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I made these sequin ornaments as a teenager one Christmas eve.  They’re not hanging on the tree because I never quite figured out how to attach a ribbon or metal hook to hang, so they’ve been sequestered to the big purple candle. 

My problem here and now is the foam.  It doesn’t really hold the pins very well.  See the missing pin on the bottom of the bell above?  Also there’s a whole sequin missing from the green and red egg behind it.  Maybe in the last couple of years they’ve come up with a more dense foam.  Not sure.   

On the plus side these ornaments are so easy to make and kid friendly.  You get those white or green colored foam shapes.  Then you pick out sequins, pins and maybe some seed beads or ribbon.  In a half hour you have a cute little be-sequined foam shape. 

This project reminds me of another Christmas craft project: pushing cloves into oranges.  Orange and clove pomanders smell so delicious.

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I took this picture randomly after a brief session trying to photograph a starghan.  My camera was just sitting this way and I figured, why not?  Of course I do this, by my estimation, a lot, and they don’t come out quite as coherent.  You can see a tiny white wisp on the bottom right hand corner, compliments of my doggie, Biscuit. 

The whole picture reminds me of a skating ramp like the ones in the Scott Stamnes Memorial Skatepark I drive by on my way to the Island Market. 

I love driving on Orcas Island.  There are no stop lights and very few turns.  You just drive and drive 30 mph (or less) to your destination surrounded by ocean views and hills covered by evergreen trees.  While it is a great place to learn to drive, when I was a teenager I couldn’t stand it.  I wanted to get where I was going and fast.  I think I’ve mellowed since then and now I like my quiet drives with the sometimes crackly radio humming in the background and a little white dog with her nose out the back window.  There is very little thinking involved since there are so few turns and you are driving so slow and your mind can wander.  But this is also true for sitting in traffic on the freeway. 

Speaking of freeways, there is a driving lag when you enter the ‘real’ roads after driving on Orcas Island.  All of the sudden people tailgate you for going only 5 mph over the limit and cut you off for a parking space when you were cautiously approaching at a reasonable 10 mph.   And there are stoplights and street signs everywhere you have to pay attention to. 

I think it is very similar to that feeling you get after driving on a long trip on the freeways at 75 mph and you drive off the ramp.  With your freeway frame of reference 55 mph just doesn’t seem very fast and they want you to take the ramp turn at 30 mph.  I’m just saying.           

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