I know a lot of us grieved the end of summer. I know I did. As the summer was coming to a close, Matt and I dreamed up an idea: Spoonful Labs. I will share more details of what it looks like below, but first…
One reason I didn’t want the summer to end is because of this girl right here…
My sister, Joni, is one of my best friends. I got to see her a ton this summer, and we grew even closer. Joni goes to the University of Georgia, so we don’t get to see each other as much during the school year. My kids are obsessed with her maybe more than me. Reagan has prayed every night, since Joni left to go back to school, that God would find her (because Reagan has not seen her in a while, Joni must be lost).
The heart behind Spoonful Labs is to use my creative skills with a personal touch by bringing them in person to teach, mingle, love on, and create with others. Joni shared that her five roommates love to create and had been reading and enjoying my blog. I was honored and humbled. It’s always exciting and encouraging that this little hobby of mine-could actually be inspiring and encouraging others.
As we discussed Spoonful Labs we realized I had a great opportunity to try it out with my sister and her friends (and as a huge bonus it gave me an excuse to visit and stay more connected to my sis).
I was so excited to take a bunch of craft supplies (and my little Reagan) to Athens last weekend and create with these awesome girls! In the few hours we were together, we got to hang out, laugh, create, talk, and get to know each other….I have honestly missed them all this week. I have new friends.
I taught them how to embroider hoops. They are such creative girls and their house is something out of a magazine. It’s gorgeous as you can see in these pictures. Although they are super crafty, they had not made embroidery hoops before. I showed them how I start one, gave tips and things I have learned, laid out supplies, and set them loose. They pulled out phones and laptops and browsed pinterest and google images to find inspiring hoops and inspirational quotes to create their own.
We sat around and sewed, ate cookies, talked, and watched Reagan entertain us by being her cute self and doing her own craft (gluing popsicle sticks). It was so fun to see how each girl’s personality came out in their hoop. The colors they chose. The fabrics they liked. It was so great. I was inspired by them too! I loved the layering of fabrics and I started a new hoop based on a quote from one of them!
I am already dreaming of when I can go back and craft with them again.
After a few hours, my little girl was worn out. We had to pack up and head home. I love the idea of Spoonful Labs being able to love on girls and getting to know some readers on a more personal level. What I wasn’t expecting was the joy it would bring me by just being me and creating with others. So much of blogging about my crafts can loose some of “me” as I try to keep posts focused and simple. I got to say a lot more about crafts and share so many more tips in person, and it was so fun to do something I love while helping others learn a skill that they now love too. Thank you girls for a wonderful day and for being my models in this post. 🙂 You are all beautiful, and I cant wait to hang out again soon!
I’m piloting this idea with my Athens girls for now. But who knows, maybe there will be a Spoonful Lab coming to a place near you sometime in the not too distant future!?