A few weeks ago, I attended the local annual Poor Artists’ Sale. Among all the other wonderful hand-made art items was the “Bark Artery” table, with lovely ornaments made from birch bark. The artist, Kristi Mills, from Big Bay, Michigan, makes items from the bark from aged, fallen or previously harvested trees. I took one look at her collection, and thought they would make great surfaces to tangle upon. Every year, I look to buy holidays gifts for the secretaries in my department at the Poor Artists’ Sale. I hit the jackpot with these, as they are wonderfully made from natural materials, and I enjoyed adding my own touch to them.

I gave the secretaries their gifts today, and they were all thrilled.