Wow!! - so I asked the question and you responded - which I truly appreciate! - and now I have some thinking to do. I've heard all your wonderful suggestions and they will go into the mix with all the other things we need to think about - like other non-craft sessions work commitments and family life and some more travel. Big decisions. I'll let you know in time what magic we come up with. But let me tell you I am excited by the idea of doing something more!
We have some great news that we are really thrilled about!
We are going to give away TWO scholarships!
If you saw the original scholarship post you will know that the scholarships are very personal to me. So to finally be able to offer them was very exciting. After putting in place the things I needed to - like an external scholarship panel to make the decision - and then we were good to go.
But when the applications for the scholarships started coming in and we started talking in more detail about why they were so important and why we wanted to run them in the first place - because we believe in the power of craft to provide joy and sustenance for our souls - then we realised that actually they were even more important than we thought. And so we decided to offer more. I think initially the idea was to start small and build, but in the end we have decided that we might as well start where we want to go on from!
So two scholarships this year and then two scholarships next year and so on.
The panel is getting back to me today with their decisions and the two recipients will be notified by Monday.