If you have read earlier posts you will know that Steph and I have been busy making cards for a craft event in Gerrards Cross in mid November and this meant, that for the first time EVER I arrived for my favourite Friday of the quarter ' Crafting at Steph's' with just two bags of crafting stash and a clear idea of what had to be made – Xmas cards!
Annabelle opened the door and blew one of those party streamer hooter things in my face which really made me jump (and as I had been stuck in traffic because of an accident and needed the little girls room - it nearly caused an accident of a different kind too!). There were balloons all over the hall floor and I assumed that Annabelle had had some chums around, what with it being half term.
Little did I know that the party paraphernalia was in aid of an early birthday party for me! The kitchen had been transformed into party central as you can see in the photos and Steph and Annabelle had spent the afternoon preparing all sorts of goodies. I was so touched by the efforts made that I shed a little tear. After dinner we had the most amazing chocolate cake that Tamsin had bought – I can highly recommend a Thornton’s celebration cake to anyone!
We cleared the food away to make way for the crafting stash. It was lovely that Karen could join us as she had other commitments last time. Tamsin spent the evening making some more map covered brooches which she crackled glazed, although for some bizarre reason it took a long time to dry. She also made up some really pretty bracelets. Karen, Steph and I concentrated on making made cards.
Tamsin has recently been elected as the Area Chairman for the Ladies Circle and was deliberating about what frock she should wear for a lunch in Reading the next day – she has a large Chain to pin onto her frock now. She did make us laugh explaining the ‘claustrophobic effect’ that her frock from Monsoon has on her!
The topic of pricing handmade cards and jewellery came up in conversation – a bit of a perennial question and we decided that in the year ahead we should do some proper ‘market research’ at events to see what the standard charge is (if any). You don’t want to over price your work and sell nothing but then again you don’t want to under value it either and set a precedent for future sales.
Sadly the evening had to come to an end and why is it that although everything fitted in my two bags when I left home that morning, there was in no way they were going to contain all my stash going home! I managed to share out the remainder of the cake among everyone to save me eating it all and left with cards and gifts that were strictly NOT to be opened before Wednesday!
Thanks to my crafting chums for making the evening so special – I really appreciated it and count myself lucky to have such lovely friends.