The cat survived the 7-hour drive and she’s settling in, although she caught a bit of a cold after we arrived! We had a week or so to get our things unpacked after we arrived and then I had another week to prepare for my niece Lauren’s wedding.
When I say “prepare for the wedding”, what actually happened is that Lauren first set about planning it about a year ago and asked if I could crochet 12 bouquets of carnations and roses for her table centrepieces. As we lived in opposite ends of the UK at the time, it was a great way for me to help her out with her big day. With a timescale of 12 months, I felt sure I could get them all done in time. The plan was to dye the yarn myself in order to keep the flowers as unique as possible and send the flowers up in batches to make sure that I was on the right track.
Of course, at the time, I didn’t know we’d be planning on relocating to Scotland two weeks before the wedding! In theory, a house move shouldn’t affect productivity that much, right? Wrong - because I also had to deal with leaving my job and getting everything prepared for my replacement, as well as applying for jobs up here. That left almost no time for crafting as aside from working, any spare time was spent packing or travelling up and down to Scotland. I managed to do some flowers and get them sent up in advance but was unsure for a wee while that I'd get the rest done in time.
Still, knowing I had a couple of weeks after the move to get the flowers done was a huge weight off my mind. Even so, every spare moment (and there weren’t many of those!) was spent crocheting and I had some invaluable help from my husband who twisted up about 60 pipe-cleaners for the stems the weekend before the Big Day. Then it was 3 solid days of more crocheting and sewing up. It was hard work and I ended up with a sore back and neck, but the results were worth it. My family are in Aberdeen, about 3 hours’ drive from Glasgow, so I arranged to drop the flowers off with Lauren when we got up there the night before the wedding.
And a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Lauren, Dan and their little boy Harris!
Now the wedding dust has settled, I’m cracking on with a bit more crafting. I have an order of felted bowls to be getting on with and I’ve also managed to book a stall at a Christmas Fair in Aberdeen on Saturday 23rd November. OK, it’s not exactly local for me, but it’s a good chance to see my mum again, as she will also have a stall with her work. Stay tuned for more details!
We’ve also got to find somewhere permanent to live (so I have room to do even more crafting!) and I’m having loads of fun catching up with all my old College-mates, some of whom I haven’t seen in about 20 years. I may be unemployed at the moment, but I’m certainly not unoccupied!