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My girls and I love to craft, but I do not consider myself to be a particularly creative person, and I have a strong aversion to messes.  While Pinterest certainly helps me in the creativity department, it still leaves me lacking in skill and cleanup.  So, when I heard about Come Craft with Me in Monroe, I thought it would be something different for us to try.

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Come Craft with Me is a sun filled kid crafter’s dream.  Messes are encouraged, and they have an array of projects to pick from that I would never have thought of.  Madison was immediately drawn to the little cardboard menagerie.  There were so many options to choose from, but Madison is a daddy’s girl through and through, so I knew instantly she would choose the elephant, her daddy’s favorite animal.  And, without a moment’s hesitation, she reached for that elephant and sat down to Decopatch (similar to decoupage but a finer finish).  With Trish’s (the owner) gentle guidance, Madison got down to business.

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Sophie was along for the ride and enjoyed dipping her brush in the glue and painting for about five minutes.  Thankfully, Come Craft with Me has a play area filled with toys that kept her entertained as Madison painstakingly worked on her project.

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Going to a crafting studio was a great change of pace for us.  Unlike our usual trips to the park or gymnastics where we immediately head in different directions, this brought us together.  We got to sit around the table and learn a new craft together.  The best part: Madison was so proud to give her Daddy her handmade present.  It truly looks like a piece of art, and we have it proudly displayed on our bookshelf along with Sophie’s artwork. The second best part: not having to clean up the mess!

We really enjoyed trying something new and are eager to do it again.  Do you know of a center, activity, or event that is off the beaten path?  I would love to hear your suggestions!

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