Well, not that old, but I have learnt some new culinary and craft tricks this month and it's only the 6th December!
Over the last week I've attended not one, but two courses in my ongoing bid to become a green domestic goddess. The first was part of the Carluccio's event programme and focused on edible Italian gifts for Christmas - I did 'traditional' hampers last year and am doing another edible-themed gift for friends and family this year (no hints yet, it's a surprise which is still in testing, eek, did I say it was the 6th of December...!) However, I've always got my eye on ideas for future years and this seemed like the perfect course (and the perfect excuse to leave WH on babysitting duty for the evening and drink some early festive prosecco).
The Papered Parlour, who are based in Clapham, and are an interesting outfit in their own right (excuse the pun!) - two visual artists who set up a studio to encourage artists working in a range of media to work collaboratively, along with a workshop space offering a range of art and craft events and courses. It was a very enjoyable and productive 4.5 hours and I came away with a t-shirt which I had re-hemmed, altered the neckline and added a ruffle and bias binding, and made some covered buttons to add as a further decorative detail. The t-shirt is meant to act as a 'living record' for when I want to repeat any of these skills, which is pretty handy. We've also been promised a range of hand-outs to follow by email covering step-by-step guides to alterations and making decorative features. Still not sure I'm ready to take the plunge and buy a sewing machine yet, so isn't it lucky that a new shop has just opened in Caversham where you can hire machines by the hour? Oh, and they run more courses... watch this space!