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12/24/2013

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.net

If the Pinterest board is getting overloaded with to-do projects, there might just be a one-hour remedy that can help.

Crafternoon at Hays Public Library is another way to mark off some of those pinned Pinterest projects, according to organizers.

Marleah Augustine, adult department librarian at the library, said Crafternoon -- a monthly program that began at the beginning of the year -- is to help people create some popular crafts on Pinterest.

"That's the problem people kept saying, 'Oh, I don't actually take the time to do anything on Pinterest,' " Augustine said. "We are like, 'Here, we will give you the stuff and we will give you an hour and you can sit down and do it and you don't have to clutter up your own house or try to track down these supplies for one little craft project. We'll just have it.' "

A recent project was salt-dough ornaments.

The dough is created from salt, water and flour. Augustine handed out balls of dough to each person, who then flattened the dough and used cookie cutters to cut shapes.

Augustine also said rubber stamps and ink can be used on the dough before it is baked, and a straw or skewer can be used to make a hole to put ribbon through.

"Any rubber stamp will work, and you can use the stamp plain and just kind of have an embossed look, or you can stamp it with the ink. You could do that, too," Augustine said.

Augustine said each person will have to bake their ornaments for six hours at 200 degrees to harden it. After the ornaments finish baking, sandpaper can be used to smooth the edges, and the ornaments can be painted and varnished with clear nail polish.

For Kim Kepka, who moved to Hays with her husband in August, it was her first time attending Crafternoon.

Kepka said she discovered Crafternoon after getting a library card.

Kepka made a variety of ornaments, some specifically for her 4-year-old granddaughter. She decorated a number four for her, using it with a stamp covered in purple ink, as Kepka said it was her granddaughter's favorite color.

For others, the Crafternoon was a way to get out of the house.

"It was something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon besides watch football and eat more leftovers," said Edie McCracken, who attended the craft session with her mother, Melinda McCracken.

McCracken's mother was in town visiting from Sulphur, Okla., for the holidays and enjoyed the hour spent at the library.

"Oh, I think it's great," Melinda said. "I've heard of this recipe for years but never tried it. But as simple as it is, I'll do it some more."

Augustine selects the popular craft projects while browsing through Pinterest.

"Sometimes you see things five or six times, and that's usually when I'm like, 'OK, that must be something people really want to do.' If it looks crazy expensive or it's anything that just seems it requires too much skill and people are going to come in and say, 'I don't know how to do that,' then I just skip it. But there's a lot of easy and affordable things on there, and that's mostly what I look for."

The library provides supplies for approximately 10 people to create projects on Crafternoons.

Augustine presents the projects and processes each month, and said the finished products surprise her.

"It's neat because I'll come in with a plan, and some of the people will say, 'Oh, I'm going to try it this way.' ... (Then they) just come up with something that's even cooler than we originally planned," she said. "Everyone walks away with something looking different, even though we sat through the same hour and did the same thing."