Once again I have fallen into the "not posting enough" rut. I apologize! I, actually, have a couple valid excuses, but I still feel bad. I am VERY grateful for each one of you that follow and read my blog. I know I don't have a ton to say when I post (I'm not much of a writer), but I hope to share with you some of my recent adventures and creativity at least once in a while ;)
So, here are my valid excuses...for at least a couple months now I have been preparing for this past weekend (Dec. 9-11th). On Friday night, I lead the children's crafts for the Candlelight Tours at Historic Locust Grove. If you don't know, I used to be a Kindergarten teacher, so teaching and crafts are kinda my thing. I had direction boards for making 6-point snowflakes and German or Christmas Stars, and had clementines and cloves to make pomanders. The kids who participated had a wonderful time while learning some new skills and new information about pomanders. It was a very busy time, but it was fun to see each child's creativity and excitement about making a craft!
On Saturday afternoon, I had rehearsal with my video team and directed the 4 o'clock service at my church, Northside Christian Church. When the 4 o'clock service finished, I hopped in my car and went back to Locust Grove to lead children's crafts again. I had a whole Girl Scout troop and some Boy Scouts surrounding my three tables right after I arrived...it was controlled and amazingly fun chaos! I also had some sweet moments working with individual children and helping them create something they've never made before.
On Sunday, I was back at church early in the morning to direct my video
team again until noon. Then, it was off to decorate the Audubon Room at
Historic Locust Grove, which is where the Jane Austen Society of North America- Greater Louisville Region
meets. We had a birthday celebration for Jane Austen at our December
Tea. This was my third year decorating for the December Tea. I had a
wonderful helper, Emily, who punched the holes and tied the ribbons in
each of the 85 paper hearts that I made. And, Emily, plus several
others in our membership helped me set up the room. The decorations
were well-received and, actually, tied in with our speaker's
presentation. Here are a few images of the decorated room (sorry about
the terrible lighting...the light is terrible in that room!):