Intentions are an interesting thing.
I had every intention of doing more than hang out with Cole and read a book today. But the couch was comfy, Cole was content to play around me and the second Flavia deLuce novel was just as fun and engaging as the first. How could I resist finding out how our chemistry-loving eleven-year-old detective and her trusty bicycle, Gladys solved the latest mysterious death in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey?
Of course my intentions disappeared into the wind.
I also had intended to offer a new “Giving Well” workshop at Big Picture Classes in 2010. I had my list of projects ready to go. Supplies were on hand. I was just about to dive into developing the content when WHAM!, I was hit with pancreatitis. I love being creative just like you do but I admit that it’s a little difficult to use a hot glue gun and spray paint from an ICU bed at the local hospital. Instead of grabbing my paper trimmer, I found myself crafting ways to sneak an extra mouthful of ice chips to quench my intense thirst. Hey, I didn’t say I wasn’t still creative while lying in the hospital – I just wasn’t using Mod Podge to express my latest ideas.
Luckily for me, Stacy and Kayce at Big Picture Classes waited patiently for me to heal enough to decide I was ready to give work a shot again. Which brings us to August, 2011. A year-and-a-half later, and the next installment of Giving Well is officially open for registration!
I must say that about a month ago I almost threw in the towel. I had an infection and was feeling rotten but the deadline for all of my workshop content was looming over me like a huge black mother ship from Star Trek. I considered putting the whole thing off another year, thinking that I had taken on too much, too soon. But with the encouragement of the BPC team and a helpful Grandma and Grandpa who wisked my two-year-old away for a few days, I buckled down and got it done.
And now I’m happy.
I’m happy that I finished the task. That always feels fabulous. But I’m really happy that I get to share Giving Well 2011 with you. It’s fun. It’s a little different than past years. It has a lot of home decor projects and will make you step out of your paper-crafting comfort zone and into the world of paint, canvases, flowers and other fun supplies. Like always, the projects are simple but meaningful, with an emphasis on keeping things personal. And they are ideas that can be used all year long for any gift-giving needs that you have. Of course, I have designed many printables for you to use, which will only be available in the workshop (lucky you!).
My intentions might be a little bit delayed in coming to fruition but I welcome sharing these intentions with you. Join me in Giving Well 2011. We’ll explore how to give meaningful gifts and share all kinds of great ideas for hand-crafting your love. And if you have taken one of my Giving Well classes in the past – these are all new projects so be sure to join in the fun.
I encourage you to invite your friends, sisters, moms, and daughters – many of these projects are simple enough for anyone – no matter their crafting level.
My intention was to offer this workshop a year ago but I thank you for being patient enough to wait till my body had decided it was ready to tackle it. Click here to come on over to BPC. I look forward to seeing you in class!