Tuesday 21 December 2010

Day Twenty One

On Friday I spent the day with three rather special friends. Ricki, Sandra, Susan and I have worked together over the past five years on a project called Vital Communities. Sadly the project has now come to an end but we thought it would be good to get together and continue to have creative days, sharing skills. Sandra very kindly hosted the day, despite being on tender hooks waiting for her daughter to give birth any moment.

In the morning, Ricki led us in a felt making session. Although the others made small felt bags, I spent the time making these colourful balls for a project I had in mind.

After a delicious shared lunch, Susan then showed us how to make these fabulous lanterns from dogwood sticks, tissue paper and PVA. She had made forty of them last year for her partner's birthday and I thought I might try to make half a dozen to hang in the dining room over Christmas...

but so far this is the only one! It was a lovely relaxed sharing day, far more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than much of the frantic activity that seems to take place this time of year.
And some wonderful news... Sandra became a grandmother for the second time when her daughter gave birth to a little girl on Saturday. Congratulations to all!


  1. What a lovely day of sharing - so glad you will keep in touch. Friends like that are too precious to lose. Sandra's Christmas present is very special! I love the colours of your little felt balls - so zingy - and it's lovely to see natural decorations like those little twig and tissue light holders. The word verification is 'skint'! Very apt for this time of year!!

  2. Just a thimbleful....

    Oh, the lovely Ricki Outis - I did about five summer schools with her doing silk screen printing. Now I know you must have had fun with her! Give her my regards.

  3. It's nice to step out of the mayhem, than can be Christmas, sometimes! Great lantern!
    Vivienne x

  4. What a load of balls! A necklace, maybe? Make 6 lanterns before Christmas? Is that all? What else would you be doing anyway? x


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