craft time at girls inc! notebooks, glitter glue, and beginning embroidery.

My friend Thom from the Kent Bellows Studio here in Omaha hooked me up with the opportunity to teach a class at Girls Inc. last week, which I was excited to do. I spoke to some of the young women from Girls Inc. last month when they were doing a tour in North Downtown of female business owners, and it was cool to see some of them participate in my class when I got on their turf.

Each girl made a personal journal with a felt book cover. I showed them how to make the cover and some simple embroidery–we backstitched the word “love” on a label for the front. Some girls decided to go that route, and some got more creative with the other craft supplies. I think all of them ended up with a project they were proud of, which was my goal.

Personally, I learned that it’s harder for me to relate to teenagers than I thought. I’m a lot closer to 30 than 16, even though I feel 18 in my mind. I’m like, “What, don’t you think I’m cool? Don’t I have swag?” No. Teaching doesn’t come easily for me.

Lessons for me:

  • Bring more materials than I think I need
  • Just help everyone have fun
  • Bring an iPhone dock and play some music.

Thanks again to Girls Inc. and the Kent Bellows Institute for the chance to work with some cool young ladies. I’m looking forward to seeing them again!

xx

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