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Ladies Who Lunch

My DIL Claire’s set of girlie friend’s all go out for the day when one of them has a birthday. This time round one of the girlies is having a big O birthday … shhhh it’s 50.

She has invited them all to an afternoon tea at none other than The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London.

“Ladies who lunch” is a phrase often used to describe well-off, well-dressed women who meet for social luncheons, usually during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a high-class restaurant. – Needless to say new outfits all round!!

On 1 March 2012, with enormous joy and excitement, the refurbished St James’s restaurant was opened by HM the Queen accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, and renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

I said I would make her an album for the birthday girl so that she would have a keepsake of the event. Decided to make it very elegant looking with lots of images of Victorian ladies who lunch. Below is something I was playing around with on Sunday which has given me a feel for what I want the pages of the album to look like.

Victorian LadiesShirl

A Bird In The Hand

Met a very dear friend for lunch in Kilkenny on Monday, mooched around a craft shop, as you do then we had a little playtime at her house.

I love away play days because you get to use crafty things that are different to what you have.
We cut these pieces from a Sizzix die, sorry can’t remember what it was called but I made it into a little album.



Sew-N-Sew At FSC

Firstly I want to say hello and welcome to Laura who is joining Fashionable Stamping Challenges this week but sadly our teemie Fashion Stampette Silvia has decided to step down so I just want to say good luck Silvia in wherever your new journey takes you sweetie pie.

This fortnights challenge at FSC is one of my faves as sewing is something that I have always loved doing. Each fortnight one of the DT’s get to pick the theme and I have Sue to thank for choosing this one.

Isn’t the stamp pretty it’s one from our sponsor Flonz Crafts and to make it easier for you I have left a link here of where to buy her.

The card was made by stamping the image onto gauze, putting some wadding behind before stitching around the edge. I die cut a frame and then stitched around the edge with a zig zag and a straight stitch.

Did something that I haven’t done before I added some Sepia Accents to her hair and dress which made it perfect to add little stray pieces of material. Stamped onto the bottle top but it looked to neat so I sanded some ink off. You just have to pop on over to see all the Design Teams projects they are amazing and while you’re there you might just as well enter because you never know it might be you who wins the $20 to spend at Flonz’s Store.


Window Of Flowers

Just popping in quickly to show this card which has the most adorable image on it from Nicecrane Designs and you can find her here.. Used the window die again because it is my fave at the moment.

Tend to do that when I buy something which I really like … flog it to death … then on the shelf for a few months gathering dust. Hands up among you crafters who doesn’t do that with their new goodies.

Pretty Girl

Here is a little sneak peak of what I will be showing for my Fashionable Stamping Challenge Project on Sunday … you will just have to pop back to see what I have made with them.

Prima Girls