“So have you made a lot of things so far?” my new co-host asked me. Having taken eight weeks of classes here at the Folk School, one would assume I have a cabinet filled with the fruits of my labors.
“Actually, no,” I said. “I’ve purposely chosen classes where I don’t make a lot of stuff. I may hold the record for the Host who produced the least amount while at the Folk School.”
I explained that I’m kind of a minimalist. It was the first time I’d used that word to describe myself but I felt like it fit perfectly.
- Scottish Cooking and An Abundance of Appetizers left me with delicious recipes.
- Nature Writing left me with some blog posts and stories – all stored electronically. And one hand-made book.
- My Building A Garden Shed class was tasked with creating a shed for the Folk School – nothing for me to take home except the knowledge that I’m not cut out to be a builder.
- From my Genealogy class, I gained a destination for my trip to Italy in March: Corigliano. It is in that class that I learned the name of the town my great-grandmother came from. I now own a copy of the ship manifest that shows her arrival in the port of New York on the Perugia on June 7, 1913.
- I have an eight-ounce cup full of Glass Beads, most of which I’ll donate to Beads of Courage.
- I made five hooks, two bottle openers, and a fork in my Blacksmithing class – all useful things either for myself or as gifts.
In fact, everything I’ve made can fit into my purse. Which fits my minimalist lifestyle just fine:)
- The fruits of my labors
- Rebecca Gallo is a host at the John C. Campbell Folk School. This entry originally posted at http://renaissancerebecca.wordpress.com