We’ve just arrived home from a truly wonderful day on the Lifeboatique stall at Swanage Lifeboat Week. It’s been such an incredible day - I’m actually quite sad it’s over.
Here’s Kim, looking all Great British Bake Off, surrounded by some of our wares this morning:
The quiches you can see in the photo were our best seller by far and were very kindly donated by our very dear friend Dee, who ended up baking a second batch after a call from Kim to say her first batch had sold out almost instantly - and they were delicious!
Huge thanks must also go to our friend Jason O’Connell, who whipped up the super signs for our stall - he didn’t charge us a penny and we are so grateful. I should also make mention of the very wonderful @natmandu who answered my desperate plea on Twitter on Friday morning for someone to help me create a higher res version of the designs I’d amateurishly knocked-up with Paint!
Something else that went down a treat were these super soft baby comforters that lifeboat crew member Andy’s wife Candice whipped up, along with some incredibly sweet hair clips:
Kim’s beautiful handmade cards went down a storm, as did the bargains we’ve found in charity shops and car-boot sales over the last few weeks:
Juliet’s handmade bracelets were a run-away success, as were Hugh’s jam and marmalade - Kim and I both treated ourselves!
The children’s finger knitting was also great - sitting in the the shade on a sunny day, teaching very cute little people to knit, was certainly no hardship! Huge thanks must go to the Swanage Wool & Craft Shop and the ladies of the RNLI HQ staff knitting group for their donations of yarn.
We were rather pleased to showcase our friend Kate’s incredible handiwork on our stall: a knitted RNLI inshore lifeboat, no less! It was raffled off to one lucky winner at the end of the day. Thanks also to Kate’s granny, who very kindly made some of her own knitted contributions.
Though we were slightly less grateful for being stationed next to Cara’s beauty stand while lifeboat crew member Deasy got himself a pedicure! Poor Cara…
Big thanks also to Becky McCarthy for her scrumptious vanilla cupcakes (a big hit), my lovely friend Rohan for her gorgeous hand-sewn hearts (people loved them!), Stevie B for his ace T-shirts (please make us some more for next year!), and Becky Mack’s mum for her delicious homemade fudge. You are all wonderful!
A special thank you too to my lovely Matthew who helped us set-up, brought us coffee, water and bacon sarnies, helped us clear away, and very handsomely modeled the latest finger knitting trends…
Just as soon as we’ve counted the pennies, I’ll be sure to let you know how much we raised. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and supported us and Swanage Lifeboat Week in any way. Roll on August 2013!