So, I did this birthday party this past weekend. The birthday girl was turning nine and she had three of her best friends come for her party. These girls were sweet, funny, giggly, excited, creative, eager, and smart. Just as kids ought to be! My friend had asked me to come to the party and provide an art experience for them, which I was all too ready to do! There was much discussion about imagery, fabrics, color, beading, trim, and friendship. We made purses with painted panels. They were cute, jazzy, and unique. I think the girls were pretty happy with the purses. I know I LOVED them! But, as is always the way, it seems, not one of those girls would let me keep her work, no matter how much I begged them. Can you believe that?