Can someone tell me why on earth a large store which has a huge toy department and a large craft section would organise a day's craft workshop/demonstrations on 8th December?
Such events ought to be early autumn when people have money to spend and the prospect of the winter to come, and it is not fit weather for the beach.
Most people have far better things to spend money on at this time of year and are rushed off their feet with shopping for presents.
Not that I am complaining, far from it. An expert was flown in and the workshop/demonstrations were from 10.30am to 6pm with a short break for lunch. Two of us, the other being a woman of similar age to myself, plus for a short time a couple of other ladies (this morning) had the expert to ourselves.
This morning she was demonstrating techniques for which I already have the paints, but was waiting for some nozzles which she brought with her. I learned a great deal and will be playing later.
Then this afternoon she taught us silk painting, oh la! As it was just the two of us women we were able to ask lots of questions and to have a go at it ourselves. Later she showed us other fabric painting.
She gave us some patterns to get us started and some silk panels ready to work. She also gave us some samples of cards and other things she had demonstrated.
I went with the intention of just buying a few essentials, like the nozzles, but ended up buying all the stuff to enable me to do silk painting cards and the fabric painting.
I have finished making my Christmas cards, all seventy four of them, so now I can play with a clear conscience.
I wonder what it would have cost if we had had to pay for a seven hour course with just two people to the instructor - quite a lot I think.