Let me introduce you to Aoife (very old gaelic for pleasant, beautiful and radiant).
She has been my distraction for the last couple of weeks and a lifetime to come.
She's a sweetie and has made herself at home in the garden studio already. She has a snuggly den where she snoozes the morning whilst we all beaver away. If you pop in by all means say hello but don't forget that wonderul old saying... 'let sleeping dogs lie'.
Our sewing retreat this November was even bigger and better than our February session and I am so excited to be scheduling more for 2018. We had lots of lovely new faces, some coming with friends and some without, and there was so so much achieved during such a short space of time.
It's always a rush for us to get the room looking just right, and we really do like to make if look and feel nice and this time we were able to get in the night before. Thank goodness. Eager and enthusiastic ladies were waiting on the Saturday morning and from the moment the sewing room doors opened there were people waiting to get in and set up, just wanting to make the most of the weekend.
It being November there was a definitive festive theme to some of the sewing tables with Christmas projects and gifts being made. It was nice to show some fab quick projects in the helpful how to sessions, the perfect last minute christmas present makes.
As always there was a lot of patchwork being undertaken but plenty of dressmaking too. It's always so exciting to see the projects unpacked on the Saturday morning, to see the expectations of the weekend. For some there may have been a tad of over packing, for others the realisation of how much you really can make if you get uninterrupted sewing time.
There was much hilarity and plenty of good food. Enough mid session snacks and treat to almost overshadow a gorgeous buffet lunch and three course dinner but I think we all did ourselves proud and enjoyed all of it. Who can say not to warm scones, jam and cream served mid afternoon!
My only apology for the weekend would have to be for boring everyone there about the immient arrival of our new puppy the following weekend. If anyone ever tells you a puppy is hard work do listen! I've been in a puppy workd bubble for the last two weeks. That said she is gorgeous and very well behaved.
So spurred on by all the amazing feedback we have rebooked for November 2018 and are also sneaking in a cheeky non residential retreat in May. Rooms in May can be booked at the hotely direct or at any other local hotel but it allows us to keep the price affordable at this peak time of year.
Stay tuned too for details of our crochet retreat for 2018... one job at a time with a puppy about!
Following the success of our first Sketchbook sessions we are running an evening session on Thursday 12th October. If you can't make the weekday sessions this is your chance to come and have a go. We'll be undertaking a lovely doodling spread.. something to get lost in. If you would like to know more click here
When Diana joined us to teach quilling I have to admit that I wasn't really sure where it would go. I knew of the craft and had been gifted a free starter kit which has sat in my cupboard for some time. After attending one of Diana's sessions last month I've now got quite a love for this gentle little craft.
Equipped with my quilling tool and some rather ordinary looking strips of coloured paper we set about making some tight and loose coils and then learnt how to shape them with our fingers into petals. There are boards out there that can help you with the shaping but, with all our workshops, we like to keep the need to buy lots of stuff to a minimum. We do our best to show the proper techniques and leave you to decide if you want to invest in the gadgets.
After creating petals and flowers we moved on to leaves, stalks and some really fab top tips for borders which were so simple I couldn't belive that I didn't already know them. The results from our couple of hours were some lovely cards. A great starting point to learn a skill and come home with something.
It occurred to me what a great holiday craft this would be as the strips and tool take up no room. It would be very easy to sit on a plane or balcony with a glass of wine and prepare quite a number of shapes ready for any project. I also hadn't quite appreciated how many different colours of strips there are available, daft really given that they are just paper after all. Colour and cost really appeal to me as it's another great craft that's cheap and allows you play endlessly with colour. A quick peek on pinterest and I've already found a few to think about this summer....