable :-)
Salnonhae on February 25th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Bother, that's my weekend of drunkenness to celebrate exam passing.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 25th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Boo! But yay! Exam passing!
sshi on February 26th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Also, this sounds like something I would like, but I have no specific project on the go at the moment, other than finishing this damn thesis before it kills me. I have a bag of assorted art materials which has accumulated over the years, which I really should investigate, but it'll all have to wait on thesis finishing. So, yeah, not for this one, but possibly in the summer. I like the idea, though!
a very caring potatomollydot on February 27th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Roll on the summer and finished thesis!
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on February 27th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Not sure this weekend is working for a lot of people, but I'm up for almost any weekend in the month you like (the weekend of the 6th being the one I'm not free). Would love a craft in.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 27th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
The other weekends aren't possible for me. However! there is no quorum for crafting, and I have a couple of offline maybes for Sunday, so even if it's just the two of us for Saturday and maybe some others on Sunday, we can go ahead. And you'd be guaranteed a bed :-)
Caturah Winterhartcaturah on February 27th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Guaranteed a bed eh? I likes the sound of that :)

See you then, if not sooner!
The Milkman of Human Kindnessradegund on February 28th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
This sounds fab - I can't make it, but I hope it's a blast!
a very caring potato: penguin formationmollydot on March 2nd, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Have a good time on Saturday. Hope you can make it next time! Would more warning help?