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A Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Last week, I attended the WI Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. It was a brilliant day and I even got to shake hands with a real-life Princess! I have written all about the day, from my grey roots to the crustless sandwiches and you can read all about it over on Britmums, where I am blogging today.

Dance Like No-one is Laughing

There are two things I really should not be seen doing in public: Dancing Wearing leggings in any way other than as an undergarment. I have the legs for neither. However, last summer, I did both. At the same time. On TELEVISION. I was selected, along with 5 other women from the East Dulwich WI, to take part in a TV show for Sky called Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew. If you are not familiar with the show, each episode follows a group of non-dancers as they secretly attempt to learn a street dance routine choreographed by Ashley Banjo and his street dance troupe Diversity. Then, 3-weeks later, they have to perform it in front of unsuspecting friends and family at a public event. BUT WHY WOULD I WANT TO DO SUCH A THING? I hear you cry… Well, first of all, have you seen Ashley Banjo? Secondly,  I love the WI. I joined when my son was about a year old because I wanted to make new local friends, and now I have the most incredible group …

Guest Posting for Red Magazine

Back in August, when we were experiencing glorious sunshine for days and weeks on end; we invited a journalist from Red magazine to come along to the East Dulwich WI’s Summer croquet and picnic event, which happened to fall on the ONE DAY it absolutely piddled down. Obviously. The croquet continued regardless, but the picnic was moved inside where plates of dips, crudités and cakes were shared. Fortunately, the journalist did not seem to mind huddling in a doorway with a group of women clutching cans of gin & tonic, while chatting animatedly about the WI. We talked about the traditional role of the WI and the part it now plays in modern society.  We discussed crafts, friendships, croquet, networking and feminism.  We reminded ourselves of all the reasons why we love to attend the meetings every month. The article featured in the November issue of Red magazine, under the headline How the WI Got Its Groove Back, and several of our members were mentioned and quoted. Here is what I had to say for myself: It is true …

East Dulwich WI host a Quilting event

The East Dulwich WI hosted a Quilting event for members last month.  If you have seen the movie How to Make an American Quilt this may conjure up images of a group of friends sitting around a big table; gossiping, bickering and telling wonderful stories about their lives while lovingly handstitching a 6ft x 6ft quilt. Well, it wasn’t quite like that.  But, some bits were not too far off. The session was being run by a local artist, Linda Litchfield, who makes work which frequently incorporates stitch and knit. We were each given a small square to begin with.  As time was limited, we would only have time to complete one side of what could eventually, with time and patience, become a pin cushion. The reality is that as a complete novice with a needle and thread, I would need plenty of both! First you create your centre square. The idea is to then take a strip of coloured material (log) and secure it with a pin to the foundation fabric – right side down, along the top edge of your centre square, matching …

Jewellery Making Workshop

I’ve always loved fashion jewellery. I have a whole drawer at home dedicated to necklaces, bangles, pendants and cocktail rings in various colours and styles. It is my opinion that accessories are as important to an outfit as support undies – they hold it all together. Over the years, I have often wondered about signing up for an evening class in beading to learn to design and make my own jewellery, but it is something that has been bumped down the list every time a major life event took place – like having a baby, returning to full-time employment and starting a blog. So, I just keep Stella & Dot in business instead. However, last week I was lucky enough to experience a little taster at the April East Dulwich WI event, which was a jewellery making workshop with Vanessa from Mini Print Jewellery. The plan was that Vanessa would briefly talk through some of the different types of jewellery that we could make at home and then teach us how to make one or two pieces of our …