Thursday, July 9, 2009


July 9, 2009

Faced with the challenge of teaching a lanyard making workshop 1564.5 miles from home in absentia, I decided to make an instructional video or possibly a podcast. Since I only have a vague idea of what either of those entails, I did what any modern person would do. I hired child labor.

I have the true experts (Jackson, Nico, Adam, Noah, and Peyton) in this afternoon to tape a session where they explain how to make Erin Dream Lanyards. Here are some stills of them at work.

We have three scenes in the can. I went off to answer the phone and returned to find that they had added a new scene to the sequence ("a planned blooper").

For the record, I love middle school boys.


  1. You should have duct taped a few of them together... that is always fun at that age! And it would have added so much to the video!!

  2. Oh my gosh, I loooved the preview of what is to come!! And I just wanted to let you know that I definitely realize how much work you are putting into this, and I am so very thankful. I think it's going to be a huge success!!

  3. Sooo... dying to hear how the big Lanyard Workshop went last night!
    I heard Tracy was on her way over.

    I gotta get crackin' on my lanyard starts. I think we'll pick up a movie tonight and I'll get BUSY.


  4. Dear Vickie, Wow, what a big undertaking!! I had looked at all the beautiful lanyards you sent off to California and had picked out one or two ,but they just flew out the door! for a great cause and a great amt.! Did you get my "snail mail" note with a check in it? (Of course, I wrote the check to you, typical) I would love to give one lanyard as a housegift to my hostess in Penn. (Maybe I'll learn to do it on line the correct way with a credit card in hand!) Looks like "yall" had a lot of laughs! I think Mid School,boys pretty funny also, especially, when I'm subbing, I look for the humor! Fondly, Sara

  5. Sara,

    Thank you for your patience. I have a special order lanyard with light blue, bright blue, and turquoise for you and will eventually get it in the mail to you when I can stop and catch a breath. Between this out of control (almost) lanyard project, my health insurance research, the Erin Cooks book and running a house, my to do list is longer at the end of the day than when I started.


  6. Dear Vickie, As they say in Australia "No worries!" I found your email address,going backward in blogs I did finally put it on on my address list, so I'll write you! I always follow your blog but,didn't have much to say on the lists because, I am not a "compulsive list maker" but should very much be at my "age and stage!" Again, you inspire me! Loved Erin's list made on election night! I'll write after church! Praying for the Morgans, "Que Tragico,No? Sara

  7. Just thinking about you...we were all sharing memories of Erin in our meeting today. We miss all of you!