Well, we actually made a few things, but the main thing we learned to make was a duct tape fabric. And the first thing we made with our fabric was a basic clutch bag. (I told the slightly horrified boys that it could be a pencil case rather than a girl's bag and they were fine with that. Whew!)
While I talked to the kids about changing the texture of duct tape by cutting fringes, I made a quick duct tape mustache and wore it to demonstrate my point. And suddenly the kids went mustache crazy.
When I got home, there was a little surprise waiting for me in the mailbox. My friend Ann Martin sent me a gift:
Ann is an incredibly talented paper quill artist, blogger, and writer. Recently she published ALL THINGS PAPER, a collection of 20 unique paper projects from crafters and artists around the world. I am lucky to be among the crafters and artists in the book. I haven't had the proper time to blog about the book, but there is some down time next week in my schedule and I can finally attempt to make the fantastic paper flower I've had my eye on for weeks now.
A little story about how I met Ann: she started reading my blog at a time when I wasn't using it to write about crafting. I was going through a fairly tough time in my life and Ann followed my posts. Every now and then she would leave a comment, and soon we were exchanging emails about life, family, and crafting. She's supported me when the chips were down--way, way down--and I'll never forget her generosity. So it struck me as a bit odd when I opened her gift to me and her note said, "Thanks for everything."
Oh, Ann. It's you that deserves all of my thanks.
p.s. I LOVE my paper pendant!