Whilst in Weymouth I picked up some shoes to wear on my big day. They are a Red Herring special edition. Simon made me buy them shooting down every protest with a rather frisky glint in his eye- he did at one point ask in a sweet concerned manner 'are they comfy?' Honestly, boys just don't get it do they- or they don't care! I came home and let Mum have a look at them nestling in their bag...'slut' she said. I do believe that on my wedding day I am presenting myself to my husband and if a little touch of slut gives him a happier 'happiest day' then I am happy to oblige! Anna has picked out some fabulous fabrics for her bridesmaid dress, which has meant my colour theme is hot pink, sugar pink, warm yellow, leaf green and of course slut red! The venue for our knees up following the ceremony is a community centre where I spent a great deal of my happy childhood, it makes me well up just thinking about it- apart from the fact it's only costing £55 for the hall hire, including use of their own bouncy castle- hooray! Right enough wedding news- I'd hate to bore you all with it.
I have been working hard on my City and Guilds but the current sticking point is another design unit- the stitching relaxes me but not quite as much as the design modules tie me in knots. It's good to have a challenge though, no really, I have to hold that thought. I have treated myself to working on this sample of contemporary Assisi, using random cross stitch and a stencilled shape in the centre.
I have also been involved in great new project at our local Sue Ryder shop. They put a sign up asking for volunteer sewers so I was brave and put my hand up. It turns out the lovely manager wanted to make bunting from fabric which she would otherwise have sent for 'rag'. I have made a couple of lengths now and the fabric she is giving me is ace-some gorgeous old sheets, (made in the U.K) some old blouses and napkins and tablecloths. It makes my heart brake to know that other treasures are being sent for rag- I want it all- to up-cycle- to re-cycle- to love! I hope the project grows and grows because I have missed making things for others to enjoy- my City and Guilds is very hidden- and this 'work' and raising funds for charity is feeding my soul in a way that is very necessary right now.