What an amazing time! Crop Day was a HUGE success! I had 11 ladies in all, including my daughter and I. It was a FULL house! When everyone first arrived there was a lot of chitting and chatting going on...the excitement of finding your seat...some wondering of what the day would bring.
Since we had at least one newbie in the house I spent the first 30 minutes or so going over some basics. I had printed some sheets out with titles like "Basic Supplies", "Websites to Visit" and "Card Sizes". I think they found those helpful.
Then we launched into our make and take project. The hardest thing about putting this crop together was coming up with the make and take. I wanted something that all skill levels could do, something that would be useful, something that would be cute, and something that would require minimal supplies so the newbies wouldn't be left out and get discouraged. Here's what we did:
It's a 3 x 3 card hole punched to attach to a gift bag. I buy my gift bags from the dollar store but then to jazz them up a little (and personalize them!) I rip off the attached gift tag and add my own. Eazy-peazy, lemon-squeezy!
After listening to me talk for 30 minutes and then completing our make and take we were all ready for some lunch! We had yummy homemade tuna salad (made by my dear friend LeGwen...look! you made the blog!!!) stuffed into pillowy soft pita bread. YUM-O!
After filling up our tummies it was time to really get down to business. I had planned random giveaways throughout the day to keep it fun and lively and I announced a challenge for every hour. The first hour you were to include a button anywhere on your project, second hour was use the color green, and the third challenge was to have a flower show up somewhere in your project. To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure how the challenges would be received...they LOVED them! Especially the younger girls...we had 5 young ladies (daughters of the older ones) and it was so fun to listen to them chatting and discussing how they were going to complete each challenge. The dynamic was interesting...we older ladies seemed to work on our projects solo, but the younger ones were all about the team effort! One group project that got done was a scrapbook full of pages all about the children's dance ministry at our church. One of the young ladies heads up this group and she had brought pictures of all the children's past dance performances. Several of the girls created LO's to include in the scrapbook. It turned out beautifully and I loved that so many hands went into the creating.
All in all it was SUCH a fun day. Such fun that we scheduled the next one already. We'll be doing it again next month! I can't wait already!
Now for the pictures...
|The "young ladies" table|
|A dance LO|
|Our newbie's first LO!|
|The "mature ladies" room|
|Your dear blog author and friend|
|Looking for the perfect picture|
|Card by Yvette|
|Button challenge entry|
|Random card made by yours truly|