12 Hour Craft Extravaganza

Take Two. I apologize for the missing post before, for those who subscribe to my RSS. I composed a decent post, and before publishing, walked away from my computer for a little bit. When I came back a half an hour later to reread and proof what I had written, my computer had restarted on its own and I had lost everything. Matt thinks it was an automatic windows update, where a message pops up saying “the computer will restart in 15 minutes” and since I wasn’t there to say no thanks, it restarted and everything was gone.

So, in a nutshell: my sister invited me to a 12 Hour Craft Extravaganza that her church has started organizing. You pay $35 (I think) and they provide you with a table, lunch, dinner, and tons of freebies, and door prizes and you haul in tons of crafts and go to town for 12 hours. They also offered workshops throughout if you want to do them. Then it’s like a battle in which you craft your guts out and at the end of they day you feel proud that you were able to sit and work for 12 hours straight.

chalkboard painted matchbook notepads I made at the craft extravagana

I wanted to take a picture every hour. I also had grand plans to catch up on my 365 mailart project. 2.5 hours in and less than one week’s worth of cards caught up and I decided I needed to focus on other projects or I was going to be saddened by my lack of productivity by the end of the 12 hours. We all thought we were going to be able to get soooo much stuff done, but it’s surprising how quick time flies when one is crafting and chatting.  I brought tons of stuff and realized that I would feel disappointed if I didn’t work a little on just about everything I brought, so that was what I did. I moved on and painted, drew, sewed, stapled, taped, and glued.

Going into it I was afraid that my ADD would be a huge hurdle, trying to stay focused on tasks while filled with a room full of other artists and crafters, but I did surprisingly well. I only hit a brick wall for a half hour in the 10th hour but that was understandable, and I moved on after a short break.

I think it would be fun to do more of these and if I did them more regularly I might be able to focus on one or two things the entire time, rather than boxes and bags full of projects.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at flickr.com/photos/robayre and on my own personal website http://www.robayre.com. I also have an online shop http://www.robayre.etsy.com where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (artomat.org).

One thought on “12 Hour Craft Extravaganza

  1. It was $25!! I was going to say we could do 12 hour craft extravaganzas at your house, but that wouldn’t be any good because you could get easily distracted at home…so we need to find somewhere outside of home to do such things. :)

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