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