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Hi, I'm Megan - owner, designer and writer at Dolly Henry! Join me here as I explore the ins and outs of creativity, dabble in dollmaking and raise my voice on issues facing creative entrepreneurs.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

A Crafty Party in Bellingen | Recap

The Crafternoon Tea Party that I co-hosted with Sarah from Say! Little Hen was such a lovely way to end 2018. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any photos when the party was in full swing, but I managed to grab a few snaps before our guests arrived.

We held the event at the beautiful Cedar Bar and Kitchen, in Bellingen NSW.

The lovely Naomi from Paper Leaf Press showed us all how to do a simple flower arrangement, which like most things that look fairly simple, actually take quite a lot of skill. Naomi quickly whipped together the most gorgeous bouquet, inspiring us all to go home and create floral magic ourselves.

We were also fortunate to learn a little bit about the journey from fleece to fiber with Lyn, who is a prolific and passionate spinner. Her gorgeous display was highly textural, and I couldn't help stroking the beautiful blankets, scarves, and yarn she had created. You'll see above Lyn makes adorable knitted chickens, which are perfect for the poultry lover or for apartment dwellers who'd very much like to keep a flock of their own!

The thing I have observed throughout this year, assisting with creative workshops and again hosting the Crafternoon party, was that most people are surprised at how much fun they have once they are there.

That isn't to say when they book in they expect to be bored, but rather that most of us are so crazy busy these days, that we don't realize what a rare treat it is to sit and simply create, uninterrupted by family, work or technology for several hours. The surprise and joy I see reflected in the faces of those around me, tells me that this is something we need to do more often.

Spending time creating without disruption, and meeting other people face-to-face is a tonic to today's hectic flurry of activity and notifications binging away on phones. Actually having real conversation, and sharing your creative pursuits with others is almost meditative.

It seems that going out for a creative workshop or party is some kind of medicine that nobody knew they needed, until they are there, relishing the luxury of time spent in peace, creating.

If anything, these experiences have taught me that slowing down, connecting with others in REAL time and switching technology off for a while is something we all need to do much more often. It was a really joyful and satisfying experience providing everyone with that platform to do that last Saturday, and something I would like to be able to offer again in the future.

Going into the New Year, I encourage you to reach out to friends, go out and do some making at a cafe, join a craft group or host a craft party of your own. It will be the thing you didn't know you were missing, and a necessary stress-release from the craziness of everyday life.

Megan x

PS. You can come and sew with me in February 2019. I am holding my first ever workshop, see the details here.

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