August was a lovely celebration month with lots of birthday fun, including a trip to the Fun Depot in Asheville for mini golf, air hockey, and yes, a few arcade games as well. Once in a while it’s ok to be a kid again and play all day! I was also treated to lots of my favorite foods and a visit to my old stomping grounds in Franklin, NC.
This last week we visited the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. I attended their Harvest Festival about 30 years ago. Nothing much has changed, it still has that long-ago peaceful feeling in a perfect pastoral setting. I decided that another visit was in order, since I am scheduled to teach an intermediate “Kick it Up a Notch” workshop in February of next year.
It is a beautiful campus with lovely old buildings that hold the classrooms, comfortable cabins and a fun dining hall with delicious meals, served family style. I can’t wait to spend a week there in February to chase away the winter doldrums! Why not join me there? See my events page for workshop details.
In between all these fun activities I completed 3 interesting restoration projects; 2 table covers with various challenges and a beautiful linen bedspread with crochet inserts and border. One repair request I received broke my heart. A customer submitted images of a baby blanket made by her grandmother many years ago and meant to be passed down. It was made of wool yarn in a broomstick pattern. Unfortunately a family of mice discovered this warm and delicious treat and destroyed large areas of the blanket. Impossible to rescue, even for this experienced broomstick lady! We discussed the possibility of cutting around the one intact corner, crochet a nice border with matching wool around the salvaged area and create a small but meaningful keepsake.
I am now looking forward to our next exciting event at the Folk Art Center. Heritage Weekend takes place September 15th. and 16th. and lots of our artists will be in and around the auditorium. There is entertainment and the world-famous annual Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle competition. This event has to be experienced! I will be in the fiber corner, next to the great wheel, come by and visit. For a full schedule and more information, go to: https://www.southernhighlandguild.org/event/heritage-weekend
Finally, September brings another special event, our annual family reunion. This time we are headed to Ohio to meet up with my 2 sisters and spouses. Everybody is retired now from the 9 to 5 jobs, but we manage to stay busy with what we really want to do. And visiting is always high on the list. September is truly a month to look forward to!
“I do what I love and I love what I do.”