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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Recipe for Sweet Christmas Memories: Easy Crafts for Seniors and Kids
By Kaye Swain


"What an outlandish idea, Sue! They won't be able to do the projects and you know it! And no one will come!"

"Don't exaggerate, Irene. I'm not talking about sculpting a classic work of art or knitting an intricate sweater! But there are plenty of easy crafts that work well for kids and seniors alike. And my granddaughter said her service club at school would love to come and help out."

"Well, I think it's a waste of your time," Sue muttered as she stalked off.

Irene sighed at her friend's stiff back. She knew Sue was more upset because she hadn't thought of it than anything else. Then she climbed into her car and headed for Rustic Oaks Nursing Home for her appointment with the activities director.

"I'd like to set up a monthly activities schedule for the elderly patients here and bring a team of teenage students from my granddaughter's school. They'll work with your staff and guests on various fun and easy crafts that are enjoyable for the seniors and kids. I think it will be fun for all of them, the seniors can make cute Christmas gifts for friends and family, and it should be an excellent service project for the students."

"I love the idea, Sue! So many of our sweet seniors never have guests come to visit. This will be a special treat for them all!"

Four months later, with the Christmas holidays drawing near, Sue looked around the room gaily decorated with easy crafts and decorations for the holidays. Smiling seniors and teens, working together on the simple and fun senior activities, chatted away happily.

"Oh, Sue!" The sweet voice of Mrs. Clarkson broke into Sue's thoughts. "Did you see the cute centerpiece I made for my granddaughter. Molly found the instructions in one of those cute Gooseberry Patch Christmas crafts and recipes books you brought. I just added pinecones to some of the pieces of that cute childrens tea set you found at Goodwill. It was so easy and it looks so delightful! I know she'll love it. She's always doing so much for me. What a joy to be able to do something special for her. Thank you for these fun craft get-togethers, Sue. They are the highlight of my month!"

With a big smile, Mrs. Clarkson went back to work as Irene walked up and tapped Sue on the shoulder.

"Sue, do you have any more of those shipping tags? Miss Ella wants to make more gift tags with them."

"I do, Irene. And thank you so much for helping us this month. The more volunteers we have, the more fun projects we can do."

"You're welcome, Sue," she replied. "I have to admit. When you first told me your idea, I didn't think anyone would be interested. But this is so much fun! And you were right. Combine easy crafts books full of fun ideas and activities for kids and seniors, sweet teens like your granddaughter, and extra volunteers and you've got a sweet recipe for holiday joy!"

As the two women hugged, Sue beamed brightly. She loved it when outlandish turned into outrageous-ly fun!

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Allison Egley 05/27/11
This is cute! I like it.

There are a few minor grammatical errors, but nothing that detracted from the piece as a whole.

Great job with this one. I loved the line about how she was just upset that she didn't think of the idea.
diana kay05/28/11
great story :-) the title tells you what to expect personally i would have shortened it though to just the first 5 words :-) loved the contents you ave a way with words and your writing is full of warmth and humour and joy....
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/30/11
This a sweet idea and you expressed yourself well.
Lisa Fowler05/31/11
Thanks for sharing this sweet story. Keep writing!
diana kay06/02/11
well done... we can both celebrate together on our HC placings :-) onwards and upwards i will enjoy reading more of your entries. YAY!