Do you know what I love best about Birdsong? My peeps, of course!
It's a special time with old friends and new, plus a few family members who come along to be a part of it, and to help out.
Gail, Nora, Beth, and Tami have been to every Birdsong (plus many of the smaller workshops we have throughout the year- and by the way, I've got a Halloween idea in the works...)
To commemorate their 5th year, I made up special ribbons for them to wear, and added little birdie pins to their name tags.
Most of us gathered for dinner the night before our party began.
I'm so glad it worked out to meet for a Pre-Birdsong dinner, because by that time, I'm very impatient to get the party started.
And you know what else is special about Birdsong to me? Family members who want to be a part of the gathering. While this is my busiest time of the entire year, and I don't always have much extra time, I'm happy to have them nearby and share the experience with me.
There is a lot of fluttering and flitting from one thing to another, but we manage to squeeze in a few good conversations here and there. Especially while prepping in the kitchen. But it does go by fast, and then all of a sudden, everyone is leaving and I'm wondering how days slipped by without getting around to topics I wanted to talk about. When Terry and her husband pulled out of the driveway to head back to Utah, I found myself teary eyed to see them go, thinking that we barely scratched the surface of all we wanted to talk about, and knowing it would be months before I saw her again.
That is how I feel about all of my Peeps, when the weekend starts, it seems like there is so much time to talk, play, and create, then all of a sudden, it is over. And I miss them all.
This year, Sissy brought her daughter, Shelli. It was a first time for her, and I hope she comes back for another one.
Especially when she looks so cute in her outfit that matches my fly strip.... Ha!! (I did take the strip down before guests arrived, even though it was a very stylish pattern)
This year, there were a lot of weddings, graduations, and family events that prevented some of our regulars from attending, so we got to add some new Peeps to the group. (sign ups are offered first to previous attendees or sponsors)
Along with some favorite friends who come back every time.
Terry once again offered neck massages for hard working crafters. I think some of my friends attend just for her magic touch!
And my baby bro, Guncle Randy, is our official parking guide. (Or as he calls himself, the "Parking B*#ch")
It is surprising how many cars we can fit into our driveway,when properly coordinated, and he has the pattern down pat after years of guiding the way.
Birdsong is a highlight of my year, and it means a lot to me that so many people join in and make it special for us all.
It's a lovely group, and I'm happy to call them friends.
If you are interested, Birdsong kits are available here.
ps-If you are here for the studio tour, you can find it here.