|celebrate with Ruth Ayres and friends on Saturdays|
one | bulletin boards
My creative process, no matter the end product, always includes drafting in my head. Sometimes my vision is manifested in the final creation. Other times, there is a bit more problem solving needed along the way.
Each of the display cases below began with a mental picture and some sketches (one of them began with a literal vision when I found this idea on Pinterest). All of them required unexpected problem solving and ended up looking much different than my original plans.
Nonetheless, I am choosing to celebrate how wonderful these look in comparison to the dusty displays that had been there for the past three years rather than dwell on how different they are from my initial vision.
two | weather
Mark and I intentionally planned a trip to see my dad and Jane one last time right before school starts. In the days leading up to our trip, the weather forecast predicted four days of straight rain during our five-day visit. Instead we had four days of beautiful lakeside-worthy weather.
three | a special delivery
The puppy in this picture has fleas. She also has worms. That might have been enough to make some people pass her by, but not my dad. This week he rescued this pup from a local shelter (giving more than the required adoption fee).
I was lucky enough to help out by driving the pup from here (a Chicago suburb where Dad works during the week, near my house) to Indiana where Jane was home to take care of her. My friend Michelle joined me for the journey. Her company was an added gift.
four | sale
Mark and I started our own Etsy store this summer. We work at the same school (in fact my classroom is directly above his) and wanted to work together on something completely unrelated to school. It has been a learning experience to work on our products and set up a mini-business. Since we are really doing this more as a hobby than anything else, we were surprised to get our very first order already!
five | archiving
When Ruth invited me to co-host a Twitter chat with her, I didn’t even consider declining. I really had no idea what it would mean and how much or how little work might be involved, but whenever Ruth opens a door of opportunity, I am willing to charge through with bright eyes.
I did my homework ahead of time and learned everything I could about moderating a chat and archiving. I felt prepared. I felt confident. Then the chat arrived.
I tweeted without the hashtag. Everything I knew about archiving backfired. And yet, I am celebrating how much I learned—from everyone who participated (especially our experienced guest host Katherine Sokolowski) and about how these chats work behind the scenes. I am celebrating all this experience has taught me about Twitter and taking risks.