Tap-dancer, mother of the Climber (15) & the Cherub (12), and girlfriend of Mr. Fixit.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I think it's very ace of QEII to hold her faux birthday celebration on my actual birthday weekend. That extra day-off in June means our group of Glampers (Glamour Campers, absolutely no roughing it in this establishment) can escape to Craft Camp at Sewjourn for four whole blissful days. And because my fellow Crafty Campers are such awesome and generous women, they treat a birthday girl very royally indeed. Much more than the boys at home would have.
Here's how they did it:
They gave me the Princess Room, ie the one with the big bed and no room-mates.
(I don't have a picture of it, so here's one of Jenny and Kate discussing darning.)
They put up birthday decorations : streamers in the studio and balloons in the house.
They made me a birthday cake. I haven't not made my own birthday cake for many many years now.
Not only that but they all chipped in for a massage voucher which I duly redeemed on Saturday afternoon. After which I had a lovely, lovely bath in the Sewjourn clawfoot. Bliss.
(My fluffy pink onesie was the perfect article of clothing for Crarf Camp; warm, comfortable, snuggly and tres chic. I don't care what Susan M. says! She said No. And she shook her head at me.)
The gels also entertained me with their witty, erudite and frankly hilarious company.
They only required me to cook once for the entire weekend. (I made poached quince and pear, with raspberries for added tang, and a delish golden syrup pudding.) The rest of the time they took turns at whipping up delightful meals and desserts. That's when they weren't offering up tea, wine, G&Ts or delicious snacks.
They inspired me with the things they created. Jenny and Susan M. definitely took the prize for the most prolific crafters, but everyone was making wonderful and clever stuff.
They encouraged me with my own endeavours, which were:
(1) A Merchant & Mills shirt-dress in some light blue linen given to me by my Mum in a recent de-stash. I felt a little like Wee Willy Winkie when I wore this, but have since washed it, and hope it may come to feel less night-shirtly. Possibly if I add a belt....
I had made it up at home over summer but when I tried it on I was
horrified. The book illustration looks nice enough on this charming waif, but it made me look frumpy. And like I was wearing a tropical sack. At first I toyed with putting darts in to shape the dress a
bit more, but then I decided to make it tunic length..
I also decided to add pockets because: very useful things, pockets. The purple batik came from a tap students who had also de-stashed in my direction. I'm really pleased with how it came up in the end.
(3) A self-drafted skirt in a soft purple suede-like fabric. I used the Sew What! Skirt book and designed my own pleats.
Such a good book, I think I've learned so much from it. The skirt is not quite right around the waist & zip area, so could possibly benefit from a little topstitching to help it sit flat (it's been under-stitched but it's not quite enough) and a little bit of jiggering with the facings, which all got too complicated when sewing on the daisy ribbon. But I love how the design came out and feel pretty pleased with the sense of accomplishment I have from having designed it myself within the guidelines.
So our weekend was a lovely creative, productive and also relaxing time, and we were sad to say good-bye to each other on Monday. Thanks again to all my fellow Campers: Susan, Susan M, Kate M and Kate C, Magda (who turns out I didn't get a photo of, sorry love), Julie and Jen. And love to Janet who couldn't join us, but who was in our thoughts the whole weekend.
Thanks also to my boys for getting on with their game while I was away. Came home to a clean house and a cooked dinner, and lots of hugs. A birthday weekend fit for a queen.
NB. All photos featuring the children are now classified as "private" on Flickr and can only be seen by my Contacts (that is, if you click through to Flickr for a better look at them). If I know you or your blog I am happy to be friends with you on Flickr . Joining is free and easy, and you can store up to 200 photos there.