Love: I enjoy making things.
Hate: I loathe clutter. I do not like tchotchkes (yep, that's how it's spelled). Once I have the experience of making something I'm either "been there and done that" about it, or I'm so critical I can't stand to keep it around because I find its flaws. I have donated many of my creations to Goodwill.
So with this ambivalence in mind, I went through my Pinterest boards a while back and unpinned a lot of projects.
That was a relief.
This past weekend I had an Operation Christmas Child box packing party. It was fun, and together my girlfriends and I created 35 boxes. I think most women there want to go forward with this. New to many, I heard, "Well, now I know what I'm doing, so next year..."
My friend Dori taught us so much about how to get the most into our boxes. She was an inspiration.
The afternoon just warmed my heart. Of course, we were working and talking so much, I only took one photo--after everyone left, and that photo is even missing a few of the boxes...
Now I hope to make a few things each month for my boxes for '13, starting with these:
He's a chipmunk, but I might leave off the tail and make him a bear.
I couldn't find marbles this year, and at the last minute I remembered they sell them at Party City. However, I have learned NOT to go there the weekend before Halloween. Perhaps I could do this next weekend for my class boxes...
My knitting sensei tells me I could even make these!
I'm pretty excited about this, and I'm looking forward to getting started.
Also, I found a great OCC reference site, I think Dori had shared it with me before, but I came across it again. Operation Christmas Child might turn me into a coupon user yet...