We have been working non-stop on our lantern for the past week or so. It's making for tremendously long days (10 hours at work, then 4 or 5 more at the lantern studio), but somehow, just knowing that this chapter of my working life will be coming to an end in one short week is keeping my spirits high and my motivation in tact. (It couldn't come too soon, either. These last few days at work are DRAGGING ON!!)
Anyway, there are so many amazing lanterns being made at the Luminara studio (a pharoah! a geisha!), but of course, I have a soft spot for our very own lighthouse lantern.
(And yes... those are spandex cycling shorts on underneath my shorts... a little bit of 80s fashion never hurt anyone, right? And by the way, Robin, thanks for the yellow top-- the off-the-shoulder-top-over-a-sports-bra look really completed my retro ensemble!)
Alas, we are stuck right in the middle of everything to do our papering (in between the only washroom, the only staircase, the broom closet, and about a zillion people), but I am incredibly excited about the way it's shaping up so far.
We have been told many times (by many, many people) not to get too attached to our lantern, because so many things can happen to it between now and the festival. It can rip, get stepped on, burn down, collapse into the lake it will float on, or get soaked and ruined if it rains. Yikes. Luckily, we have taken many photos of the work in progress, so I'm hoping (hoping!!) that I won't be too devastated if anything happens to it. (I'm also hoping to win a gazillion dollars and travel the world, though, so that might shed some light on how realistic my dreams are. Not getting attached to the lantern = not very realistic. It's too late.)
Only two more nights left, and then our lighthouse will (hopefully) be ready to raft on the open sea! (OK, it's a lake, but at least it's still water!)