Saturday, 31 December 2011

comfort zone

In the last couple of quiet days, happily ensconced trying to shift the cat out of the way and tidy up the vestiges of Christmas and the loose ends of 2011, I came across  one or two things that I forgot to share.

Never let it be said that we are not game for trying something new.  Just take a look at these little videos of our Cynthia and Heather participating in an installation by artist Martina Schuemacker in South London.  (More on Heather's adventures at Denman soon.)

Oh yes.  Sometimes we do step out of our comfort zone.  Let's hope 2012 will be a year to shake us up and take us on amazing new EEWI adventures.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

and a happy christmas to you...

It's been a busy couple of weeks.  There was our Christmas Market where we saw some fabulous hand crafted goods, shared some Christmas goodwill with our friends from U-Turn, learnt how to finger knit, ate mince pies galore and enormous slices of Cynthia's mum's coconut cake...

...and made some crazy looking baubles for our Christmas tree (what exactly is it that happens to people when they get their hands on glitter and glue?).

The tree went up at the weekend at the Community Christmas Tree Festival along with some other amazing entries.  Ours has the cups on top instead of a fairy.  I particularly likes the tree made of party hats, the reindeer sculpture and the model with the light-up tree-skirt.

We also met up at the Geffrye Museum for a great deal of chat, a fair amount of tea and coffee and lots of oohing and cuddling of Jo's baby boy.

And as if that wasn't enough, we even managed a bit of fourteen- point- star crafting on Tuesday evening at the Crown because Elizabeth produced some pretty paper from the depths of her handbag a la Mary Poppins.  You'd be amazed what you can do with a large star other than put it on your tree.

Our thanks go to everyone who joined in, sold and bought, and made these events such fun, particularly to all of you who brought along Christmas gifts for U-Turn.  We know it's very much appreciated by Rio and all the women who used the drop-in centre.  We'll be meeting again on 17th January when we'll hear all about setting up a business, so do remember to put that in your new diaries when you get them.  Until then:

have a Wonderful Christmas.

Monday, 5 December 2011

the EEWI christmas market!

Yes, ladies,  it's nearly time for our fabulous Christmas Market.  Our December meeting is this year is going to be big and buzzy with lots of lovely stalls from a host of local designer makers as well as our own talented members, some mulled wine and a mince pie.  We've got a little Christmas crafting lined up because we want you to help decorate the tree that we'll be entering into the Community Christmas tree festival on 17th December - any sparkly scraps or trinkets that you have for the baubles we'll be making most gratefully received.  And we will be joined by our friends from U-Turn again this year, so please try to bring along a small wrapped gift for the women helped by U-Turn.  Entry to the event is free to members, £3 for visitors.

This is our last evening meeting of the year (where did the time go?)  but we will be meeting for a visit to the lovely Geffrye Museum  for coffee at 10.30am on Friday 16th December and a walk through Christmases past.  The museum opens at 10am if you want to look round before rather than after coffee.  It is easy to get to by public transport, but please remember that if you are using your own car, you will be charged for parking in Hackney.

We're looking forward to seeing you all next week.