Flower Fenzy

Six months ago we moved into our home, yet it still has the “just moved-in” clutter, the “I’ll decorate when the boxes unpack themselves” feel in each room.  Aside from my daughter’s room and bathroom. 

I blame it on flowers – my overwhelming drive to make crafty flowers. I just can’t help myself. Especially when I find myself looking at LollyChop’s site at midnight, in a semi-coma that comes from the need to sleep coupled with the inability to actually  fall asleep. Then I spend the rest of the night and the next day in a flower making frenzy.

Flowers are to blame, also, because the hubs hates an overabundance of flower decor.  In any room aside from his baby girl’s.  So all those flowers end up in her room. Where they fit perfectly, thankfully.  But it leaves the rest of the house a bit bare.

This last bout of late night flower making resulted in a white frame with paper & felt rolled flowers from Lolly‘s first video tutorial. *side note – this video made me love Lolly even more. The woman is just as crazy a crafter as me!* The only difference between the flowers she made in her tutorial and mine is that I used hot glue for my felt flowers.

I used an ugly old brown and gold (oh the tacky) vaguely Native American print frame, sanded it down and painted it white. Then, using the felt left over from my Halloween costume last year (I was Magenta from Blue’s Clues) and the left over heavy double sided paper from my daughter’s tack board, I made a bazillion rolled flowers and some leaves.

I love the way it turned out. Luckily, my daughter does to.

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Mother’s Day Brooch

Have you seen NotMartha‘s felt dahlia corsages yet? If you haven’t, get your browser over there! ‘Cause this is a must do craft.

Now I know they may seem a little overwhelming, with all the cutting and gluing, but let me tell you, it was totally therapeutic for me and calming. I know, I just said a craft was calming. But it was.

I made mine out of the left over felt from my daughter’s Blue’s Clues Halloween costume, so they are a little on the garish side (has anyone seen dahlia’s in bright blue??), but I’m all about using the on hand stuff. Mainly ’cause I live in the boonies 😉

I also made mine into a hair clip & my mom’s is the brooch. I’m just not cool enough to rock the brooch right now….

Aren’t they just lovely?? Sigh.

Anyways, I made three modifications when I made mine:

1) I made a template for the petals, because I totally fail at cutting things free hand. And I am just OCD enough to want them to match.

2) Megan used FabricTac adhesive and clothespins/heavy pan to glue & hold her petals. Seeing as how I’m super impatient & didn’t have any FabricTac on hand,  I used my aleene’s glue gun (thanks Mom for talking me into it – soooo worth the extra money!) with the smallest nozzle and only put a small dab of glue on each petal.  I got really good results, where as my first try using tacky glue and holding the petals closed with closepins was a disaster. I ended up as a mess of felt with globs of wood stuck to them. Yuck.

3) I cut the 3.25″ circle down to 3″ and then clipped the edges to make the back less bulky when I glued it on to the cardboard. For some reason just folding it over with my felt ended up being really really thick.

the one on the left is the 3.25″ circle and the one on the right is the 3″ one. Crazy how thick the left one is!

Oh and I also omitted the contrasting back and secret pocket, mainly because I didn’t have any other felt.

I am so excited to wear mine tomorrow – I might even make one for my daughter, just toddler size.

Felt Rose Hair Clips

I stumbled upon this amazing site called the purl bee the other day and their adorable felt hair clip tutorial.  Such a quick and easy tutorial! It seriously took me about 20 minutes to make.

I’m not sure I love their pattern, but I need to go get some more felt before I can really start tweaking the pattern to suit my needs.  As you can see, all I had was the bright pink felt left over from last year’s Halloween costume. I’ll post my take on it soon…hopefully. My car has to get fixed before I can take any trips to the fabric store…..