It's true that sometimes in advance of a teaching gig, I start to grumble about the prep and schlep, the struggle to muscle all my stuff into bags, out the door, through the airport, through another airport, a hotel and then into the classroom. But after that, it is so fantastic. Watching each group of students assemble, reveal their personalities as they work, share the best of themselves with old and new friends, teach each other and me, create masterworks from my kernel of inspiration. It is a privilege to be there.
At The Creative Connection, I taught two classes twice and each time felt as if the project became something unique to the group of students. The Book Bag was a challenging construction process at times, but they all turned out so darling. I do think many will make these for friends and holiday gifts.
The Home is Here Banner class was lovely- relaxed and easy-going like old-fashioned sewing circles where we talked about parenting, social and craft issues as we cut, collaged and stitched. In the last class, two students were eleven-year-old best friends, Hannah and Taylor, passionate crafters with an Etsy shop. Inquisitive and inspired, they were eager to learn a few new fancy embroidery stitches. These girls have Big Plans.
It was an honor to be part of the weekend's teaching event and thank you, thank you to all the talented, adventurous and sweet students who took my classes. It fills me up again and always makes me happy to be able to do what I love - and then share it. Life is good.
Joy is the very distilled elixir of energy and inspiration. ~ Lilian Whiting