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Saturday, May 15, 2010

May, not April, is the cruelest month

I wish today I were seven and could make some of those fancy mudpies full of mud. I am going to try to make sugar skulls for my humanities course. I like to include prizes, but I cover most of my own costs, and this can be prohibitive. Also, I like to make things, so making gifts is one way to send a good message, do something unique, and conserve resources. We'll see. The technique appears similar to making sugar panorama eggs for Easter.

There are many gifts one can make like this, especially for party favors. My mom was great at that, and did lots of things with patterns, tracing paper, and glitter. She could do little felt bags to put tiny gifts in, and she made attractive programs with the mimeograph machine. She often used coloring books and pages from them in her Spanish classes, and then reused the pictures on club projects or as bulletin board decorations. Years later, she recycled the coloring books for quilt patterns to make me a fantastic memory quilt. So, I guess the tip for today is recycling craft materials and projects. Sift through what you already have, and think about how to use it before you try to buy a whole lot more!

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