It's the wind-down to the summer holidays - I should say it's me that's winding down, while everything else seems to be winding up! At school it appears they're now trying to fit in all the things they've had all year to do, concerts, plays, school trips, whatever...and it's all happening right now. The weather is topsy turvy, but whatever the weather, I have to keep on working, school work, craft work, house work...it's non stop! This week I've attended my daughter's summer concert at her school. I went to the Christmas concert, and was a little non-plussed. Not sure why - I think it might have been because we travelled there by train and it finished very late, which meant we were on the station platform freezing whilst waiting for the train...the concert itself wasn't so bad, but my memory has been coloured by that cold, cold night! This time around, I still travelled by train, but my daughter stayed at school and organised her own dinner and so on - what a difference six months makes! Back in November she wouldn't have dared do that, the result being we had to rush around in a mad panic because she arrived home half an hour before we had to catch the train - now she's Little Miss Independent, and I was able to take my time! The concert finished almost as late as the November one, but the main difference was most certainly the weather, we walked to the station in the dusk - at 10pm - and although there was a chill in the air on the platform, it wasn't nearly so bad. Anyway, this concert was great - my daughter played piano as part of the Lower School Symphony Orchestra, and sang as part of the Vocal Ensemble. It's really lovely that she's so involved in school life; I really wish the opportunities were there for me to be as involved, but this is secondary school, the focus is on the children (young adults!) rather than the parents, and in a lot of ways that's much better...I guess!
My daughter also had her Confirmation on Sunday! I'm so proud of her - she made the decision herself to have it, and although she was very nervous, it was lovely to see her stand up and profess her faith in Christ in front of everyone. Poor thing was in tears because she was completely overwhelmed by it all, but she had her first Communion and that made it all worthwhile. She's told all her friends at school that she's now considered an adult...a few of them are looking at her in a different way...and it's certainly had an affect on her attitude! I wonder if this is part of the reason why she was happy to stay back at school on Wednesday? She's having an outing to the cinema with her friends on Monday, which is a big step for me as much as for her, because it involves her taking two buses to get to the shopping centre where they're seeing the film. She's under strict instructions to keep her phone turned on when she's not in the cinema...eep! On the other hand, she's 13 and a half, I should be happy she's growing up and wanting to do things with her friends...and I'm sure I was doing the same sort of things when I was in Year 8...
I've been busily crafting and listing every day on Folksy - I can't believe it's been nearly a month and I've managed it every day - and once again, I'm *so* sorry I've not managed to do the same for you all here, and blog every day...how about I see what I can do for June? Anyway, my daily listing is starting to see dividends: I've been featured in quite a few blogs, and I've had *two* custom orders for my map coasters. I haven't shown you my map coasters yet, have I! Okay, well, here goes, let's have my Folksy Listings from where I left off...starting with the 17th of May:
1. Map Coasters
4. Map Coasters
7. Crayon Roll
8. Crayon Roll
Now, all of these are for sale, and are listed in my Folksy Shop! I ship everywhere, and take payment by PayPal. Don't forget, all proceeds from every sale go towards sending my daughter to the Jamboree next year!