I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties.
And by “technical difficulties” I mean that for the life of me I couldn’t come up with anything to say. I’ve spent the last week pretty much in the garage making coasters getting ready for Unique LA. And a daily blog post of “I made more coasters today” seemed to lack a certain edgy excitement.
However, I do need to mark the end of an era for my family.
My folks have always been active in the church. Dad is in the choir and mom is on a million committees and taught Sunday school etc. But her primary thing was the Handcraft Group. A collection of women who worked year round to produce totally charming Christmas Ornaments that were sold at a big Holiday Bazaar with the entire proceeds going to the church.
From elves to mice to Santa, nativity scenes and even Harry Potter characters the ladies work year round every year.
I used to go to Handcraft Meetings when I was too little to go to school and make no mistake they put me to work! I glued felt dots on sheep and googly eyes on elves. My mom even continued her commitment when we moved to California (the church is in Ohio!).
I will miss getting new ornaments every year but my sisters and I (and now their grown children) have Christmas trees festooned with my mom’s mad skills! No ordinary glass balls for our clan!
I must confess that at times in my life I have thought “does a grown man really hang sequined felt, stuffed mice on his tree?”
And the answer is, “of course he does!” because these represent my mom and all her hard work and her joy at the holidays. I know just how much went into each one of these. I know how carefully they were planned and executed and they will be with me and proudly displayed forever.
So the era ends for the Handcraft Group and I want to say thank you to all of them (past and present) for years and years of past and future Christmas happiness!
(and in a post to come later in the week my favorite sister Phebe* will share her ingenious solution to displaying all my mom’s handiwork)
*other assorted sisters put out by this designation can contact me at this address to discuss voluntarily creating guest blog posts and thus elevating their status.