These mums are crafty

By EMMA CORNFORD ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

EACH Friday afternoon, a group of six mums sit amongst piles of hot glue guns, teddies, hessian bags and glitter.

They gather around a table with cups of tea, sometimes in the library, sometimes relegated to the back room of the canteen.

You may not know they are there but be assured they are always being crafty.

From earings to painted glasses, it is the work of these ladies that you will find for sale at the St Joseph's Primary School fete tonight.

Tania Hewitt is one of the group who spend hours each year gluing, beading and generally being artistic, in the name of constructing hundreds of Christmas decorations and other items to sell at the fete.

"We start about two weeks after the fete has finished for the year and start thinking about what we're going to do for the next year," she said.

While some of the crafts look incredibly difficult to master, Mrs Hewitt said she always 'tests them out on the kids' before suggesting them to the other ladies in the craft group.

"Sometimes they'll look at things and say 'no way', but I say 'it's ok ? the kids have done them' and then they're alright."

Craft group member and Parents and Friends Association president Leonie Duck said she enjoyed helping with the fete.

"It's something to help a bit and makes sure there's always something a little bit different there. Our husbands help as well ? they're often out cutting things or sanding things for us."

"We have a good laugh and a chat whenever we come in," Mrs Hewitt said. "It's really good fun."



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