So it’s taken me a little while to do a write up of the April Sanctuary but here it is!
We didn’t have to worry too much about getting plenty of photos as we had a photographer come in on the Saturday! Like most people I hate having my photo taken but Andy and Jo from Andy Mansell Photography were fantastic., and got some great shots of myself and Lisa with our Water Garden blanket and some great shots of the group as we crocheted.
On the Friday evening after introductions and we all settled down to open our Sophies Stools and have a good rummage in the box. Lisa and I then gave out gift bags for each weekend guest which included a nice little surprise… Sophies Universe books! Everyone loved the surprise and all the bits and bobs we included in the bags.
After a brief pause to pop to the restaurant we started on our stools and had a few glasses of prosecco, or locally sourced cordials for those that preferred it. All in all it was a fab first night!
Saturday began with a fantastic buffet breakfast before the day guests arrived. We spent a lovely morning crocheting with Three Bears Yarn and Knitcraft Home cotton. We made face cloths, scrubbies and pin cushions 🙂
After another trip to the restaurant (I swear all we do is squish yarn and eat eat eat!) we started a workshop with the phenomenal Amanda Bloom from Little Box of Crochet. She taught us Tunisian crochet which was fab as it’s something I’d never tried. We were all given our own special box with everything we needed and some adorable little bits and pieces that the boxes are known for.
I really struggled to get the hang of it at first, I had to get Amanda to fix it for me as I got in a right pickle (cue the unflattering shot of me making my attempt!)
It eventually clicked though so I’m happy! During the workshop we all grabbed the blankets and went outside to take a few crowd shots. The photographer suggested we through the blankets up in the air like a graduation shot. I threw my blanket a second early to try and make myself look less insane on the photo, instead my head got framed by a blanket lol. Lisa on the other hand….
She threw The Water Garden and managed to get it stuck in the tree! Of course the photographer kept shooting as everyone tried to get it down undamaged!
Eventually we got it down and we carried on with Amandas workshop until the day guests left at 6pm (with their gift bags!) The rest of the weekend went without a hitch which was fab.
We’ve now booked up for the rest of the year so we will soon start looking at dates for next year! See some of my fave pics from April below!
Thanks for stopping! by!