Saturday, March 7, 2009

I Heart Leftovers & Lazy Days

Happy "Feels Like Spring" Day! It's also my "Do Absolutely Nothing Day" as I've been working my tail off for two events held yesterday: The ESL Jewelry Class and my first annual Ladies' Social Hour which was held at my home last night. It was a busy day! And such a wonderful day all around!!! So yes, today is the day of nothing...and I'm so excited about it. :)

Thursday night I took most of the evening to cook, cook and cook some more. My favorite recipe I tried were the baked apples!!! They were SOOOOOO good. I only made four on Thursday and decided that I wanted more of them so I made four more before the party! Surprisingly, they weren't the most popular item so I have a few leftover - I've already had one this morning! I can't wait to get some vanilla ice cream to eat over warm ones. mmmmmmmmmmmm

This was the rest of the spread. Actually, I only ended up taking three photos of the evening - all of the food from different angles. Oops ;) Below here you see some simple munchies: a spicy salsa I made, baked apples, cream cheese and spread, cheese cheese and cheese, a hot artichoke dip, a Greek white bean dip, some veggies and some grapies. The breakfast of left overs this morning was scrumptious. :)

The fridge the night before the unveiling.

I'm somewhat moving backwards through this post. From here on, I'll focus on Friday morning where April and I taught the ESL Jewelry class!

This is a photo of a section of a necklace I was working on for demonstration in the class. I completed all but one section of the necklace and presented my steps in a Power Point presentation...because I'm a nerdy teacher...and I don't care ;) I was actually so busy through the class that I didn't get a chance to finish the piece there! I did, however, make just one earring to match it though ;) Maybe tonight I'll finish them up!

Packed and ready to go!

We had six students (two of which are fellow ESL teachers of mine), myself and the ever-so-helpful April. We held the class very informally. I gave a brief presentation over tools, findings, choosing colors and creating a pattern. After that, the class worked on creating their ideas and began construction as we walked around and helped. It was basically an introduction to bead work/workshop...and it was perfect! We actually stayed around about three hours talking to people and working a little longer.
One side of the room. Yes that is the reflection of myself in the mirror taking the picture.
Another view. You can see my awesome power point in that shot ;)

April slacking on the job or eating lunch, same difference ;)

One of the students showing off her highly creative bracelet. Very inventive!

A sweet necklace for a dainty neck made by one of the students.

One of my actual students showing off some beautiful hoop earrings she made for a friend. She also brought the greatest Ethiopian dish to share for lunch! It was SO tasty!

Close up of her earrings and a memory wire necklace she was working on.

It was SUCH a fun experience to do this class! Everyone made at least one really cool piece and was really proud of their work! I was sad I didn't get to take a picture of all the pieces they made - there were some that were so beautiful - I just found I was busier than I thought I would be the whole time! It was such a success, I think we may do another one in the evening hours for those that have to work during the day. Maybe I'll start offering classes around town? Hmmmmm. That's a thought ;) Any thoughts on that from the peanut gallery?
I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Saturday as I am! Cheerio!


  1. Oh, I'm so glad it was a success. I have been wondering about you and your class. I will be having a jewelry class with our church group soon to make pieces for a Mother's Day sale. I love doing stuff that is outside of the school classroom with my students. Congrats on the two great events.


  2. The baked apples look yummy. Your classes look really interesting. Nice creations made by all.

    Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs