Red RosesThe first roses are these lovely red ones that Mark brought me in the week - for no reason other than he thought I needed cheering up!
|ah, must be love!|
More roses: felt flowers with the Bath WII really like the Bath WI. It is very unlike the traditional image of the Women's Institute (somewhat elderly ladies singing Jerusalem and snoring through boring slide shows). I suspect I am one of the older members and, although sometimes I do feel like I am the only 40-something woman in Bath who does not have children, it is really relaxed and a good laugh. While there are groups of friends who understandably want to catch up, everyone mingles. No matter who you sit next to, you can pretty much guarantee they will be interesting, friendly and chatty. So now I have the monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month and the WI book club on the third Wednesday of every month and in the last week of the month the WI craft evening.
Thursday's craft evening was with Eirlys at Scrapiana - she of the teapot I was drooling over last week! It was such a nice group of women at Jika Jika (which was lovely - really nice airy place, the coffee was delicious and I was eying up the food - I think I must go back there with Mark for something to eat sometime) and Eirlys is really good at showing you what you need to know and helping if anyone got stuck, but all without feeling like a teacher. It was more like an evening out with friends where we just happened to learn to make some really simple but effective felt flowers. I had a couple of rather low days in the week (I blame that bout of flu/chest infection and the prednisolone after effects) but came away from the evening later than I had expected, with a big grin on my face - some lovely people and a bit of cutting, stitching and gluing is clearly the best medicine.
|some of the WI crafters|
These are the flowers I made - and was allowed to take home:
|loopy felt chrysanthemum|
Eirlys also has a lovely Scrapiana blog and there is a tutorial on making the chrysanthemums - really easy; give it a go! (and check out the rest of the blog while you're there - there's loads of lovely stuff). Incidentally, Eirlys is showing people how to make felt chrysanthemums at the Craft Tea Party at Green Park, Bath, for International Women's Day on Saturday 9th March, 2-5pm. A £5 donation to Oxfam (Eirlys is donating her time and materials) will see you making and taking home your very own brooch (as well as a nice warm feeling for helping a good cause). Contact her through her website scrapiana.com if you would like to reserve a place, there's a phone number on her classes page.
|felt pompom-esque flower|
Shabby chic Ellen MouseThursday's flower making has encroached in to my other sewing, and my latest Ellen Mouse has taken on something of a shabby chic air! Her little flower brooch is made from tiny remnants from the Silk Mill at Whitchurch in Hampshire.
|shabby chic Ellen Mouse|
|frilly mouse knickers|
Garden flowersYesterday turned out quite sunny so took the flower and mouse photos in the garden, and was amazed at how far out the Spring bulbs and blossoms are.
The dwarf flowering cherry outside the kitchen window is starting to blossom and will soon be beautiful. It always makes me smile, not least from memories of sniggering with my sister at the garden centre where my mum asked the young chap watering the plants, "Excuse me, do you have a small prunus?" How he kept a straight face when Helen and I were failing to smother our smutty double-entendre guffaws I'll never know!
|a small prunus|
The crocus are taking over the garden, like a miniature version of the day of the triffids!
|cat and daffodil|
|Rio the cat|
|Max the cat|
The miniature daffs at the bottom of the garden, under the big cherry tree are farther along.
A walk around BailbrookAs it was so nice and sunny yesterday, Mark suggested a bit of a walk. There are lots of nice walks from our house and we chose the walk up through Bailbrook, past the 'tin church'.
It must have been so noisy when it rained during services!
|Bailbrook tin church, Bath|
All the exertion called for some baking - Cornish fairings (melt 100g butter with 100g golden caster sugar and 2 tbsp golden syrup, then sieve in 175g self-raising flour, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda. Mix well and dollop teaspoonfuls onto a lined baking sheet. Squish down the dollops a little with the spoon and bake for 8 to 10 mins at 180C in a pre-heated oven. Cool on a wire rack.)
Today I am torn between putting time in to my part-finished quilt and making some more felt flowers...I would like to try adding some tiny beads. A cup of coffee first and then I'll decide.