When I stopped at a local stand to pick up the blackberries for this recipe, I was a little confused. All I saw were raspberries, and these gigantic things that I thought were boysenberries. I finally asked the guy working there, and he said no, those are blackberries. Even he thought they were enormous…Read More
Today just happens to be the 27th anniversary of the day I said "I do" to my sweet husband. There's a lot of life happening right now, so we're going to keep the day low key, but it's still the best decision I've ever made and deserves some celebrating…Read More
I'd bet money that just about every crafter has made a project that involved flowers. Even if you don't consider yourself a floral person, they often sneak in on fabric or as an accent. When spring comes and we're trying to pull ourselves out of a long, dark winter they're especially welcome. That's why I jumped at the change to review this book, Paper Flowers by Jennifer Maker...Read More
Ah, a couple of days out in the woods with no computer or phone does wonders for my busy brain. I'm back, and ready to jump back into the tornado of getting ready for the busy season. Because I specialize in vendor aprons and teacher gifts, that means September through mid-November. Yep, when you sell online you really do have to think about the holidays in the summer. I don't mind, as long as the stores don't start playing Christmas music before Halloween...Read More
When we left home most of the plants were still waiting to do their thing, so we didn't have many flowers or even leaves yet. When we returned, spring had exploded. Everything is bright green, and the flowers are popping up everywhere. We were gone so long we completely missed the lilac and bleeding hearts! I can't even think about all the weeding that needs to be done, but I'm thrilled to see so much color everywhere. So much so, I decided to add some of my own...Read More
Yesterday was my birthday. Since I'm still in Italy, but writing this ahead of time, I have to assume it was pretty amazing! There's also Mother's Day coming up this weekend. Hopefully you have some fun plans, either for yourself or to celebrate a mom in your life!
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If your sweet little ones need something pretty to wear this weekend, Violette Field Threads has one you can whip up fairly quickly. It has all the ruffles and lace that are so popular right now.
Aren't these flower pot cookies from The Gunny Sack adorable? If you have some skill at making frosting roses, they can be even more edible.
So, a cupcake and a mini cake are really only a little different in shape, but tell me this doesn't look so much more fancy! In my research (okay, honestly just mini cake stalking) I found there are lots of ways to make these. Some use actual, legit small pans, while others are made in clean, empty canned-food cans. The Kitchen McCabe here used little mason jars!
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
I've been so busy trying to get all my ducks in a row for my trip, I didn't even realize Easter was almost here. I knew it was this month, but that's about it. I guess it's time to come up with a plan, huh? I'm pretty sure all the ideas here could still be pulled off in time!
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I love the idea of coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes. I've talked about it here before, but I've still never tried it. I would never have guessed what Honestly Yum used to make this brilliant turquoise.
I know this centerpiece from Southern Living looks complicated, but what I was intrigued by was the carrots hanging underneath. I don't think "arrangement of your choice" on top means you have to DIY it, does it?
This project from Landeelu is a great example of how you can spruce up plastic eggs to use as decor. Besides the baker's twine, you could use yarn, rope or even twisted fabric instead.
These yummy-looking ham and cheese scones from Baker by Nature would be perfect for an Easter brunch. Making a note on my grocery list. Ham, cheese, scallions...
If you have kids to entertain on Easter, and these coloring pages from Juliya S on Creative Market are a great way to do that. They're printable, so you can either make a book for their Easter basket, or just print out a few of your favorites to leave on the table with some crayons or colored pencils. In fact, I might need some of these myself!
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
A week or two ago, I noticed the spring flowers were starting to pop up in front of the house. In true Oregon fashion, it’s been alternating between rain and sun, which seems to make them happy. I was pleased to see a couple of them had bloomed yesterday morning. Before I could even enjoy them a little, a driving rain storm blew through and drove them into the ground. Now they’re sitting in a vase inside the house where I can at least look at them for a few days instead of watching them lay facedown on the sidewalk like they just went to a wild party. This gloomy time of year I’ll take my flowers however I can get them…even hung over.
This happy little Spring Time Flower Garland from Wee Folk Art combines felt, crochet and embroidery, making it a great lap project.
Who would have guessed you could make such cute, modern flowers using Q-tips? Homemade Ginger shows how she made her version.
