if you please,
allow me to describe to you
the moscow craft store.
50% cross stitch supplies
10% embroidery thread
10% sewing supply boxes
10% tiny glass beads
and since i can't so much call myself
a big cross stitcher,
you can see that these craft stores
to me are next to useless.
a far cry from those american gargantuan markets
i knew and loved.
when i resolved
to craft some fabric poms
for the girls room,
i knew exactly my vision,
but was stuck in my tracks
without a glue gun
and heaven knows a search for those
chinese lanterns was a wild, wild goose chase.
and so i was left to my own ingenuity.
and my mind took me back
to one of those craft projects
we occupied ourselves with
sitting around that dining room table in france
one summer afternoon
when i had found a box of tissues.
you know it from your childhood, too.
why would the technique not work miracles for me,
in the absence of a chinese lantern?
well, it did.
it worked quite well, in fact,
i was actually surprised.
not to mention
that it took probably 1/20th the time
as the lantern method.
and now that time they pass
after retiring to bed for the evening
not only endless conversation into the night,
but also gazing up at these,
dangling over their sweet little heads.
email me if you want the details!