So, I started working in Kids Ministry at my church in May, and in between being a full-time mom, summertime, crocheting (very little), and running summer ministries for K-Gr 5 kids, I have been planning and dreaming for the Fall. In August I gained a new partner at the church, Amy, who is working full-time (I'm part-time), and we have been planning, and training, and prepping, and dreaming, and painting, and typing, and recruiting like crazy women! But, this weekend... is the weekend. Our Fall Kickoff for VAC Kids (www.vernonalliance.org/home/ministries/families/vac_kids/)! Hooray! We don't have enough volunteers yet (as if you can ever have enough!), and we didn't get a stage or set built yet (there's always next month), but its coming together and I'm so excited!
At the same time, I am working on another local order for Chicken Little. Apparently my hats have been selling like hot-cakes. I've even had a local mom email to say how much she loves the hat, and would I make one for her! So neat! Jeremy and I have been debating whether or not I should have a booth at a local Christmas fair, but I don't really want to. I love being out in the community, connecting with my clients, but its a big sacrifice to stand around for two days, especially when I have been doing so well with custom orders, and selling through local shops. So, I think for this year, I won't do the Christmas fairs.
However, as I mentioned I am still doing custom orders, by email or on my Etsy site (www.buttonboxdesigns.etsy.com), and I picked up some new yarn yesterday to work on some new fall-themed designs. Last night I made Aria a cute little beret with some pink bamboo yarn that I had in my stash. I just have to put the finishing touches on it, then I'll photograph it, and post them online here. I've wanted to develop a design for a beret for awhile, and I'm super pleased with how it turned out, and how quickly it worked up (considering I was designing as I went, which often means I end up pulling out rows as I go if I don't like how its looking!). A couple of my girlfriends are having babes this fall, so they'll probably be the recipients of my first fall hat designs.
I love the Fall. After the heat of the summer in the Okanagan, the cool, crisp air of the fall is always welcome and so fun to go out walking in! Aria starts preschool again next week, and I'm excited to have an excuse for walking to and from the school to pick her up. Ballet starts up next week as well. Every morning she asks me how many more sleeps until preschool? How many more sleeps until ballet? The countdown is on!