Thursday, April 5, 2012

Work, Crafting and Other Things

Here it is almost Easter and I am finally getting caught up. Since early January I have had just one full week at home. If I make it though tomorrow it will make it the second week.

When I retired in October of 2010 I was asked if I would consider working on call. After a year and three months of not being called it all changed. Two cooks from different centers in the hospital while others taking vacations. I can now say I have worked all the counties Senior Centers. Maybe just 3-4 days a pay period but been working. It has been nice being back a few days at a time.

Problem is I have really gotten behind. Just managed this week to get out some Easter Decorations.

I have managed to get in a few crafts but not for me. I did 75 small Leprechaun Hats as table favors at the Adrian Senior Center. What fun they were to do.

This is what they started out as.

A stack of styrofoam cups

I placed them on a baking sheet and heated them at 250 degrees  in the oven til they shrank down to look like a hat. You need to watch very carefully.Once they start to shrink they will go fast. 

Here they are starting to shrink. Sorry the picture is not real clear. It was a bit hard taking pictures of something in the oven. 

Here are the hats all shrunk down. I then just painted them an Irish green added a black band and doted on a four leaf clover. 
And leave it up to me to forget to take a picture of them all totally completed. 

I am now working on center pieces to use on 8 foot tables for our Volunteer Banquet in two weeks. 

I will be finishing them this week end and share a picture of what I did. A very fun theme to work with  "Thanks a Latte  For  All You Do."
Colors, gifts, and all decorations are coffee based, Those of us working on the committee are having so much fun with the theme. 

I hope that everyone is enjoying the arrival of spring. I know I sure have . Got several flowerbeds raked and all my spring flowers and trees have bloomed way ahead of schedule. 
We have birds building their nests and our spring birds arrived 4 to 5 weeks earlier than normal. Weather has had several record setting days in March with a few days in the high 70's and low 80's. Just unheard of in Michigan. 
Total snow for winter here was not more than 8 inches. Not one day of cancelled school and just a coupe delays and that was more for fog and one day for ice. Warm rain and then froze over night causing back roads to become a sheet of ice. 


  1. what a cool idea, can't wait to see the finished product...have a super week!

    enjoy *~*

  2. Hi Karan,
    I just came across your blog and saw this post. Just wanted to let you know that melting Styrofoam is very dangerous because the fumes are toxic. Google and read about it.