Friendship is a treasure. I’m thankful to be blessed beyond measure with amazing friends! I’d like to feature some of my creative friends on a weekly basis and categorize them on this blog as my Circle of Friends. Today I’m going to share some photos and share a few details about one of such friends. Autumn was one of three that gathered together a few years ago in a cozy commercial building to teach craft & other classes. We called our group the “Circle of Friends”. Through those classes we made some bonding friendships and our own friendships grew closer. There is something very special about project girls working and learning together. We will never forget those special memories of time well spent.
Last Friday, we gathered at Miss Autumn’s house to celebrate a mutual friend’s birthday. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the handful of guests, but snapped some photos for inspiration. I will tell you we enjoyed delicious chicken noodle/vegetable soup over fresh biscuits, garlic cheese bread, fall salad and chocolate cake with ganache. Laughter filled our time together as we chatted and celebrated the joy of friendship. I was delighted that teen age granddaughter was able to join us. She told me on the way home how much she enjoyed it and that she had fun!
The front door is a current example of Autumn’s expertise in staining techniques. She also uses various painting techniques on furniture and other projects.
Autumn has been crafting for most of her life. When I first met her she had scaled down to a few craft shows a year. When she wasn’t creating her inventory for shows, she was fulfilling orders for specialty dolls and creatures for clients. Her favorite medium is paper mache and she is master at it! This summer while preparing the set for her church’s Vacation Bible School, she created large paper mache boulders and sea creatures for the set. Last summer, when she went on City Reach mission trip with her church, she helped dozens of students create Venus Flytrap creatures using paper mache as one of their projects.
Presently Autumn teaches art at our local Christian school and says she has found her niche in life there. She loves it and I know the kids love her. She has a zany humor that everyone loves about her and a heart of gold. She tells me that she looks forward to each class and that she leaves feeling energized. I’d say she is in the right spot, wouldn’t you? Autumn also serves as a Sunday school teacher. Her students enjoy learning about the Word in their elaborately decorated room which she changes monthly/seasonally.
I will purpose to take more photos of Autumn’s creative touches in their home to share with you at a later date. Here are two photos of her vegetable garden, which is in the construction phase. This girl knows how to grow basil! Last year she brought me two tumbleweed size basil plants that were waist high right before the frost. She knows how much I love pesto. (My basil plants are still sitting on the patio unplanted.)
Upon entering the party, my gift was left on the front porch. It was an old bucket filled with dirt. Our birthday girl loves gardening and fresh greens. A little gift card and seed packet with this season’s echinacea seeds were tied to the handle with strands of burlap gleaned from Autumn’s craft closet.
I will close with this birthday greeting that is very fitting for our friendship birthday gathering. Autumn, thank you for hosting us for our beloved friend. Rhonda, beloved friend, here is a poem for you that is penned from Helen Steiner Rice that was featured on Abby’s blog, Little Birdie Blessings.
I said a Birthday Prayer for you –
And I asked the Lord above
To keep you safely in his care
And enfold you in his love –
I did not ask for fortune,
For riches or for fame,
I only asked for blessings
In the Savior’s Holy name –
Blessings to surround you
In times of trial and stress,
And inner joy
To fill your heart
With Peace and Happiness.