Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cards...check, cuts....check, envelopes...check

Gel pens...check
Mounting foam...check

Okay think I have everything packed in the bag! Today is the day I do groups at the ICF/MR and the groups asked if they could make Easter cards since they liked making the Valentine cards. I asked for some ideas and they said "bunnies" "eggs" "baskets". I think I got it covered!!n One of the girls at the school I work at in the mornings said she would help me glue all the baskets and bunnies together to take out to my groups.

This is the basic design I had in mind so all the items were covered. I stamped "HAPPY EASTER" on the inside of all the cards. I am taking gel pens so they can decorate the eggs or doodle on the card if they would like to do so.

I am also taking my camera so I can take pictures of their cards when they are done with them and post them for you guys to see. I can't tell you how much my clients liked this the last time they got to make cards and how thrilled they were when their family or friends praised their work!

After one man sent his Valentine's day card home he met me at my car when I arrived one day and said "Shirley!! My mama got her Valentine Day card I made her and she said it was beautiful! She said it was the best one she ever got and it was nice I made it. I did make a beautiful card didn't I Shirley!" You could tell the pride he felt as it was beaming from his smiling face and his smile broaden even more when I told him "Oh it was absolutely gorgeous!!".

I so love doing my groups and I don't think they will ever understand how much joy they bring me and how much I learn from them!


  1. Yes I think you covered all their Super cute card, have fun can't wait for the pictures.
    Have a great day,

  2. What a great feeling to have helped make people so happy!

  3. I loved the Valentines cards they did , and they all did an excellent job! So sweet about the man who did the card for his mom, he was so proud.
    You do a nice thing for these folks :)

  4. Shirley it is so awesome you share your talent and supplies with your group. I am sure the pride they feel is priceless for their treatment!
    You are an amazing lady ~ May God richly bless you!
    Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

  5. Okie,

    I am not feeling well today but after I read your post I was smiling. Thank you for sharing such heart-warming stories, I needed to see a different perspective today.

  6. Okie, as the mom of aan autistic teen who will one day be an autistic adult , I can tell you that the future is sometimes very scary. But knowing there are wonderful people like you who take time to embrace the disabled population puts a real smile on my face! I always enjoy you and your blog but today I <3 you!!

    PS The card was really cute. They will be so happy!

  7. I think you're going to have a great group session. Thanks for sharing that story. Very touching. Smooches... and

  8. Tou never what joy and pleasure we can give to others until we read a story like this. Thanks for carin and sharing.

  9. I cannot wait to see the putcome as these are perfect for them to work on. Thanks - see - this is another reason to like you - CHECK!!

  10. This is a cute card.... and I think the group is gonna love it! It's wonderful what you do for them and they do for you... It's inspiring! TFS! :o)

  11. you are awesome for giving away your precious commodity -TIME- to others!! Have fun with them, I think the cards will be gorgeous:-)

  12. That story is absolutely wonderful!! Doesn't it just make your made mine!


  13. Love your blog, Okie! You are so witty and have great projects to share. I love how you share card-making techniques with your clients. The story of the man and his Valentine was touching. I teach fifth grade and often find that crafting heals, builds and mends. God bless you! Christine

  14. Oh so nice. I love hearing stories like that. I am sure you will have more from this sweet card.

  15. I cannot wait to see the pictures of the cards they make. What a blessing for them that you would do this for them. God bless, Pamela

  16. Okie, this is such a wonderful story! You've touched so many lives. Can't wait to see the photos.

    Big hugs to you for all you do!


  17. That is so sweet of you to do these groups. I can only imagine the pride they feel when they complete a project. It's a win, win for everyone.

  18. You should NEVER dought what a truley great person you are! Always remember that moment and I am sure many more with your group.
    You are an amazing woman.
    I am looking forward to seeing their cards.

    p.s. just a thought okie. maybe they would like to get some cards from some of your fans. we could make some and you could give them out. what do you think?

  19. I think you've got all your bases covered, and I'm sure they'll love making the cards again...we'll be watching for pics of the results. It is so nice that you can help more ways that you'll ever know. TFS!

    Carol aka cyimbugbitten
    bugbitten at hotmail dot com

  20. I so enjoyed the valentine cards when you shared them so I will be looking forward to the Easter cards as well. This is such a fun activity for your group to do and not only makeds them proud but teaches them so much as well.

  21. Shirley? I thought your name was Okie, then I realized that is your nick name. How silly of me. How nice of you to do these cards with your group. Art is the universal language.