It’s been a busy week of wrapping-up the school year, for the grown-ups and kids in our household lots of loose ends to tie up, special events to attend, and last things to do before summer officially starts.  We bought flowers for each of our kids’ teachers to plant in their gardens, as small tokens of appreciation for all of their good, hard work.  The boys helped me wrap and prepare the flowers in their pots and made their own ‘thank you’ cards.   Looking through my stashes of likely decorative paper for pot-covering I came across the perfect bright and lively dyed paper.

Here are the papered plants ready for the preschool teachers:

wrapped flowers

wrapped flowers

M reads his card

M reads his card

He chose the silver tinsel ribbon

He chose the silver tinsel ribbon

This paper got me to thinking about what we were doing exactly a year ago at this time…

dye jars

dye jars

long paper roll on an incline

long paper roll on an incline

from the bottom of the hill

from the bottom of the hill

Indeed, this is the very same roll of previously white paper, dyed last June.  The project was not just an artistic one but a practical one too.  Last June we were packing all of  our belongings for a cross-country move, and the canning jars holding my Ukarainian egg dyes needed to be emptied.  I could not bear to just toss out all of the dye, so I decided it would be fun to stain the paper roll with it, to use for wrapping or art paper later.  The boys had a BLAST dripping and pouring the dyes down the hill–Jackson Pollock eat your heart out(!)– and the outcome was really cool.

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