Here We Go Again!
It is the day before my 8th Annual Holiday Workshop where we make Kissing Balls, Wreaths, Candy Cane Wreaths, Candle Centerpieces, Horse Profile Wreaths, and more!
This year, for some reason, it seems the “getting ready” list was a longer process than ever.
How can this be after 8 years doing this workshop?
I should have this down pat but there are always alterations and things which come up that are unexpected.
For example, one of the mechanics I use for this workshop was in short supply this year – rather unusual because this never happened before.
It is a long story – but I got them specially delivered from Rudolph just in time – they are all set.
And my truck had a problem right when I needed it – it got fixed though. Thankfully.
Then my iPhone died. Yup – which I rely on for texting of custom orders for holiday wreaths and kissing balls, and notifying my attendees of all.
Thus, those little nuisances happened and were dealt with, one at a time. No worries in the end.
I guess another thing which may have made it felt longer to get ready was that I had my first pop up shop from spring to fall at a bookstore, then I also sold out workshops on making Succulent Topped Pumpkins and Terrarium Bowls at another venue this year. It seemed I was still cleaning up supplies from those events just yesterday and I needed to be focused on this workshop! Time moves quickly, as I always say.
Or maybe it feels longer to setup because, ah, I’m getting older. The gray hairs are showing today – but you know what? That is partly because I literally start turning into Mrs. KB Claus. That includes the weight gain, yup, I blame it on that!
But, I am, almost, yes, almost done setting up.
There is a tremendous amount of steps to get this big workshop happening, followed by a 2nd workshop group a few days later, and custom orders in between for hand-made kissing balls and wreaths by me by order.
But let me be clear – it is ALL worth it – every minute. This is MY Christmas treat. I love being surrounded by the smell of freshly cut greens, festive attendees, and decorations.
As I set up my holiday workshop space, I can hear the laughs, giggles, and festive cheer from the years prior – I’m not kidding. Can a space maintain that magical spirit? I think it can.
But, you know what?
This day isn’t just for the jolly – To be honest, some people go thru hard times this time of year, whether it is a loss of a relative, a personal struggle from life’s general unexpected happenings, or feeling a little of the holiday blues – it happens to some of us – however, we push thru it – and events, like tomorrow’s big holiday workshop is a way to escape, make your own beautiful holiday and meaningful creations, and boost the start up of the month. It can make the holiday blues completely go away – at least for one day.
Mrs. Santa KB Clause