Tuesday, 11 September 2012

September and a few corsages

As soon as my sons Birthday is over on 31st August I feel a change in the weather. Its amazing isn't it that the weather knows September has begun? The low sun and nip in the air takes me back to those first days of motherhood 30 years ago. Ahh sweet memories and where has the time gone?

All water under the bridge, and a lot of water has dripped through the kitchen ceiling from the central heating pump. We have had an almost resident heating engineer sorting out some long standing problems which should be finished by tomorrow afternoon at great expense.

This year, all last week in fact, has been Preston Guild. A celebration every 20 years of the granting of the Charter to Preston way back in History. 

All my young life my parents used to tell me what a fun time the Guild was, so I was really looking forward to being 21 and having Guild fun in 1972..but sadly I was away on my very first week as a teacher in Ashford Middlesex, so I missed it.

Twenty years later in '92 I didn't take much notice of it except for the last night when I went into town to watch the firework finale. My husband was working away so I went with my Mother and father, cousins and my two little boys. We waited for hours and hours for the fireworks to start. My younger son was on my dad's shoulders a lot of the time.We saw the spectacular fireworks and then all walked back to my parents' house. It made a lovely precious memory because 6 weeks later at the age of 65 my father died. 

So this years Guild? Yes we went to the second event, the Vintage weekend. 
Now I have mixed feelings about these vintage events. Sometimes the stalls look like the contents of my wardrobe that I can't bear to throw out.
There were cars, 

It was a big deal. Organised by Wayne Hemmingway. 

 There were hairstyles,
and sewing,

(It was all a bit hot and dark in there.)

and even some not terribly pretty yarn-bombing.

 It seemed very funny to see all this on the very steps I and all my classmates trudged up and down dutifully every lunchtime in a huge long crocodile with Sister this or that.  

("The Walk' was absolutely obligatory as our convent school playground was not made for the large number of pupils who attended so half were sent out on 'the walk' around the parks. 
During the first few weeks of term the crocodile was very very long, until we all found places in school to hide out and avoid it. It got shorter and shorter as the year wore on until it was about 5 girls and and a nun)
We walked home past our old games field where the back wall of some old changing rooms now sports some spectacular Graffitti

That was as far as I went joining in with the Guild 2012. I didn't watch a procession or go to a concert. I was faintly interested in the finale but I'm glad I didn't go because it wasn't a firework display but a dance and drum concert with a few pyrotechnics and if there's anything I hate its drumming. (Sorry if that offends anyone) There have been many complaints. The people of Preston wanted a firework display like the one in 1992!

I don't suppose I'll make it to the 2022 one! 
Ah well.

Ooh I almost forgot my BIG news. My work has been featured in a superb German felt magazine.
The jolly old Doc Martens were on the cover but my real stuff was inside. Thrilling. Its a really beautifully produced magazine and there is an English supplement inside mine.

So..its September..and time to make new stock.

I've been playing.

And because they are so big I decided they needed boxes. Readers may remember the card I got from Dunelm that I didn't know what to do with but just knew I would use it. Well, I found a use. Its perfect for these boxes, modelled on a little box I got in Greece. Just the perfect size and shape for the corsages.

Its only a pity I gave so much of it away!! I really enjoyed making these boxes.
 I've already sent three boxed corsages off, two to Australia and one to Germany. 
Thank you Dunelm.

OOOPS! Who can't add up? The next Preston Guild is of course in 2032. Thank you for pointing it out.


Iz said...

Liking the new design for brooches!

dottycookie said...

I love this post. It sounds just like a conversation in person, and I feel as if I saw the guild festival too. Lovely!

Twiglet said...

The new brooches are lovely and those boxes are so pretty - what a perfect gift the boxed corsage will be. x Jo

Heather said...

A wonderful post Jackie. Those celebrations look great fun, but bitter sweet memories for you maybe. I'm nervous of 'vintage' too when these days half the stuff is younger than I am! Congratulations on being featured in the German magazine - it looks very interesting. I love your new stock and the boxes.

Rachel said...

I'm surprised you got anything done at all! They're lovely - such intriguing colour combinations.

chocolatefrog said...

I remember those boots! Take me back to my C&G days... Loving the latest work too though, gorgeous colours.

5 Ladybird Lane said...

We also took a look at the vintage weekend. Why was the 'sewing ' tent sooooo dark. It was very hot and pretty packed. My parents went to the fireworks and where a bit disappointed. We watched the torchlight procession with family and it was great. Hard to think who in my family will watch next time, 20 years is a long time!! Love the new brooches. Sarah

Wendy said...

How lovely! The brooches I mean, though the Guild looks like it could be fun sometimes too. And I love the boxes, what a great touch!

Su said...

My sister lives in Preston, I wonder if she's been to anything. I'll have to ask her.

Lovely new brooches.

susan christensen said...

I love the bitter/sweet sense of this post; well-written. Congrats on the publication of your excellent work. Always admire what you create! -sus

Maggi said...

Nice to reminisce isn't it? I love the corsages and the boxes are so perfect. That German magazine looks fantastic, congratulations on being included. As for not going to the next Guild event - it's only 10 years away and so you'll still be a spring chicken.

karen said...

I am sure you will still be here for the next Preston Guild as I will be too. We can go together...doddering along covered in cobwebs!

Beacee said...

Congratulations on being in print - and on your gorgeous new designs! We didn't see anything of the Guild this time but it looks like the weekend was fun. Barbara x

Judy Martin said...

Thanks for this wee trip to a vintage fair. I felt like I was with you - you have an intimate style in your writing.

Also, those doc marten shoes look fabulous. Congratulations on the cover - and all of your new corsage work.

So up lifting to visit here.

Rosie said...

The corsages are beautiful and the box makes them even more special! I missed the Guild entirely because we were on holiday (just got back and catching up). Hey ho.

Anna said...

Well done for the piece in the German mag. Love the new brooches.

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