A Day with the Ladies

Stampin' Up!, Gift Bag Punch Board

Today was my day at the Winchester Spring Arbor Assisted Living Facility. I love working with the ladies (and sometimes gentlemen!) there. They are so sweet, and so appreciative for anything we do with them. This month, we made little care packages for the guests at our Hurst Hospitality House. Hurst House is like a Ronald McDonald House. Anyone who doesn’t live close by and has an early morning surgery can spend the night before at the house.  People who have family members staying at the hospital can stay at the house so they can be close to their loved ones. Spring Arbor sends something to Hurst Hospitality House each month – muffins, chocolates, care packages, and other little things – to make the guests’ stay a little more comfortable.

My friend Lorraine helped me with the prep work. We used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the boxes with paper the activities coordinator at Spring Arbor had on hand. Lorraine die cut the bows (from retired Core’dinations paper; I’m not sure what the die was that she used. I was busy punching boxes, and Lorraine finished the bows before I even knew what she was doing. The woman is a marvel, I tell you, a marvel!), and I used more Core’dinations paper and the Ornate Tag Topper punch to make the tags. We also added some Tear & Tape Adhesive to the box flaps, so all we had to do today was tear the backing off the tape and adhere the boxes. The ladies did a fabulous job of assembling. Some made boxes, some adhered the stickers to the tags, and others adhered the tags and bows to the boxes. One lady added the filler paper to the boxes, and then several others filled them with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion and more.

Here are a few of the ladies who helped. Sadly, I was talking with the Activities Coordinator about the next few months’ craft projects, so by the time we took the photo, most of the ladies had gone. By the way, the photo doesn’t show all the boxes we made. We actually had more boxes than supplies!

HurstHouse2 - CopyThese women are so amazing. It’s such an honor to craft with them each month! I learn more from them than they learn from me, I think.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Later today, I’ll post one of the cards we’ll be making at classes this month. Have a wonderful day.


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to A Day with the Ladies

  1. Carol says:

    This post made me smile. Always nice to make something pretty for people who can really use a pick me up. Let me know if you ever need help.


  2. buffycooper says:

    They are the sweetest ladies! We can always use help. Next month, we’re going on Sept. 10 (at 1; does that interfere with school?). We’re making either pumpkins or apples with leaves.


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