All posts tagged: edwi

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 …

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 …

Grow your own Veg

I don’t know about you, but as soon as the sun starts shining and the temperature starts creeping up to highs of 12 degrees, I start planning Spring/Summer barbecues in my head. Then, I look out into our garden and see that it has been somewhat neglected over the past winter months and my barbecue dreams are crushed flat. At the moment, our poor garden shows no sign of life and needs more than a little pampering session to be really barbecue friendly. A complete dig out and re-landscaping would be most fitting, but as we have neither the time nor money to take on that scope of project at the moment, we will have to make do with a little bit of TLC in the quick fix department. The Greek God(zilla) has very green fingers in the warmer months.  He tends to the garden like a pro, primping the rose bushes, watering the various plants and picking fruit from the cherry tree, while I admire him from the patio with a chilled glass of rosé. However, our garden has the potential …

Grenglish’s Day Off

I had a day off in the week.  A real day off.  A day with no work, no Zachy and no Greek God(zilla) I think the last time I took a whole day for myself must have been before Zachy was born, so I was really looking forward to it. Or I would be, as soon as I could shake off the guilt of choosing a day of reading, blogging, sleeping, tweeting and tv watching over a midweek bonus day with my son… I woke up at 6am with the Greek God(zilla), but as Zachy treated me to a sleep in until 6.45am, it meant I had some free time to make a head start on getting washed, dressed and unloading the dishwasher. With minimal tantrums over teeth brushing and shoe lacing, we managed to be out of the house by 8am. ‘Have a nice day at work’ the nursery staff called out after me as I dropped Zachy off. ‘Thanks!’ I responded guiltily as I swanned off, too embarrassed to tell them that I …