For me this meant a visit to the cheese shop and getting busy with the glue to make an altered book scrapbook - my secret santa style gift for a bloggers' get together.
And then, on the day, the glorious coming together of friends, bit by bit - Monica on the train, Karen in a shop in the neighbourhood, Tracy just inside the front door and Val moments later. We had converged for a Make Lounge course - Extraordinary Embroidery.
I have to say that I would thouroughly recommend the Make Lounge as a venue for a get together. The lovely Jennifer let us bring a picnic lunch and laid it all out beautifully for us while we embroidered so we could take a break and have something to eat. And the surroundings are very bright and cheery and spacious.
But it's always good to learn something new. And I'm looking forward to finishing off my tea towel. When I get 5 minutes. That's the other great thing about workshops - you DO make the time to do something you want to, rather than finding weeks have disappeared in doing things you have to.
There was gift exchanging (see my beautiful Moleskine cover from Karen?) and yarn shopping (at Loop - conveniently just round the corner).