Saturday, 13 December 2008

Christmas Boxes Day again

Today was the Christmas boxes workshop at Great Hollands. At first we thought there wouldn’t be anyone. It was very rainy and being close to Christmas, people were probably going into town. There weren’t many people visiting for books either. So, eventually, the 2 library ladies sat down to do it with me. The first photo is Pat showing her final product. She was very pleased as she thinks she is not good at that sort of thing! The other librarian is Lynne. She got stuck right in with her box, as she makes alot of crafts.

They had nearly finished when to junior aged boys came in. They were interested, so, I showed them how! We didn't get photos, but the youngest one knew his box would be just the thing for his mum because he had got her some jewellery. The librarians had more customers then, so left the table. While the boys were still working, a lady came and we asked (convinced her really!) if she wanted to do it. She had a dear little boy who was a good as gold while I showed her. There is the photo with him holding the box. That stage of the "lesson" was rather fraught since the boys and the lady were all at different stages. the lads actually went off without their library books!

When they had all finished, it wasn’t long and Lynne's son and daughter came in.That bit went very well and they really enjoyed it. The young man is at uni for graphic design – as in developing products, and the daughter is in visual marketing. So we had a good chat about the applications of what you could do with the boxes. and even started talking about how you could make boxes with more depth or of a more rectangular shape. That was pretty cool for me!

So, even though the structure of the time was a bit all over the place, everyone who made one was pleased. We didn’t get on to decorating the top, (although we discussed it with the college kids) but after all, that had been the extension activity for anyone getting done fast.

If you'd like me to send you a copy of the instructions I typed up, just send me your email address, and I will send it to you as an attachment!

1 comment:

Kathleen C. said...

I'd love the instructions to these boxes! Thank you!
coneryka at jmu dot edu

And I really like that the one young man was going to out his Mom's jewelry gift in his box. How sweet!