Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen is one of my favorite books. Recently, I was asked to pick the book for my literary group. So Out of Africa was it.
The book is a lavish, true account of Baroness Karen Blixen’s (later to write under the pen name Isak Dine- sen) life on her plantation in Kenya from 1914 to 1931.
It is obvious that Blixen loved both Africa and her life there. This book has inspired me in many ways and I was thrilled to share it with my group, who had never read it before.
My dear friend was to host the book group when we met for this title. And though Patty is the greatest of friends and the dearest of hearts, when it comes to parties she is lost. So I suggested that we do an African Safari night, with theme food. I brought along a great paint project designed by Patience Campbell of Birmingham, Alabama. Maybe this group needs to change our name to Wheatland Books and Paints!
We had a great time exploring the Africa of the early twentieth-century through Blixen’s eyes, and painting Safari-inspired jewelry for ourselves.
Share this party with friends, family, painters and non-painters alike. You never know who will find the spark of creativity in decorative painting!