Feb 272014

It has been a long winter. As I look out my window this evening, with the trees silhouetted against the sunless sky, it’s apparent that a little color, suggestive of the next season, is in order.

Evening winter silhouette

There isn’t much that makes me want to go outside these days, so I have been emptying tubs of papers and other items currently in our garage, and re-filling them with fabrics currently stored in cardboard boxes. I filled two huge bags with supplies that can be donated for Instant Challenge, on-the-spot problem-solving activities that Destination Imagination teams solve both during team practices and at tournament. For the past 17 years, my husband and I have been involved in creative problem-solving programs for young people. We are retiring from our state Board positions at the end of the season, and are amazed by how many books, supplies, and paperwork we have collected over the years! The items below represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Instant Challenge supplies

On a much brighter note—pre-spring cleaning doesn’t make me feel particularly cheerful!—I hope these product photos from Etsy will make you think of spring. I know they do for me . . . I want to dig into my fabric stash and pull out the brightest colors for pillowcases and placemats. Several of the featured items were made by fellow Blogging Business Artisans members. Enjoy!

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