This year’s theme was Home Sweet Home and once again Spa Sweethearts had entries in the produce, craft and flower sections. The craft entries were delivered early to Alma House and were on display to the general public in the WI pavilion. The judging was as harsh as ever but the 3 new home cards were all praised, displaying cross stitch, hand lettering and paper crafting skills. The two crocheted hot water bottle covers were also commended. In the decorated coat hanger section we had 2 entries, a Victorian decoupage and a traditional folk art design, the latter being particularly admired by the judges. We had 2 entries in the flower arrangement in a tea cup section and both scored highly with 18 and 20 out of 20. In the produce section Laura’s wrascal was praised for its size and appearance and Jayne and Lucy produced 2 gorgeous looking quiches. Sarah represented us in the tent, bravely taking on the 6am shift to make sandwiches for the public attending that day. I hope I have remembered all our efforts, apologies if anyone has been forgotten.
For our July meeting it was all hands on deck to set up a fabulous evening of screen printing. Several Sweethearts had been on a craft evening back in November with Stitch and Screen on Cold Bath Road and we thought it would be a fun thing to try at a meeting. Many thanks to Lu and Stephanie of Stitch and Screen who patiently took us through the process of producing our own screen printed masterpiece. Many of us had never tried this before but we all helped each other to carefully cut out and then print our designs onto a simple bag. We had to work together as printing is a two or three woman job but everyone was really pleased with their results and many amazing designs were created. Several members chose designs with hearts or sweetheart on them so look out around town for some beautiful WI bags on people’s arms. A new banner was also printed which will be on show at our next meeting in August where the crafty theme continues with pattern cutting. See you there for more inspiration….
We had a fantastic time at the June meeting where we were joined by Rob from Swing Dance, Leeds. Rob led us through a one hour workshop where we learned the basics of Charleston before performing for each other. Check out the photos to see how wonderful we were. Those Strictly professionals had better watch out! We were shuffling, scooching and swinging our flapper legs before ending it all with a lock turn and pose. Rob impressed upon us the importance of having fun so we smiled and giggled throughout. After a short break to catch our breath we returned to the dance floor to practice our jam circles, where we got to improvise our own Charleston moves. The evening was topped off by a demonstration of Charleston skills by our amazing teacher. Fab-u-lous darling!