Monday, December 3, 2007

Rockin' Around the Crafty Tree

(to the tune of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")

Rockin' around the Crafty Tree
At the DCDC Swap
Mistletoe hung where you can see
And people shoppin' til they drop!

For the last couple of weeks I have been heavily immersed in all things crafty, frantically trying to beef up my stash of goods for the DCDC Holiday Crafts Fair and Swap Meet (which I also organized). Yes, I've been burning that midnight craft oil, fashioning jewelry, and testing the limits of human patience by convincing myself I could knit a fingerless glove in a day. So needless to say, I've been busy. And thus, I haven't given as much attention to my other creative outlet--this blog. But I am happy to report that the fair is over, and with it my daily crafting quota!

I was one of 13 other vendors participating at the Crafts Fair. Many were other fellow DCDC members, looking for a chance to hawk their wares to the non-traditional crafts fair crowd. There were soap makers, potters, bakers, book artists, clothing designers, knitters (me!), jewelry makers (me!), and more! We all assembled under the pavilion at the Arboretum, for a beautiful day of holiday commerce and just pain old fun. The sounds of Charlie Brown's Christmas kept us in the mood, as we sipped mulled wine, and snacked on yummy baked goods! I sold a few a things at my table, including the felted bag you see in the foreground (one of my big ticket items). I also got commissioned to knit some more wristbands with the DCDC logo (if you look closely you can see one in the picture). And of course, I got some much needed external gratification! Watch Andy interviewed about DCDC on the Tusc Tube by clicking here.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Into the Wild

That's Kierra. She is one of the participants in the after school program I've been helping with at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. She along with the other two girls in the program, Terriana and Josalin, visited the Arboretum for the very first time on Friday afternoon. We took a nature hike, walked on a tree platform, visited the butterfly garden, and made some leaf rubbings. Aside from being a little chilly, the girls enjoyed exploring their surroundings. I could tell from their reactions to the landscape that they had not spent much time in the outdoors. It was fun to see them craning their necks to look at the towering trees and get excited about little things--like breaking open the fallen seed pods of a honey locust tree, discovering that thyme smells when you rub it between your fingers, and laughing at the acorns with their funny little "hats" on!

Kierra, Josalin, and Terriana at the top of the butterfly garden.