I had a great weekend in London, bought lots of fabric in Shepherd's Bush before adjourning to the wonderful odangochan's house for lunch and chattting. I had a great time. I hope we weren't too chatty and/or boring. Just for you Annette, here are some camera phone pictures of the kittens I saw at my mums house. They were super adorable.
It was also a weekend of cake baking. I made a 'The World Ends with You' pin cake for Annette and Phil, and two ivy covered cakes for Pete's grandmother and Great Aunt Mabel. Because I must immortalise all my cakes with internet stardom here they are.
When we visited Pete's Great Aunt Mabel she gave me all her fabric and dress making equipment as she can no longer work with fabric as her hands are too frail. It was amazing, her sewing room was like a treasure trove of wonder. She had beautiful satins and silks, different fabrics in all colours and textures and some funky 60s/70s patterned fabrics that are definitely hovering on the boundary line between awful/retro chic. She also gave me stacks of interfacing, zips of every colour of the rainbow, and at least 50 patterns. It was so lovely and incredibly generous of her, it made me very glad I had at least baked her a cake in thanks.
I'm actually looking forward to visiting her again because she is a formidable old lady, in the 50s and 60s she travelled the world visiting South America, Russia, China and Iran and I would love to hear her stories about those countries. It's still pretty unusual for tourists to go to South America and Iran now, let alone in the 50s and 60s. :D