Sunday, March 11, 2012

Family Fun Day

We had a cousin's get-together today, with the idea that I'd teach everyone to make a purse. 
Mostly, it was about getting together and enjoying a fun day.
We're all daughters of these eight sisters (that's my Mum in the centre of the back row), and we have more in common than we can name.    
There are shared memories, parallel experiences of being parented and parenting... there are cheekbones and mannerisms.... resemblances...  and a bond that has survived sometimes-decades of separate lives and life experiences. 

Today, there was also a distinct lack of anyone over five-foot-six.

So anyway - we got to work....
I bossed everyone around and showed them how super-easy it all is.... even if you've never been remotely interested in sewing before...
 There were side-splitting, mascara-running belly-laughs....
 ...and there were, indeed, purses. 
 Some with upside-down owls (but it's ok -it's an OFMK*).

Thank you to my (non-sewing) sister, for being staff photographer and  family-photo-scanner.  Thanks to the wee girl and her even wee-er second-cousin, for playing so beautifully together. And a BIG thank you to my gorgeous cousins and sisters for a fabulous day.  

Absentee sisters and cousins: you were missed, and you're very-much invited to the next one.  

There must definitely be another one.

*OFMK = Only For My Kid

14 comments:

Carmel Morris said...

The owls will be the right way up when the purse is upside down, tipping money out of it and isn't that how it gets seen most of the time anyway?

Lovely to have a day with your cousins. I have lots of happy memories of spending time with mine.

meri said...

I just adore that kind of family meetings!!! We can feel your happiness, Just lovely, Nikki.
xx

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like such a fun day!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

wow, that's a lot of girls and a lot of family!

so nice you all get along.

Suzeldoo said...

Life is all about relationships, always.
You all look so happy and that is beautiful.

Midge said...

So fantastic to have family around you for a fun time. great that even the nonsewing came to enjoy thr company.

Leonie said...

We all had a fab day, and thanks for truly being the hostess with the mostest!

Margaret said...

How wonderful to have such a large family. My family is so small, you blink and you miss it!

CurlyPops said...

That looks like sooooo much fun!

Vireya said...

Wow! That looks like a great day. And so much sewing done!

Helen Devereaux said...

Thank you Nikki for providing the wonderful venue and patience for helping us create these beautiful purses. Paige absolutely loved it and doesn't care that the owls are upside down, she now wants to make some more..... She got quite a few comments from the lovely ladies at spotlight this morning regarding the purse. It was so great seeing everyone again and I hope we can do it again, such a fabulous enjoyable day. Thanks everyone who came and made it a special day that we will remember

m.e (Cathie) said...

i bet you needed today! looks like all the ladies had an awesome time ♥

Fer said...

That's so cool. :-)

Claire said...

Wow, can I pretend I'm a cousin for the next crafty get together......pleeeease!!

Have wanted to make a little purse for so long. In fact I bought a kit once and it sat on my sewing table for ages.

Maybe, it's time to be brave and give it a go.

I can imagine how much fun you all had together and belly laughs are the best and sometimes they're over the silliest things.

The purses all look wonderful, great fabrics.....

Claire :}