Oct 31, 2012

a thousand pearls...

I signed up for an Anthropologie Christmas workshop and brought a few friends along. I was soooooo very excited! Did not know what to expect, but expected so much goodness, but not sure in what  form! Thought I would learn magic, would work with unicorns and rainbows, the results would be the most unbelievable , breathtaking, creative, jaw dropping display anyone had ever seen.... I do this often...create ridiculous scenarios that are only alive and well in my head :)

On the ride to the workshop, one of  my friends and I talked about Thanksgiving and how it would be great to host a Thanksgiving with strays (people we didn't know), people away from home and show them love and share our table, our blessings.

My friend Sarah arrived to workshop before we did and sent us a text, it read..." This is like manual labor with cup cakes!" my unrealistic expectations flashed through my head and I thought this can't be!!!  it's Anthropologie!!! surely they must have crafting unicorns back there!  But I tried to remain calm and let God do what he always does for me.
We sat down at our very own table and prepared to do our part in the super intricate garland structure we where helping with and enjoy each others company.
A sweet girl joined us and now we were four. I asked what her name was and she told us,  we tried to say it with out butchering it, she smiled as we repeated after her. She told us she was here alone from China studying biology .
 She was sweet and funny ; she told us she missed her family, we were all so different but so very much the same... We asked if she had plans for Thanksgiving and then I asked, "what does your name mean?" and she said "A thousand pearls"... in that second I knew this workshop would be more then I ever expected.
 What do you know! They do have unicorns at Anthropologie!

 My apron!
 The Anthropologie team!
 A Thousand Pearls :)

 Sarah and Jenn :)


  1. Viv! Larry and I want to be strays. you are too much lady! great to see you tuesday, the kids are still talking about Louise, so funny.

  2. I was once given a tin can that held a clam inside and was told to open the can, pry the clam open and I will have a little pearl waiting to be plucked inside (a very "unique" QVC gift from my grandma). I think about this every once in a while as one of the unexpected moments and smile. I guess what I mean to say is having a name that means "a thousand pearls" is just the sweetest thing ever!