October 2019: Survival Skills

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For our October meeting we were joined by Jonathon from Yorkshire Dales Bushcaft, we had a fun filled evening full of locusts and crickets! Jonathon started by telling us about his history and how he came about setting up Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft. He told us about the work they do from working with schools to adult campouts/adventure weekends (that some of our lovely Spa Ladies took part in earlier in the year). He then went on to talk about survival and the three key tips for survival; shelter, water and food! We went into more detail than expected on the food front, 3 very lucky sweethearts were chosen to try out some delicacies. As you can see by the pictures, they weren’t quite what was expected! Following on from that we got to have a go at trying to light a fire, we all got to try the locusts and we finished off by testing our knowledge around map reading skills.

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September 2019: English Paper Piecing

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For our September meeting Spa Sweetheart’s very own Amy taught us the art of ‘English Paper Piecing’. This technique involves folding fabric over templates and hand sewing these together. The paper/cardboard template shapes make sure that the blocks are accurate and fit together to create a finished piece. All English Paper Piecing needs is thread, scissors and a needle so it is a great portable craft you can do anywhere.

For our session we had the choice of either making a bookmark involving 5 hexagons or a flower-shaped coaster involving 7 hexagons. Once we had chosen our fabric we got stuck in basting our pieces and then carefully sewing them together. Concentration was very high and there were some beautiful creations by our sweethearts that you can see below.

You can follow Amy on Instagram or Pinterest for some creative ideas – @coffeeringsstudio, or see her website – Coffeeandmaking.co.uk/links – where you will find, blogs, newsletter subscription and free patterns.

August 2019: Cooking Fantastic

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We were lucky to be joined by Cooking Fantastic for our August meeting. Tanya began by demonstrating a simple bread recipe which we later enjoyed with a baked Camembert with sweet chilli.  She showed us a range of recipes from chicken liver pate to lemon posset which we all got to taste. She even demonstrated how to poach an egg! Various handy gadgets helped to make these tasks easier including a nifty gadget to take the top off an egg. We had the opportunity to buy a range of fabulous cooking items whilst tucking in to the lovely food. One sweetheart was lucky enough to win a Camembert baker donated by Tanya. If you missed the meeting don’t forget to visit the Cooking Fantastic shop and cafe just outside Harrogate.

To view the recipes Tanya demonstrated on the night click on the link – Spa Sweethearts.