Melissa Neufeld was a wonderful mentor to me and so many of my creative friends. Each week she would come into the studio to show me some beautiful new project she had made. Creativity in crafting was a hallmark of her personality and, I think, contributed to her amazing strength throughout her illness. This past weekend, her sisters decided to hold a craft party in my studio to honor her memory, inviting all of Melissa’s close friends. We ate delicious food, made decoupage plates and reminisced about all of our sweet memories of our dear friend. We were all so into the project and had so much fun spending time together...Melissa would have said "They're really getting the value of this" and we did. The value of friendship, community and creating.