DH got a tax rebate a few weeks ago and gave me some money to spend on myself . Taking my inspiration from the new mag Mollie Makes (love it btw!) I booked onto a sling making workshop at The Makery in Bath. Picture of the finished project on my profile. The class was for complete beginners, which tbh I'm not, and I have made two slings before. But I am no more than competent, and tend to be optimistic rather than good at sewing , so it was good to actually learn a few techniques, and appreciate the necessity of patience and meticulousness, neither of which are my forte.
I then ventured into Bath, stopping on my way at a lovely charity shop called Julian House which has fab books, I bought two, Dream Babies which is a critique of parenting advice over the years, and a book on human evolution. I also bought two pictures in my newly inspired attempt to make something of the soulless box we call home.
Then I went into The Makery's shop in town. I want to make a crochet bag (a bag for my crochet) and needed inspiration, so I just did something I never do, picked some ribbon I like to inspire me. I nearly spent so much money on cute things but resisted.
Next stop was a yarn shop called wool. The woman who runs it is so lovely, I just chatted to her while stroking the wool . In the end I bought some flesh coloured wool to make some crocheted breasts for my breastfeeding group, and instead of looking at me when I told her, she pulled out of her bag 4 unfinished knitted breasts . I also bought one of these ergonomic hooks.
Final stop in my day of loveliness was a fabric shop just opposite wool called Country Threads. The woman in there was so helpful. I just showed her the ribbon I'd bought and said 'I've got a crap eye, I need some lovely fabric to go with this' and she took me off and was pulling out fabrics. She also said I looked too young to have children and thought I was a student
Everyone was lovely, even the park and ride driver was so cheery, I've had a lovely day. DH took the kids to his mum's so it was a nice break. Sorry for all the name checks and links, it's just everyone was so nice today and I had such a delightful time, I feel inspired and rejuvenated. I just need to find some time to actually so stuff
If you get a chance to go to Bath there is a whole day of crafting and charity shopping to do.
Its a small world - I think I was in Country Threads (is that the kind of patchwork fabric shop?) yesterday as well - live nowhere near Bath but DH and I were having a child-free break courtesy of the ILs .
The lady there was lovely (although I'd made the mistake of taking DH with me, which did limit me a little ) and I've now got some fabric to start a project - I want to make a buttercup bag for a friend.
We had a nice day as well - possibly helped by not venturing forth till the sun came out . Fingers crossed we all find some time to make the most of our new found inspiration
LOL at the emerging half finished breasts bump - v glad you had such a lovely time...I feel an expedition coming on...its sounds wonderful...bring the boobs to knitting club next time, perhaps we can make them a bra bag to carry them around in!