For the Trading Post, Tobin had worked very hard at making some wood-burned designs on some round slices of wood. They were coffee coasters. He was really proud of them and so were we.
An hour before the Trading Post was to begin, he came to me glum-faced and discouraged, “Mom I didn’t paint them with shellac, I painted them with Varsol.”
And sure enough, the pretty little things now reeked of Varsol.
I felt like a dunce of a mother. Who lets their eight-year-old navigate the ‘dangerous stuff’ shelf in the garage, by himself? And now, because of my inattentiveness, he’d wrecked his main craft for the Trading Post!
I racked my brain trying to think of something else he could trade, to no avail. Our friends were coming and there was no time to make something else.
What a waste.
He settled with the dried apples and homemade fruit leather he’d made, still discouraged, but happy to see friends.
After the Trading Post, he told the story of his failed craft to his aunt, who told him that she’d been looking that very week for coasters for her new apartment, but hadn’t found any! A little serendipity unfolded, and she commissioned him to finish the coasters with shellac (hopefully hiding the smell) and actually paid him a nice sum for his labor.
It’s so exciting, as a mother, to see God attend to my children’s needs too; I know I can rest in the confidence that they are in His tender loving hands all the time, even when I fail.
Some friends have wondered about things we traded. Here are some of the items:
-Homemade wooden music bead-counters, for keeping track of music practice.
-Cupcakes, specialty cookies, decorated cookies, granola, caramel corn, cinnamon bread
-Lovely sewed crayon holders, coffee holders and ornaments
-Household items, fabrics, toys, books
-Handmade jewlery, hand-painted dish ware, baby clothes
-Homemade soap, creams, lip balms
-Free range eggs
-Custom music CD’s
… for a Spring Trading Post I was thinking that including plant trades (seedlings, seeds, perennials) would be fun… For those who are musical it would also be fun to perform some live music, too!
Oh my, the ideas keep coming!