Small bits of crafting in between the weekend plans saw a library bag for a friend’s daughter who has just started school, and a handbag for another friend who wanted one for a friend’s birthday.
Lined in green gingham
Lined in white and red dots – the brief was red after all!
I enjoyed both projects and had pangs of wanting to have more time to sew……partly because I was also struck down with a virus that saw me spending several hours sleeping and then resting earlier today, which meant there was a bit of Pinterest surfing going on. So many ideas to be gained from just looking at one site, so little time!
I can report that the trip to the Royal Canberra Show was a success. Despite the threat of rain, it didn’t. The children were remarkable in their good behaviour, and managed their budgets very well. No one asked to go on the rides, and the animals were the agreed highlight. They all had one sweet treat each and didn’t ask for anything else – and were respectful to each other and to strangers. I was so proud of them! We spent quite a bit of time in the “Harvest Hall” looking at the cooking competition entries, the fruit and vegetable sculpture entries, and the cake decorating entries. A work colleague had entered the cake decorating and won for her cupcakes (the most amazing baskets of fruit and vegetables and eggs etc) and had second place for her cake (a “Hootabelle” cake). The children were thrilled to see something made by someone they know (or who I know and therefore has some context for them). They have all started planning their entries for next year!
We also spent time in the craft exhibition hall (of course) and enjoyed looking at the competition entries there too. The artist in residence started planning her sewing entries for next year after seeing the children’s section. We also had a lovely experience when looking at the model airplanes. There were two retired men at a table, with model planes set out in front of them. The boy asked if he could buy one and I was explaining that they were for looking at when one of the men said “You can’t buy one, but you can have one for free”. It turns out that they were part of a deceased estate of a very keen model builder and his wife had asked that they be given to children…..so these men sat there for three days giving them to each child who expressed an interest in the models. So touching in these days of consumerism.
Today’s sudden illness was a great reminder of the wonderful support my friends give me. We were meant to be going to mass for the artist in residence to have her commitment mass for her first communion. Half an hour before it started I was dressed and ready to go, but knew that I couldn’t do it. I had a list of friends that I knew I could call to help, and the third call saw success. She felt very special having a one on one trip to church with a friend of ours, and I got to sleep. I have reflected all day how lucky I am that I have friends that I can call when things like this happen – life as a single parent would be so hard without that backup.
Unfortunately as I am only just beginning to perk up this evening I had to make the call earlier in the day about whether I could go to the concert tonight. The fact that I am typing this and not grooving in the aisles to the dulcet tones of Neil and Paul will tell you the decision I made. Luckily I was taking a friend as a birthday present – and his wife was able to step in and take him instead! (She is not a fan so she really is taking one for the team!) So instead I will get an early night after preparing the house for the week, and hope that I wake up tomorrow full of beans and ready to go again.
I hope that your weekend was fruitful in the ways that you needed it to be!