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“It keeps my mind a goin’ and hands working,” says 90 year old Betty Perry when describing her love of crafting. Betty, of Browning Masonic Community, Waterville, Ohio, has honed her artistic focus down to two primary projects, potpourri roses made from silk and martini glasses, and seasonal placemats made from greeting cards.

Most every afternoon she works on one of the tasks related to these two projects. It might be detaching the petals from the bulk silk roses she purchases and sorting them into sizes to be used in her creations. The next afternoon she may be doing the painstaking task of gluing the petals to martini glasses, moving the pattern from the inside out. Or, she might be off on a totally different project and spend the afternoon cutting out greeting card pictures so they’ll fit just right on one of her placemats.

Betty said she learned the rose making process years ago from a friend who discovered it on a trip to Florida. Once proficient at the process, Betty began teaching others by offering classes at Browning and area Senior Centers.

Friends and family help with the roses by picking up glasses they might find at garage sales. They’ll also collect greeting cards for Betty to use in the placemats, making it very important how Betty organizes both the storage and the steps of each project. But even the work of organization, she admits, helps her keep active and focused.

Of course, Betty’s other benefit is marketing the items at local craft fairs, and displaying the Blue Ribbon she received for one special rose.



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