Sorry for the delay in posting, things are a bit crazy around here at the moment. Now...where were we?? Oh, that's right, I said retreat was up next. It's a bit strange to write about the last retreat with the next one looming on the horizon but I'll do my best.
I always start planning retreat by coming up with a theme and an idea for a project. Then I make sure I can flesh it out and that I can come up with enough ideas to make it viable as a theme. After that I contact a designer to see if they would like to design something to fit the theme. I never start the actual process of making or buying things until I have all that nailed down. Otherwise it's a bit like putting the cart before the horse. So for our Spring 2015 Retreat I found a quote from an author that called to me regarding roses and thorns. Based on this quote I named the retreat "Will you accept this Rose?" which of course is the tag line for the reality show The Bachelor/Bachelorette. I had ideas for for rose themed ort containers, scissor fobs, etc...had it all planned out. Now you can't just willy nilly take a quote from someone famous and use it without permission so I tracked down the publishing house (the author had no contact information anywhere) and sent an email requesting permission to use the quote in a cross stitch piece. And then I waited. I waited some more and then I put my dang cart before my horse and started making the ort containers that I make for each retreat based on said quote. This is what they looked like:
I sent a second and then a third email requesting permission and still didn't hear a thing. Finally I had to reach the conclusion that this theme was going to have to fall by the wayside. I was running out of time and the designer was running out of time. But now I had 40 rose themed ort boxes ready to go (this is where the cart before the horse comes in) and I didn't want to just toss them aside so I needed to come up with an idea that incorporated the already made boxes. And while I was standing in the shower pondering the issue, inspiration struck! (I come up with the best ideas when I'm in the shower, give it a try sometime!) The ort boxes already represented a reality show so what if reality shows were the theme??? And that my dears is how Reality Bites came to be, it described how I was feeling to a "T"! I came up with the idea for a sampler that had different motifs in it that represented Reality TV shows past and present. But I didn't want them to be obvious to the casual observer. I wanted it to be like a secret code, similar to the quilts that were used to direct the runaway slaves to freedom or the hidden meanings behind Quaker motifs or different types of flowers or the hidden messages that were stitched into needlework by POW's in WWII. Here's an excerpt taken from an article by Patrick Barkham in The Guardian Sept. 2, 2011 that talks about the POW's if you haven't read it already. It's very interesting!
|Timsey and Shannon with their stuff|
Some of the items represented reality shows:
Candle Snuffer ~ Survivor because they snuff your fire when you are voted off the island
Stitch Starter ~ stamped knife fork and spoon for all the cooking shows
Emery Board ~ represents a nail file which one needs when one is Escaping from Alcatraz
Cupcake Candle ~ Cupcake Wars
Bottle of Water ~ can’t survive Naked and Afraid without water!
Scissors ~ Project Runway
Mug Mat ~ The fabric had a Television Set on it