Many years ago it was a tradition in our family to make a craft on Thanksgiving. After the dishes were done and the men in front of a televised football game, the women would sit around a table and craft. I can only recall a couple of the projects we accomplished, but it was a good time sitting, sharing, working with our hands. Well, life moves forward and people move and change and the Thanksgiving craft fell into the realm of good memories.
This year friend Dorene, in one of her many flashes of wisdom, decided that we should do it again. Maybe not on Thanksgiving day, but a nice Saturday when everyone could make it. So, planning commenced, a craft was chosen and last weekend we gathered again around the table and to sit and share and work with our hands.
Here is out little band of family, Santa, Kysa, me, Melissa, Abby, Kathy and Dorene. (Kath, sorry about the ornament by your face, but I promised to use the best picture and this was it.)
The chosen craft were these cute button embellished letters.
What a lovely time we had. There was food and drink....
,,,planning and gluing (and a couple of blisters. Glue guns are no joke.).
In the end we all agreed that it was exactly what we all needed and the time together was much more precious than the finished craft. This is Santa's finished NOEL.
The last couple of nights I have watched The Red Tent (read the book!) and had the "aha" moment that women have been doing this; sitting, sharing, working with our hands; since time immemorial and there is blessing in that. The connection of women is a beautiful thing and something that I had been missing. We've decided to make this a regular thing. Next month, KNITTING!!!
So, thanks Dorene for your wise suggestion and thank you ladies for creating a circle of love and support. You all have my heart!