06 December 2011

How do you take care?

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I’ve always had an interest in craft. From a young age, I remember sitting with my grandmother while she made clothes for my sister and I, on her old Singer treadle sewing machine.

My mother is also crafty and back in the 80’s was very interested in Hobbytex (fabric painting) and cottage crafts - remember when those fabric covered tissue boxes and picture frames were the “in” thing?

When my children were born and I left my full time paid job, I needed an outlet. Something that I could do that was all mine. For me, it was learning how to embroider and then quilt.

I joined a group at a local church which was mainly made up of seniors. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good chat with my senior friends and they are an amazing group of women with a huge knowledge and experience base. I learnt how to embroider with them and for this I’m very grateful.

Here is one of my first projects… which I still use. It’s a needle case. The embroidery design is by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches.


The group would meet up on a Tuesday morning, which was the day my son was at day care and I’d leave my daughter at my mothers house for a few hours.

Unfortunately schedule’s change and life happens, and I was no longer able to keep attending the Tuesday morning groups… so I googled. I learnt patchwork and quilting by reading online tutorials and watching you tube videos.

I would dearly have loved to learn face to face, but generally, craft groups and small children, don’t mix. Know what I mean?

One day, I’d like to start this type of group in my local community. I’d like to be able to get mum’s (or dad’s) together, to be creative and learn a new craft - in a space where their young children / toddlers are also welcomed.

Enter Garnier. Yes, Garnier – the people who make hair and beauty products.

Garnier are looking for 10 inspiring Australian’s who are currently engaged with a grassroots project; whether it be fundraising for a local school or sporting group, assisting with community activities or raising awareness of important local issues.

Garnier is searching for 10 ‘Take Care Ambassadors’ to inspire, share product reviews and beauty advice, plus receive support for their own community project.

Garnier - The Circle

The winner will receive $1000 cash to help further their project, plus Garnier product and merchandise to use for fundraisers and prizes.

Have a look at this video for more details:

Do you have a project or community group which would benefit with this type of funding? Yes?

Well try your luck and enter in to become the ‘Take Care Ambassador’ for Garnier. Click THIS LINK to be directed to their Facebook page.

I’ve entered my craft group idea and am keeping my fingers crossed.

Entries close of 4 January 2012 and public voting with be open between 13 January 2012 to 7 February 2012 with the winner announced on 8 February 2012.

If you enter, I’d love to hear about your community project.


  1. How very spooky! I was only talking to someone yesterday about Hobbytex!! Tried to explain to them what it was!!

    Many happy hours colouring in the preprinted pictures on that felt/vilene or onto t-shirts and pillow cases...

    My mom had a mini production line going at one stage for ghostbuster t-shirts!!

    Very odd - readin in your post today!!

    Small spooky world!

  2. Let me know if you do start up a craft group. :D


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