Just suppose you have a few extra art supplies hanging around -- maybe a bit of extra paper, a few ribbons, an embellishment or two. And you think, "How will I ever use all this up?"
It's time for a party!
Let's hear it for creating in good company! I decided back in December that one good way to use up art supplies that were overflowing, gather together in friendship and get the house tidied up would be to host a Valentine make-and-take day.
The idea was that people would drop in between 2 and 8, make one card or more, have a snack and leave as their schedule permitted. I had no idea how many people would come (some told me beforehand, but since it was a drop-in, no RSVP was asked for).
So, to be on the safe side, I made some Valentine cookies, a pan of brownies, and whipped out some crunchies and cheese for the savory fans.
All the supplies were on a separate table (and the coffee table...and the couch...and the chair...) and I put up a long one in the living room. Then I just let it happen!
And happen it did!
Over the course of the afternoon and early evening, more than a dozen friends dropped by to create a valentine -- or several!
And each one was unique.
Those who said, "I'm just not crafty!" turned out delightful cards and those more experienced had mini-masterpieces!
There were plenty of smiles all around!
And while I barely made a dent in my overstocked stash, I had such a good time that the next morning I called up my friend Kate and said let's do it again!
And we did! Here are some of mine -- and a candy box for Rick!
And by the way, those aren't Christmas trees and lights. They are WINTER trees and lights. (And they'll be down soon!)
I'm delighted to be sharing this post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Jemma's Blog. And, I'm also joining Betsy's weekly "Talk of the Town." And, don't forget to check out How Sweet the Sound and Pink Saturday for even more fun! Please check all of these links for tons of fun ideas on home and creativity!
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