Crafter: Judi Kauffman, 65, of Chevy Chase. She is a graphic designer, illustrator and teacher who works as a freelance craft designer, developing projects for magazines and manufacturers.
What it is: It’s a four-foot beaded garland decorated with gold snowflakes punched from Mylar. The garland is waterproof and can be displayed outdoors.
How long it took: About an hour.
Inspiration for the craft: “I got the idea while shopping in the bead aisle of A.C. Moore at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. They had all sorts of beads on sale at two strands for $3. I already owned a snowflake punch and I had several packages of gold Mylar Shimmer Sheetz and some snowflake glitter stickers at home. I love stringing beads and really adore anything sparkly.”
How did you get interested in crafts? “My grandfather was a tailor and both my parents were artists. I was always making things to sell in the neighborhood, things like pot holders.”
What other holiday crafts do you do?: “I try to make ornaments that are flat that you can mail in an envelope. I am Jewish so I don’t make them for me. I give them away. ”
Why do you enjoy crafting?: “My response to that would be, ‘Why would anyone not?’ It’s because in a world where everybody is sending a text message that disappears, if you make a craft, it doesn’t disappear.”