Just over a week ago, I went on a workshop. It was lovely to be a student - I love teaching workshops & classes, but haven't really been on many workshops myself. I went on a Christmas Glass workshop with Caroline Lambert at Kingshill House and it was fab. I've never done anything like it before and (typically for me) wanted to try both the techniques that were available. Who knew that soldering was so satisfying! I really loved the process of the copper foiling technique. I had less time for the fused glass, but it's faster to do. I had to wait for the fused glass to go through the kiln before finding out how they turned out. So here we are - 3 christmas decorations and a year round decoration.
It was lovely to dive into something completely out of my comfort zone (not a textile in sight!). I've since found out that a surprising number of my friends have kilns, and one has the soldering equipment - so I think there will be more colourful glass things in my future!
Do you remember my advent solution last year? December has a a habit of taking me by surprise, and last year ws no exception. By the 10th when I had failed to get any advent calenders and the only ones left were 50p Disney princess ones, I improvised a solution with my sewing machine, some sweets and some white A4 printer paper.
This year - the boys asked for the same advent calender. This year I bought some festive paper napkins, and (with the help of one of my sewing class students!) had the packages ready to fill on Dec 1st. Progress! I actually got round to filling them today. Percy pigs feature heavily! They look more christmassy than last year, and the boys are happy. We just don't need to mention it to the orthodentist!
I have been informed that this is how advent calenders should be. I love that improvising as a result of my disorganisation has resulted in a new tradition!
Do you have any new traditions, or any that came from mistakes?
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