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Here at Violet Iris Thrifty Towers we are very excited about this Saturday's Right Royal Workshop which marks the beginning of our Royal Wedding celebrations! ♥

Unfortunately the workshop was fully booked in record time (we even had to turn away a certain Miss K Middleton, hope she wasn't too disappointed!) but if you are one the lucky people who has a place, you are in for a crafty treat!
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We kick off at 1pm with a look at possible bunting styles and the basic construction methods. We will work round the table, chatting & crafting and sipping tea, whilst we cut, pin, plan, experiment and create...

Around 2pm we will break for a quintissentitally English 'afternoon tea', where we will nibble cucumber sandwiches, munch on English cheddar, dunk in pea & mint hummous whilst sipping elderflower bubbly. Remember to leave room for the sweet treats! We have home baked scones and cupcakes as well as a selection of retro biccies, all washed down with lots of lovely tea!

Then it's back to work, once your bunting is pinned and prepped and you are happy with your look you can run it through the sewing machine and admire the fruits of your labour! Pose for a photo if you'd like your work to be shown in the Violet Iris blog and head home knowing you have bunting for your royal wedding street party or house party (or local pub...) and that you have contributed to The Create Place community work in providing workshops for children suffering autism, not for profit, guilt free craft with a conscience.

Can't wait to see you for beauitful bunting and yummy munching on Saturday! ♥
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Ten fabulous girls who had signed up met at The Create Place in Bethnal Green on Wednesday evening to enjoy two hours of crafting Valentine's cards with an alternative message. All participants received a hot mug of tea and a starter pack with their card blanks and pieces to make their badges....

Many participants arrived with bits and pieces from home to craft, and everyone had a good rummage through Violet Iris's cabinet of kitsch, thrift and haberdashery... stationery village, ink stamper town and inspirationville had been set up along with shaped scissors, funky hole punchers, foam pieces and other card making must-haves placed conveniently along the table. Participants bonded over 'can you pass the glue?' and 'can you hold this whilst I stick it?' as well as over giggles, gossip and sharing of ideas.

The creations were truly beautiful and we all oohed and aahed over our neighbours' results... all in all a very successful evening and a lot of fun.

Many of the same people have also signed up for afternoon tea and bunting on April 9th in preparation for the royal wedding, we at Violet Iris Thrifty Towers think: if you can't beat 'em join 'em and plan to have a right royal laugh whilst sipping elderflower bubbly, nibbling on cucumber sarnies and creating gorgeous bunting in beautifully British colours, to a soundtrack of East End knees up tunes and a street party atmosphere... pass the jellied eels please guv'na! ♥
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