Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Start the Bidding!

I recently found myself part of 'The Project Committee for The Night of Magic School Auction for Room 4.' Yes, a rather long-winded title for a Kindergarten Committee but, there you have it. It fell to a few of us Mums to come up with a project that involved creations from the kiddos that would be a biddable item in the school fundraising auction. There were meetings for brainstorming, ideas discussed, planning for work times, canvassing for donations, and then the actual making of the thing. It was fun, it was hard, I learned a lot.

As it was the first time on such a committee for all of us moms, we were sort of flying by the seat of our pants and crossing our fingers that this would all come out in the end.

We started off with the kids painting tiles with images of flowers. One of the moms took the tiles to be fired in a kiln. What happy bright tiles we ended up with! Next came a vintage door - onto which the tiles were set and grouted. Some of us pilfered our leftovers from home improvement projects for extra tiles to fill in (there's a bit of our shower tile in there!). The door was then given a fresh coat of paint and a vintage door knob for fun.

Then, the planter box was designed and beautifully made by The Engineer (well done dear!) It turned out so great, I am quite pleased for there were a few 'iffy' moments along the way.

But for the kid's tiles, the project was made with all reclaimed materials. Now it is off to the auction for Friday night!

I must thank all the moms who put in the time and hard work to help create this unique piece of art. And of course, many thanks to the very crafty Engineer who was volunteered by me without his knowledge!

I would also like to give a little mention to the wonderful businesses who donated materials - without them this would not have come together. So thank you...
The Rebuilding Center
Salvage Works
Miller Paint
Pistils Nursery

Now, I am off for a cuppa and a sigh of relief that this is one project ticked off the list. Have a lovely day!


Pomona said...

It's a really beautiful door, and wonderfully creative. Well done!

Pomona x

Sherri B. said...

It's fabulous! Bless all of your sweet hearts for coming up with such an amazing idea. Surely this will bring in great bids as there is nothing more priceless than a childs art. Good job, to you all!

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

It is beautiful!! What a wonderful item for auction - I bet there will be a bidding war.

Lindsay Jewell said...

It's really beautiful! Such a great idea. :)

andrea creates said...

what a great idea~sounds like it was a lot of fun!
thanks for stopping by :)

Flaming Nora said...

My god is there nothing you can't do?
(He he)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I think that is absolutely wonderful, the children's tiles are so beautiful. It's such a great idea and well done to the Engineer too.
Vivienne x

Mom L said...

It's beautiful and vibrant! It will be a magical door when plants and/or flowers are blooming in the planter.

Nancy in Iowa

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

What a unique idea! I think it will be a winner at the auction. Great job!!

Tas said...

Wow, that is going to be an amazing auction. What a lovely prize!

Relished Artistry said...

What an absolutely fabulous idea for a fundraiser! One could extrapolate this to any number of crafting ideas that could be made with a local artist's contribution--collage art, assemblage, mosaics, pottery, ceramics, fabric design and printing--the possibilities are endless! How wonderful that you got so many local businesses and locals involved in the endeavor. It turned out to be a real community project. How awesome!!!

Vic said...

That. Is Awesome.

Damn you & your auction being on the other side of the world! ;)

I'm sure it will attract the big bids my dear, let us know how it goes!

mel @ loved said...

Wow it looks fantastic, what a great piec of art! Hope the Auction is a great success..x

lifeshighway said...

Wow, beautiful art project. You must have a very creative bunch of bunch, but we are talking Portland (for the most part) aren't we.

I hope the bidding goes well, I would love that piece for my own garden.

Well done to everyone.

june at noon said...

Wow, that is quite an undertaking, and way more ambitious than anything I would have even dreamed of for a first-timer idea. Good for you, mamas! It's so bright and cheerful.

Janee Lookerse said...

HOLY COW!!!! Lola! That is AMAZING!!! It looks fantastic. Seriously. So cool. I'll bet it'll be the first thing to sell in the auction. I would bid on it, for sure. You'll let us know how it went right?


Pia K said...

the door is AMAZING!!! i'd love to call it mine! the planter box is exquisite. hope you'll get loads of bids for it, it's a stunning piece. happy weekend!

Janee Lookerse said...

Hey Friend!

I just wanted to let you know that I used one of your photos in my "inspirational images" post today :) Here's the link: