BBS that is! It's Bad Blogger Syndrome, and I really do have it bad! But you see, these days life is just offering too many other opportunities and blogging is, sadly, taking a back seat! Let me update you on what's going on with me!
Summer - enough said! It's hot, humid, muggy and just overall messy. I have to say that I think summer and fall are my two least favorite seasons here in northern Georgia. But this summer has been a particularly hot one, so I am trying to stay in air conditioned places as much as possible.
Home Stuff - my gardening has been non-existent this year. So has cooking! These days I cook to eat, rather than for a creative outlet, so we eat what I cook and we like it. Period. The house is a mess, the bare necessities get done, but that's about it! Laundry - that gets done weekly, and I should be working on that now instead of sitting here typing to you! Hmmmmmmm, BRB .................. Okay, I got the clothes sorted into loads and the first load going, so I'm good for a few minutes! Anyway, you get the picture about how things are going around the house!
Farmgirl Stuff - in a word AMAZING! Our little group is growing by leaps and bounds! We had our July meeting this past Saturday, and our little Hen House was just packed! We had about 17 people in total, three (yes, 3) guest speakers, and the incredible joy of having 5 new ladies join our group!!! How wonderful is that!!!
Plus, we have two new community service projects we are getting involved in! First is a local church ministry and we will be partnering with them to help collect clothes, food, toys, school supplies, etc. for the people of a small mountain community north of here. A very exciting undertaking, and one of the ladies involved joined our group on Saturday.
Next is a project that I am chairing, and I am very excited about! In the August/September issue of Mary Jane's Farm magazine there was an article about a woman who is trying to help the people of the island of Luta (Rota) collect books for their 'bookstore'. The island is one of the Mariana Islands, a US Commonwealth which is located about 50 miles from Guam. Aimee Steiner, once in the marketing business, quit her job and found her mission, and I believe her heart, on this island where she is teaching people to read and that they can change their world if they learn to read. I have communicated with Aimee via email a few times, and she is such a sweetheart! Our chapter will be collecting new and gently used children's books, basic school supplies, and money to help cover the costs of shipping - which are incredibly expensive! Within hours of presenting this project to our group, one of our former members (who is moving out of state) had donated three boxes (approx. 100) of children's books, so we hope to send the first shipment as soon as we have raised money for shipping. If you would like to donate to our cause, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can find out more about Aimee's project HERE. I will keep you posted on our progress.
Thursday Night Craft Party is our weekly get together of the GA Farmgirls. Anyone who wants can come, bring a project to work on or help work on the GAFG scrapbook, or join a class. This week I am teaching how to make one of these . . .
. . . a Farmgirl Brooch. I will be selling the kits for $5 and teaching the class for free. Kits include detailed instructions and everything you need except scissors, needle and thread, and fabric glue, which I will be providing for the class. If you are interested in purchasing a Farmgirl Brooch kit, or one that is already made, please email me. I have them made out of new, or vintage fabrics in a variety of colors.
Personal - Things are really changing for me these days - in a good way! Opportunities are coming my way, and I am trying to make even more opportunities. One of our new farmgirl members has a gift shop (consignment) with low (reasonable) fees, and I am working on things to put into her shop for the fall and Christmas seasons. They also have groups that come through their farm for field trips, and she wants me to teach classes at their facility, and I am very excited about that opportunity! Another friend is working on opening up a shop with handmade and vintage treasures, and I hope to put things in that shop as well.
Hubby and I will be celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary next week, and are going away for a few days. Our dream had been to go to Hawaii for our 25th, but due to 'economic restrictions' that is not going to happen, so we will be camping in the North Carolina High Country instead.
Blessings friends! Becky