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December 2013: Christmas Greenery

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Our final meeting of 2013 was suitably festive – we made table centres for our Christmas meals.

The session was led by three fantastic ladies from Goldsborough WI. While Lynn explained the basics of attaching the oasis to the plate and then securing the candles, helpers Maureen and Mildred got to work on their own creations. By the time Lynn had shown us how to layer up a handful of cuttings to begin creating a display, either side of her were two very impressive-looking Christmas table centres, complete with ribbons, baubles and more.

There’s only so much tuition you can have before you just have to take the plunge and have a go yourself, so we headed back to our own tables to make a start. The Sweethearts who were with us two years ago to make festive wreaths for the door or table had a bit of an advantage, having learnt how to deal with difficult oasis and spiky stems, so made swift progress. Other less experienced members took a while to get the hang of it, but with Lynn, Maureen and Mildred on hand, it wasn’t long before their centres were building up nicely.

As in November, it was a great chance to chat and catch up with people while we worked and, by the end of the evening, everyone had an impressive creation to take home. They were all very different from each other and each had its own style, as these examples show:

Lucy Cooper

Lucy Cooper

Sarah Bailes

Sarah Bailes

Holly Jones

Holly Jones

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

We’re hugely grateful to Lynn, Maureen and Mildred for their help – it was a very relaxed, enjoyable evening delivered with a lot of humour. We’ll certainly be calling them again when we want to learn more about floristry!

A very merry Christmas to all Spa Sweethearts and their friends and family. We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

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November 2013: Crafts for Christmas

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We’ve always known the Spa Sweethearts were a talented bunch, but our November meeting was the first chance many of us had to share our skills.

We had four different work stations set up around the room offering the chance to make a range of festive crafts with help from committee members. Suzanne showed her group how to make gorgeous felt reindeer decorations, Sue and Rachael were decorating fairy cakes with Christmas characters, Bex taught a group of ladies how to create a 3D Christmas pudding and Vicky had a table of card-making kit to keep everyone busy.

While some of the crafts took all evening to complete, others were less time consuming, so many of us had the chance to visit more than one table. As well as learning new skills, it was a good opportunity to meet a few new people and catch up with some we hadn’t spoken to for a while.

Sharing skills is something we’re keen to do more of in the future. If you can make or do something which you think other members may be interested in, we’d love to hear from you – just speak to any committee member or contact us by email.

Meanwhile, the December meeting will be Christmas Greenery, when we’ll be making a table centre to put the finishing touch to your Christmas meals. There are several items you will need to bring for this:

* Scissors/secateurs
* Variegated greenery eg holly, ivy, conifer etc
* Plate/base to put the arrangement on
* Candle
* Ribbon

You can also bring extra items to decorate your display, such as small baubles, ribbons, berries, fir cones, fresh flowers and dried fruit. The oasis blocks you need will be available to buy at £2 each, and guests are welcome to join us for £4 each (plus £2 for oasis, so £6 total).

December 2011: Christmas wreaths

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A wet and windy night meant our demonstrator for the December meeting was unable to make it to Harrogate.

But we were rescued by an intrepid team of women from elsewhere in the federation, who very kindly offered to help out at the last minute. Decorative wreaths must be a mainstay of WIs across the country, because they all knew exactly what they were doing despite having just a few hours’ notice!

With a record-breaking number of ladies attending, the room was soon filled with sprigs of greenery, clumps of berries and sparkling bows and baubles. As our friendly helpers walked around supervising our efforts, dozens of beautiful, individual creations began to take shape.

It was interesting to see how different some of the wreaths could look, even though most of us were using the same materials. Some were very neat and well manicured with tiny foil-wrapped presents and miniature baubles on them, while others were more natural-looking, with larger pieces of holly and ivy and making use of natural decorations such as cut flowers and pine cones.

As our final meeting of the year, it was a great way to celebrate together – a room full of laughter and everyone taking something home at the end. It was also a good thing we had moved venue because we could never have fitted all those ladies, plus the oasis rings and bags full of branches, into the room at the Conservative Club! But it was a great sign of just how well the group is going that so many people turned up to what was only our third full meeting.

Merry Christmas everyone, and we look forward to seeing you all again throughout 2012!