Sunday, September 11, 2011

Craft Gossip’s Fork & Talk Event!


The whole group!

What a fun day we had! This is the whole group of us at the end of the fun. We started out by playing a fun and silly little game called Forbidden Word. The forbidden word of the day was “make” or any form of the word. do you know how hard it is to not say “make” when you’re at a bloggers meet up and everyone is talking about what they do? It’s hard! We were all given sheets of colored circle stickers, and any time someone was caught saying that word they would get a sticker. At the end of the day, whoever had the least amount of stickers would win a prize!

Then we all took turns standing up and stated our name, the name of our blog, a little bit about what we do and blog about, and to name the most unusual item we’ve ever crafted with. Let me tell you, there were some pretty unusual craft items used by people! One of the Craft Gossip editors said she had used a tampon to apply chalk. She would push a little out of the applicator, chalk with it, and then snip the end off and push more out for a new chalk applicator. She did warn us all not to leave our tampon lying about on our craft table unless we wanted strange looks from guests! LOL! I think the woman who won the prize had applied paint to a large salmon and then pressed paper on it to make a print that she later framed. I said my most unusual crafting item was using sawdust on a card.

After our introductions we were all served a delicious meal and each table had the honor of having one of the Craft Gossip editors at the table. We also had a bottle of wine. The table I was sitting at had Craft Gossip’s quilting editor Scarlett Bouroughs. Everyone there was into crafts of some kind, but they varied greatly. There were blogs about jewelry making, decorative gourds, cooking and recipes, painting, knitting and spinning wool, sewing, etc.

After lunch we had a few people from each table move to another table so we could get to know others. Each table was given a black hat and then we got to go to a table that had different things to pick from to decorate our hat as a group. The editors at each table were then going to model the hats and the hats would be judged. they were supposed to be judged by the sponsor of the event; EK Success, but we had trouble getting Skype to connect so the manager of Trios came in and judged the hats.


picking out craft items to decorate our hats


That’s me adjusting some lace on our hat


Our group’s hat

All of the hats

The winning hat modeled by Scarlett

After that fun game we were told to check under our chairs to see if we had “winner” stuck to it, and I did! I won a really cute stamped cross stitch apron kit. I’ll share pictures of the prizes and wonderful goodies that the editors and EK Success shared with us all later, but let me tell you that they were very generous! Then we were given some kits to make little fabric flower pins or hair clips. This was a fun and easy individual project that we all had fun with. You can probably see all of the flowers we made in the group picture above, but here is a shot of my flower and my name tag.


I mentioned the goodie bags they gave us and how generous they were. Well, they gave us each a large back pack stuffed full, and had so much stuff left over that they filled each of us a grocery sack too!



The stuffed backpacks and filled grocery bag

You all know that I love EK Success products – especially their punches! I was surprised to learn yesterday that they are the company behind a lot of other products I love. They have Martha Stewart, American Girl, K& Company, Jolee’s stickers, Inkadinkadoo, and many more! So that gives you and idea of the things we got in our bags! It was like Christmas morning!


digging through our bags

I will be sharing photos of what was in the bags on another day, and I’ll be sharing some of the stuff with you – so watch for that! For now I have to get busy preparing for the work week ahead. I just wanted to share some of the fun day with you all while it was fresh on my mind. A HUGE thank you to Craft Gossip and EK Success for such a wonderful day!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card to share! Have a great day, and thanks for looking and listening!


Tammy said...

Wow Holly, sounds like a wonderful time with clever ways to get to know other participants! So glad you enjoyed the day.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you had fun Holly! I can't believe all those companies! American Girl too!

Have fun with your wonderful haul of loot!

Oh, and I think sawdust is pretty unusual. So are Styrofoam shavings that are colored...

Hugs to You!
Terri / Brat

bumblebee creations said...

It is times like this that I wish I didn't live in the sticks! (small town) We never have anything like that come anywhere close to here--at least never that I ever hear of!! Sounds like you had so much fun!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like an incredibly fun time, Holly!!! I'm a bit jealous of all your goodies, but I'm sure you will be sharing them with us through your blog!

Marlene said...

Looks like you had fun. Those game things are incredibly stressful to me...because I'm incredibly competitive. Yeah, I guess you probably already knew that though, huh?

Lisa McB said...

Hi Holly--I really enjoyed meeting everyone as well; and it really was like Santa Claus and Christmas! I still have my SWAG splayed out so I can stare at it! Nice blog!! :-) Lisa

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Man that looks like FUN! I can't imagine trying to avoid saying make. lol

ferrellgraph-x said...

It must have been a fabulous day! I can not say that I will start using tampons as an applicator though! Lol!!! Seriously too funny!!!
Kindest regards,

Anne said...

Thank you for coming to our meet-up!! It was nice hanging out and crafting with you! Even though it didn't win, I still think our fancy veiled hat totally rocked.


scrappin sista said...

Looks like alot of fun, its great to connect with others who share this passion on paper crafting.... the tampon thing..i will try, sounds like a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!