Thursday, 26 June 2008

Getting it all out in the open

A little while ago, in a fit of energetic enthusiasm, I signed up for the Bristol SunWalk. If you haven't heard of this, you may be aware of its big sister, the MoonWalk, which is a walking marathon that is held overnight. The SunWalk - as the name suggests - is a daytime version, and it also covers shorter distances: there's a 5k and a 10k, as well as a half marathon (or 13.1 miles), which is what I'll be doing.

I signed up for this event because the cause is important to me - the event is run by Walk the Walk, which is a grant-making charity that benefits a range of breast cancer causes (if you're interested, you can read more about their work here). Several years ago, a good friend of mine lost her fight against this disease, and recently I have known too many people who have been hit with it - although the good news is that more and more folk seem to be coming out the other side.

The trademark of Walk the Walk events is that participants are encouraged to walk wearing highly-decorated bras. It's just over a week until the SunWalk, and my walking pack arrived a few days ago, containing my bra to decorate. So, the main crafty activity that has been going on chez chicken has involved planning for bra-adornments, so that I can turn this...


... into something a bit more like some of the designs on display here. I have quite a few ideas knocking around in my head, but if anyone has any good decoration-suggestions, I'd love to hear them! The colour scheme for the event is not what you'd call subtle, as you can see from the hat I have to wear:


I'm tempted to make my bra a bit more subdued, but maybe I'll throw caution to the winds and attempt to co-ordinate!

And speaking of throwing caution to the winds, I'm starting to get very nervous about the whole prospect of walking through the centre of Bristol on a Sunday afternoon with my undergarments on show. It's far scarier than the actual walking-13-and-a-bit-miles thing (although that is making me pretty antsy, too...)

Anyway, I've rambled on quite a bit now, but one last thing: just in case anyone would like to sponsor me, I've added a widgety link in my sidebar to the online fundraising page I've created. Do feel free to pop over and have a look. Also, if you happen to have any particularly rich and philanthropic friends, do please point them in my direction :o)

Anyway, I'm going to shut up now and go and rootle through my crafty supplies: I've got me a bra to decorate....

19 comments:

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Fabric paint, glitter, fringe, pom poms, feathers, flowers - subtle> Nah!
Alternatively you could quickly "knock up" a couple of pink, orange and yellow 'munkehs' and attached one to each cup :o)

Random Reflections said...

"I've got me a bra to decorate..."

Now there's a line you don't expect to hear every day.

Lesley said...

I think you should go bright and brash!! If you're worried about being seen out in your unmentionables maybe you should knit yourself a coordinating beard!

xxx

Kitty said...

A woman who can knit both a bra and a mug has nothing to worry about over a mere bra. Not that your bra is very mere, but you know what I mean.

Surely 'outrageous' is the way to go for bristols in Bristol?

x

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Oooh! Definitely pom-pom braid! And none of this "toning it down" nonsense!

What fun - but definitely rather you than me!

Lucy x

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

P.S. - Is there any way to donate via paypal?

silverpebble said...

Love Lesley's suggestion of a knitted beard for disguise.

Perhaps a very small pink cherry cupcake stuck on each side. No.. rather too saucy perhaps.

Have fun with the bra crafts anyway!

trashalou said...

I vote for the matching beard!

Working Mom Knits said...

VC - having a contest featuring YOU! Go to my blog http://workingmomwhoknits.blogspot.com/
to check it out : )

picperfic said...

How about making some felted flowers to sew along the edge? Good luck with this project! I cam here via WMK's

Selina said...

Wow! WHat an awesome thing to do. You have to go totally over the top! Feathers, sequins, the lot! Good on you and enjoy!

Jodie said...

two big hands over the cups?? Too naughty?

Katjuska said...

I would glue these: http://www.gemshow-online.com/Rhinestones_-_Swarovski_Crystal_Bead_Flatbacks_1.html

And do the finishing touches with fabric pens or paints.

lauren said...

you know, i should really consider reading blogs in the order they were written, instead of starting at the top and scrolling downwards!

...b/c NOW...the above post *totally* makes sense!!! :)

or hey: someday maybe i will even start reading my fave blogs EVERYDAY so there is no scrolling necessary!!! wahey! KEEPING UP!!! what a concept!!!

(ps: well done you, oh lovely sporty-and-charitable one! of course i shall contribute to the endeavor!!!)

Gina said...

I'm for coordinating with the yellow pink and orange.... go feathers, glitter, pompoms... and possibly a monkee! Well done for being brave enough to do this.
Gina x

Susan said...

I like the blue, but I think it needs lots of glitter--maybe some nice shiny beads sewn on? What a great fundraiser--sounds like fun.

mrspao said...

Sounds like a great idea!

As the bra is now blue with white trim how about sticking some clouds on it and a tiny sun on one side. You could make cotton wool clouds :)

dinahmow said...

Hello! I arrived here via Celia and Gina and thought I'd mention that I've also decorated a bra for a similar charity. But we're not parading ours(thank goodness!)They'll be auctioned locally and I'll post a photo on my Wordpress blog some time this week.
Good luck to all you brave gals!

Jackie said...

Two birds..blue..easy..Blue tits.

(Or long tailed/coal/great/
bearded/ crested/ marsh/ or willow)