Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WIP Wednesday: The Heart Of Advent
One of the many beeswax ornaments K and I made the other day inspired by my friend's blog
Last Saturday our future school had their 'Heart of Advent' event. This is a yearly event for the parents to get together to learn new crafts, create beautiful decorations for the holidays, make gifts for friends and family and gather projects to do at home with our children. As soon as I found out about it, I knew I just had to go. Since it was a parents only event the school kindly offered childcare for kids two and older in one of their kindergarten classrooms. This tiny detail was what made it an awesome experience, not only for me but for K as well (She wants nothing more than to be in school right now but her age and finances make it impossible until next year). Kevin agreed to watch C for 2 hours so everything worked out perfectly.
Wooly sheep still in progress
I dropped K off in the classroom and she never even looked back, then I was off to create. I thought 2 hours would be enough time but really I could have spent the whole day there. I only got to three tables, and didn't finish a single project in that short amount of time but it was all so perfect. Everyone there was so kind, helpful and just soothing to be around. Even the atmosphere as a whole was incredibly calming. They had the most beautiful piano music being played by a very talented student, and the smell of warm beeswax all through the halls.
Wool felt photo album
I was able to start a tiny little sheep at one table (and took home supplies to make another one, as well as a camel),and a wool felted photo album (which will be a gift for K for Christmas) at another. But the highlight for me was the wool roving angel, not because of the project itself, although it is very beautiful, but because of the woman teaching it. When I first saw her there was just this kindness and sincerity in her eyes that was so warming. As she taught me we talked about our families and places we have lived. It ends up she runs a Waldorf inspired daycare from her house literally down the road from our house! We could walk to see her whenever we want. Pretty crazy since families at the school drive from all over northern Oregon to attend. After the amazement of finding that out, she asked me my daughters names and when I told her K's name she said she knew a girl by that name back in New York. I instantly knew who she was talking about because K's name is pretty rare, there are only 3 of them that we know of, and all 3 know each other. The two of us were completely taken back by the fact that we both knew this one inspiring family. What are the odds?! I ended up spending most of my two hours at that table talking with her. The girls and I are already making plans to go for a walk one of these days and visit. We can't wait!
Wool roving angel
Every time I look at that angel I will think about what a wonderful time I had at that event. It was truly an amazing, amazing experience. It was an opportunity to slow down, be creative, enjoy the company of other adults (which never happens for me), while preparing for the season that is coming all to soon! I still can't get over how fortunate we are to be here and just how much I love this community.
Now to finish up the wooly animals and the photo album...