Longest Day

The Longest Day

What is The Longest Day? It’s where people and teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. It’s held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014. So on the longest day of the year I set out to honor those living with, and caring for people with Alzheimer’s.

I decided to do a little twist on the Longest Day by throwing an all-day craft open house. I invited my friends over for some snacks and some crafting…and if they felt the calling, to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now I didn’t expect people to show up ready to craft at 5:11 AM (sunrise) however I did get up at that time and prepared for the day. To be honest, after getting drinks and breakfast, I didn’t sit down to start crafting until about 6:00 AM.

The day in whole brought a few friends over…some with their own crafts in hand, and some without. They all left with something completed though! It was a tiring yet great experience that ended at 9:11 PM when I finally walked away from my table and laid down on the couch. I looked through all my Instagram photos to see what I accomplished!! Here is a little taste…

collage

I started off the day out with painted wooden bead key chains. The painting was a nice way to ease into the day for it was nice and relaxing.

key chain

Crepe paper flowers from the book Paper to Petal. For those of you who haven’t seen this book, it’s beautiful. I hadn’t made the flowers before so I started with one that looked fairly easy. I definitely will be attempting more of these fun floral goodies!

flowers

Since I had all day to craft, I thought what a better time to use up some random leftovers. I had some scrap leather so I whipped up this key chain! I love the bronze leather.

leather key chain

Of course more wooden beads turned into an ombré necklace.

ombre necklace

Now came the first craft fail of the day. There will inevitably be one right? I tried my hand at a beaded crochet rope bracelet. Oh my. I couldn’t get past the first six beads. My friend, who in mind is a beading master, couldn’t even figure it out. We looked up how to videos and all. She ended up bringing it home with her to try again. Latest report on the bracelet fail is that she was planning on asking her mother. Hilarious!

After lunch I attempted to gold leaf a little porcelain bowl. ANOTHER craft fail. I was losing my mojo at this point and melted a plastic container all over my sink. I chalk this up to the skiing phenomenon. You are always on your game in the morning, and going into your lunch break at the lodge you are feeling stocked. But once you go back out on the slopes after eating it’s like the mountain just grew twice its size and your legs have suddenly turned into jello. Sigh.

I didn’t want to continue the second half of the day like this so, I scaled back on my crafts a bit. I made a fabric covered wire word with some cute shabby chic fabric. Turned out cute! I was back on track.

wire words

Now that I was feeling better about my crafting skills, I created these cute wrapped carabiners featured in the June edition of Martha Stewart magazine. I used the suede trim they used on one, but I used some Petit Pan cloth ribbon on the other. I loved how these turned out!

carabiners

Lastly, my crafting cohort from tinsel + trim brought over some more notions from Petit Pan and I made this cute fabric bracelet. After what might have been an hour of trying to open a split ring, we realized there is a tool for that. Sigh. I ended the day with a few broken nails and a completed bracelet.

petit pan fabric bracelet

So, would I do it again? Definitely! It was a test in my energy and I only did it one day. Imagine the energy it takes to care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s on a daily basis. It’s only a fraction of what they do day in and day out. I respect and honor those who care for my loved ones.

Thanks to those who came over on Saturday! It means a lot to me that you stand with me.