Meet and Make at Coast, Worthing


Christmas decorations at Coast Cafe, Worthing
The best Christmas decorations in Worthing can be found at Coast. Theirs are all handmade by the café's talented staff using repurposed or found materials: bunting made from torn leaves of a tattered novel; a driftwood tree; festive garlands strung with shiny silver kitchen implements (including a cheese grater) and chilies; pebbles and shells painted with goodwill messages; paper stars and oranges studded with cloves.
     Coast is the venue for the weekly Meet and Make craft get-together and has been our home since Mooey's Mocha Shop closed in June. Worthing has over 9 sociable stitching groups – there's a creative meet up in this town almost every day of the week and Meet and Make organiser Nicky Fijalkowska (owner/designer at Knit for Victory) has compiled a useful list of them.
    Undoubtedly Meet and Make has the finest views of them all and Coast café really comes into its own in wintertime. It's famous in Worthing for being a fair weather eating-outdoors destination, but is a haven at this time of year – the perfect place to sip a hot chocolate while watching stormy seas and changing skies. Or, on a bright winter's morning it's a beautiful spot to knit and natter while looking out across the glistening English Channel.

Meet and Make Worthing

Meet and Make is held every term-time* Tuesday morning from 10am-12pm at Coast, east of Splash Point, Beach Parade, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2ES. 
*We're taking a break for the school holidays but will be back on 8th January 2013.

Back soon!

Wukulele Christmas

Festive resonator uke at Wukulele
Sunday's Wukulele jam was a Christmas party edition and I hung my wonky hand-cut paper bunting over Worthing Rowing Club's tree. In a room packed with merry ukulele players it was lovely to see familiar faces from the early days of Brighton Ukulele Sundays coming 'home' to Wukulele for Christmas.

Wukulele Christmas

We belted through the Bad Love songbook, rocked the room with Reet Petit and a surprisingly rousing rendition of Chanson D'Amour. Our reworking of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax was word perfect, rather shocking and very silly. I don't think it's been uke-jammed anywhere else.

Christmas 2012 uke jam at Wukulele

A break at the rowing club bar, Harriet's home made mince pies, plenty of cheer and we were ready to launch into tunes from Taunton Ukulele Strummers Club's famous festive songbook. A perfect start to the week before Christmas.

Wukulele Christmas buntingChristmas ukulele at Worthing Rowing Club

Cute critters from Mollie Makes

Mollie Makes cute felt toys
Of the well-thumbed Mollie Makes magazines on my shelf,  issue number two gets pulled out and poured over most frequently. It's my daughter's favourite and page 86 is the place she returns to time and time again. She has a penchant for cute Japanese graphics – pictures of cupcakes with faces, smiling milk cartons, illustrations of happy popcorn, winking sad clouds and absolutely any kind of kawaii critter. These Mollie Makes Cute Club palm-sized soft felt toys are her ideal creatures and she has spent several months pleading me to make them. With her 8th birthday approaching, I knew what I had to do...
making cute felt animals
Mollie Makes cute felt toyscute felt cat and dog
The templates for these felt toys and their über cute accessories can be found on Mollie Makes website. Apparently early editions of the magazine are now changing hands for large sums of money on Ebay, but you can buy pristine copies of back issues from their UK publishers.
Mollie Makes issue 2


Ukulele appliqué bags with apples, birds and flowers

Three new ukulele book bags are listed in my Etsy shop. There would have been four, but I love this wonderful Jane Foster fabric so much that I had to keep one for myself. You can snap one up here, but be quick - they won't be around for long!

Christmas ukulele gig bags

Christmas quilted ukulele cases
The month of Christmas is upon us and here are two new quilted ukulele gig bags with a festive theme made from fabric designed by Lotta Kühlhorn for Ikea. The pale blue one has a Scandinavian mountain landscape design with snow-capped mountains, winter berries and a mountain goat. The other is a rich bright retro 60s Scandi floral print which also seems perfectly Christmassy. Both are handmade in Worthing by me and are on sale now in my Etsy shop.
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