Monday, April 29, 2013

Guthrie and Ghani Grand Opening OR A Sewing Celebration

Oh My!! What a day I had on Saturday.  I met Lauren, Stuart, Sandra, Ann and Tilly.  WAIT! I met LAUREN, STUART, SANDRA, ANN, and TILLY...  ALL IN ONE DAY!  How freakin' awesome is that?

David and I went down to Birmingham to help Lauren celebrate the grand opening of Guthrie and Ghani, her new haberdashery shop.  It was so inspiring to see Lauren in her element:


The shop is a piece of art.  Lauren and her husband, Ayaz have been renovating the incredibly beautiful building for a year!  It's really amazing to read about the renovations (check out all 27 pages here....you'll be hooked) and even better to see the shop filled with people who LOVE sewing!  I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it was!

Lauren has done an amazing job decorating and the shop is filled with lots of goodies:

And now onto the sewing CELEBRATION bit....oh yes, I was on cloud nine meeting all the Great British Sewing Bee contestants...I mean, they let me into their sewing worlds for four episodes and I feel like I could talk pattern grading, seam allowances and edge stitching with them for hours!  I'm really going to miss watching them all sew!

They are all so lovely and generous as well.  Can you tell I am happy as a clam in all these photos?




Tilly and I had a great time catching up:


I just adore this photo of Ann and Tilly:



I couldn't help snapping a photo of Tilly and Lauren's button back blouses (Mathilde and Sorbetto respectively):

Can I just say Stuart is amazing?  He is so much fun to be around...and look, the lantern fabric!!


The place was decked out!  One of Lauren's friends made this adorable sewing cake:


We ventured upstairs and found a sewing haven.  A classroom just waiting to be used!  Lauren will be offering classes in her new space (with Tilly and Stuart also teaching classes):


I had such a fabulous time and picked up quite a few sewing goodies (like the fabric below):


THANK YOU Tilly, Lauren, Stuart, Ann and Sandra for inspiring us!  As Ann wrote in my book: Happy Sewing.  Happy sewing indeed!

24 comments:

  1. What an adorable shop! Looks like you had a great time :)

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  2. You look SUPER happy :) Looks like you had a fab time - meeting all the GBSB contestants and picking up some new fabric for the stash - sweet!

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  3. Aw Debi, it was so great to catch up with you and to finally meet David. Stuart rang yesterday and said, "Did you meet that lovely couple who came all the way from Edinburgh? Weren't they LOVELY?" Yes indeed! xx

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    1. Awwww! How sweet! I loved meeting him! He's so friendly and just a joy to be around!

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  4. I'm very jealous! It' looks like you had a fab day and I loved the show and all contestants, it was so inspiring.

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  5. I am so envious of everyone who got to attend!! Thank you so much for sharing photos for us who are living vicariously across the pond ;) Looks like you had a blast!

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  6. You are such a lovely couple - going down especially to support Lauren and Ayaz! So glad you had such an exciting time! Really glad you got to meet them all - it is funny how just because they've been on our Telly that we feel like they're our friends!
    Loving the Aviator dress by the way!

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  7. How fun! Looks like it was a wonderful day!

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  8. Thanks for posting your glorious recap of the day! It looks wonderful!!

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  9. Oh I'm so happy that you had a wonderful time and got to meet the contestants from GBSB! Thanks for sharing your awesome pics with us!

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  10. What a terrific day. Thanks for all of the pictures. Lauren's place looks so beautiful.

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  11. Awww you look so happy Debi! What a great day!

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  12. Fantastic! Looks like it was a wonderful, happy and successful day. Hooray!

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  13. Looks like you had a great time! I'm so glad that the opening was such a success - maybe more people will get into sewing now!

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  14. What a great gathering. I wish GBSB could continue for more than 2 series.
    Glad you both had a wonderful day.

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  15. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! How lucky you are to have a great shop like that to visit.

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  16. Awesome is right! totally jealous of this sewing celebfest to the extent that i am going to photo-shop myself right along side you in these pics so as to have a piece of the action - How sad is that!

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  17. How lovely! I enjoyed the show so much, four episodes felt so short!

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  18. I'm just grinning ear to ear - it feels almost like being there; what a fabulous day, and how lucky you are!

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  19. i loved both your posts on this (D2 rules!). it was like being there and having a sociological dissection at the same time. while eating cupckaes.

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  20. Oh, what a wonderful day!! The Bee peeps are so lovely and Ann is a living legend, isn't she?

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  21. I loved The Sewing Bee. So much inspiration.It was great that they brought back the finalists to do the Christmas show.

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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