However, I did have a wonderful send off from some wonderful friends and colleagues and was astounded and very touched by the number of gifts and cards I received.
I got some vouchers for John Lewis and Amazon; a beautiful watch (thank you, Paula, for choosing it - wonderful choice!)
a mug (very apt, considering I'm always baking cupcakes)
some manicure and pedicure goodies
And here are all the presents piled up before I unpacked them all:
Sadly, I haven't been so lucky on the crafting front! The blue lace top I was working on wasn't working out, so I had to pull it back - the sizing just seemed to be all wrong. I'm probably not going to work on that one again for a while as I've lost the enthusiasm for that particular project.
I've also been making some jam - the consistency of my blueberry one is a bit too runny, but I think the strawberry and blackcurrant one has turned out much better. It's always annoying when these things don't turn out the way you hoped. If anyone has a good tried and tested recipe for blueberry jam, I'd love to hear it as I've never found a really good one that has worked for me.
I've been pretty quiet on the jewellery making front recently, so have booked myself into a leather and bead wrap bracelet making class in October. I've been wanting to do this class for a while but it gets booked up so quickly, but I managed to get place in time. I did make a very quick and simple necklace yesterday
Hope your crafting is going better than mine! Let's hope I have more crafting success to post about next time!