Some of the employees, at the long term care facility that I work in, started a adopt a garden project last spring. The result of doing this was very rewarding. I got to see a different side of our residents. Those who usually would not spend much time outdoors, became regular visitors to the garden. The garden was made possible by the donation of time, plants and money raised by the decorating commitee and individuals. To top it off the eagle scouts made beautiful wood benches. A decorative pond was also installed near the gardens and the sound of running water added to the serene atmosphere. A garden committee now exists and we are looking for ideas to raise money for future projects, one of them being a healing garden. I thought these pins could possibly serve as a fundraiser item. The "butterfly dog" is my bosses dog, Linus. His wings are made of foam which have been heated then stamped. The other pins are vintage victorian portraits which I mixed with scrapbooking elements. For the sake of cost and ease I am trying to keep these projects simple. Any ideas are welcome.
I've always enjoyed creating things since I was a little girl. While my brother and sisters were out learning to ride bikes I would sit on a couch for hours making paper dolls and storing them in an envelope I stapled together out of construction paper. My first experience sewing was inspired by a book I ordered from a fundraiser in elementary school. With it's simple projects to sew, I chose to make an apron. My mother gave me an old garment to use for material. I sewed a square together forgetting to leave a small opening to turn it. I cheesed out and left it like that and attached a grosgrain ribbon on the edge for ties. I was so proud of that moment, ha ha. I've come a long way since then and my passion for cloth and creating continues. I enjoy making cloth dolls and like to dabble with whatever strikes my fancy. It's a journey.