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Executive Director
About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

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Fun with Flowers   

Fun Flower Tidbits
•        Angiosperm is the scientific name for flowering plants. It means "seed bearing."
•        Sunflowers are able to soak up radiation.
•        Helianthus is the scientific name for sunflowers, helia for sun and anthus for
•        Saffron is a spice that comes from a type of crocus flower.
•        Titan arums are the world's largest flowers at almost 10 feet in height.
•        Due to their horrible aroma of rotting flesh, titan arums are also called corpse
•        Some orchids can grow over 65 feet in length.
•        Broccoli is a flower as well as a vegetable.

Sundae School
Powdered florist foam lets you create arrangements that resemble layered parfaits.
Prepare a separate bowl of powder-and-water mixture for each color. Mix approximately
1 cup of powdered foam with about 1/2 cup of water, and stir well. Add more powder
and water alternately until mixture reaches the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
Spoon the first layer of foam into a glass, and compact it by pressing mixture down with
a spoon; fill glass with additional layers. Insert leaves and flowers, and slowly add

How to Press and Frame Fresh Flowers      
A bouquet of fresh flowers can brighten your day, but don't you wish you could save your
flowers forever as a special keepsake? Now you can! Frame your pressed fresh
flowers following this easy, do-it-yourself project.
Materials needed to dry and press your fresh flowers
  • Newspaper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Heavy Books
  • Scissors

How to cut your fresh flowers to press
When cutting your fresh flowers, clip several of each kind. That way if you make a
mistake, you have extra flowers to use. You may also want to include baby's breath and
greens, which you can dry and press along with the flowers.

When dealing with a thick flower, such as a rose or carnation, thin it out a bit. Because
of the high moisture content in these flowers, they don't dry well. For roses, pluck apart
the bud and dry them as petals. Another tip for thicker flowers is to lay it on the
newspaper "upside down" before pressing so you can arrange the petals a bit.
How to dry and press your flowers

Spread the newspaper out on a flat surface. Keep in mind when choosing the location
that your flowers will have to dry for at least one week and most likely two. On top of the
newspaper, lay out a sheet of tissue paper. The tissue will help prevent your flowers
from molding. Arrange your flowers on the tissue paper, making sure none of them
overlap or touch in any way. Then top with another layer of tissue paper and more
newspaper. Weigh down the flowers with heavy books.

Allow your flowers a couple weeks to dry thoroughly. Even though the temptation is
huge, don't peek! Use this time to choose the framing materials.

Materials needed to frame your pressed flowers
  • Background paper
  • A framing mat
  • Frame
  • Craft Glue

Choose a neutral or complementary color for the background. Scrap-booking paper
works really well since it is acid-free and a bit thicker than other paper. Then pick the
mat and frame. You will probably want to use an 8 x 10 frame with a 5 x 7 mat. Make
sure the colors of the paper, mat and frame work well together as well as with your

How to frame your pressed flowers
Fast forward 14 days, and your flowers should be ready. Very carefully remove the
weight and top layer of newspaper. Slowly pull back the tissue paper to avoid jostling
the flowers. Pick out the ones that look the best, but don't toss the extras yet.
Arrange first, glue later. Plan your design before even touching the glue. Place your
scrap-booking paper down on the table and play with your flowers. Don't forget to
consider the mat when laying out.

Once you have a general idea of your arrangement, it's time to apply the glue. Spread a
thin layer of glue onto the paper. Since you've already chosen clear glue, don't stress
out about getting too much on the paper. Very gently place the flower onto the glue and
use your fingers to press it firmly into the glue. Cautiously wipe any excess glue.
Follow the glue's instructions for drying time, then slip the mat and flowers into the

Now you have a perfect keepsake you can display year round!

Easy Mother’s Day Flower Craft
1.  Fold a coffee filter into quarters and dampen with a fine mist of water.
2. Add little drops of food coloring onto the coffee filter. Optional: add the food coloring in
a pattern.
3. Place the coffee filter between wax paper and press down.
4. Remove, open and let dry.
5. Fold into quarters again so that you will get a point at the bottom and twist a green
pipe cleaner for a stem around the point.
6. Place in a vase or glass bottle decorated with multi-colored tissue paper and glue.