new: fotess may swap - mother's day
May FOTESS Swap - We will be celebrating Mother's Day!
You don't need to be a mother in order to participate, you only need to have had a mother or other special woman in your life who has served as a mother. Much of the idea for this month's swap came from Annie when she sent me an "Easter egg" that had memories of her mother and what her mother liked. She did this in another group's swap back in March. Thanks for your idea leading to this one, Annie!
1. You must be a member of FOTESS in order to join in on the swap. If you are not currently a member and would like more information about joining, contact me or Shirley.
2. No Easter eggs for this one - that event has passed. We will use flowers, but not those picked from your garden! The flowers will be created by you. Each flower must come with garden seeds attached to it or inside it. (You will make these flowers from paper, seed catalogs, flower supplies, silk flowers, origami, or however you like. You will send 3 flowers each with different seeds in or attached to it.
3. Here's where Mother's Day comes in - thinking about your mother, what did she like that you could represent with the seeds that you send? I remember my mother liked red geraniums. Now it might be hard to get red geranium seeds (especially on short notice), but I could use seeds from any type of red flower and tell in my note about my mother liking red geraniums. Did mom have a favorite food? How about if she loved blueberry pancakes? Then maybe you could use something that blooms in blue or produces a blue fruit or vegetable. Be creative and it's the thought that counts!
4. To make it easier to explain your choices of seeds, you will be including a note - and that's where you tell about your mother (or other special woman) and which seeds you included and why.
Pretty simple, but that's what we're all about: 3 flowers, each created in your own manner. Use your creative touch to attach or fill them with seeds. Include your note with comments about your mother and why you included the seeds that you did as they relate to your mother.
Sign up by May 1. I will match partners the following day and please get your swap packages out within a day or two after that so maybe everyone can receive her package by Mother's Day. Use a padded envelope or a small box. With the contents being light weight if you use a small box, you should be able to send it first class mail - so not much expense. No delivery confirmation required.
Keep in mind that there's no need to know who you will send to when you begin to create your items, so once you sign up start thinking of how to create your seeded flowers.
Apart from the swap, we will play a game or two in May.
Whether you are in the swap or not, my idea for all the members is that we pretend someone will prepare a special meal or snack for us on Mother's Day and share at least one recipe for what you would like them to prepare for you. I think we all love new recipes. Post those here on the thread and maybe we can leave a hint at home and taste our favorites!.
Okay, I'm signing up for the swap. Who else?