These DIY Swirly Paper Flowers from Muhaiminah Faiz on Instructables look like they’d take some time, but would be completely worth it!
This Pop-up Peony Card from Peter Dahmen is another long project, but can you imagine the face of the recipient when they open it?
I can picture all kinds of fun ways to use these Crochet Pansies from Little Monkeys Crochet.
These Pinecone Zinnias from A Fanciful Twist are a good lesson in looking at a potential craft project from a different angle.
This Pressed Flower Jewelry Dish from Garden Matter doesn’t just look like a flower was used to make it – it was!
I know these flower embellished t-shirts had their moment a few years ago, but I really like the way Make It and Love It sewed the petals down on this one.
This Spring Paper Flower Garland from Lia Griffith is so tropical looking. It’s reminds me of a lei, and makes me want to go somewhere with sun and sand.
This Floral Letter from The Mrs. and Momma Bird is so pretty, and wasn’t it nice of her to make it an S?
Flowers are no strangers around here, so this is a little collection of where they’ve popped up here before:
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
I was trying to think of a way I could use fabric to change up a vase for different seasons, so I came up with this cover that slips over a 1/2 gallon mason jar. And it’s reversible!
To make this you’ll need two rectangles of fabric that are 17 by 12” (I used a fall fabric for Thanksgiving and a snowflake for Christmas) and two strips that are 1 1/2” wide by 42” (or the width of the fabric).
Fold the two long edges into the middle on one of the strips. I recommend a bias tape tool for this.
Unfold the short ends and fold each to the inside 1/4”, then refold. Fold the entire length in half with the raw edges to the inside and press. Stitch close to the folded edges. Fold the tie you’ve made in half and stitch close to the fold to hold. Repeat to make the second tie.
Bundle up most of the tie and secure it with a pin or tying. This will keep it from accidentally getting sewn into the wrong seam. Place the tie fold you stitched even with the 12” edge of the fabric rectangle, 2” from the top. Make sure your pin head is on the outside.
Fold the rectangle in half, lining up the 12” edges. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, backstitching over the tie. Repeat for second rectangle.
Press the seam open and center it in the back. Stitch across the bottom, leaving 2” open on one of the rectangles.
Flatten the corners with the bottom seam centered, as shown. Stitch across the corner 1 1/2” from the tip. Trim off the corner.
Turn one right side out and stuff it inside the other. Match the seams and edges. Pin in place.
Stitch all the way around the edge. Turn right side out through the opening at the bottom. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Push one side back into the other and press the fold at the top. Stitch close to the fold.
Slide a half-gallon mason jar inside and tie the top to use as a vase.
Or you can use it as a gift bag for a quart-size mason jar full of goodies!
My daughter and son-in-law’s wedding was, obviously, as very DIY affair. In the early days, we thought we were going to do it all. As the planning process progressed we realized, for the sake of our sanity and relationships with each other, that we should consider hiring a few professionals. Now that it’s all over, I don’t regret a single one of them. So, as I frantically try to get ready to be a vendor myself at Siren Nation this weekend, it feels like a good time to give all of our wedding vendors the public and sincere Thank You they all deserve. I’ll start with the first person we hired, and the one you’ve already seen a bit here. Heather Fitch from Heather Fitch Photography was calm, professional and gave us photos that were everything we hoped for. She not only captured everything we expected to see, but the spunky, fun personalities that define these two.
I’ve mentioned before that the groom has celiac disease. Gluten-free isn’t a choice for him – it’s mandatory. After we decided on a dessert buffet for the reception, we also chose to make sure that the groom (and the bride, since she gave up gluten for his sake) could eat anything that was served without worry. That’s where the amazing Liberated Baking came in, providing treats that had me saying “Yes, I know it’s delicious and you can’t tell, but it really is gluten-free!” to guests all evening.
We thought it would be fun to have some popcorn on the buffet too, and so we ordered some from a local store called iCandy. I think it was the best cheese corn I’ve ever had, and everyone we’ve talked to there has been so sweet.
It was very early on that Codi proclaimed there would be cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. I think it had something to do with Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Bella Cupcake. The couple went in for a tasting and chose Raspberry Lemonade, Pumpkin Chai, Strawberry Shortcake and Salted Caramel. How was anyone supposed to choose which of those to put on their plate? To alleviate that issue, we went with mini-cupcakes so guests could sample more than one flavor.
Bella Cupcake also provided the adorable giant cupcake for the bride and groom to cut and share.
When it came to the bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s dresses, Codi knew what she wanted. And I knew I was capable of making them. However, just because I could didn’t mean I should and I decided that was a project that could be better accomplished by someone else. We went with BL Couture on Etsy. I’ll admit, I tried to talk Codi out of putting just the maid of honor in yellow and everyone else in grey, but it really worked. And the girls loved playing with all the different ways they could wear these.
Did you see all the amazing hair in that last photo? Codi wanted all the girls in different braids, and our regular hairstylist, Wendy from the Orient Barbershop, totally delivered. Not only did Wendy come to our house for the entire day and style all the girls hair, but she did their makeup as well. Thankfully, I was included in that because otherwise I probably would have been a mess. Wendy was a calming presence while everyone was getting ready and I don’t know what we would have done without her.
Another Etsy store we shopped at was for Codi’s garters. We talked about making them, but as we started looking around she spotted exactly what she wanted at BridalGoddess. All we had to do was attach the firefighter charm Codi wanted and she was ready to go. These were so pretty, and the quality was great.
One of the last things we held out on doing ourselves was the flowers. The closer it got, the more terrified I became, which was a good sign I should give it up to a professional. Fortunately, one of my closest friends has a sister who owns In the Garden, a floral shop in Redmond, Oregon. Kellie agreed to do them for us, even though she is halfway across the state from us and it was pretty close to the event. We emailed her photos of arrangements Codi liked, and when the flowers arrived we were all stunned. They were amazing.
We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception. We didn’t think anyone would really dance anyway. I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead. He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing – my husband I were a little shocked. He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all. He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens! He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.
Last, but not least, is this lovely young woman – Savannah Gentry. She is one of the bride and groom’s friends from high school. Listened to her playing the songs they chose in my living room before the wedding brought me to tears. She provided violin music while the guests were finding their seats and during the ceremony and every note was gorgeous. Savannah is talented and beautiful, inside and out.
In addition to all these amazing vendors who made it a day to remember, I’d also like express my gratitude to all of our friends and family who went the extra mile (or several) to make sure we could enjoy the day without having to worry about anything. You all know who you are – THANK YOU!
It probably goes without saying, but you know I’m going to say it anyway. Weddings generally involve a lot of flowers. Especially outdoor summer weddings. We had flowers EVERYWHERE. Real, fabric, burlap, whatever we could turn into a flower-ish shape, we did. One of my favorites was the cute puffy fabric version we used on the sign I showed you last week. Fortunately, with a few basic materials, they’re also a breeze to make.
All you need is this pattern, some fabric, a little polyester stuffing and a big button.
Cut out ten petals for each flower you intend to make. Pin two petals with right sides of the fabric together. Stitch around the curved edge, 1/4” from the raw edge, leaving the straight edge open. Repeat for the other four petals.
Turn the petals right side out and press.
Add a small amount of stuffing to the inside of each petal. You don’t want them stuffed tightly, just enough to give them a little fluff.
Pinch a petal so the seams are touching each other at the bottom. Using a needle and knotted thread, stitch through both seams.
Without knotting or cutting the thread, do the same with the next petal. Repeat until all five petals are on the thread.
Stitch back through the first petal again, creating a loop.
Pull the thread tightly to gather all the petals together. Knot the thread, but don’t cut it. Flatten all the raw edges together in the center and stitch through the center a few times to hold them in place. You really just want to make sure they’ll be under your button.
I really like the look of the split petal version.
Stitch the button to the center. You could also glue it, but I found stitching it through all the layers added to the dimension of the flower.
Now you can sew or glue these to whatever needs a little puffy flower perk-up!
I mentioned last week that I had a few components of the bathroom my husband built for the wedding that I wanted to share with you before I show the whole thing. This sign is one of them.
We had a blank wall at the back, so I decided to make a sign to fill the space. I had a bunch of burlap-looking canvases I found at a sidewalk sale that were the perfect size.
I read that in order to make vinyl letters stick to these, you should give them a few coats of Mod Podge. Nope, nope, nope. It left me with a rough surface that the vinyl hopped off of like it was on fire. On to plan B.
I taped off lines using blue painter’s tape and painted between them. I was afraid the paint wouldn’t stick either, but I had no problem with it.
My husband cut a piece of wood for me, and I got to try out my new toy – a wood burning tool. That thing is so much fun. I made a few signs for the wedding with it, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it again ever since. To make this one, I just printed the phrase out on the computer, traced it onto the wood using carbon paper, and burned the letters. Bonus points if you know where this quote is from!
I hot glued the wood onto the canvas. My daughter suggested the upholstery tacks in the corners, which I thought added a nice detail. The flower was one I had made while I was experimenting with a pattern, and I’m glad it found a home. This sign was perfect for its spot, and it’s even better in the newlyweds’ home.
Join me next Wednesday, and I’ll show you how I made that puffy flower, along with a couple of variations!
Well, here we are. The wedding is tomorrow, and believe it or not, I think we’re actually ready for it. I’m sure there’s something we’re forgetting and I’m counting on a day-of disaster, but at the end of it all they’ll be married and we will have spent time celebrating that with friends and family. I’m just hoping that whatever happens makes for a good story we can laugh about later.
We spent a lot of time deciding on a fun guest book. I can’t say which idea won yet, but a close second is this Jenga Guestbook from Crafty Morning. You could reminisce about your wedding and guests every time you play it.
There are so many beautiful, unique wedding invitations out there. One that particularly caught my attention was this round version from Voyages of the Creative Variety. How fun would this be to receive?
Tables generally need centerpieces, and if you have a lot of tables that becomes quite a project. These little Candle Lampshades from Good Housekeeping would be fairly inexpensive, cute and provide a little mood lighting.
If you’re assigning seats, you also need numbers. We used some galvanized metal in my daughter’s wedding, so these Numbered Tags from The Country Chic Cottage caught my attention. It’s hard to believe these aren’t actually metal.
It takes a brave soul to DIY a wedding cake, but it can definitely be done. I love the clever use of a common candy on this Candy Wafer Cake from Intimate Weddings.
Cake toppers have come a long way since I got married. No longer stuck with some variation of a bride and groom, people have gotten very creative. I love the use of vintage fabric on this Star Cake Topper from Project Wedding.
This entire wedding on OneWed is gorgeous, with bright color everywhere, but my very favorite thing is the colorful underskirt on the bride.
We’ve found decorating an outdoor venue is a bit challenging. Trying to find the balance between too much and not enough is tough. These Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed would be a great way to add some color without going overboard.
This Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise is to die for, and they explain how to make every bit of it. In fact, if you’re in the market for wedding ideas, they have SO many good ones.
As long as we’re talking about a felt bouquet, why not also go with fabric corsages as well? Check out the tutorial from Little Treasures.
Wish me luck tomorrow…I’ll see you on the other side!
I love the way the outdoors looks this time of year. Flowers are starting to bloom, the leaves on the trees are unfurling and it’s still raining so it all stays green and healthy. It’s always right about now when I get an urge to plant something in a container, but that little voice in my head says “Really? You want to add to the plant body count around here? You know as soon as it stops raining, that thing is a goner.” When they make a plant that will water itself and not rely on me, it might stand a chance.
Around here, we’re wearing rain boots about now, but if you have some that have been outgrown or are no longer a pair, try these cute planters from Rosy~Posy.
I love the mini tiered garden effect created by this Tackle Box Garden from More Design Please.
We’re planning to replace the gutters on our house in the next year or so. I might have my husband save the old ones so I can make this DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters from Green Upgrader.
All that clear, beveled glass makes these old ceiling fixtures perfect for planters. Design Sponge shows you how.
Just…wow. Click through to see this Mobile Garden Dress from Foodtree on an actual human model.
We’ve pulled a few sinks out of our house, and although ours were lovely 70’s shades of avocado and light blue, they might still make great planters. Cherry Hill Cottage set hers on top of a sewing machine stand.
These Baby’s Tears in Muffin Tins from Country Living would make great centerpieces for an outdoor event.
If it’s still a little too cold to think about planting outside where you are, try this Indoor Terrarium, made using a fishbowl, from SheKnows.
Using tea cups as planters is an idea that’s been around for a long time, but the addition of the Tea Bag Plant Markers from At Home on the Bay is genius.
Just so you know, I think my lack of gardening skills has skipped a generation. My daughter was given a bamboo plant for her birthday over a year and a half ago and it’s still alive. She forgot to take it back to school with her when she left after spring break, and is worried I’ll kill it in the 5 days until she’s here again. Nothing green is safe with me.
I was recently asked by Undercover Tourist, a great website for Disney World park tickets, apps and info, to create a craft to celebrate the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. As luck would have it, the movie Oz, the Great and Powerful was opening at almost the same time and Disney announced there would be an Oz area in the festival. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the beautiful flowers on the movie posters made my job easy.
I can’t show you the posters here because Disney has a lot more money than I do, but if you visit the Oz website you’ll see in many shots from the movie there is a lily-looking tropical flower. That’s how we’re going to bring home some movie magic.
To make one flower, you’ll need:
· 2 felt rectangles (about 9 x 12") in two different, coordinating colors
· 5 pipe cleaners
· 3 beads
· 1 chopstick or other wooden stick
· embroidery floss
· stem wrap tape (waxy floral tape, found in the craft store with floral arranging supplies)
Cut the flower shape from one piece of felt and five of the petal centers from the other. Cut along the red lines in the center of the flower, as indicated on the pattern. Cut four of the pipe cleaners in half.
Lay the flower face up and center one of the short pipe cleaners on a petal, about 1/4” from the top. Carefully add a petal center over the top, even with the top edge of the petal. Pin.
Stitch over the center and the pipe cleaner with embroidery floss, using the stitch of your choice. My embroidery floss is variegated, or ombre, which is why it looks like I used different colors.
Repeat on the other four petals. Push the ends of all five pipe cleaners through the hole in the center of the flower, bending slightly if necessary.
On the remaining short pipe cleaners, slide a bead to about 1 inch from the end. Holding the bead in place, bend the top of the pipe cleaner over it and twist it around underneath. Make three of these for the stamens.
Using the pipe cleaners, gather all five flower petals together. Push the bottom ends of the stamens into the center, making sure all eight pipe cleaners are even at the bottom. Wrap a couple of inches of the long pipe cleaner tightly around at the base of the flower. Leave the rest loose until the next step. I used a green one in this photo so you could see it better.
Slide the chopstick into the center of the stems from the bottom, pushing it as close to the flower as it will go. Finish wrapping the pipe cleaner around the stems and down the chopstick.
Starting just under the bottom of the flower, wrap the stem with floral tape, pulling slightly and overlapping as you spiral down.
Bend each petal outward with a slight curve and fan the stamens out a bit.
I made a few leaves to go with these, using the same method except a doubled-over pipe cleaner instead of the chopstick in the center.
These flowers were intended for the spring festival, but they make me feel like I can see a little peek of summer on the horizon.
This project was inspired by some buttons and the fact that I’ve forgotten to plant sunflowers for the tenth year in a row.
One of the craft blogs I read is Totally Tutorials. She has a great Exchange Program, where she links suppliers with bloggers. The blogger then creates a tutorial using the supplier’s items. When I saw Lots of Buttons come up last month, I was all over it.
Lots of Buttons is, clearly, a button supplier. They have a great selection…in fact, almost too good, because it took me forever to decide what to order!
This is almost like making two projects – the “quilt” base and the flower decorations, so let’s get to it. To make the quilt base, you’ll need:
Fabric A (the green strips on my project):
8 strips – 1 1/2” x 16”
2 strips – 1 1/2” x 22 1/2”
4 strips – 1 1/2” x 12 1/2”
Fabric B (green dots on mine):
9 strips – 1 1/2” x 16”
Backing fabric (I used the green dots):
25” x 16”
Batting (I used Warm and Natural cotton):
25” x 16”
Make sure to press the seams after each step. Starting with a B strip, sew 17 strips together, alternating B and A and ending with B.
Cut to 12 1/2” tall (so in the picture above, cut off the top). From the smaller section you cut off, cut two pieces, each 1 1/2” tall and 12 1/2” wide.
Sew a 12 1/2” strip of fabric A to each side of small strips.
Sew one to each side of the large section.
Sew the 23 1/2” pieces of fabric to the top and bottom.
Layer with the backing piece right side down, the batting, then the pieced section right side up. The pieced section will be smaller than the others, so try to center it. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Make sure all layers are smooth, then use lots of safety pins to hold everything together.
Quilt through all layers, either by hand or machine, in whatever pattern you choose. I also like to stitch very close around the outer edge to hold that in place.
Carefully cut only the batting even with the edge of the top. Cut the backing to 5/8” from the edge. Fold the edge of the backing in 1/4” and press.
Fold in 1/4” again, so the edge is covered.
Pin in place and stitch near the inner fold.
To make the flowers, you’ll need this pattern.
Cut leaves from green felt:
Flower centers from brown felt:
Petals from yellow or gold felt:
14 - 17 petals
Position one large and two small flower centers where you’d like them on the runner. Pin in place. Add the leaves on top, also pinning. Using three strands of embroidery floss, stitch down the center and across the flat end of each leaf. Remove pins.
Fold the corners of each petal in to overlap each other about 1/2” in the center. Pin.
Place flowers near the outer edge of the center, making sure the entire flat edge is inside. The number you use may vary slightly, depending on how close you put them together. Stitch in place, either by hand or machine.
Place the remaining flower centers on top, stitching around the outer edge with embroidery floss through all layers.
Group a few buttons in the center of each and stitch with embroidery floss.
If you’re looking for a quicker version of this, you can glue the flowers and buttons in place with hot glue.
I had some tiny green buttons I had originally planned to sew onto the leaves, but didn’t like the look once I laid it out, so instead I added a little monogram in one corner.
Somehow, I don’t feel so bad about not planting those sunflowers anymore.
I noticed late last week that a few daffodils had bloomed in front of the house. Not unusual most places, even up the hill from my house, but where I live they tend to be later. It’s especially strange since it hasn’t been very warm. I thought about cutting them and bringing them inside, but I liked the pop of color outside. Yesterday morning I woke up to find them buried in snow. This one is trying to come back now that it’s melted a bit.
We only see snow on the ground a few times a year, so it was even weirder than the blooming daffodils. It made me REALLY wish I had cut the poor things. I decided to make some out of fabric for the indoors, sure to be safe from this crazy weather.
I’m going to walk you through my three experiments, saving my favorite for last. I like all of them for different reasons, so I’ll let you choose for yourself.
To make one of these, you’ll need five 4” squares and one 1 1/2 x 20” strip of fabric and a small circle of felt, about 1” across. For this first version, you’ll also need a 2” square of fabric. In the photo above, the first one is on the far right.
Fold a square in half with wrong sides together. The fold is at the top.
Fold one upper corner down to the center bottom.
Fold the other upper corner down to the center to create a triangle.
Pin in place. Repeat with the other four squares. Fold the long strip in half and lay on top of the triangle with the raw edges together. With knotted thread and needle, start on one end and take long stitches near the edge through all layers.
Add the next triangle and continue stitching, repeating until all triangles are attached to the strip.
If the strip is longer than your triangles, cut off the excess. Gather tightly. Stitch ends together and knot thread.
Holding the petals, pull up on the gathered strip in the center so it stands up from the flower.
Turn the flower over and glue a felt circle on the bottom with hot glue.
Stitch large stitches around the 2” square. Gather and knot. Glue into center of flower with the gathered side down.
For the second version, far left in the photo above, you’ll need the same cuts of fabric, excluding the 2” square. Prepare the triangles the same way, but instead of sewing the triangles and strip together, just sew the triangles together by themselves. Stitch a long running stitch near the raw edge of the folded strip. Gather.
Stitch the ends together. Stitch through some of the folds on the outside to keep them standing upright.
Prepare flower with the felt circle on the back, then sew or stitch the center to the flower.
For the last, and my favorite, prepare the flower the same way as the second one above, including gluing the felt circle to the back. For the center, cut the strip down to 12”. Stitch the ends with right sides together.
Fold in half with wrong sides together and stitch near edge.
Pull the thread to gather. Knot thread.
