25 September 2011

Continuity

There was a church festival today. I love festivals - especially small local ones. When I was young, our church, Saint Charles, which no longer exists, had a yearly bazaar. How I loved that word - bazaar. I loved working at the bazaar and I loved playing the games, eating the food, meeting friends and more.

I don't like parties much anymore, so festivals have replaced them. I had a wonderful hot sausage sandwich and my favorite funnel cake dessert. Because it was nearing the end of the 2-day event, they marked down the baked goods. I bought some pizzelles and wanted to pay the original price and bargained to $4.00 per bag (right in the middle).

I looked at the flea market table (how could I resist?) I'm a fool for vintage linens - especially hand-embroidered ones and lace-edged ones. I even like the ones with machine lace that has been added by hand. As soon as I approached another woman let me know that I was not to look at the linens because she was there first.

Those of you who know me well, know that I am very polite, so I said I'd be back when she was finished. Well this took a long, long time for her. She had an armful of gorgeous pieces that grandmothers and great-grandmothers had made. They were freshly laundered and pressed by hand. Some were very old Belgian lace and worth quite a bit.

It saddens me how inexpensively embroidered tablecloths, pillowcases, dresser scarves and doilies are sold. Someone put so much love and time into them that they should be treasured. But, sometimes there is no one left to treasure these things. So, selling them is a good thing. Someone who can feel the stitches and know the person who sewed them just might come along and buy a few. I particularly love the ones that have broken threads and worn patches and even a stain or two, so those are the ones I chose. Imagine the stories behind the threads and blemishes!

I bought the bunch above. When I asked the price, I was told that it was a donation for the church, what ever I thought - 6 pieces for $6.00. I thought this was not enough to pay, but the woman behind the counter thought it generous.

My turn was last and I guess I'm glad that it was. I would have wanted all of the other pieces that were bought just before I was able to look, but they were all sold for only $4.00. The woman behind the counter was gracious about the purchase before mine.

I am delighted with the stitches from other families that were shared with me today. And, I am fortunate to care about the pieces and the hard work that people put into these pieces so long ago. And it is good to know that there are people who put hard work into keeping their communities strong with these festival.

It's not about the bargain or any transaction. It is about the continuity and connection. That's why I love festivals. And, that's why we'll continue to go to as many as we can.


16 September 2011

Winners of the Circus ATC Challenge Announced!

1st Prize: Sarah Myers: Dagger Throw - $30 gift certificate

2nd Prize: Jennifer Young: South American Circus - $20 gift certificate


3rd Prize: Sherry Scott: Circus Knife Throwing Act - $10 gift certificate


Runner Up: Kristin Hubick: Bearded Lady - $5 gift certificate

Runner Up: Anne Squire: Showbiz - $5 gift certificate


Random Drawing: #24 Nicole Marie: Carnivale -$25 gift certificate

Thanks everyone for entering!

Look at All the Entries - Every One & All the Comments

Right now our Facebook Gallery has all of the entries. You don't need to sign into Facebook - you don't even need a Facebook account to see the entries or read the comments people have made. They are all so wonderful it was hard to choose the finalists and we're sure it was hard for all the voters!

07 September 2011

SilverCrow's Circus ATC Challenge has Closed Voting Begins Soon!

What Everyone Made
Create up to 3 ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). ATCs are little works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards or poker playing cards, 2-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches (63mm x 89mm).

Theme
Circus, carnivals, clowns, masquerade - any interpretation you can conjure from that! 


What They Used At least one SilverCrow Creations product - old or new - from Etsy or our website. No purchase necessary - just as long as we sell the product - you don't even have to buy it from us.
Entry Gift
Everyone who enters received a free specially created mini ephemera/collage pack in the real mail - yep! Each ephemera package was mailed as soon as we received the entries. We still need an address from one of the entrants. Some people are awaiting their other 1 or 2 packs because we had to figure out how many to make. So, don't worry, they will be on their way.

If we can't find you, we'll let you know via our blog, Omar's Features on SilverCrowCreations.com and on Facebook.

Prizes
There will be 4 prizes. First prize: $30.00 SilverCrow Gift Certificate. Second Prize: $20.00 SilverCrow Gift Certificate. Third prize: $10.00 SilverCrow Gift Certificate. Random Prize: $25.00 SilverCrow Gift Certificate.

Voting
The random prize will be awarded to one of the entries via random number generator. We will pick our top five favorites and then, at the end of the contest, we'll ask you to vote for your favorites later today or tomorrow - as soon as I figure out how to do it. Right now our Facebook Gallery has all of the entries. You don't need to sign into Facebook - you don't even need a Facebook account to see the entries.