As I stated in my previous Paper Connection : Faraway post, connecting with people really has made a profound difference in how I feel about myself. Even the interactions I have with the local folks as I go through my daily routine in our small town of Denton, Maryland, make me feel good about being me. And so I thought why not create an event where I and some of my very favorite women here could craft, bond, eat, and drink over Christmas crafting and card making. Many of these gals I knew back when I had my shop, Bally Eden, and we often speak of missing it.

As I was doing my painting on the brown leaves, they felt like nature’s kraft paper, and my invitations were inspired.

brown leaf inspiration on sha;

brown leaf inspiration on sha;

From the leaves and the paper card crafting, I had my color palette and materials chosen.

craft party invitations on

craft party invitations on

The idea for the crafting play date was for guests to bring some supplies to plop in the middle of the table to share. We could then be inspired by many materials to make cards or gift cards or present toppers and get some craft on while we ate and drank and chattered on about whatever.

craft supplies on shalavee-staging-1.local

And so I hauled out the crafting supplies

crafting party on shalavee-staging-1.local

And my friends showed up and we got our craft on. Paper connections were made.

Caitlin's birds on shalavee-staging-1.local
getting our craft on at shalavee-staging-1.local

getting our craft on at shalavee-staging-1.local

  I made turkey chili, buttermilk cornbread, red velvet cupcakes, and that McCormick’s veggie soup mix dip with spinach and chopped up water chestnuts. Box of white and a box of red and fun was had by all. Despite being distracted, I still managed to make my sister a card and a few gift tags with kraft paper and washi tape. Everyone was inspired and pleased with their craftiness. And yes, we all totally stole ideas from one another. Crafting, however and whomever you can share it with, is good for the soul.

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  1. This was such a fun night – thank you so much for including me and giving me a reason to carve out some craft time! Nothing better than fabulous company, good food and a hefty helping of inspiration. You rock, Shalagh!

    1. You are extraordinarily sweet and an inspiration as well Christina. I hope the recipients of those lovely cards you made enjoy and treasure them.
      Love Ya’,

    1. Of course I’d have loved to have had you. I wished I hadn’t been so distracted so I could have gotten my craft on better too.
      But it was a party too with happy people in my house and happy kids playing and that spirit is also what I’ll cherish. We’ll find a way to have an artists date in 2015 I promise.

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