For Birdsong this year, I'm doing two classes. One is making a journal cover and adding pages. The second is filling it up.
Beth and Hope are each chiming in on the second class and offering mini tutorials on journalling. And I'm offering a doodling kit, a special kit for a single page, a packet of ephemera and wallpaper, plus a packet of embellishments.
Yep, count 'em- FIVE SEPARATE KITS for this journal. (plus one from Hope, one from Beth)
What was I thinking??? But they are all done, packed up and ready to go, as of mid April, almost two full months before the class is taught. (edit-I write my blog posts kind of far in advance sometimes, this is one of those that I wrote, put in the file, then had other things to talk about, so it got pushed back)
Now, onto making name tags, gift bags, and getting the house and studio ready. It really does take me months to do. But worth it, I am so looking forward to the party this year. (edit- May 13th- done, done, and done! Can you hear the swatting sound I'm making as I pat myself on the back so enthusiastically??)
And I have to admit, I do enjoy putting kits together and coordinating colors.
And do you know what else is fun? Getting gifts from sponsors to give to our Peeps! This abundant basket of hand crafted soaps came from Beth's sister-in-law, Joey.
My car smelled wonderful after having this basket in it for the day. Now my studio is filling up with the soft scents. Lucky me, I get to enjoy these before I draw a name to pass them on to their new owner!
Here is a cute story that Joey sent along with her soaps, I thought you might enjoy it too:
One of the Sisters from somewhere in North America, Newfoundland, think, asked, "Is this soap any good?" And I answered,"Have you seen how young the Fargo Presentations look?" She immediately bought 3 bars. I always clarify, when I say "Presentation", I mean IRISH Presentation Sisters, founded in Cork City in 1775 by a woman named Nano Nagle whose feast day is today, April 26. She was brave enough to defy British penal laws by educating poor Irish children in "hedge" schools, investing her own fortune, risking her own freedom and founding this congregation which now has Sisters on every continent but Antarctica! They believe in compassion, inclusion and justice. The Fargo Presentations have had their arms wrapped around me since first grade, and I love them dearly. They all use my soap and have lovely skin, they look half their age.
Now there are some French Presentation Sisters, they are probably very nice people, but I bet they are pretty wrinkled.