Last week, I did something I had never done before: I scheduled an appointment with my photographer friend, David Glasofer to take a photo of a piece I hadn’t even bought the materials to create yet! I had accepted a last minute commission to make a glass mobile for a retiring elementary school secretary whose going away party was yesterday. Because it was something they thought of late and my schedule is really busy, we came to an agreement that I would create a section of the mobile and send them a photo of the “work in progress.” They shared the photo with her and she will come back to the school for a dedication of the piece which will hang in the office that she has run with kindness and care for 21 years. I created a section of the mobile with 7 butterflies— there will be 2 other sections, also with 7 butterflies each, the total representing her years of service to Lincoln Hubbard elementary school in Summit, NJ. I haven’t met her yet but she is described as a warm, loving woman so she will also be represented in the mobile as a sun that the butterflies flutter around. There are some surprise details that will adorn a couple of the other butterflies that I think she will really appreciate. With the photo taken and presented, I have a few other commissions that I am turning my attention back to for now but will finish this mobile in the beginning part of 2019 and will post more photos when it’s complete. Happy retirement, Yvonne!