• Classes,  Crafts

    Magnetic photo frames

    I wanted to introduce something new to the residential care home craft classes this month and my original plan was to decorate fridge magnets. However once I began to investigate what was available it became apparent that the magnets would be too small for some of the residents. 

  • Classes,  Crafts

    Picture Frames

    Our second decoupage class at the residential care homes this year. It’s a popular activity with the residents so I like to incorporate it regularly.

  • Crafts

    Tropical paper flowers

    July’s residential classes were programmed for Tropical paper flowers. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about doing paper flowers as it had a mixed reception last year. However that had only been my second set of classes at the residential homes and the residents were still a bit reticent. I found the technique on the Crafts by Amanda site and thought how effective it looked. I didn’t use her templates but instead hand drew something similar. The residents are very aware of things they class as being for children so I didn’t include the pony beads for the stamen but instead simply twisted the end on the…

  • Crafts

    Fans

    I was a bit worried chosing fan-making when I was setting up the residential home class schedule in January. The weather in June could be anything from torrential rain to a heat wave in Scotland. Even with the weather being nice in May did not assure my nerves as I’ve seen sunshine and hail in the same day in Glasgow.

  • Crafts

    Decoupage – Trinket Boxes

    I’ve been looking forward to doing this month’s residential home craft classes ever since I set up the time-table in January. I enjoy all my classes but decoupage is a particular favourite and my usual problem is trying to find an excuse to do it.

  • Crafts,  Useful information

    Paper types for crafting

    I found the Jennifer Maker blog today. Her page on the best types of paper for different crafts goes into a lot of useful detail and is worth a read, but I found her summary table useful as a quick reference guide.

  • Crafts

    Paper flowers

    I’ve recently started work at a set of local care homes doing arts & crafts sessions for the residents (more crafts than art to be honest) Last month we started with felt, making a series of different brooches either bows or flowers. It was the first time many of them had used felt,so this month I decided to try them with paper flowers.