Thursday, November 17, 2011


Wednesday night was our annual Young Women in Excellence, which is an evening at the end of the year where the girls and their leaders show and share with each other and their parents the projects that they have worked on this year and how they feeling and thinking about things, and as promised I had completed the required bunting and tablecloths for our Garden party / High Tea. 

The bunting is in 2 sections and I used the 8 colours of the Young Women values. The colours represent;
  • Faith - white
  • Divine Nature - blue
  • Individual Worth - red
  • Knowledge - green
  • Choice and Accountability - orange
  • Good Works - yellow
  • Integrity - purple
  • Virtue - gold

The fabrics were all from Spotlight and I believe not any specific designer, though I may be wrong and for that I apologise. Picture me trying to carry 8 bolts of fabric and deal with Sophie and trying to make sure that the colours all worked together and people staring etc. In the end after making a decision on the blue, green, purple and white I dumped all of those with Sophie in a corner and let her entertain herself with the apps on my phone whilst I chose the others.

The red I loved the name of - Chinese Red and doesn't it just conjure images of opulence and royalty and festivities and dragons etc. The gold has a lovely pattern on it and the yellow is a light seersucker. The orange is a floral which was more of a red base than yellow based colour so blended well. I love the colours. The young women cut the fabrics all out using pinking shears so no fraying to deal with and I sewed them all together by lying them on a strip of bias binding, folded it over and one long stitch from end to end secures everything.

The green fabric is just lovely, it is a really light cotton with dobby white spots in it. I would love a kaftan or loose blouse in this for summer. The blue was where I started with a lovely spring floral, white just a cotton  and to end a light purple gingham check. I thought they were a bit vintage but fitted the garden party theme. 

Sadly the weather had been very Spring like and that means hot, humid, storms, and rain. So after three consecutive days of such weather we decided to bite the bullet and the garden party/high tea had to come inside. 

We needed to seat about 17 people so the food was all popped on one table, another table with things that the young women had worked on during the year and then seats all around so that we could listen to the girls tell us of their experiences during the year and watch a lovely dvd that Becky put together from pictures of all our activities through the year together. Songs were sung, Caitlin played a beautiful piece of Chopin that she had performed for her HSC (year 12 music exam) and experiences and feelings shared. 

It was a lovely evening, with delicious supper afterwards and chatting with friends.

I am unsure why I took a picture of the table lopsided - sorry, so tilt your head to either side to 45 degrees and it should look ok. Punch, scones, whipped cream, jam, lemon slice, crudites and dip, fruit platters and many more delicious things were popped on this floral table cloth. Yum.

Sadly we had to say bye, but thankfully just for a couple of months, to Taylor as she jets off to stay with family in Salt Lake for the holidays. We will miss you heaps Taylor and your wonderful positive attitude. 

If you would like to know more about young women and the values that they try to live by and the theme that they hold dear, go here.

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