Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reality Check

OK, so I lied:
snow January 2008

This is what winter looks like this week in my California yard. Yes, it does get grey and cold here, although, by many degrees, much less grey and cold than Wisconsin!

Be that as it may, in January, February and March, travel on these mountain back roads can get chancy. Guild meetings being at night, sometimes in the winter months we have to cancel. We try to plan activities that do not involve paying for an outside speaker during the winter months, so we are not weighing the delight of an evening with a visitor, and the danger of icy mountain roads. Lately, this has meant mini-workshops, prepared and given by guild members, and activities such as last night's program:

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making cards.

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26 intrepid people turned out and had a great time, laughing, sharing and playing with glue. We made greeting cards, to keep, to send, or to sell at the farmer's market to raise funds for the guild treasury.

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We glued, we glittered, we angelina'ed (we made up words), and in the end:
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we had lots to show.

I've had a few phone calls this morning, and a few comments last night, people want to do this again. So we'll add card-making to the mini-workshops scheduled for February and March, and maybe include making name tags. Too much fun!

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One looked so nice against this bag:
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All these photos can be clicked for BIG, and some close ups are worth it.

There was lots of inspiration, lots of color play, lots of sharing, and lots of talk of weaving as we handled scraps and discussed fiber, sett and weave structures. It was a great way to spend a winter evening, for those who braved the roadways. I can't tell you how much I value the guild, the friends I have made, the support they have given me, in my work and in my life, and they are such jolly people!

Thank you all.


Blogger Bonnie said...

I wish I had been there. Making cards is my most favorite thing (besides weaving). And I am all into making things to raise money for guilds and other organizations. You are the bee's knees. Today is my blogiversary, and I owe it all to you. Thanks!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Alwen said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun.

We have plenty of snow here in Michigan today, so much I am even willing to express it to N. Cal., snow dog that I am. :)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

Wow, what's all that white stuff? :-)

Love the pictures, and the cards. What a great activity for a guild meeting!

9:32 PM  

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