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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Ladies Who Craft

Turkey Hat Wall Hanging
Part of the time I volunteer my time at a nursing home doing various crafts with my aunt and a couple of older women. It started as a result of a friend of the family feeling the activities offered at her facility lacked in projects that she would enjoy. They are based around getting as many people involved as possible and often offer rather simplistic projects. In a smaller group we could give more individual attention and chose projects that were a bit more in depth, even those that took more than one day or one hour.

There have been a few goals in this endeavor:
Making Turkey Hat Wall Hangings
     (1) To take on projects that are too much for large groups with many needing special attention.
     (2) To make things that would be usable or decorative for their living space.
     (3) To keep their limited space in mind... decorative and storage needs.
     (4) To have fun.  

We have taken on many different crafts that include some of the things I have pictured here as well as card making, various painting and decoupage projects.

Making Fleece No Sew Pillows
Before Thanksgiving we took straw hats, felt, and rafia to make turkey wall hangers to be used to decorate walls or doors. (I even made one for my mom. She really gets into decorating for the holidays and didn't have have anything for the front door for Thanksgiving.)

We also made no-sew knotted fleece pillows for Thanksgiving so that they had one for their own room and one to give away to someone they were thankful to or for.

Clay Pot Scarecrows
Another fall project was scarecrows made from clay pots. The scarecrows took a couple days of of painting and decorating with straw, felt, buttons, straw hats, and little black crows, but turned out adorable.A nice center piece for rooms.

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