What’s a girl to do when she’s invited to go to a function that has a roomful of delightful gals, decadent food, shopping, speakers, junk and a reason to band together for a good cause?
She drops everything and just goes!
Ready to get flooded with photos? Awesome!
Getting ready for the Hometalk Meetup YAC Out of Africa event was part of the fun. I don’t have a fancy schmancy potter’s bench overlooking a lovely mountain view (yet), so welcome to my gardening shed aka my truck tailgate! Worked great!
I prepared a few old toolboxes and kettles with some plants and wide open spaces so we could have fun junking them up at the event.
Cutie pie helper Teddy (sigh) inspects this toolbox planter that got filled with all kinds of fun things such as rocks, moss, and sticks. It turned out really cute!
Then again so did she. Awww… mooches to you sweet girl! Miss you!
And here we are on location at my own demo table. The little sewing machine drawer business card holder came along for the ride once again.
The old kettles filled with rock garden plants are all ready for some major junk enhancing!
My table was all decked out with demo junk vases, plants and my fancy coffee bean sack table cloth.
The room was themed African style. It was incredibly lovely!
This was a dessert event so you can bet we had the most exquisite treats to nibble on.
Hey hey… look what made it to this table!
And let the party begin! It was a full house with approx 50 gals.
Brenda Tjosvold spoke about her trials and tribulations on her 30 years of African missionary service. It was riveting.
I kind of expected to hear how wonderful her life was but that wasn’t how she delivered at all. The one thing she didn’t really desire in her life was missionary work, but that all changed when she married one! I love hearing how all the bends in a road ultimately lead to a bigger reason. I hung onto every hilarious and serious word she spoke.
And what gal doesn’t love shopping?! Everything sold at the event was to help African artists directly. These items were incredible!
See the sweet gal in the beautiful green apron? She and her partner delivered the most amazing show of all the items they carried. She had buried small things into bigger things, so as each piece was explained, she’d pull something out of something she had just shown… again and again and again. It was like a never ending puzzle of amazingness in one bag.
And at the end of the event, Hometalk gave each gal a sandbag and I challenged them to create something amazing with it so we could have a little roundup of our projects!
Atta girl, Janice! This girl is an artist and had one major brainstorm after another, so I loaded her up good! So you can bet I’ll be knocking on her facebook page for an update… 🙂
And the most wonderful news of all? The fundraiser purchased 120+ mosquito nets to help reduce the spread of malaria in Africa. Wow!! So wonderful! We sure take for granted how safe we are from the elements and nature. I was honoured to be a part of such a good cause.
More to come on those sandbags… I hope! 🙂
Wanna play? Go create something from burlap / sandbags for this upcoming weekend so you can link it up! Cya Friday 7pm pacific for a BURLAP linkup!