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Beating the Blues

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

Last week was Winter Blues Break in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A week long vacation for students to play in the snow, escape the mountains for warmer climates or spend the week doing something different.

fiberarts camp2On Wednesday I stopped by the United Methodist Church where Fiber Arts Camp was being held, sponsored by the Routt County Extension Service (4-H). I wanted to see what the children were creating. Such a healthy number of kids had chosen to attend Fiber Arts Camp. There were even a few boys in the crowd.

The large room was a bee hive of activity. Some children were learning basic skills- knitting scarves using only their fingers and yarn. Others were sewing pillowcases on the ten sewing machines set up about the room. Felt crafting or learning to crochet were other options.fiber arts camp2

The County Extension Agent from Colorado State University introduced me to one of the high-school aged 4-H members who loves to sew clothing . Her garments have been entered into the Routt County Fair competitions over the past few summers. A talented young seamstress! She’s won awards at both the local and state level. Her work was quite impressive. When I asked her whether she is entering some clothing in the competition this coming summer she said, “Oh yes, I will probably make a dress with a style from another era.”

“Perhaps a dress from the flapper era?” I asked. She admitted to enjoying vintage styles and said maybe her creation could be worn for a future homecoming weekend.

Fiber arts camp 4Today I shall create


We are deep into winter. Perhaps many of the students have begun to get their fill of winter sports and were looking for some alternative activity to chase the winter blues away. From the large number of students attending, the fiber arts camp apparently fit the bill. It was interesting to see how many women I’ve met through the local sewing shop and quilt guild had volunteered to teach skills that people might call “vintage.”

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  1. Love that little purse! Adorable. What a nice alternative for kids that want to create and use there artistic talents! I’m sure it was a very rewarding experience for the Winter Blues Break in Steamboat Springs, CO!

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