Regular readers will know that I have become increasingly crafty of late. Indeed, my sheer craftiness has been the subject of several Daily Blogs. Of course it is perfectly possible you may have decided to give these particular
postings a miss because you were disappointed that I wasn't engaged in nefarious activity.
The Lovely Linda, who runs our fortnightly Crafty Session has introduced me to all manner of exciting techniques from
die-cutting to tea bag folding. I have made personalised birthday cards for my two oldest grandkids and neither of them asked why I hadn't bought them a "proper card" of the kind produced by the Card Factory. I have made an Easter rabbit out of beads and safety
pins! I have fashioned Christmas baubles out of shrink wrap and polystyrene balls! Had I been at my Craft Session last Wednesday, instead of up in London watching Dream Girls with the Youngest of the Darling Daughters, I would have been tying myself up in
knots learning the art of macramé.
Having ventured so far into Crafty Deep Waters, when I heard that our Merry Band of Questers was paying a visit to a Make and Making Workshop, I signed up without
a second thought. Which was why at nine o'clock this morning I joined Sara and Rita on a Jolly Jaunt to Hassocks. Which seems, when I came to think of it, a particularly appropriate location for a Craft Workshop, hassocks being those cushions we kneel on at
our church, all beautifully embroidered by members of the Mothers Union some long time ago.
Sara was our driver. She was still getting to know her new car, she told us, which was so very clever that it even
turned its own lights on when needed. Fancy that! Rita and I marvelled. I was feeling ever so slightly guilty because I'd requested a lift when I thought I wouldn't be able to drive following my eye surgery though I've now been back behind the wheel for a
whole week. Sara said she was only too pleased to give me - and Rita - a lift as it was a good way to get to know me better. Hopefully she still felt the same by the time she delivered me back to my front door. I did my best to prove an interesting companion,
if just slightly batty.
Inside the garden centre, home to the Crafty Workshop, was a Gardening Museum, a charitable venture raising money for The Budding Foundation which helps young people in education, sport
and employment. The Foundation is dedicated to the fabulously named Edwin Beard Budding who invented the lawnmower in 1830. Don't you just love it when the Daily Blog comes over all educational every once in a while?
Did you know, for example, that garden forks come with three different types of handles - a "D" shape, a "Y" shape and a "T" shape? No, nor did I. Had I only had more time at my disposal, I could have spent a happy hour (as opposed to a Happy Hour which,
I understand, tends to involve alcoholic drinks) in the Gardening Museum being shown around by the quite inspirational fella who had invested so much love and imagination into what would otherwise have been just another collection of garden implements.
Those of you who have, like me, reached A Great Age, will be pleased to hear that Bill and Ben, the Flower Pot Men, plus the ubiquitous Little Weed, had pride of place in one display. Sara and I both burst into song:
"Was it Bill or was it Ben? Which of those two Flower Pot Men? Was it Bill? Or was it Ben?" we trilled in (almost) unison. I think Sara and I may just possibly be Kindred Spirits.
Over the course of two hours
at the Crafty Workshop, we decorated a tile and made a rose out of scraps of material. Our tutors were Ever Considerate - when we were required to sew a star shape onto card, we discovered that our needles had been helpfully threaded for us already, with a
neat little knot tied at the end of our string. It's called Being Prepared.
We had to leave our tiles behind for firing but I carried my rose home with me to show to Mr B. He wasn't as impressed as I had hoped
he would be. I will take it to show the Lovely Linda at next week's Crafty Session.
I know I can rely on her to be suitably impressed with my latest Crafty Endeavours.