A few months ago, I was asked to be a part of a wonderful sorority of teachers. (Should you believe I am pro-sorority, I actually dropped out of mine in college. But this is different.)
First, we are 'women of a certain age,' for the most part. And it's great to get together with a group where I don't feel old and/or cantankerous. Because these women get it.
Secondly, it's great to get together with women who have a breadth of experience. We are not just classroom teachers-- we are curriculum coordinators, librarians, principals, and superintendents. In other words, these women were/are at the top of their game. So there's some networking. And in a profession that is STILL (despite the fact that the vast majority of the folks at the local level are women) dominated by men, women can use all the connections they can get.
Yesterday was our kick-off to the new school year, and I was in charge of centerpieces.
Working with a budget of $0 (remember I took that 60% pay cut to go to the turnover school?), I needed to be sure we had centerpieces worthy of our wonderful selves. And that meant flowers from my garden. In late August.
Well, if you know anything about NC in August, you'll know that the vast majority of our blooms are done, so I had to make due with what I had. That meant Japanese painted fern, a few brown-eyed Susans, the last blooms of the butterfly bush, and some wild geranium leaves.
I used all of the clear glass jars I could find (3 for each of 4 tables, so a total of 12--not gonna lie; some of them were old spaghetti sauce jars), and tied a "bee button" around half of them, using baker's twine.
The buttons were made by Tammy at Tattered and Timeless.
She no longer writes her blog, nor does she have booth spaces (both are long stories, mostly involving moves and kids), but she did have a great garage sale and I bought these buttons. They are roughly the size of a quarter and perfect for so many things!
(And the garage sale was great, but I got there AFTER Kristen
and she had scoffed up a lot of the good stuff, dangit! But I did get a few items that you shall see at a later date.)
Anyway, I was pleased with the way the centerpieces turned out, and now I can think of other things to create!