Dear Cat lovers!
What an exciting weekend we had! We are very tired but also extremely proud and happy that we could be a part of something big. If you don’t know what we are talking about, please bear with us for a moment. We will try to explain, but let’s quickly jump to the beginning of the month where our story starts.
You may know it or not, but from time to time (usually every 6 months or so) Rita is forced to go to Cheltenham to see her doctors. While others go to Cheltenham for shopping, antiques hunting or horse racing, Rita spends long afternoons waiting to be assessed. Those trips are not the happiest times in her life and she usually returns to Worcester at the speed of light. Don’t be surprised, have you ever seen a cat that enjoys going to the vet? No, we didn’t think so. Fourth of March looked like another routine visits – early start, long queues and then planned rapid escape. Sometimes, however, your plans can change in a spur of a moment. Rita decided to stop for lunch and this very trivial thing led to an unusual discovery.
The Gallagher Retail Park is a place to go when you are hungry. Three fast foods places, two coffee shops and restaurants – all within a short walking distance. And in the middle of the park – an oasis for arters and crafters – local branch of Hobby Craft. We can assure you that Rita ate in less than 10 minutes and then spent an hour and a half replenishing her archives, secret stashes and art cupboards. While looking at the newest cutting machines made by Brother, the ScanNCut series, Rita noticed a small advert asking local artists to contact the management. Interested, she spoke to Malcolm, the manager for the branch and learnt that Hobby Craft organizes seminars and art presentations for their customers where they can learn how to created their own artwork or learn new skills. Quick arrangements were made and The Cat shop was invited to present their skills to the public on Saturday, 12th of March between 11:00AM and 15:00 PM.
Exactly at 11 o clock in the morning, Mal, Rita and their two Sizzix machines arrived safely to Cheltenham and the fan began. Working as an artisan on arts market can be tiring, but being an art teacher is a completely different thing and much harder one. You not only have to convince the visitors to dedicate their time to show them your craft but you have to interest them in what are you doing.
We have been very lucky; a lot of people stopped by, asked many questions, and admired previously made artworks. We received so many compliments that our ears were burning bright red and we are truly thankful for each comment. The most unusual thing was that visitors photographed us at work (it makes you feel like some kind of celebrities) so if you see our pictures on arts and crafts related blogs, please drop us a link.
We made three complete artworks during the workshop, showing different styles that can be used in home decorating. Malicia presented how to create kids friendly artworks (Princess Birthday Party) using large applications and elements you can purchase in Hobby Craft. Kids have natural talent towards art and unlimited imagination so involving them early (about 2-3 years old) can be great fun. You only have to remember about giving them soft materials to work with – paper and fabric and glue are perfectly safe for them. Malicia’s demonstration was aimed at 6-7 year olds as we worked with buttons, ribbons, stick on gems and small plastic elements.
Another artwork we did during the workshops was directed at adults who are looking for a clever ways of re-using materials they have at home. Old magazines, pictures, birthday cards – everything can be recycled instead of being thrown away. Rita used Sizzix machine to cut the cat and the flowers and scissors to add additional elements such as the heart and trimmings. The artwork entitled “The cat emblem” can be framed and be displayed in guest bedroom or in the lounge.
The last presentation piece was created to teach the visitors the basic ideas behind the immensely popular scrapbooking. Again, we have used decorative paper, stick on gems and pages from old art magazines to come up with a fun project. We called it “Just a note”. Freshly done, it was given straight away to a young visitor named Mariah, who loves arts, crafts and kittens. She was really pleased with her gift and declared that she will have it framed and hang above her bed.
If you’d like to take part in any arts and crafts workshops, please contact the store management at:
Hobby Craft Cheltenham
Unit B, Gallagher Retail Park
Tewkesbury Road Cheltenham GL51 9RR
The store in Cheltenham is open every day between 9:00 and 20:00 on weekdays, 09:00 – 18:00 on Saturdays and from 10:30 – 16:30 on Sundays.
We will be returning to Cheltenham in the future so please keep visiting our blog or our Facebook page for more information.
Please don’t forget that we will be taking part in Worcester Easter Festival arts and crafts market on the High Street on 25th and 26th of March. We will be updating you so stay tuned!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz