One of my favorite memories of her was during the time of my 15th birthday.
I had the privilege to celebrate my fifteenth year with a Quincenera.
This is a big celebration in the life a young Latina girl, and its a big deal.
My color theme was yellow. Its my mom's favorite color, and it was perfect for a fall September day in Southern Arizona.
I don't remember the details, but I do remember my Nana coming to the house with tissue paper and white chenille stems (aka - pipe cleaners.)
I remember sitting at our large dining room table and putting our hands to work.
We made a plethora of paper flowers that day, her and I.
I've been making these flowers ever since.
Twenty-three years later the tradition continues...
Grab some supplies and join me around my big (cyber) table...there's plenty of room here...
How to make a Tissue Paper Flowers
Pipe Cleaner (or if you are completely out of pipe cleaners, steal a twisty-tie from the loaf of bread in an act of desperation.)
Tape (to affix to present, optional)
Take several pieces of tissues paper, and stack them on top of each other. It doesn't matter what size...bigger for large flowers, small for petite flowers. (I used three pieces of a large rectangle and cut them in quarters)
My flower started with a 12 layer stack.
Fold your paper accordion style, starting from the longest side.
Use your twisty-tie, or chenille stem, and place it in the middle.
Fold the sides up toward the middle just a bit.
I did a little wave, which will make my flower look a little peony-esque.
Soon it will look like this...
Stick some tape onto the bottom and stick it to a present, or ti anything you want to add some happiness too.
Below is a picture of my Nana, who was probably not much older than I was when she taught me to make these flowers.
For these things, I will always be grateful.