Glue into the center of the flower.
You can glue a ribbon loop to the back to hang these. I knew I wanted to put them in a little vase, so I covered a wood skewer with floral tape and glued it to the back.
It’s amazing how a few bright flowers can make March snow a little more bearable.
The winter after my daughter turned one, I bought an amaryllis bulb. Surprisingly, I remembered to water it a few times, and it bloomed into a beautiful red flower. It just so happened that Codi had a favorite book, which we had to read every day, that included a flower that looked just like it. Every single time we reached that page, she’d point to the flower. The weird thing is, she continued to point at the spot where the flower used to be every time we read the book, long after it was dead and gone.
In the wake of this same girl turning 18 and every day bringing up a new aspect of what college life will be like, I nostalgically bought another amaryllis last month. It finally bloomed a couple of days ago, leading me to a realization. I need one of these every year. Having that bright flower in the window is the perfect antidote for the dreary, post holiday month of January. Even without a little blonde girl pointing it out.
For all the beauty of an amaryllis, with none of the watering, check out this lovely pop-up card from CardNotions on Etsy.
The flower on this Back to School Headband from Brassy Apple is simple enough to make with some motivated little girls.
I like the way this Fabric Flower from I’m Feelin’ Crafty is cut in a spiral, making it curve perfectly.
I love a tutorial that has no words, like these Paper Dogwood Flowers from La Manufacture, and what a fabulous re-use of a shopping bag and tissue.
Do you have an old necktie lying around? Make it into a cute flower with this tutorial from My Heart is Yours.
These Felt Camelias from How Joyful would be perfect on top of a gift or attached to a headband.
I just love the ruffley-ness of these Ruffled Fabric Flowers from Quiltish.
Buttons always make cute flowers, and here’s a slightly different take from Artsy Crafty Babe.
As if I needed a reason to want a rainbow of duct tape, I’ve added these Duct Tape Flower Pens from Seven Sisters to my want list.
Here’s hoping you find something to brighten up your day today!
Once we hit the fall months, I spend more time working on craft projects that can fit in my lap. It’s usually a good time for me to learn something new (I’m looking at you, needle felting!) or brush up on older skills. I’m not a fantastic embroiderer, but every couple of years I like to give it a go.
I found this Ninja Block-Of-The-Month project at Kandra’s Corner a few months ago and it’s been on my must-do list ever since. I have some karate fabric that would be perfect with them.
This simple Moon Rabbit design from Bustle and Sew would be very cute in a baby’s room.
If you embroider at my speed, now is a good time to start stitching some holiday gifts, like this Scorchin’ Potholder from Lark Crafts.
I love this Embroidered Family Hands project from The Mother Lode. I think I waited too long though. My hand would be the smallest, and that’s just weird.
I really like black embroidery used to outline colorful designs, like this Mug Rug from Samelia’s Mum.
Time to dig out that embroidery hoop!
As promised last week, I’m participating in Sew, Mama, Sew’s May Giveaway Day today. I’m posting this before they have the list of participants up, but it sounds like there are hundreds…so get comfy. If you’re visiting me for the first time because you found me on that list, welcome! If this whole Giveaway Day thing is news to you, enter to win here, then visit Sew, Mama, Sew’s blog and enter a bunch of others too!
Now for the important part – the giveaway. I had a tough time choosing what it would be, but finally landed on a Ninja Monkey Bag. I hadn’t made one in a while and had a summery piece of Michael Miller fabric that was perfect for it.
I used another Michael Miller, black with white polka dots, for the inside, because you just can’t go wrong with polka dots. Or black and white. Or Michael Miller.
I made a fabric flower for the outside, rounding the points of the petals so they matched the print.
Because I was limited by the amount of fabric I had, the handles are a bit shorter than usual. The entire purse, as shown, measures about 27” from the knot in the handle to the bottom of the bag.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. That’s it. Saying something nice won’t improve your chances of winning, but it will make my day better. I will ship anywhere, so feel free to enter whether or not you’re in the U.S. You have until 11:59 pm, Pacific time, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 to enter. On Thursday morning I will randomly draw a winner from the comments and notify that person via email.
Thanks for visiting, good luck on this entry and all your others, and enjoy Giveaway Day!