Colleen Moody generously shared one of her creations with me to use as a door prize for Birdsong 3! This one is a necklace. Sweet!
I've added a Birdsong 3 sponsor list to my side bar on this blog and on Birdsong
The list will remain up till after the next Birdsong, or at least a year. So, if you'd like a little bit of free advertising for your URL on my side bar, or if you are just disapointed in not being able to attend Birdsong and still would like to be a part of it, let me know if you would want to be a sponsor.
Sponsors, as well as past attendees are welcome to sign up early for the next event before I open it to the public too.
My friend, Janette, who will be a third time attendee, donated the bags this year. I love it when the ladies like to gift each other. Some bring pressies to pass out during the weekend, others send treats to be added to the bags. All is appreciated. And extra generous. I know that attending a weekend like this is not an inexpensive thing to do, with travel, class fees, and swap making, etc.
I do try to keep expenses for everyone by not expecting lavish new outfits, or by charging them higher fees so I can decorate special for the event. We keep it casual and not extravegant and still have a lovely time. Plus, I try to stuff them full with meals and treats so they aren't spending alot of money on dinners out.
We used to do a mini breakfast too, but I cancelled that this year, I think that so many hotels offer food in the morning that what I served was not needed. We are still doing coffee talk together before classes, but I'm not baking muffins this year. Like I said, I try to budget for what counts most.
And Sweet Suzanne, sent these vintage egg cartons. I might use them as kit boxes. Sponsor gifts can be a small gift to add to each goodie bag, a raffle item or something useful for the weekend.
Laurie has sent these lovely hand made pretties for us.
Lori Oles (who will be teaching too) sent a pretty roll of paper to share. I'm not sure how I'll use it, but I know the ladies will enjoy it in whatever way it is presented. My sister is donating a necklace that she made. Hope will be giving an entry to her online journalling class as a door prize, along with a journal kit.
Thoughtfulness comes in many forms!