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LA CONNER — With families home for at least the next few weeks, many may be looking for activities to keep them entertained.

A La Conner-area woman thinks she can help.

“I picture people outside with a drop cloth, making something with their kids,” said Connie Funk.

Funk, an artist and gardener, is putting free flowers and mosaic crafting materials on a stand outside her home at 13973 Dodge Valley Road.

“People have some time they didn’t anticipate,” Funk said. “This is a way for people to have the materials.”

In these times of trouble, Funk said she was looking for ways to be able to give back. She likes to volunteer, but that isn’t practical for the foreseeable future.

“So what can I do to send out positive vibes?” she asked. “(This) is a way I can give.”

Funk decided to turn to what she knows. She is offering free flowers and chipped china pieces for people to do their own mosaic crafts.

Funk said she had thought about providing free classes for people to learn to create their own mosaics, but as restrictions have increased to help slow the spread of COVID-19 that was out of the question.

Instead, she encourages families to look up mosaic tutorials on the internet and take the supplies they need to create their own.

“Working on creating mosaics with children reminds us to just have fun, and not be concerned with perfection,” she said. “The act of being together and creating is what counts. And in my opinion, ‘kid art’ is the best kind, because they come from their hearts.”

Already, she said, people have been taking things from the stand.

“Which is wonderful,” she said.

Materials for mosaics can be expensive, even at a thrift store, Funk said. Because she has what she calls a lifetime supply of materials, she decided to give them out for free.

She said she has also been out planting seeds so that she will continue to have flowers.

“As long as this goes on, I will keep things out there for free,” she said.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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