On Saturday, nine creative and inspired women joined me and Suzanne (and Roxy) for a day of crafting at home, enjoying each other's company, delicious food and gifts. We gathered in my friend Jane's lovely living room to spend the day making felt cottages.
Gifted goodies. Coffee, Suzanne's homemade scones with clotted cream and jam. Visiting.
Stitching, engineering, decorating.
Suzanne's fantastic sit-down lunch ~ butternut squash soup with her cornbread croutons, tomato and gruyere tarts, shaved pear and beet salad....apple cake with caramel sauce!
Door prizes from Eliwill,
from Pam Garrison,
from Pretty Funny,
from Papier Valise,
and Speckled Egg.
We shared materials, ideas, expertise, stories, friendship, laughs.
It was such a sweet day. The cottages turned out to be as unique and darling as each maker. I would have taken more pictures of the finished works, but the stormy skies and early dusk got in the way of that. Some have photos and kind words posted on their blogs about the day. I was so happy when every single guest asked when the next one would be. That's saying a lot since many traveled so far to attend.
So, I'll be thinking about that. And asking Suzanne to dream up another menu. (Seriously- the food was too amazing!) And although our craftiness filled Jane's spacious living room, I think it made the day extra special to be in a cozy, beautiful home. With purring Roxy investigating all the baskets and welcoming laps.
Thanks to everyone for coming. Some of you will be at Silver Bella in a few weeks. Looking forward to another chance to see you! There or here. xoC