Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, kind words etc. I've been overwhelmed by the kindness of blog comments, emails and text messages and I'm gradually trying to reply where possible. No news yet about the degree but some reassuring emails from the Associate Dean at the Middlesex School of Arts & Education so I'm staying positive and my fingers are crossed!
Meanwhile I have spent a brilliant day at Missenden Abbey promoting my courses and peddling some wares and thanks must go to Jamie of Colouricious for organising such a fabulous event to coincide with the Abbey's Open Day. We were busy all day with lots of interest in my courses - the first one is a summer school from 31st July to 5th August - "Razzle Dazzle Machine Embroidery" A week of colour, texture and machine stitching for all abilities. Details on the Abbey website.
I also sold a fair bit of "stuff" and met lots of people - some old friends I'd not seen for a long time, ex-students, some blog friends, some blog readers... lovely to see you all! One friend in particular Kim, has been a student on a couple of my courses in the past and we also met on holiday in Italy a couple of years ago quite by chance when we discovered we had rented ajoining apartments... that was a surreal moment when we both walked out on the patio at the same time and did a double take. Anyway, Kim had read about the bad news this week and decided that as I'm always making cakes for other people she would make a cake for me... how kind was that!
It is the most delicious apricot fruit loaf I have ever tasted which I am sharing very reluctantly! Thank you Kim.
And of course it is also another Postman's Knock swap weekend and I came home to this intriguing card from Joanna... complete with lots of little doors...
which when opened reveal concealed messages about what might be hiding!
As we are half way through the postcard swap this means we have received cards from the same person we have sent them to this week and this is the card I sent to Joanna whose theme is "Collections." You can see more of the postcard swap on the Postman's Knock blog.