As it is March 1, I’m thinking ahead to spring, despite the snow outside. These are cute quilled flower photos from the Betty Christy and Doris Tracy Quilling: Paper Art for Everyone, 1974. One of my teens at work has been making beautiful cards for a local senior center and came up with a flower design sort of like the one on the right. the directions in the caption are: “the center is made of 1 1/2 inch strips rolled into tight coils. The petals are composed of 1 3/4 inch strips and 1 1/2 inch strips folded in half in groups of four or five, cut almost to the fold. The leaves are 17 and 9-inch strips rolled into loose coils and pinched.”
Making cards for other people reminds me of a great short story I just read by mystery writer friend Joanna Campbell Slan. She also writes as Lila Dare, and has a new book Wave Good-bye, in that Southern Beauty Shop series coming out on Tuesday. Joanna is an amazing scrapbook artist in addition to a dynamite author, and I first got to know her through her Kiki Lowenstein series, which features scrapbooking. She writes a third series with Jane Eyre as the detective, and I loved the first one – Death of a Schoolgirl.
Joanna wrote me about her story “Kiki Lowenstein and the Soldier’s Gift,” featuring people working on cards for soldiers. I had written her a while back about the teens at the library doing something similar and I love how that idea was incorporated in this excellent, moving story. It is in her new anthology for Kindle. I teared up over the story! If you are interested in making cards for others, contact the nearest VA hospital or local senior centers. Enjoy your weekend!