A woman from Yingkou City in northeast China has created a cross-stitch replica of an ancient painting from the Song Dynasty called “Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival.” It took her almost six years to complete.
The original work was painted by Zhang Zerui in the twelfth century, and is one of the most famous and valuable of China’s ancient paintings.
Looking for a fun, but simple, craft for your New Year’s party? These Fortune Bubbles from Better Homes & Gardens will add a cute decoration to your table and are fun to open and read after the midnight hour has passed.
What You Need:
See-through plastic ornaments (available at crafts stores)
Calligraphy pen or colored marker
8-1/2 x 11 sheets of art paper (amount needed will vary depending on how many fortunes you are making)
Fortunes or inspirational quotes
Instructions:1. Cut strips of paper 1-2 inches long (or as needed to fit in ornaments) and 8-1/2 inches wide.2. Write a fortune or quote on each strip of paper.3. Roll each fortune into a small scroll and tie with curling ribbon, leaving ends of ribbon long.4. Place 1 fortune into each ornament. Allow excess curling ribbon to trail out of ornament.5. Pile the bubbles in a basket or glass bowl.6. Let each guest choose a bubble and read their fortune aloud to the group.