January 16, 2001 A Pretty Craft Project
Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved to make crafts. It’s not only fun, but provides me with an outlet for stress relief. However, sometimes taking on a large craft project can backfire, making me even busier than ever!
This year, laden with the burden of no job, Christmas was a bit of a challenge. In order to save a few dollars, I worked hard to make some of the gifts. One of the simpler, but still very functional and pretty gifts I made was a magnetic flower pen pot. I’ll show you how to make this for yourself, or your friends!
*A bunch of silk flowers
*Green florist tape
*Paper mache half pot ornament
(You can purchase these materials at any local craft store, like Ben Franklin Crafts or Craft Supply of Honolulu.)
1. Cut the cord off the pot ornament.
2. Paint the pot any color you want to (I like terra cotta), and let it dry.
3. Stick the magnetic strips to the back of the pot.
4. Cut the flowers off the bunch with about 2-inch stems.
5. Wrap the pen and the flower together with the green florist tape.
That’s it! This makes a great refrigerator decoration for a friend or an attractive file cabinet accessory for a co-worker. Another hint is to fill a basket with the flower pens, pass out the pots, and have your friends pick out their own pens, and fill their pots themselves. It was a great hit among my aunts at our Christmas party this past year, and when I become a teacher, I’d like my students to make it for Mothers’ Day. I can’t wait!
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #61（スーザン先生の英語講座）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|