This weekend was such a mix of fun, hard work, craftiness, and musical wonder! Heading off to Byron bay on Thursday night, we settled in and prepped ourselves for the festivus of Splendour In the Grass by heading to the local Thrills x Stance opening party. After snoozing off the bulk Budweisers that were consumed, we arrived at Splendour bright and early Friday morning, heading to our first (and main) stop, the Splendour In the Craft tent, where I checked in for my Craft Captain duties. After familiarising myself with all the workshops I would be overseeing across the three days of the festival, I was then shown around the Craft-Container which was basically a mini Spotlight store (ie. heaven) which would provide us with all the goodies we would need for the weekend. First up was an awesome quilting workshop, followed by dream catcher creating and then flag and pennant making with Kitiya Palaskas. I was so excited to meet this delightful gal, whose wonderfully colourful creations I have witnessed on instagram. But before I knew it, in a flash of felt, glitter and hot glue, the first day of crafting was finished and we were gearing up for Day 2.
This is the felt pennant I made. I kept offering people quick sew jobs throughout the day, and only later realised that this may have been sounding a little odd…
This is the cutie pie Kit Palaskas wearing the John Howard frames I gifted her.
Day 2 had to be my favourite day of the festival. I got to meet my craft hero Beci Orpin and hang out with cutie Kirsten from Eachtoown for her charm bracelet workshop (which was just SO amazing). Then I got to do some casual crafting with the Dandy Warhols, who stopped by for Beci Orpin’s session on Saturday afternoon…as you do. But the main highlight for me had to be fiiiiinally seeing The Grates play with Patience wearing THE TINSEL JACKET THAT I MADE!!!!! It was just the most ideal thing that I have seen in a long time. I actually felt a little emotional about it. Patience is just such an incredible performer and it was phenomenal to see her jump about like a real-life rainbow. I felt so lucky to be involved in some way with their show as I just think they are so magnificent.
The other thing I loved about Day 2, was just HOW many people stopped by the tent for crafting. It was incredible to see so many creative spirits taking the time to come by and whip something up. Some sessions of the day were just so packed with people grasping the craft tables for materials and the opportunity to get involved. It was an awesome thing to see and be apart of.
Kirsten from Eachtoown made me this cutie name badge so people could easily summon me for all their crafting needs.
By Day 3 of the festival, I was needing bulk Fancy Cherry Lemonades from the Southside gals to stay perky and ready for crafts. I traded sunnies for beverages, and this was a triumphant compromise. Sunday had to be the muddiest day of the festival, so people were swarming the tent throughout the day for both artistic reasons and general refuge from the mud-swamps that had formed throughout the festival. Come 4pm, I got to do my Swamping Sunnies workshop with Pae for Fancy Free and that was a total hoot. People got pretty intense about getting a free pair of sunnies to bedazzle. The intensity ranged from WANTING CLEAR FRAMES INSTEAD OF PINK FRAMES (one girl stalked me around the tent to achieve said swap) to NEEDING MORE GLUE to WANTING A SECOND PAIR OF FRAMES TO FULFIL CRAFTING NEEDS. So many feelings. It was all very full on. But great to see people so enthused.
And then BOOM! It was all over-red-rover. I finished the festival like any raving, party animal by consuming 3 Byron bay donuts (one Choc, one berry and one traditional…of course). I felt really good about this choice…
Until next year friends! Thanks so much to Splendour for having me as your Craft Captain and all the people who got involved over the three days!