Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Twenty little pockets ...

Hello sweet friends ...
We have some rain today which is quite welcome ... the trees are all in bud and shoots are popping up everywhere ... so I for one am quite pleased that they are getting some refreshment ... it's so heartwarming to watch the gardens come back to life ... I am always fascinated at how tiny tender shoots can force their way up through the ground ... a few more weeks and I will be inundated with Forget-Me-Nots ... 
I have been busy preparing for my Thursday group ... it can get quite hard to come up with things for them to do week after week ... especially with their limited abilities ... but their enthusiasm has no limits I am happy to say ... This Sunday here in the UK we celebrate Mother's Day ... Last week they all made cards ... a lot of the group don't have mothers so we are always flexible ... one of my gentlemen crafters ... well, he has a 'thing' for Monkeys and Christmas ... so all year I take Christmas 'bits' and perhaps a picture or two of a monkey ... but he surprised me last week by asking to make a card for the Queen ... actually it was for the Queen  ...  to congratulate Prince William and Kate ... So I cut out a crown shape stuck it to a card and added lots of gems and he addressed it to the Queen .. (well he thinks he did ... ) So as the cards have been made ... this week we are going to do a gift ... a pretty photo frame and a pocket to put it in ... something like this ...


This is my example for them to copy ... 


Of course they will have their own picture ... they won't want one of me and hubby


Everything is ready for them to assemble ... 100+  punched flowers .... 20 frames cut and backed with acetate ... papers cut and printed (MTME digital "Just Perfect") ... and thick card cut and folded ... everything all just waiting inside twenty stitched 'pockets' made from envelopes ...


That pretty stamp was a gift from the lovely Deb Hickman who last year sent two enormous boxes of goodies for us to use ... 
All I need to do now is sort all the glue,  tape and embellishments .. oh and a monkey or two ... a ribbon for Nicola's hair ... (every week without fail she wants a new ribbon) ... something 'crackly' for Michelle to play with ... oh where is my list?

Till soon

~ Ros ~





17 comments:

Cheryl Nelson said...

wow!! so fab!!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Oh Ros, what a heartwarming post. You are such a special woman, I am sure that your group looks so forward to your weekly play time . You must mean so, so much to them. I think this pocket style is a wonderful idea!
I am glad to hear that Spring is really there and the gardens are magically transforming. I miss my forget me nots and lilly of the valley when living in Montreal...my side garden on the kitchen side had rows and rows of thees forming a beautiful natural hedge...oh dear...
Glad to hear that you are getting the all important rain. We may be headed for another drought here in Austin.

Susan Allan said...

Absolutely divine!

(There is always one isn't there?)

It is very nice I think, to have a gentleman crafter....they are all ladies where I go...lovely, but all ladies!!!
Sue xx

Ira said...

Wonderful gift pockets and so much fun to make!

jacirascrap said...

Que trabalho maravilhoso! E as vezes, é muito bom fazer e série, quando terminamos e vemos aquele monte de projetos iguais juntos, ficam ainda com mais valor!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is so sweet, especially that bloom, lots of work to make a bunch like that huh, you have such beautiful soul Ros, to devote your time and energy to the thursday group at the club, way to use your talent and skill!

Linda B said...

Wow, lady, that's a ton of work... but it must be very rewarding. I'm sure you're a blessing to your group. So happy for you that your weather is pleasant... it's snowing here again. I just can't get over this!!!!?
Have a Happy Day!

papertrails leaver said...

Ros-love these pockets! what a great project for the group. Love the story about the man making a card for the Queen! That's pretty sweet! :-) Amy

Mona L. Pendleton said...

WOW Ros! You have been BUSY! Love those little pockets with the pretty card! Love the textured frame and the photo of you and your hubby looks wonderful!

Sylvia said...

These are lovely, Ros! What a nice project for your group! Have a great Thursday!

sweet craf-tea chick said...

pretty card and pocket, ros. wonderful photo of you and your husband. sorry it's been awhile since i've been by. it's been a very hard week...super exhausted. i just go home and sleep, hehe. hope you are having a wonderful week :). big *hugs* steph :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

i lve these! that lady is so sophisticated. Glad your area is greening up...can't wait to see what flowers survived the snow this year. cherry

Linda R. said...

What a fun project for you group.. They are just going to love it. I know I do.. I was smiling through this whole post. You are so sweet..
They are so lucky to have someone who cares so much..

Hugs, Linda

Stella said...

This is such a lovely post and it's wonderful to read how much you enjoy being with your club. And they are lucky to have you. Look at everything you prepared; you've been a busy bee :)
It's a lovely idea and I know for sure that they will be frilled to create a frame as gorgeous as this. Love the picture!!
XXXX

Joanne Leddy said...

Simply put ... you are proof that angels do walk the earth.

Michelle said...

You are a very special person, Ros! Love the pretty paper and flower!

lauren bergold said...

gee wiz, you are a GOOD WOMAN!!! ♥♥♥ and what a fabulous project for mother's day...plus i'm sure it will also look FAB with a monkey in it...and the queen will be suitably impressed! :) (i am NOT mocking, i promise! i genuinely think it's VERY sweet & sort of touching, even, for your gentleman to send a card to the queen! i bet she thinks so, too!!!)

ps: your ian is adorable!!! what a gorgeous couple!!! ♥

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