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July 2007 Meeting Notes

Our July meeting was in a new location — the Hobby Lobby in Norman — & I have to say I was impressed. The store is right off the interstate and easy to find. Not only did they give us a nice big spot to advertise in their front display case, but they were also extra-friendly — peeking in on our meeting a couple of times, asking if there was anything they could get for us. The longer meeting time was nice, too — allowing a much more leisurely pace for finishing & baking projects. We had more than enough room for the 7 people in attendance — and we think creative table arrangements would be possible for seating our larger groups. Those in attendance seemed happy with the new meeting location for now, though football season may create some challenges (more on that below).
Penni Jo's Key To My Heart album
Penni Jo & Sue did an excellent job teaching us the Explosion Accordion Folded Album. Not only did the group get instructions on folding the paper into an album — but we also learned about using Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE) with polymer clay to create a glass-like window. As usual, there were lots of different artistic interpretations of the project & plenty of creativity to go around. See a few photos of completed projects here. If you were at the meeting, we’d love to see photos of your project too — feel free to contact us if you need help adding your photo to our Flickr pool.
In the business portion of our meeting, we talked about the following items:

* Upcoming Meetings:
* August 11: April will be showing the group how to do some Christi Friessen-inspired sculpture work.
* September 8: Angela will be demonstrating how to make polymer clay Artist Trading Cards
* September 29: Fifth Saturday Play Day. Penni Jo expressed surprise at how many fifth Saturdays there have been — originally thinking it would happen only a couple of times per year. Do we want to continue having play days every fifth Saturday…?
* October 13: Open. Perhaps get started on a Christmas project? If you have a specific idea — and/or if you would be willing to teach something — please get in touch.
* Bottles of Hope Finalist: As we mentioned previously, member Jane Linn was recognized as a Top 25 finalist in the Bottles of Hope Designers Challenge. Congrats, Jane! See her bottle on this page (scroll down to #8).
* Football Schedule Angela expressed concern about whether home OU football games would cause a problem for us now that we’re meeting in Norman. No one had this season’s schedule handy, but the folks from that area said it’s a real pain to get around Norman on game days. As it turns out, our next three regularly scheduled meetings (9/8, 10/13 & 11/10) coincide with OU home games. Any thoughts?
* Meeting Ideas The following were offered as ideas for future meetings. Please let us know which of these interest you, as well as which other things you’d like to teach or learn.
* covering switch plates
* a swap with the Tulsa clay group
* mailbox desk set
* Christmas projects
* image transfers
Thanks for a great meeting — hope to see you next month!