Last week I had the pleasure of creating bunting for a celebration of the Westlake Wonders. The Westlake Wonders are mother daughter duos who volunteered to provide meals and child care for Wonders and Worries parenting classes. These moms and daughters started when the girls were freshman four years ago. Fast forward a few years and the girls are now seniors. As a thank you to the girls, Wonders and Worries staff put together a day to celebrate their service. Kim, the program director, asked me for ideas to incorporate letters the parents had written to the Westlake Wonders. Initially, I thought about a paper chain, but we wouldn’t have enough room for the letters. Pennant bunting was my next idea. Kim didn’t have a clue what I was talking about so I pulled up Pinterest to show her some examples. How cute are these?
After Kim knew what I was talking about, she was immediately on board. I told her that I had been wanting an excuse to create bunting because I had never made it before. Crafting plus practicum hours were a win win for me!
A mom who attended one of the parenting classes, created matching journals for each of the mom’s and daughters. The scrapbook paper she used was our inspiration for the bunting. I created blank pennants for the mom’s and daughters to write their favorite memory from volunteering. There was one large banner that said “We Love You!” and another that had letters from the parents on them.
Countless hours later with the help of Jasmin and Lexi, the bunting was finished Thursday night. The pennants were scrapbook paper and attached to twine with cute paper clips so they could be removed. Ribbon scraps were tied sporadically on the bunting to add more color and some frill.
In addition to the bunting, I combined all the letters from the parents in a simple card format for the Westlake Wonders. I love the effect that handwriting fonts give the card.
The Westlake Wonders were celebrated yesterday. It was a day of affirmations, story telling, and closure. These girls will be off to college soon. Their time with Wonders and Worries will always be remembered. It was with much gratitude that I created a few small pieces to make their day special.
What is making you joyful today?