Emma had come early to arrange our tool kits and set out baking pans and sweet tins brimming with antique, retro, and modern beads and bits:
So we were soon settled round my tiny table, where Emma taught us to use pliers and cutters, wires and headpins. After which we set to, making necklaces,
brooches, and charms:
While well-fortified by Emma's excellent homemade cake, there was even more cake in the afternoon (!) when we popped round to Petersham for lunch.
Having commandeered one of the largest Teahouse tables, we sampled the sandwiches, soup, and new savory tarts, as well as plenty of tea and cake. But the real highlight was just being together: I can't remember when I've smiled so big or laughed so hard. Bloggers and beads...bliss!