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Crazy me, I volunteered to do table decorations for an upcoming event. It has a nature theme, but no materials or budget. I worried and stewed about it. A lot.

One day I had the idea of making paper flowers. I played with crepe paper, dazzled by the pretty colors. I fiddled with the ‘petals’ by brushing them with bleach.

The flowers started to bloom. I got curious about so many combinations and possibilities.

Next, I imagined butterflies flying over the flowers. I cut paper shapes from a pile of recycled magazines. And there they were, each one different.

The project that I dreaded was fun, just because it became play, not work.

Spoiler alert! The event is “Art in Nature’s Wonderland”, a fundraiser to benefit the Ojai Studio Artists and the Ojai Land Conservancy.

Saturday, May 14, 2022. 4 - 8 pm.

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