A couple of months ago I was approached by Joanna at Canvas and Cream, our new Art Gallery in Forest Hill, to run a craft workshop for a hen party. The bride to be and her friends and family were due to descend upon this gorgeous space for bubbly, tea and baked deliciousness one Saturday in September. Corsage making was to be the icing on their proverbial cake. Crafty parties are an original way to celebrate any occasion with friends or family in the comfort of your home. The best part is that you don't need to have any sewing experience, just a willingness to nurture your creative spirit and some mates to share it with!
So let me see...crafting....AND cake? How could I refuse?
Now many of you already know that I have been a teacher for a looooong time so you wouldn't think that this kind of gig would daunt me would you? WRONG.
Teaching a class of 30 pupils, whilst extremely challenging at times, could no longer be described as daunting. Teaching a room of your peers, some of whom will probably have consumed at least one glass of a bubbly beverage is an entirely different matter.
My lovely daughter gave me advice on the drive over: 'Mum, you're fabulous! It'll be FUN!'
I needn't have worried at all.
The lovely ladies were seated, fairly sober and eager to get started. Some ladies were avid sewers and some had little experience but all wanted to find their creative side which was the most exciting part!
I gave a short demonstration and before I knew it they were reaching frantically to choose from colourful scrap fabrics and embellishments.
I was impressed by their enthusiasm and the combinations they all came up with and I think that they surprised themselves too! I hope that they all had a great afternoon...I know that I did!
Oh...and the cakes were delicious too!