I’ll dive right in.
This was my 6th year decorating the White House for Christmas and it was my best and biggest as far as my growth as a creator. Even after last years almost 1,000 paper flowers made for the Blue Room tree it couldn’t exceed what I learned to make and how much it harkened back to my childhood.
I was asked by the First Lady and her team to create ornaments than pay tribute to the essential workers and first responders. It was an obvious choice because of the year we’ve had and one that I was prepared to take very seriously. It hasn’t been until later in my life did I realize that my gift to create is my gift of service. In this instance, I knew if someone visiting the White House sees their profession realized on the Red Room tree that they will experience some sort of joy and happiness even if for a moment. That the Peoples House acknowledges their efforts and sacrifices.
The houses were a last minute addition believe or not! Houses were something I had never attempted but honestly you don’t tell the White House or my boss “No” or ” I can’t”! Two weeks before ship date I started these precious houses using felt, cardboard and LOTS of sequins. I knew all along they needed to be lit from the inside and that I’d make a red barn, hospital, firehouse, grocery store, fast food restaurant and post office. ALL essential to our lives during the pandemic of 2020!
Well, another craft, another year and I felt like I did the White House and First Lady proud. I get asked all the time what happens to all the decorations? I am very proud to say that mine from this year, along with my other crafts created for the White House will be archived and used at the Presidential library. That means I’ll forever be part of history forever!
God Bless America!