Hello dears. Things have been frightfully busy around here lately! We have had company over on multiple days last week, and several activities that kept us away from our sewing projects, and my *cough* millinery projects, and so that is one reason why I am not posting about my Millinery Adventures. I know, I know. I said that I wanted to keep the millinery series free of interruptions, but life happens and one must adapt. 🙂 And besides, the girls and I have something of greater importance to share with you all. We have lately set out on what we think is a very important project that we like to call the “Boyer Sisters’ Conservatory of the Feminine Arts” (BSCFA). Basically, now that we have been freed up from singing gigs for the rest of the year, we have decided to use the energies we would be devoting to singing to bless our sweet “younger sisters” from our Christian community, by teaching them creative skills that they haven’t yet learned at home.
Our Conservatory began with a Tea, which we hosted just last Friday at 3:00, tea time. Our plan was to host the Tea so that we could first explain our vision to the young ladies of what we wanted to help them accomplish, and secondly to discuss and plan out what skills the girls wanted to learn. We will be helping them and teaching them skill sets such as:
- Sewing (aprons, dresses, skirts etc.)
- Sculpting (Christmas ornaments and figurines like little doll house dolls)
- Card making (Christmas and holiday cards)
- Styling their hair
- Constructing miniatures (doll houses)
- Dance etiquette
You will have noticed that some of the skills I listed above are centered around the theme of Christmas. There is a practical reason behind that. It used to be that when we were little, and didn’t have money to buy each other presents, we would make things for our family members to put under the Christmas tree. And knowing how rewarding the feeling is when a loved one opens up a gift that you have worked so diligently on, the girls and I wanted to be able to give the young ladies of our community a place where they could make gifts in secret, and we could impart a little of what we know to them.
We had just under ten young ladies attend the Tea, ages ranging from 5 to 13. Throughout the time of giggling over old memories and playing story making games, we explained to the girls what skills we knew and wanted to teach, and then gave them the liberty of deciding what they wanted to learn over the course of the Conservatory. That was harder for them than we thought, but as the afternoon progressed and the girls began to get creative, they soon had several ideas and projects they wanted to work on. After the tea was over, we then escorted the young ladies downstairs to our large basement, and had a time of Dance Etiquette instruction. We discussed such rules like:
- If you’re sitting down, that means you do not want to dance.
- When a gentlemen approaches you and asks you to dance and you accept, you then extend your left hand for him to take to escort you onto the dance floor.
- The fact that dancing is not about getting partnered up with the guy you might favor, but more about enjoying this lively form of recreation with your friends and working as a team.
- How to curtsey to the gentleman at the beginning and end of a dance.
Since we like to hold dances at our house, we knew that this time of instruction would be very helpful for the girls to have in their back pockets for future dances. We answered a lot of their questions that we used to struggle with ourselves when we were their age, and did away with all the mysteries and assumptions one can easily make about dancing and dance etiquette at such a young age. They are all now fully equipped to attend any dance, full of confidence and poise. 🙂
Note: You may have noticed that Charlotte is not in these photos (okay, she kind of is, behind the lens), and that is because early on the three of us decided that it would be better to have segregated days in which all three, or two, or just one of us would be directing and teaching the young ladies at a time.
Yesterday marked our our very first day of the Conservatory, and we had our first participants (two darling sisters who I shall refer to as O for the older sister, and Y for the younger, for privacy’s sake) come over to make Christmas cards. This project involved paper, fabric scraps of all kinds, and glitter, lots of glitter. 😉 Since sewing is one of the key skills we want to teach to our young sisters in Christ, Brigi and I thought it would be a clever idea to get the girls sewing something easy, just to see where their skill levels lay. Brigi worked with O on sewing snowmen onto the card paper, while I worked with Y, making a sparkly red Christmas tree card. Both sisters did extremely well, and Brigi and I were very impressed with the impeccably straight lines O made on her cards, and how careful sweet Y was about making sure she painted the glue just inside the outline of the Christmas tree so the glitter would settle nicely. Oh what fun!
We spent a full hour with them down in the work-room side of our basement, and boy did we use up that hour quickly! But… we got a lot done, and learned about how talented these two precious girls are. We are just so excited to keep this going! It’s so funny how once a good thing is begun, you just don’t want it to end. And I know it’s a little too early, but I think it’s safe to say that the Conservatory will be successful. I am terribly happy with what we have already helped our young friends accomplish, and am so excited to see their creativity bloom!
Have you ever helped the young ladies of your community?
If you were them, what skills would you want to learn?
Would you ever want to do something like hosting a Conservatory?
Blessings in Christ.
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer
P.S. We’ve announced the names of the Eshakti Giveaway Winners on the original giveaway post! Head on over to see who it is!