Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 2014

"Emerson said that every great institution is but the lengthened shadow of a great person. The power is in us, in each of us - the power to do significant acts of service on our own initiative if we will become anxiously engaged.”
– Gordon B. Hinckley

Vila, Carolyn, Paula, Carol
  Monday, September 8th we met at Barbara's home to continue working on our ornaments for our Festival of Trees donation.  Taking the theme from Alice in Wonderland, we worked on different types of clocks and tea cups.
Carol, Barbara, Rae Lee and Kathy

 “How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland

“Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

We collected newborn up to size three months clothing for babies, diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers, etc. for an organization in Las Vegas, called Baby's Bounty, a non-profit organization that provides essential clothing and gear to babies born into low income families for their health, safety and well being.  Recipients include babies born to victims of domestic abuse, teen mothers and those living in poverty.  

Now is the Time to Begin ~ August 2014

"We are sorely mistaken if we think that at some future point
 it will be more convenient, 
when we have more time, 
more money or 
more anything 
to serve others better.  
Now is the time to begin." 
~Dale G Renlund, BYU Devotional, Sept 16th

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Monday, August 4th, ten of us met at Carolyn's home to work on ornaments for the Festival of Trees and we collected school supplies for Tabitha's Way, a local organization that collects school supplies and puts them into back packs for local children who would not have the needed supplies to begin school.
Paula, Carol, Lynn, Carolyn, Vila and Ardis
We made lots more "Drink Me!" bottles.
Toad stools were created out of Paper mache and will be painted bright colors.

Several of the ladies also worked on paper folding for clocks.
Carol and Lynn

Barbara and Kathy

Carolyn's lovely black and white with yellow table setting

Paula, Vila, Lynn, Kathy and
We enjoyed a delicious pot luck lunch.
Carolyn, Barbara, Carol and Ardis

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Mad Hatters Tale in July

“If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there” 

July 7th found us gathering at Paula's lovely historic home in Payson.  We worked on decorations for our Festival of Trees Christmas tree.  Our creative genius, Paula P,  has come up with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party theme for our tree this year and to get in the spirit of things, she hosted a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in July. 
Paulette, Kathy and Carolyn - working on creative folded paper designs
 Bright colored paper designs, colorful clocks, china and little bottles that say, "Drink Me!" are all part of the fun that will bring a festive atmosphere to our fourth Christmas tree.
Some of the many different clocks in progress
 Alice will be at home at this Christmas party, with her friend, the White Rabbit, Cheshire cat, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and the Queen of Hearts.

Drink Me!

Kathy and Rae Lee graciously became Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
 Paula created simple costumes for us to wear to get in the spirit of the Tea Party.
Vila - as much as she gardens, was fitting as the White Rabbit!

Paula helps Paulette don her crown to become our White Queen

Paula hosted our "tea" in her lovely Fairy Garden
 Surrounded by multiple clocks, British flags,  bottles shouting "Drink Me!"  we felt our characters were perfectly at home at the Mad Tea Party.

We were all afraid we were going to be late - with this many clocks around - who knows?

Paula's lovely Chawton Garden Cottage

Our White Queen, Paulette, waiting for tea time
 We enjoyed English Crumpets with lemon curd, tarts and pasties, fruit salad, veges and dip along with our tea.
Vila, Sandy,  Rae Lee, Paula, Carolyn and Paulette

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Today we also collected supplies for Days for Girls.

Just a Little Bit More Love ~ June 2014

"I expect to pass through this world but once, any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."  
~Etienne de Grellet
Carolyn and Vila -cutting out stockings
On Monday, June 2nd, eight of us met at Ardis' home.  We cut and sewed a couple of dozen Christmas stockings in preparation for the Festival of Trees. that will be held Dec 3-6 2014.
Ardis and Barbara sewing and gluing on colllars
 The missionary stockings are made of felt and made to look like a white shirt and tie on the front. Lynn adds a cute missionary badge to each one.  The stockings have been a popular item at the Gift Shoppe at the Festival.

Ardis and Lynn - sewing stockings

Barbara, Carolyn, Vila and Anne  working on the Christmas stockings

Some of the nearly finished stockings

Supplies for Days for Girls
 We also helped make some of the supplies needed for Days for Girls, an organization that helps give young women around the world education, safety and dignity.  They provide feminine hygiene kits to women throughout the world and help raise awareness through education.  

Potluck Lunch
 We had a delicious pot luck lunch - these ladies are wonderful and creative cooks!

Collecting items for the Food  and Care Coalition
We collected food items for the Food and Care Coalition in Provo, an organization that helps feed the hungry, helps the homeless as well as families who need a helping hand with all kinds of services. .