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More flower tutorials

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on April 28, 2010

I’ve been gathering a few more flower tutorials:

Zucchini and Me: Knitted flowers for dummies
CRAFT: Easy Ribbon Rosettes
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff: Zipper flowers
Mary Janes & Galoshes: Roses or Peonys and Petals
100 Layer Cake: DIY fabric flowers by Michonne
lilyella: Fabric Rosettes

BONUS — not a flower how-to but it includes flowers and is super cute and springish:
Joli Paquet: A Lark’s Tale Cuff

Yellow with bokeh

Lightbox!

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on February 6, 2010

Hey, what’s up with you on this fine, rainy Saturday?

I am taking pictures with the lightbox I just made* and I swear, swear, swear I am going to post some stuff on Etsy. No, really. I have a whole rack of earrings and a box of necklaces that I have made specifically for this purpose and they just sit, and sit, and sit, and I could offset the cost of some of my many beads if I would just make that teeny effort. And some of them are really cute and if I don’t sell them, I might start wearing them and I do not need more jewelry, believe that.

Anyway.

The lightbox came out pretty well, though some of the edges — let’s just say I am not a pro with the craft blade. I did learn that 1. it is good to start with a fresh blade and 2. it is good to change the blade more frequently and 3. I am not nearly as good at cutting straight lines as I used to be.

I need some better bulbs because the 20W CFLs are not hitting it, but that is all we have in the house so that is what I used. I think a trip to the hardware store is in order. I could stand having some smaller clip lights, too. And I want some other colors of poster board, the blue is nice, the orange came out pretty well, and the white — bleh! Very ugly with the CFLs. Maybe I’ll try some material, too. So the craft store.

Here is my narcissus photo from the other day. No lightbox!

February 2: Narcissus on mantel

And then. With lightbox!

Narcissus again

My favorite buttons that I am probably going to hold on to til the end of time because I will never come up with something deserving enough to use them on:

February 5: Gumbo Filé & vintage buttons

Some of my brooches. I don’t know why Obama’s in there, he’s supposed to be on my camera strap. He’s from a really cool show we went to last year where this woman had painted portraits of all the presidents and had them all lined up and I had photos but I guess I never edited and posted those:

My little blowfish from Archie McPhee, which just happens to be at the bus stop when you come from the Space Needle penthouse and stop by the bead shop on the way to C+E’s house. Our little cat loves him, luckily I got two. I was thinking of making earrings with them but that didn’t really work out:

Blowfishie

* This is the lightbox-building tutorial I used. I have some others [some of which are more permanent, one of which is an actual contained-in-vintage-suitcase lightbox-lightbox like you view slides on] bookmarked here.

Flower tutorials

Posted in craft by gwen on February 5, 2010

How About Orange has a great post of How to make flowery things links just in time for spring [ohpleaseohpleaseohplease come soon!], which reminded me of my own backlog of accessorizing to-dos:

Happy Find: Fabric flowers [check out her amazing flowery pincushions, they are unbearably cute]
dozi: Paper flowers
Hat Diva: Silk flowers [includes dying tutorial]
Swirlydoos: Burnt Organza Flowers
Burdastyle: Flowers for dress/skirt

eta! Totally Tutorials: How to make fabric roses, peonies and poppies

And if you like the peony clips tutorial Jessica linked, check out the following books, they both have tons of how-tos on all kinds of flowers using a variety of materials:

Making Flowers in Paper, Fabric and Ribbon by Steve and Megumi Biddle – buy used
A Passion for Ribbonry by Camela Nitschke – buy used

A few flowery things I’ve made
I’ve added some brief descriptions, they’re all pretty straight-ahead, but feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Craft night: hair bobs! #1 Bird

Hair clip: Layers of various silk flowers glue gunned then attached to clip

Button & lace pin #1

Brooch: Old lace sewn into a round with vintage button on pin backing

Gwen, fall

Necklace: Layers of silk flowers speared with a bead on a headpin through the middle and attached to old costume pearls