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Friday, February 11, 2011

Paper Flower Passion

One of the many things I like to do in the crafting world is to make paper flowers. This is the story of how I met my friend Pancake who shares the same passion for making paper flowers. She is eighty-five years old and holds a special place in my heart.

Our crafting relationship began with a bouquet of roses I made to bring some Spring cheer to my former place of employment. The awesome ladies I worked with just loved the flowers and wanted them displayed on the front counter of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles; of all One day my friend went in to do some BMV business and noticed the bouquet of roses. She asked the girl at the counter; who made them. They told her one of the girls who just recently got laid off. Pancake asked them if she could have my phone number so she could call me. Due to privacy they told her she could leave a note with her phone number and they would make sure I received it do I could give her a call.

The note was passed around from one place to another and finally ended up at another BMV.Almost ane entire year had passed since Pancake wrote this note. One day, it was finally given to the right person. I loved the little note and could hardly wait to call the lady named Pancake. When I called her she was so very happy and surprised. She told me she thought; I just wasn't interested in talking to her about paper flowers and she would add to her prayersevery day for God to please send her someone with the same passion for flowers. Boy,oh boy was she wrong about me not wanting to meet her. She and I talked for the longest time on the phone, then we made arrangement to meet.  It was a Tuesday morning when we met for the first time and the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

We have spent hours upon hours creating paper flowers.We take nature walks to look at flowers, keep every magazines, catalog, and anything else with pictures of flowers. All of this to bring our creation of paper flowers to a higher level. Of course, there is no competition when it comes to crafters and God. His creations never cease to amaze both of us. We often wonder; when we meet our maker if we could be part of the crafting and creating angels. Wouldn't this be wonderful!  We continue to practice different techniques to create a variety of paper flowers.

Pancake, lives in a small retirement commnity. All of the ladies whom live there share in such a beautiful sisterhood ther. The ladies share and care so much and they leave only doors away. They will tap on the door one time and let themselves in. All of them love our paper flowers. They will pop in just to see what we had created for the day. One lady comes by a couple of times a month; brings a small vase, asks for three roses. Pancake will take three of our roses, put them in the vase, add a little greenery and some artificial baby's breath. The lady always thanks her and leaves three dollars on the table. Pancake has told her; it is not necessary to leave any money because she takes them to the hospitals for terminally ill patients. The lady always insists. Pancake, donates it to her church. Now, isn't this just the sweetest thing!

I probably made this way too long for reading but; I get excited talking about our paper flower relationship which has blossmed into a beautiful relationship. My dear friend Pancake is so adorable, and so easy to love. Here are a few pictures of the flowers we have made.

Since these pictures have been taken. Pancake and I have worked on new techniques to create better looking Mums, Dahlias and Gerbera Daisies. Most important; we continue to have fun and enjoy the time we spend together.


A collection of our test flowers.

A pretty spread of vining roses.

Pancake :-)

My first yellow rose.

My first Mum.

My first Gerbera Daisy. We sure have come a long way in making these better looking and easier.


  1. What a truly wonderful story! You were meant to be friends!! Your flowers do not look like paper at all...they are truly works of art! :o)

  2. lol...I am having a hard time posting a comment to my own blog.

    I just want to thank you for your nice comments. Pancake is an amazing woman an I have been so blessed to have her as a friend.

  3. Love your flowers Debbie. I'd sure like to see some tut's on them. I'm really impressed with your paper pieces, too. I'll have to try your poodle. I think I could adapt it to look like my 10 year old mini. Hugs, Lucine

  4. The story gave me goose bumps, Debbie. What a lovely tale of two friends who do such nice things together. How touching that a lady buys three flowers and takes them to a hospital. Bless her, and you and Pancake for making them. I'm sure they brighten someone's day enormously. I think you all make the world a better place.

    bdjeepers - aka Barbara

  5. I love that you use your talents to beautify the world around you! Lovely flowers!


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