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Saturday, 17 May 2014

April and spring paper birds

With the lighter nights of April it was a real pleasure to saunter down to St George's in Bloomsbury for our monthly meeting...


Coming in May we have another trip to the British Museum for the Ancient Lives exhibition at the British Museum, this time we only had ten tickets on offer for the community preview so Victoria gambled that we could fill all spaces and already had an entry time of 2:50pm.

Our April craft club was small but perfectly formed, our theme for the month was simple jewellery making. We did learn that some of us really like shiny things and
some truly fabulous earrings were made on the night.

Next month we have Nicky giving us an introduction to tea bag folding! Apparently this is a form of paper folding... I for one was intrigued.

Pam reminded us that we do have the Phoenix Gardens in September and volunteers will be needed to make, bake and look after the stall.

Jane announced that there will be a coach trip on June the 5th taking in Rye and Hastings, tickets for this are £14 and you can get further details from Jane.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday the 21st of May when we will be hearing about and getting involved with the What I See project!

Paper crafting with Helena

This month we had a practical section lead by our very own Helena. She explained the idea behind the
craft before letting us loose on a plethora of coloured card along with the all essential scissors, glue sticks and guiding templates. The idea was pretty simple, creating garden birds with layers of card.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well nothing as it happened, with Helena on hand to give us hints and tips many of the
ladies got on with the task of creating whichever bird they had decided was perfect for them.

As the evening moved on the card rapidly started to turn in to some lovely interpretations of the real thing!

The grand finale came when Helena revealed just why she'd gone foraging for branches earlier as she demonstrated how we could add a piece of transparent thread and hang the birds in their natural habitat...

It was really quite impressive how good they looked! Well, except maybe for that blue-ish bird with the orange bits. It is certainly a good way to have some simple fun with very little in the way of materials.

Our thanks to Helena for taking the time and providing us with the card, templates and the guidance in creating our little pieces of arty nature.

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