How to Make Mums Without the Money

Ribbons and bells and glitter, oh my! With all their little doodads and shiny trinkets, mums can be costly. Buying one already made can cost anywhere from fifteen to one hundred dollars.

Here are some keys to making mums while  saving a little moneymoney. Split the cost of supplies with friends. Hobby Lobby has bouquets of a dozen mums for twelve dollars which is cheaper than buying separate flowers at any craft store.

Buy in bulk. This allows leeway for making mums. Running out of ribbon in the middle of making a mum can be frustrating. If this doesn’t sound appealing, remember, whatever is not used this year can be used for next years’ mums.

Get creative! Items like spray glue can be expensive so use something else instead. Glitter glue or tempera paint are more economical than a spray can of glue.

Shop just after Christmas. Even though it sounds ridiculous, Churchill’s colors are red, black, and white and most of the ribbon that is sold during winter time is RED and WHITE. No longer are the after Christmas sales ridiculous. Hobby Lobby also has a Christmas section with ribbon that is on sale during this time of year.

Shop at stores that don’t normally connect with art supplies, like Travis Wholesale Florists. They have discounted ribbon and mum flowers and are located conveniently downtown.

For anyone without mum making experience, stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby have “how to” fliers that you can take home, Barnes and Noble carries books, and YouTube has some good tutorials. The one I consider most helpful was posted by Really Reasonable Ribbon on how to make military braids. This step by step “how to” is easy to follow and cheaper than paying four bucks for the same thing at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

The last helpful tip? Waiting until the last minute to make mums is like waiting until the last minute to do a project that can take an upwards of several hours. It is NOT fun and should be avoided at all costs.

Our Modern Friendship

People don’t seem to look at each other any more. They don’t quite talk with the same voice. They don’t interact with the same vigor.

The perception of reality and priority has been so twisted by media, technology, and ignorance that people have become oblivious to the human connections they ignore. The idea of friendliness has certainly changed over generations, and it has quite possibly degenerated.

Human connections should be confirmed from the very first meeting. All around people see others that they know, but they will hardly ever approach these people. An antisocial mind-block occurs just before simple greetings like, “hello”. People might look straight at each other, each one entirely aware of who the other is, but neither will show signs of recognition. Its a concerning idea. The human connection is the main idea behind sociological interaction, and  people are  allowing it to be ignored. Even acquaintances should be friendly to each other, for only from that point are new friendships allowed to emerge. And even if friendship is in neither party’s interest, why should we suddenly ignore each other? It’s not thought of as offensive, but perhaps it should be. The people that surround us are our greatest resource.

People are talking about nothing. They shout out worthless thoughts on places like Facebook and Twitter, searching for a connection. People will respond, show an interest of course, but it’s not anything substantial. It’s not a real connection. It’s like small talk. Nothing true. It’s nothing of value. Just blurbs of nonsense.

Is this truly what friendship has become? Blurbs of nonsense? Just thoughts that open up nothing about the person at hand, but just what they had for lunch and what they’re doing this afternoon? Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to know what people are doing. It’s especially important to show an interest, but if we limit our communication to just this, our relationships will be empty. We need deeper friendships. People should value their connections with each other. In a search for meaning, this is surely the most meaningful thing yet to be found. In our relationships we learn about people, and this further defines ourselves. It’s important to understand people around us, and to be developing deeper connections all the time. It is these rich relationships that will develop into the valuable friendships that we need.

Debaters Kick Off The Year

Churchill Debaters started their season in Dallas, Texas. Senior Sam Hamad was invited to the Greenhill Tournament as one of the top 16 LD debaters in the country. Four different debate events will be competed in throughout the school year around the state and nation. They are Team Policy Debate, Team Public Forum Debate, Individual LD Debate and Individual Congressional Debate. Practicing at least four to twelve hours a week, debaters hope to continue the same type of success they’ve earned in the past. The  team as a whole is among the top 5 teams in Texas and top 25 teams in the nation.

“By joining the team and by attending the monthly fundraisers at EZ’s on Bitters and 281 you can help build our success,” Mr. Pearcy, debate coach,  said.

golf

The golf team is coping with many new changes concerning practice times and schedule changes.During the summer, in preparation for the  year,  the members had a few obligations to the team.

“We asked them to play at least 10 competitive rounds to help improve their play,” Coach Spivey said.

By the way things turned out at the boys first tournament, the extra dedication is paying off.

“The team is an  improved young group with much potential who can even get to State if they work at it,” Spivey said, when discussing that the main goal of  taking the boys and girls teams all the way to State.

Even with all the optimism, the new schedule is causing the golf team to adapt in ways they haven’t had to in the past. Practice time suffers forcing the kids to start earlier and end later. They also had to break down into a JV period and varsity period adding some new challenges, however they refuse to be discouraged.

“Our returning varsity is coming back with better experience and should be much improved as individuals and as a whole,” Spivey said.

The first girls’ tournament will be the Texas Shootout hosted by NEISD at the Silver Horn golf course October 15-16. Fans can help support them by purchasing tickets for the tournament as well as signing up for the Putt for Dough contest later on in the year.