It was the perfect, little getaway… and I had been looking forward to going for many weeks! Packing required a great deal of thought. I wanted to bring everything I might need: a paper trimmer, watercolor paper, watercolor markers, stamps, paintbrushes, a big bottle of water… and of course, my camera!
It was my very first papercrafting Crop Day, and I was truly excited! Although I didn’t really know what to expect, I knew that I would meet kindred spirits there. I knew it would be the perfect place to connect with other papercrafters, share creative ideas, and celebrate this special passion we have for sharing handmade kindness.
Entering the large meeting room at our public library, I found long tables, great music playing, the library’s collection of die cutting tools and stamps… and some of my favorite papercrafting friends. Smiles and hugs started the day off right! Of course, we started moving the long work tables close together, so that we could share, and welcomed the familiar faces as they arrived.
Twelve ‘happy crafters’ gathered for six wonderful hours, making time to work on our hobbies together. Everyone brought their own supplies and ideas for their projects. Within moments, we were all busily working on handmade treasures. Our creative crafters worked on beautiful birthday banners, colorful cards, special bunting, and the most amazing scrapbooks and mini albums.
It was also a perfect time to spread out and organize photos,
while making plans for new scrapbooking projects.
I worked on small, stamped watercolor paintings,
blissfully happy to be ‘blossoming’ in new ways!
While we worked, we talked and listened, shared ideas and supplies,
helped and encouraged one another,
and laughed a lot.
As we worked with our hands and hearts,
using simple tools,
my thoughts wandered back to simpler ‘thymes’
when women gathered for quilting bees and sewing circles.
It’s so important to connect with a community of kindreds,
who can share, encourage, support, and
inspire one another.
Although we began working quietly,
before long happy chatter filled the room.
Wonderful new friendships grew that day.
Our six hours together flew by much too quickly!
As we shared our projects and began to pack up our supplies,
we all had the very same thoughts…
“Wouldn’t it be amazing to have another Crop Day at the library?”
So, we each wrote our ideas and dropped our notes off at the ‘Compliments’ desk.
(That’s what I call the friendly, Welcome desk
where I often stop to write happy compliments about the incredible people who work at our library!)
I’m delighted to report that another Crop Day is planned for March 5th!
We can hardly wait!
We hope that even more papercrafters will join us
for another day of memory keeping and memory making!
February is the perfect month to celebrate friendship!
So, I’ve been spending many happy hours in my little Paper Garden creating tiny Valentines.
My papercrafting friends might be curious about the I supplies used:
Paper: Canson Watercolor paper, Recollections cardstock
Ink: Marvy Le Plume II watercolor markers, water, #4 round paintbrush, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Colorbox Gold pigment ink
Stamps: Art Impressions watercolor sets ~ Flower set, Foliage set, WC Containers set; sentiment ~ Honey Bee Stamps
Dies: Papertrey Ink Tag Sale: Quilted Die
Adhesives: ATG, Tombow Mono Multi
Twine ~ K & Company
Listening to: Great Oldies on the radio
Feeling: Blessed by so many dear friendships!
There is nothing like ‘gardening’ indoors on a cold winter’s day!
The sweetest moments for me, as always,
are mailing off my cards,
sharing handmade kindness
with family and friends,
near and far.
Do you gather with others to share your hobbies?
Hope you will share…
Sending paper hugs!