I have a ritual I do every year about this time. I start dreaming of all the handmade gifts I’d like to make and give over the Holidays, every one made with love and care, and I imagine how fantastic they will all turn out. I imagine working on them during quiet evenings during the close of fall, while I watch great old movies or something wonderful.
I somehow forget that I will be dealing with school assignments and occasional head colds and Halloween and Thanksgiving and before I know it my list is half as long and all my projects twice as simple as originally planned. I do think I’m learning to plan more realistically, but I’ve also had a few friends through the years who’ve had another, brilliant solution.
Are you ready for it?
They all leave home for a weekend Handmade Gift Retreat.
These women are ingenious.
Imagine if you can, an entire weekend with no phone, no email, no kids’ homework projects. Just a few days surrounded by other friends busily working away at a basketful of handmade gifts. Everyone brings their own projects and supplies and just chats and creates.
I thought you’d like the idea.
So then, since I couldn’t logistically figure out how to have you all over to my house for a weekend, I decided to do the next best thing. I’m hosting a blog version of a Handmade Gift Retreat.
I’ve invited nine women to this Handmade Gift Retreat of mine. All of them are women you would love to have along if we all did spend the weekend together. I’ve invited each to mention a handmade gift she’s enjoyed making in the past and would bring to make again. A couple women will be making yummy things in the kitchen. Others will have their supplies spread out all over my giant, imaginary craft room table. But I’m sure you will love what each of them has to bring. You can join me in imagining that we’re all working away at our gifts and talking and admiring and having a little calm in the holiday rush.
So then, tune in Thursday to meet my first guest. I’m sure you’ll love what she’s brought along.
p.s. What would you bring to work on?