...was a BLAST!!!
I am back from my weekend of teaching at the Sew Brit Bag Camp in England!
Where do I start??
If you have never done a sewing retreat weekend ...do it !
It is soooooo much fun!!
It may seem weird to spend the weekend with women you have never met....just remember, they have the same love ( obsession) for fabrics, sewing & bags as you do...what could are better ??? ...
Nothing...not even chocolate!!
The Sew Brit Bag Camp was set in the lovely English countryside of Derbyshire.
I kept expecting to see Bilbo Baggins coming around the corner...No luck!
We had 2 cottages to sew, sleep, eat & chatter in!
I wish I had taken a few pictures of the inside before the ladies arrives...they were pretty cottages ...till we took over !!
Thats when the fun began!!
I thought the Germans could bake lovely cakes ...but I have to tell you Christine ( one of the participants ) baked some awesome cakes !! The Chocolate cake & Walnut Coffee cake were to die for and the Banana cake ( one of my favorites) was made especially for me !!...I have never had a ginger cake or fruit cake these too were delicious!
Thank you Christine ...sorry I ever doubted you ...you can bake!!!!!
As much as I enjoyed the cakes..the best part was meeting the ladies...
I have know Samantha ( one of the organizers of the Bag Camp) for about 4-5 years now...I started by testing for her and we became friends. She is sweet & adorable! She went out of her way to make everyone feel welcome. I know I felt welcome!
Most of the other camp participants I have seen their names from Facebook.
It was sooooooo cool to finally have a "real " person to connect the name to.....not to mention hearing all their British accents !
I am thrilled to say all the participants were AWESOME!! They were friendly, funny, & open to learning ! It truly was a pleasant experience!!
We also had a Secret Sister game....Every time I went to my room there was another red package in front of my door...by gift #4 or 5, I was feeling really spoiled and curious who knew me so well?? It wasn't till the end that I found out the sneaky person behind all these wonderful gifts was Christine !!
Needless to say I did a bit of shopping myself ...some faux leathers....
Emmaline bags !! ...Can't wait to use these !!! They are sooooo pretty!!
When I wasn't busy shopping...I actually did teach the ladies all about faux leather ...I think I took their fear of faux leather away since they produced some beautiful bags & I didn't hear any cussing!! These are from the advanced class...
(the Mainstream class weren't quite done & I forgot to take a group photo )
If you wish to read more from a participants view point of the Sew Brit Bag Camp...Christine did a post on her blog...check it out *here*...
I for one am glad to have been part of the Sew Brit Bag Camp 2016...I am sure there will be more !
Not only did I get a suitcase full of fabrics...but 14 new awesome friends!!
A few of my impressions From England with Love ...
They call French Fries ...Chips
They call Chips ...Crisps
They LOVE their Chips & Crisps
We really need to talk to them about their driving on the left hand side of the road....scared the dickens out of me !!LOL
Fish & chips were awesome...all other foods need salt & pepper.
Super friendly people with awesome hospitality !
A special Thank you to Jane for bringing me to & from the airport, having me overnight, for the best Fish & chips I have ever had & for the autographed book from Dyan Reaveley !!
( last year I discovered Dyan's Dylusions paints & have been a fan ever since)
Could a person have a better trip...I need 2 days to recover...so I'd say ...probably not!!