I mentioned to one of the head guys in the factory that I was sad to be missing my crafting party and he jokingly suggested we should have one with the ladies from the factory line. Then I happened to be in Hong Kong the following weekend and I stumbled into an art supply store. I figured "why not?" and picked up some blank Christmas balls, some glitter and cardstock and other festive things. I told the head guy at the factory and asked him how we could get people interested in coming. He suggested that we should buy everyone a fancy lunch and that would ensure attendance. The fancy lunch of choice? KFC and McDonald's. Whatever works!
We started off the party with some opening statements. Our factory liason Michael was translating for me. I asked him to explain that this is what I do every year at Christmas with my friends. He said "how about I start with explaining Christmas. And then I'll explain the crafting." I have no idea how he managed to cover the guy in the red suit and the baby in Bethlehem in Chinese, but everyone seemed generally amenable. Then we put out the KFC and the crafting supplies and the magic started to happen. First I put out the Christmas balls. And there was a veritable stampede of people to grab one! I think because they were a cool American thing, everyone wanted one, even the guys that didn't decorate. Interesting! Balls gone, I turned to an American classic, the paper snowflake. I taught a few ladies how to make a paper snowflake and also paper trees (three layers of tree shaped paper, stapled in the middle and fanned out.) Pretty soon I had six ladies trying to make snowflakes at a time:
There were a LOT of people at the crafting party. Like, 70. Not everyone was crafting but I think everyone had a good time. We ended with a group photo:
My final week in China I went ahead and scheduled Craft Party #2 for the very night that I got home. I figured it would be a great way to see all my favorite people and to make sure the house had some holiday decor as soon as I got home. My wonderful husband did all the cleaning and food prep, and my wonderful friends did all the beforehand work so all I had to do was hug people and craft!
That's me, enjoying my first ham sandwich. I told my friends that I was really looking forward to my very first ham sandwich in over a month and Krystal and Styne put their heads together and brought all the ingredients to the party so I could do so. Love those girls!
Krystal, being the classy Santalady. The crafting tree is on the right, half finished.
The finished product in it's place in the craft room. Love it! Thanks for coming ladies!!
As a final warm-the-cockles-of-your-heart Christmas note, there was one more finished product to see after the crafting party. From this:
In about two days! Congrats to Dana, and welcome to the world Gus and Olivia! I hope to see you at next year's party!