Last fall I started House Wren Studio Sessions, craft classes held here in Irvington at my friend Jane's house. On Saturday, fourteen of the loveliest, sweetest art girls came from near and far to enjoy each other's company and indulge their creative spirits. Something like a Craft Spa with lunch catered by my talented friend, Suzanne.
With Valentine's Day approaching, the theme for this workshop was Sweater Craft. Ready and waiting were approximately 40 felted sweaters to be deconstructed and upcycled into a selection of projects. Reds, pinks, whites and a few orange ones for spice.
My welcome coffee cozies for each student.
Filled with snippets and surprises from my stash.
Number tapes from Papier Valise (which came in handy as inventive nametags).
Placesetting tins full of extras from the sponsors.
Fabulous hooked circle pins from my wonderful friend, Mary Stanley.
Trophy tags from Denise Sharp.
One of her extraordinary glittered heart boxes for a door prize.
A lovely banner from Kas sent in honor of her own birthday!
Noodle and Lou's door prize, an adorable handpainted doll.
A vintage hanky pillow from Primrose Designs.
A basket of trims and accessories from Tinsel Trading.
Favorite materials unpacked and ready to go.
We jumped in and made totes, mobiles,
And right around noon, we went up to Suzanne's house for the most amazing and delicious luncheon
complete with Red Velvet cupcakes- devoured in a heartbeat!
Even the drifted scraps left behind were heartwarming. It was just that kind of a day. There was a moment when I looked around and saw the newly formed community of happy faces, laughing, telling stories, working, teaching, sharing everything so freely and I realized that the overall enjoyment of spirit counted for the biggest success. Relaxing and being together with each other's kindness, creativity and comfort made for a very special day.
And yes, we had fun making lots of crafts too.
Heartfelt thanks to Amy, Marjorie, Jessica, Jennifer, Laura, Stacy, Danielle, Marlene, Meleen, Melissa, Sallianne, Loretta, Debbie, Ellen; to the very generous sponsors and especially to my dear friends, Jane and Suzanne! xo