It was so lovely to see Shaz, who came down even though she and Doug had to leave early to attend his sister's wedding! Now THAT'S dedication to the cause :-) Also, it was such a treat to welcome Dolores (Cardarian) who was able to come after her DBF's operation was unfortunately cancelled earlier in the week, Silver lining and all that!
But it wasn't just us girlies attending that day - so did some menfolk! I have to make special thanks to Mr Pear Shaped Chris and Mr Morti for doing sterling service in the washing up department. Thanks guys, your help was much appreciated!!
Morti had brought along her grandfather's cornet to show us..she'd discovered it while sorting out her mum's attic. It was really unusual, with piston disc valves that I've never seen on a brass instrument before.
But what none of us knew was that Dolores' DBF had been a bugler in his younger days and he managed to get a few notes out of it!
Dolores, Julia, Helen, Fiona, Kyla, Morti, Mary Anne, Hettie, Fiona, Lisa, Cindy, Debbie, Chris, LLJ, Margaret with Lisa Jane and Zoe in the from row! Great pic :-)
As it was Zoes' 40th Birthday week, she was presented with a card from us all and a prezzy made by Julia, after we serenaded her with Happy Birthday!
A fab pic of Zoe with her card - made by Shaz Silverwolf - there were lots of references to Bristol Rovers, who are playing at Wembley today. Zoe, who's a major fan, is there, supporting her team. With her gorgeous bright blue hair!! Which really suits you Zoe!
There's loads of space to spread out in Burbage Village hall - with space to the left for tables to sit and eat. It's a great venue!
Dolores and Mary Anne were both making ATCs like fury....their hands were a blur!!
Mary Anne's ATC involved some geometry and a pop up box...she's a clever gal!
Dolores' ATCs were so bright and colourful - I picked one whose colours reminded me of India. Completely gorgeous :-)
Now then...write your own caption for this pic! Hettie and Kyla were sniggering at this point. Juicy gossip, maybe??
Margaret, Debbie and Fiona happily crafted away all day.......
But the best, most wonderful surprise was when Janet Fairythoughts and The Handyman turned up after lunch. Janet has been so poorly, we weren't expecting to see her and we were all thrilled when they walked through the door. It was so fab to see her...note the very large pile of chocolate cake there...she deserves it. Janet brought loads of things to give away...coaster, little books, bracelets...all lovely keepsakes :-)
PearshapedChris was working away at a beautiful journal page - love the colours!
Great pic of the the three gals!
Helen was making this lovely journal page and Cindy had the bright idea of getting everyone to sign it, to mark the day. That's a nice touch.....
Meanwhile the Birthday Girl and her best mate, Lisa, were having fun doing their thing!
And this was the sewing corner!! Fiona was handsewing some gorgeous little patchwork hexies, Lisa Jane was whizzing along, making her first craft apron and Morti was doing the most exquisite cross stitch......
Fiona, you have WAY more patience than me to do all that gorgeous hand stitching......
Morti, this sampler is just beautiful, so pretty and detailed.....
And Lisa Jane just made me smile with the sheer joy and fun for conquering some sewing fears!! In fact, she was the first one to bring a machine to the Crop....
Sewing at the Bar! Lol...best place.....she was whizzing through....
Woohoo - you rock, girl! Love the craft apron you made :-)
And Hettie's Christmas and Amsterdam albums were ASTONISHING! Simply amazing....
People were so generous with what they bought to raise funds for Zoe's charity. I must thank my friend Helen and her mum Brenda who came to support us too. Helen brought three beautiful butterfly pictures (which I completely forgot to take a pic of...sorry) for the fundraising. Hope you enjoyed seeing what went on, girls :-)
Zoe, cutting her amazing Bristol Rovers cake! We're proud to report that we made £127 at the Crop for Zoe's Hypermobility fundraising....thank you to ALL the ladies and gents who supported the raffle, bought items and made the journey to come in the first place!! It was a fab day - and as always, many thanks to Julia, without whom we'd never have got to know all you lovely folk.