Hello! This is Mara Penny. I entered Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search along with 1,000 other people this year. The first assignment was to make a teacup, saucer and paper napkin for a pastry shop. I chose to go with a fortune telling cup. I think it would be great fun to go to a tea shop with a friend and read each other's tea leaves! I made it into the top 50 placing me in the semi-finals... Two of our other finches, Anne Bentley and Lisa Kirkbride, moved on to the next round as well!
For the second assignment, we were asked to design a dessert cookbook cover for our fictional pastry shop owner, Sunny Spindler. Amazingly I made it through to the finals with my sister finch, Anne Bentley, and four other contestants.
For the final round we were asked to design a gift line to be sold at the pastry/tea shop. We were given trend boards to choose from. I went with the "reading tea leaves" board. I wanted the feeling to be boho/gypsy and magical.
In the end I didn't make it all the way the through, however, our very own Anne Bentley did!! I am so thrilled for her!