Queenly Fun for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend
Posted by Annette on Friday, June 1st, 2012
By jove - I do believe it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend! (How's my British accent?)
With all the excitement surrounding Queen Elizabeth's 60th year as Queen of England, I find myself inspired to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. That, of course, means a little sewing and crafting, and I 'm totally bonkers (crazy) about the Cool Britannia collection. Fortunately, the main festivities begin on Sunday, so you still have Saturday to sew! Wasn't that nice of the Queen to plan it that way for us?
Sunday, June 3rd will be the Big Jubilee Lunch. This is a time when British citizens are encouraged to share lunch with their neighbors and friends, so let's join in! Certainly a decidedly British table runner for the Big Lunch table or perhaps a quickly sewn throw for the picnic ground would be fitting. Whichever you choose, I think that Cool Britannia City Buildings (above left) edged in Cool Britannia Crowns Red (right) would be just dashing. This doesn't have to be fancy, although if you really wanted to be queenly, you could add a few strands of pearls to the edges. Wouldn't that be brilliant?! And napkins, of course. One must have cloth napkins when one celebrates the Jubilee.
After the Big Lunch on Sunday, there will be the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. 1,000 boats will cruise the Thames with the Queen's Royal Barge creating the centerpiece of the procession. If it's nice weather on Sunday, a little boating may be in order. Perhaps a quick tote to carry supplies in royal style would be appropriate. I am quite impressed with Amy Butler's Spice Market Tote . So rooomy and so ready for Brit-style stitching!
Monday, June 4th, please attach yourselves to your tellies for the BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace. You'll need a couple of cushions for your couch and I think the Cool Britannia Union Jacks would be spot on. Don't you? Just a simple little pillow will make the evening oh-so-Brit! And, don't forget the fish and chips to munch and a cuppa (tea) for after supper. sounds like more napkins may be in order.
I think you have the idea now. British Fabric , a litle stitching, some imagination and you've got yourself a simply smashiing Diamond Jubilee Weekend. Here's a link where you can find out everytthing about the Jubilee. http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/ I found it quite interesting. (Still working on the accent.)
Have fun and let me know what you do!
Cheerio, Pip, Pip & all that jazz!
P. S. The Jubilee is a year-long celebration, so if your British sewing isn't quite done this weekend, you can use it later, too. And you'll be all ready to watch the Olympics in London in July, too!
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