‘Twas 23 nights before Christmas, and there was much to ponder, for we at Home were hosting our One Night of Wonder! OK, OK – that’s as far as the Christmas poetry will go, promise.
It was a cool and crisp night, and the neon Home roundel and fairy lit signs guided friends and clients from far and wide into the warm glow of the studio, as we flung open our doors to Unicorn Park for a night of creativity, craft and conviviality.
We decided to look within instead of sending our annual Christmas mailer this year – what could give back to our community? What techniques could we teach and what knowledge could we impart? Quite a lot, it turns out.
We hosted three different workshops – run by four seasoned, seasonal pros – all Homies with a talent for craft. Tony took care of book-binding with a festive twist, Louise hand-lettered beautiful baubles and Sarah and Kate perfected the perfect wreaths. All in the name of a really, really good cause close to many hearts at Home and beyond – Cancer Research UK.
“Omg I can’t believe I’ve just made that”
The workshops were a mix of Homies and guests, and words of reassurance and support were given, as well as the occasional bit of banter when things didn’t quite go to plan. But, in true Homie fashion, we were all there to make sure that mistakes were made-good and baubles glued back together. At the end of the night, each guest left the studio with their very own personally created Christmas craft treat – wonderful!
“This is my first mince pie of the year…
Christmas is here!”
The evening’s cogs were oiled with not only one, but two mulled beverage options cooked up by Martin. Carol’s mince pies were professionally dusted with icing and sat alongside other festive nibbles (pigs in blankets, anyone?). This all added to the joyful, friendly and creative atmosphere, just like we aim to create at Home as a collective every day. The evening was rounded off with some carols, conveniently sung by Carol and her pianist, whilst guests admired each other’s creations with awe and sometimes envy. Next year you can try your hand at another craft, don’t worry!
“Can I have another cider?”
What should be said about our One Night of Wonder is that the magic of creativity, joy and giving breeds happiness and brings people together. Sharing a night together and creating something yourself is a priceless gift – we should all be braver about trying something new, or giving something back.
All in all we donated £440 to Cancer Research with a further £500 invested in creating this wonder-ful evening of shared experiences and togetherness. We couldn’t feel fuzzier or more positive about Christmas and indeed the year ahead. Bring on 2020! We hope you’ve enjoyed having a peak at what we got up to – maybe next year you’d like to join us? You’re always welcome at Home – Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Seasonal greetings from our Home to yours x