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update on the flower pounding


Date: Tue Feb 08 2005 - 08:57:17 PST

Thanks to all who responded to my inquiries about flower pounding
techniques. We had the session today after school and it went very well.
Our was treating us to a Valentine Faculty Day. We had little
gift bags, sign-ups for neck massages, a yoga person speaking about
relaxation techniques, a speaker showing how to develop a professional
wardrobe and me doing flower pounding. I put together a little power point
that we opened with, had a hand-out with some web sites and books listed,
and each person got a beautiful little pot of primroses -which we promptly
pounded to smoosh! The hammering of 27 teachers after that little
relaxation session seemed especially loud. I gave them squares of muslin
and an assortment of plain note cards, gift cards, and bookmarks that I
bought at Walmart. We used primroses, pansies and phlox. That was our only
option for this time of year but I understand we are lucky to have those
choices!! We used rubber mallets, wooden meat hammers and regular hammers.
I think the rubber mallets worked best. You really need to experiment a
little, the colors don't always come out the way you would expect Everyone
really enjoyed it and I took lots of photos which I will try to get posted
to my web page tomorrow. It was fun but I would never do it with a whole
class-maybe art club or another small group!!
             Jeryl in SC