Last time I visited this aged care facility on Sydney's North Shore, one of the residents requested that our next craft class be Christmas in July themed. At home I made a cardboard Christmas tree for us to decorate by painting decorations to add to it. I started off the craft time by showing the residents a few of my own felt, glass and metal decorations. The ladies noted how glittery there were! We spoke about the sorts of decorations they used to put on their trees, like felted deer, foil balls and nylon baubles. One of the ladies mentioned having a large red flocked velvet deer that sat on the mantelpiece. They all recalled having brightly coloured baubles, so we looked to recreate that in our painting class by painting in shades of blue, green and red, also metallic gold and silver.
The ladies enjoyed the creative process of remembering and painting, and enjoyed watching me add the final touches by bedazzling the baubles with glitter pens before we added them to the Christmas tree to serve as a table centrepiece for their upcoming Christmas in July lunch.