Some of the nicest ladies came to see me last weekend for Birdsong.
Many come from out of town, and my buddy, Angie, was kind to invite them all to her shop for a birthday celebration the night before our event began.
She invited us to her elegant antique store, and served up pizza with style while we chatted, caught up with each other's news, did some shopping, and a little project with Beth.
Beth packed up her legendary vintage supplies and set the group up with a fun project.
To celebrate Angie's birthday, my family and I made some cupcakes. Lavender is her fave, so we picked some fresh blooms from the garden, made an oil infusion with them, strained it and added that to the white cup cake mix.
Now this is my fave too. It was subtle, not a strong lavender. And when we saw how easy it was to do, I decided I want to harvest all my plants to do this with, and freeze the herb infusion to use year round.
My sister-in-law, Terry, and my son both spent Friday baking and chopping with me. I couldn't have got it all done without them, or without Sissy who stayed up till midnight peeling apples for the carmel apple cobbler.
(Sissy had some advice too, too bad I didn't listen. She kept telling me, "Karkie, those are plenty, you don't need that many apples." But I just kept peeling away. I had WAY too many.)
Birdsong itself is very laid back and casual. It was nice to have a reason to spiff up a bit and have a night out before it all began. And what a pretty atmosphere to have a party in! Her shop is so nice. (so is she)
And she set out a donation box for the Ballard Center and raised $300 for families in need.
While this evening is not an official part of the event, it was a welcome addition and I was so pleased that Angie offered to have us all over for her special night.
And it was soooo fun for Beth to share her stash of goodness for everyone to play with and warm up for the weekend's crafting.
It was kind of her to share her collage skills and time with our Peeps.
And it was extra nice for me, because I was "off the clock." I could relax, visit, and enjoy the evening before we got started on Saturday. I am lucky to have friends who pitch in and do such thoughtful things, aren't I?
I loved having a party to attend!