Saturday, 28 April 2018

Crafting Group

I tried the crafting group again yesterday. I collected L on the way and we went early so we could have lunch first. The pub does the most wonderful baguettes, served with salad and coleslaw, and chips if you want them. Last time I had pork and apple but this time chose sausage and onion (think really posh hot dog!) without salad or chips and it was yummy. I had the rest of a pasta bake to eat later at home so didn't want to eat too much at lunch time. 

Time was marching on and there was no sign of the organiser, or any other crafters, so I checked the Facebook page to find she'd just posted a message to say she couldn't make it and that she hoped we'd have a nice time! We were both a bit annoyed because she'd known since before 8am that we were going but, to give her the benefit of the doubt, maybe it was some sort of emergency. Anyway, neither of us was too worried about staying for the entire afternoon so we decided to go once we'd finished our drinks but before we could make our getaway another crafter turned up. It was her first time so, as we didn't feel we could just disappear and leave her to it, we stayed.

This turned out to be the best decision ever. We had a long chat about anything and everything but ended up talking about Zombie books! Luckily I'd read a series about Zombies recently or I'd have been out of the conversation completely! We completed our afternoon with coffee and homemade lemon drizzle cake, a perfect way to end a lovely relaxing afternoon.

We'd talked on and off about various crafts we'd done over the years and I remembered how much I used to enjoy doing tapestry and needlework kits, and which I think would now be the perfect craft to take along with me. I've just ordered one online, a 5" x 5" owl kit, which hopefully will turn up in time for the next session.

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  1. A negative turned into a positive. Did others turn up too? I used to cross stitch the little kits are just right for taking out
    Julie xxxx

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    1. No it was just the three of us. We had a chat with the landlady who told us this is a new venture and has only been running for a couple of months. The other two sessions (Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons) get more support each week.

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  2. How lovely. Thank goodness you stayed long enough. I wish I lived close - I'd come along too.
    That's something on your What To Do After I Retire list, isn't it?
    J x

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    1. Yes it is. We laughed a lot during the afternoon and I could feel the benefit of it last night. It'll be a fun thing to do.

      Maybe you could consider relocating 😂

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  3. Glad it all worked out so well. I know what you mean about the aftermath of a good chat/laugh - the effects make a real difference for hours afterwards, physically as well as mentally. The organisation does sound quite lax/overly casual but even if just the three of you decide to chalk this time out for a session each week, it won't matter and has the potential to be lots of fun.

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    1. Poor organisation is one thing that really frustrates me so I hope things improve on that front. We did discuss the possibility of trying the Wednesday session if more people are going to that, but didn't actually reach a decision. There are other similar groups in this area so we can keep looking until we find the right group for us if this one doesn't work out.

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  4. It sounds like a wonderful afternoon. It's a shame that more people didn't turn up but at least you made a new friend and had lots of laughs. The owl kit seems like a good portable project to take with you to future meet ups.

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    1. Now that I've ordered it I'm looking forward to stitching the owl picture. I haven't done one of these kits for over twenty years so it'll be intersting to see how I get on!

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  5. Sounds like the perfect afternoon, especially the lemon drizzle cake part :)

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  6. Well, at least you were there with a friend so you could visit with each other and the new person who showed up, and that person was able to join you and your friend. If you continue to attend these craft group sessions and you are someone who likes to organize things, you might find yourself getting involved with the organizing aspects of it!

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