An inspiring speaker….

It’s been another fairly hectic week this week but I made it to the Seven Hills WI May meeting on Thursday, which meant tea, lots of yummy sweet treats and hearing a really interesting, inspiring speaker – Mary Jane Baxter.

Mary Jane was the speaker at our inaugural SHWI meeting back in 2009 and at the time she was in the middle of a tour of the country partly for herself, and partly for Newsnight to see if ‘Make do and mend’ was a fashion or a real effect of the economic climate at the time.  Two years on she came back to tell us how the rest of the tour had gone and of the exicting things she’s been up to since then, including her first book ‘Chic on a Shoestring‘ and details about her second book which will be released next year.

I don’t have time to go into too much detail now but I was so keen to write this post as there was so much interest from so many women at the meeting that it was obvious how inspiring Mary Jane is.  Mary Jane had a successful career as a journalist but she felt as though something was missing in her life, and ultimately decided to take a risk, leave her job and train as a milliner and pursue a craft-related ‘career’.  I say ‘career’ as I think it’s much more than that but I just don’t know exactly what.

And, as if it wasn’t enough to inspire half of us to leave our jobs and spend all day being creative, she brought along some of her wonderful creations.  My favourite was the panty-hose petal fascinator – I didn’t take a photograph but there’s a similar one on Mary Jane’s millinery site here!


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