I've said before that this move to Colorado from my beloved New England has been H.A.R.D. But thank goodness there is one community I'm a part of here that has become quite meaningful and integral to my emotional survival: my MOPS group. I found them by enrolling my oldest son in Holy Apostles preschool and a mom invited me to their "mom's group"... and the rest is history!
One way I learned quickly to enhance my experience in the group is to always volunteer to be in leadership of the MOPs group. It just helps you get to know others better and in a more meaningful way; when the group roster changes dramatically every fall (hello military town!), you still maintain a sense of continuity.
Last year I was in charge of Membership and that was a BIG job! This year I decided to give myself an easier time and agreed to be a "Discussion Group Leader" (DGL). My role was to lead an assigned table and help those ladies know about upcoming events, any responsibilities we had, and help everyone feel involved and included.
ANYWAY- I decided to make them all parting gifts as our 2016-2017 year came to a close. The MOPS theme was "We are the Starry Eyed"- so I finally broke out a bunch of my moon and star fabrics to make Bag C from Perfect Zip Bags, an Elizabeth Hartman pattern (if you don't have this pattern, you NEED it. It enables you to have that clean finish by each end of the zipper that is very elusive in other bag patterns! She is also very clever with an interfacing approach that makes these bags super sturdy).
The bag was made out of Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Flax, my stash patchwork, thrifted zippers, and some handmade "celestial themed" custom zipper pulls. My friend Leslie, who has experience in jewelry making, helped me make them and they were the perfect accent to the project:
The ladies were very appreciative of my gift and it was a little sad to say goodbye to such a fun year we had together.
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