This week, unexpectedly, I received a very special gift and it will be one that I treasure all my days.
Let me give you a little background. About eight years ago I started a "recycle your holiday cards" campaign at work and began collecting cards after the holidays. The first year I started collecting cards, St. Jude's Ranch for Children's Recycled Card Program was the perfect solution for a way to recycle thousands of Christmas cards a perfect way to help support a great cause. When the next year rolled around I was ready to repeat the process but sadly there was a post on the St. Jude's Ranch website stating they had too many contributions from the previous year and would not be able to accept cards. So I asked around within our firm and found an employee who leads craft activities at nursing homes in the Charlotte, N.C. area and she agreed to accept the card contributions. She was overwhelmed with the number of cards collected so she asked we not send her cards again.
It was a bit frustrating and I was getting a bit desperate for a solution. Then Marci called me. At the time Marci was a secretary in our firm though she is now retired (lucky Marci)! Marci told me she could use as many cards as I could collect and thus began my friendship and admiration of Marci and her work in the community.
You might be wondering what Marci could do with thousands of Christmas cards so I'm sharing a small sampling of one of the card baskets she made for me a few years ago. For a couple of decades, Marci has been teaching anyone willing to learn card crafting the art of recycling cards. Almost all of the items Marci makes are gifts for shut-ins, nursing home residents or hospital patients. I add almost because this week Marci gave me a treasure - a card montage.
The montage I received was made to be a tray though I've hung it on the mantel (along with some of my Holt Howard pieces).
Marci even built the frame around the final piece. Every small scene is made up of tiny cuttings from Christmas cards.
It took more than a week of cutting and piecing to create it and every time I look at it I see something new and magical.
I don't know how to say thanks Marci. It is beautiful.