Slippery Fish

Last night we celebrated my nephew’s second birthday! My other nephew (birthday baby’s cousin) helped me make a card but we didn’t capture a good picture.

I also tried my hand at making a felt board like I had when I was a child. I

spent hours arranging animals on the board and thought he might enjoy one, too.

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The fish I cut out of felt and glued the background piece to a larger cardboard frame. The accompanying song is called Slippery Fish and can be found here: http://bussongs.com/songs/slippery-fish.php

Happy 2nd birthday, A!

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On Being Crafty

Sometimes you have a great idea about something you’d like to create. You think about the materials you’ll need, the colors you’ll use and have it all planned out in your head.

Then you’ll gather your supplies and begin your project. Somehow though, your scissors make a detour and that golden heart you imagined turns into a shiny flower. So you think, oh, maybe I’ll make more of those pretty flowers. And soon enough you have bouquet.

In the corner where you planned to glue a cluster of hearts now sits a bunch of flowers. Now that you have flowers, maybe you’ll make some green grass, too.

All of a sudden you have a happy spring day on the cover of your card.

I think it’s nice to have a planĀ but it’s also fun to be open to new twists that maybe you hadn’t planned on. That’s what being crafty means to me.

Welcoming a Dear Friend

Last week, I was beyond delighted to welcome one of my best friends to DC. She and I met in college but this super-talentedĀ friend of mine earned a Fulbright after graduating so I hadn’t seen her in well over a year.

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If you didn’t know, the white building I created out of construction paper is a replica of the Washington Monument. The grass was created out of a strip of green construction paper and attached only from the bottom so that it pops out.

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And just for fun, here we are on our first dinner together in DC. I also made a gift bag of some useful and fun things one might need after moving to a new city and presented it with the card. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good shot of it but I think she put it to good use!

Welcome to DC, L! Here’s to many adventures together in the big city!

Belated Diwali

Last week, South Asians across the world celebrated Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. I didn’t get to visit my parents to celebrate, unfortunately, so I sent them the next best thing–a homemade card.

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For this card I used bright red and yellow pieces of construction paper, and orange tissue paper for the flames on the candle.

Diwali is one of my favorite Holidays because it asks us to seek light over darkness and to always have hope. May your year be filled with light and love.