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garland party afternoon

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Oops... I lost track of this post.  I don't know what happened.  This is actually from a craft party from last Tuesday.  Before the party arrived, Sachi and I were gathering supplies and brainstorming options.  There's always some element of uncertainty, even trepidation - is everyone going to enjoy themselves?  will the project be what they thought it was going to be?  You know, all those silly "what-ifs" that take so much of our energy.  Why do we do that to ourselves?  I don't know.

Thanks, in part, to my office-cleaning of the week before, I had uncovered a lot of thrift store books so we had lots of materials to draw upon.  And the minute the party arrived, they were oohing and aahing over all the supplies.  Nerves immediately eased.

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Most people used the circle punch from Fiskars (who I still love even if they did downsize the Madison office.  What can I say? I'm *trying* to shop smaller and locally, and have made big improvements in the allocation of my budget, but every once in a while, there's something made by a multi-national corporation manufacturing in China that is hard to resist).  The circle punch is the larger (and rounder) version of the square punch that we use for our photo snippets.

Anyway, everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves, and to put together totally unique garlands - which is one of my favorite things about craft parties: from a table of the same materials, everyone always ends up creating something different, something that is unique to them.  Aren't people so creative?


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