Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Festival Recap and GRADUATION!

I'm back from a week of excitement and bliss! Let me tell you about everything in order. First, I completed my student teaching last week. I felt mixed emotions, because I'll be glad not to work full-time with no pay anymore, but I also really grew attached to the students and staff I was working with and was sad to leave them. They threw me a surprise going-away party with popsicles and handmade cards. When I got home, I read through all 60 of the cards and was so moved by the letters inside. I read about how this kid will never forget me or how I made writing fun for that kid. They were so sweet- something I will always treasure.

Once the internship was over, I kicked into crafting mode to prepare for an outdoor festival I participated in over the weekend. The Blue Dome Arts Festival was SO much fun, even though we were a little worried that it would get rained out. The clouds were in attendance, and they brought with them a little bit of drizzle from time to time, but none of that stopped the show from going on. People came to shop, performers did their thing, and the Tulsa Craft Mafia girls were a blast to hang out with. Here are some photos of our booth.

I made a ton of garden stakes for this show, and I ended up selling about half of them!

Outside our booth, there were performers, art cars, and AMAZING vendors.

Once the weekend was over, I still had something very exciting in store. On Monday night, I GRADUATED COLLEGE!! I can't even tell you how happy this makes me, because I really didn't know if it would ever happen or not. The past few semesters, I've been very driven toward my goal of finishing. But it hasn't always been that way. It took me 8 years to get a 4 year degree because of all the times I stopped along the way. But now that it's done, who cares about all that? I did it!

As you can probably tell, I'm still riding a high from all the happy things that have been going on around here. And I always love to share in the excitement of others, so tell me- what kind of wonderful things have happened to YOU recently?


Lindsay [Bella Cene'] said...


Pili said...

Wooohooo!! Big congrats on the graduation!!

And big congrats also on completing the internship and leave all those wonderful memories behind on those kids! It's always wonderful managing to touch other lives in a positive way! I'm sure you're gonna be a wonderful teacher!

I haven't been doing anything particularly exciting, except for meeting up with my college friends, which is always awesome!

I hope you'll have more time to blog now, Holly, cause I really miss your blogs! <3

Princess Caitlin said...

Well you already know what's been happening with me - I just read your comment on my note!

I really never expect to get any comments on those introspective "god posts", so THANK YOU! I just folded three loads, by the way. lol

Your booth is SO CUTE. And the red suitcase in the 4th picture? love. Also love the cute little picket fence you have your stakes in.

Way to go Holly!! It's so good to hear from you again. :D

Megan said...

Sounds like you have been having an awesome time lately! Your craft show booth looks fab (as always)! I'm glad you guys didn't get caught in a downpour that day, it's been really stormy lately!

OOoo! and Congrats on graduating! Wooohoo!! :) That rocks!

I BLEED PINK said...

Congrats on graduating!!!

Audrey said...

Those sandals go really well with the gown :)
LOVE all the garden stakes and it looks like the sale was on a warm sunny day!
Congrats on graduating! Do you have a job lined up?

Anonymous said...

Holly, I am *so* proud of you for finishing school and completing your teaching program, yay! You rock woman, and I know you've touched the lives of so many kids already, you'll do great as a teacher!

The craft show you did looked amazing too, wow!

Much love to you girl. You just keep on rocken' okay!

*hugs* from afar...

alexkeller said...

omg - looks like you've been busy having fun :) i LOVE those little garden stakes :)

apparentlyjessy said...

Congratulations on graduating Holly! I remember that exhilarating feeling of not having to study any more!

I really love your craft stall, the garden stakes are so cute, the little caterpillar one is my favourite!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Wow, congratulations to you! Who cares how long it took. I often wonder if I could teach, I get so attached it would be difficult to say goodbye at the end of each year :(

Love your new home! Especially that great deck!

Holly Hall said...

You have been one busy lady! I'm so happy for you! You deserve only good things, you wonderful girl. I just want to plant big kisses all over your cheeks!

Renee said...

The booth looks great and I'm so happy the rain stayed away as much as it did! How did you end up doing?

Graduation? Freaking exciting! Accomplishing a goal is SUCH an amazing feeling. Now on to the next goal! What are your plans for the summer? Do you have any jobs lined up? I think you should just take up the profession of being an ultra cool and stylish jewelry designer! :)

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog! You're so sweet! I have indeed missed you as well and think you're one of the coolest people I know! My best friend moved back from Indiana and I have brought you up many a times. I think you guys would get a long great. So you'll definitely come have to chill some time and vice-versa! We need to see each other's houses.. So maybe we could have like a Holly & Renee Home Parade or something.. Ha!

Heather said...

congrats on your graduation!!! Hurray! I know you were the best student teacher ever. The kids that will have you in the future will be so blessed. Glad the show went well, after the rain moved on ;) I think I need to get some chamomile from you!@~!

Rose said...

Ohh I bet it was lovely reading through all those cards from the kiddies.
Congrats on graduation! you look great in your gown. I didnt go to my graduation last month, everyone I knew graduated the year before (because I was part time) so I wasnt keen on going.
The festival looks like loads of fun and your little garden stakes are so cute!


Rheea said...

First of all, congratulations buddy! I'm so proud of you for your graduating and teaching classes. What's your next plan after this eh? :)

The arts festival looked so fun. I wish I was there! And I have to say, your booth is getting better and better each time. I love the way you displayed those adorable garden stakes and I'm not at all surprise half of them were snatched up.

Have a well deserved weekend, my dear!


Margie said...

That Is Awesome, Congrats!! and your booth looks marvelous:) ~ Margie

Ink Obsession Designs said...

Congrats on graduating!!! The craft fair looks like it was awesome. The Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago isn't until September. I was longingly looking at pics on their website today. I can't wait!

JUST ME said...

That looks like a totally hippie festival. I bet I would have loved it.

AND CONGRATS. College, DONE. Celebrate with cake. And beer. And then maybe make adorable miniature cakes and beer for people to buy!

Kristin said...

Congrats!! And I love the banner on your both. So cute!

babalisme said...

ooo I wish I were there! I love the dancing ladies and the drummer, and your booth of course!

Anyway, CONGRATS, girl! You are going to be the greatest teacher at school and cutest one also. You didn't really show up in a pair of sandals did you?

Erin said...

I totally missed that drummer guy. Amazing. :)

SmallTownGirl said...

YAY!!! Holly thats fabulous! Congratulations. =]