Category Archives: Yelp

Say It Ain’t Sew

  
As part of 2016: the year of fun I went to another fab Yelp night. This time we popped into the MAKlab to get a sewing lesson from Iona.

Iona’s philosophy is simple, anyone can sew and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact you can pop into her Say It Ain’t Sew workshops on Tuesday evenings and it’s completely FREE!   

Tonight, as part of the Yelp event, we had the choice of making a felt cupcake, doughnut or cake slice. Iona provided all the material, equipment and templates, all we needed a bit of imagination and the ability to thread a needle 🙂

Iona was on hand to help with any stitching questions and give us quick tutorials which really helped as quite a few folk hadn’t stitched since school days.

Over the space of a few hours, through a lot of chatter, laughter and serious faces (the placing of sequins is serious business, haha) we all succeeded in creating our own felt cakes.

 
I’ve been to Iona’s regular Say It Ain’t Sew class(*) a few times and made everything from finger puppets to dinosaurs. She holds them in relaxed venues where you can grab a bite to eat or get some liquid refreshment 😉 I can really recommend trying it especially if you’ve a hectic life as sewing makes you slow down and relax. Making something just for the fun of it is also good fun.

Say It Ain’t Sew is on every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Get in touch with them via Twitter handle @SewScotland.

 PS To keep it free she sells these lovely kits through ETSY for £5. It would make a lovely present for children as well as adults. I fancy the tenement building…or maybe the dinosaur…hmmm.

Go on, give it a try.

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Step out of your comfort zone

 This is a tale of how a Yelper (me) stepped out of her comfort zone & had a night of pizza & fun.

As some of you might know I’ve suffered from periods of depression which has left me with social anxiety. Often I have to force myself to go out even if it’s something I want to do. I want to melt into crowds and feel more comfortable talking to small groups. I get so nervous before social events that I often feel physically sick but have tried to hide it. Ever felt like that?

The thing is, I’m a sociable person & don’t want to sit at home every night. So when the chance to be a judge for a Yelp pizza battle came up I knew I had to step out my comfort zone.

  

Along with 30 other hungry Yelpers I went to La Favorita on Gibson St, Glasgow and headed downstairs.

I was really nervous (almost chickened out of going) but our hosts, Briony and Lainey, immediately put me at ease and I was seated beside two lovely, chatty Yelpers. After feeling awkward for about 5 minutes I started to relax and had a fun night.

I won’t go on about the pizzas – you’ll only get jealous & hungry – but five local pizza makers worked hard while we sipped on Menabrea and blind tasted their creations.

Here are some of my dreamy pictures of the contenders:
  
  
  
  

And who won? Well there was a surprise with La Favorita (pic 3) and Paesano (pic 1) tying joint first. Bloc, Firebird and Mora all came second though to be honest, I’d recommend all of them as they were all tasty making judging difficult.

The other winner was me as I had a fab night, had a laugh with some fun folk and can take pride in knowing I didn’t let into my demons.

So the next time you want to hide under your duvet don’t! Book yourself onto that embroidery course, join that book group and start Yelping.

PS what do you mean that you don’t know what Yelp is? Have a look here  —-> http://www.yelp.co.uk