Snitterfield WI January 2014

At the first meeting of 2014 we were welcomed into a bright and cheerful looking village hall with tablecloths and flowers on the tables . Unfortunately the hall was very cold due to the heating being turned down to save money.. However we all kept our coats on and the ensuing evening was a great success.

We were welcomed by Sylvia our President and we all wished each other a Happy New Year. After various business matters were discussed and settled we were then introduced to our speaker for the evening Sarah James. Sarah`s talk was entitled “My Inspirational journey” so we settled down for what we thought might be a travel talk. However Sarah`s talk was about a journey of another kind.

In 2010 Sarah was made redundant from her job with Warwickshire County Council. This was a devastating blow for the family as they had just moved to a new house with all the expense that entails. Sarah had previously been interested in jewellery making as a hobby for which she felt she had a flair. So she went on a jewellery making course, got the bug, and decided to go for it in a big way. She took a sample of her handicraft and opened a stall on Warwick market. A lot of interest came from this so she felt she was on her way. She named her enterprise “Purple Pepper”and hasn`t looked back.She now teaches jewellery making to groups of adults and children. She gives talks to WIs and other groups.Her children`s parties are especially successful as every child goes home with a piece of jewellery they have made themselves. There is a website and she sells starter kits. Sarah also does repairs and will custom make . One of her most successful was for 7 bridesmaids at a wedding whose ages ranged from eighteen months to seventeen years. She made a bracelet for each of them to match their outfits at the wedding.

After her talk Sarah demonstrated how to make a pair of earrings. Most of us then had a go and had a lovely time sorting through all the brightly coloured beads and then, like the children at a party we were able to take home our own made earrings. I have warn mine today and when they were admired I was able to say “I made them myself”.

The next meeting will be February 12th when our own member Nicola Matthews will tell us about the work of BPAS.(British Pregnancy Advisory Service)