Last week, we went to a Christmas craft-making evening at a nearby bookshop. The purpose was to make Christmas decorations for their shop window, and to learn how to make them for ourselves. Some of us made snowflakes from pages of remaindered and damaged books, wreaths from polystyrene and yarn, and others made robins from scraps of fabric. An appealing thing about making these items was that they were all quite simple. At the beginning of the evening, many of us in the group were rather self-conscious about our craft-making abilities - definitely me included - but we all relaxed as the evening wore on, and mince pies and wine were consumed, and ended by feeling quite pleased with our efforts.
I am a thirty-something Englishwoman, and am an enthusiastic amateur in the world of personal finance, as well as in food, fashion, and literature, particularly Victorian fiction and classic detective stories, as well as self-help and recipe books.