I'm definitely "time rich and cash poor" at the moment, so I'm digging deep into my crafting skills to make as many presents as possible. I made this bag on Tuesday afternoon (when it was pelting down with rain here in Worcestershire).
Then I made a second bag in a different colour-way yesterday afternoon. (I am in a group of three friends who all have birthdays in November - so we always meet up for a joint celebration and swap presents at some stage in the month.)
The material is a really lovely quality with attractive details in the leaves. I bought it from a clearance bin in a interior design shop in Hereford. Each piece of material was about 34 inches long and 16 inches wide, so I've got some useful pieces left over from these projects. I think I paid about £8.00 for five pieces - so the bags have cost me less than £2.00 each (plus lots of love, time and cursing over pricked fingers!!!!)
With the benefit of hind-sight I wish that I'd picked up more pieces... but I was in the early days of developing my fabric stash and didn't recognise the potential. However, I've got the same design in a pretty blue colour-way which may be nice for my Mum for Mother's Day. The other two pieces are a kind of bold stripy deck chair design.
Thank you for all your suggestions for Saturday night.
You really kick-started my creative juices and I'm now having loads of fun with my plans.
Here's the provisional menu...
Golden Peach Cocktails
Glowing golden autumn vegetable soup
Cold Roast meats
and a selection of hot and cold 'sides' including
Roast Veg with Double Gloucester Cheese
Lightly curried potato salad etc
"Climb Every Mountain" dessert (a profiterole pyramid)
Golden fruit pie
A lemon syllabub
a 'Golden' cheeseboard
I've got loads of autumnal coloured tea light holders to dress the table and a vase for some yellow flowers. I've also decided to develop the expedition aspect of the award by giving each guest a placemat that's personalised with a section of OS map of significance to them. H. will get a map of the area that she walked in; I. will get a map of the area of north wales where her best friend lives; B-in-Law will get a map of an area of the Lake District where he went open water swimming for the first time this summer... and so on! Hopefully it will work...
Fortunately I've only got a couple of pupils in the next few days so I should be able to organise this in a 'calm and measured manner'!
What are your plans for the weekend?