I am so lucky. Every Summer my dear friend Julie packs up a load of craft supplies, a whole lot of inspiration, and maybe a change of clothes and flies all the way from California to Omaha. (and if I'm really lucky, her uber-creative daughter can come along too.) Okay, so perhaps her main objective is to visit family BUT she manages to spend a lovely chunk of time crafting with ME. We both anticipate this week all year long and it is a highlight of both our Summers. So, this is that week - yay!
It is so hard to decide what projects to tackle and we do try to squeeze in as many as we can. This year we have been doing a lot of jewelry making. Check out the woven bead ring! I'll have to post a roundup of the rest of our projects sometime before she flies back. I'm trying to decide if I should include photos of the dogs - because there are always a few of those. What can I say, it's a learning process and one of our goals when we craft together is to try things we have never done before. So, screw-ups are inevitable but are always good for some laughs.
Julie and I are so different creatively - she is a risk taker, a whirlwind of creative ideas. I'm more timid and cautious. I have to say though - if you are going to collaborate creatively with someone, find someone who is the opposite of you. It can be so inspiring and FUN!
I have to confess my Summer of Fun projects with Peter have slumped a little as we hit Summer's midway point. I vow to get us back on track however. A big part of it is that my little book of fun - no matter how hard I have worked on it - can't compare with just hanging out with the neighborhood kids. And when given a choice Peter always picks the kids with the pokemon cards over the mom with the poster paints. Are my feelings hurt? a little. Do I need to get over it? oh absolutely.
Here is a photo of a summer sweet treat we made a few weeks back:
yum! We got the recipe here.
Oh and this project turned out to be such a happy surprise. I wasn't too confident going into it that it would go over very well but it really did! Peter loved it and spent two afternoons working on it.
What happy surprises have you discovered this Summer?