Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Count Your Blessings
I am so grateful for the blessings I enjoy in my life. I love this time of year because we have a definite reason to pause and think about the things we are grateful for—and there are lots! I made these for my children’s teachers to let them know how grateful we are for them.

The best part is that these go together pretty quickly. I actually had all of the materials on hand except orange paint. Since I had to look all over for the hooks last time I made this, I have seen them lots of places including my local grocery store. Said store also carries ribbon, jute, spray paint (better selection than certain home improvement stores) and staples for my staple gun. One stop shopping—especially if you need to run in for a forgotten food item. If you still need a quick hostess gift (or craft project for yourself!) this is a good one.

I made this the same way I made the St. Patrick’s Day gifts the past year. Go HERE to find the instructions and links. I only lightly sanded the edges and face of the large board to bring out the orange color. It is gorgeous although a little hard to see the orange in my pictures.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Featured Guest: Jaz from Flowers and Chocos

I'm thrilled to have Jaz as a guest on my blog! When she contacted me about guest posting, she had 3 ideas for me to choose from for her guest post--wow! (I wish I was prepared like that!) I got to pick so I picked these beautiful tissue paper flowers. I've seen these around, but have never made any and was so excited to see how easy these are--I'm always a fan of quick and easy! Here's Jaz from Flowers and Chocos:

Tissue Paper Hibiscus Flowers

Flowers made of tissue have several uses. You can use this as an affordable party d├ęcor which is a great substitute to streamers or an ideal add-on to banners. They are extremely versatile since they are great for bridal and baby showers, fiestas, tea parties, children's parties and so on. Let your imagination flow, utilize one tissue paper shade or use many to give your flowers a multi-color look.

You can also easily make these flowers large or small depending on the tissue paper’s size. Moreover, you can make them fuller and ultimately provide the look of having extra petals just by adding more tissue paper layers. Be careful not to go overboard, though, or the thickness will make it difficult to open the center of the flower.

Now that you know the basics of making a tissue flower, here are some affordable and fast techniques on how to make tissue hibiscus flowers.

  • scissors
  • twist tie or a flower wire
  • 8 sheets of tissue paper
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners

  • Stack Layers – unfold the tissue layers and stack eight layers of similar shades together.
  • Pleat – Pleat and fold the stack of layer tissues together from one side to another side in a shape like fan design. You can use your hand or fingernail to crease the edge to help the crease to stay in as you pleat.
  • Secure – Wrap a twist tie around the center. Insert the ends into the twisted section so they are not noticeable.
  • Cut – Use sharp scissors and cut the end corners off by cutting through all  layers. If it is really thick, you can cut a few layers at a time. Just try to make the end appear rounded and nice.
  • Open up the flower petals – after you have finished cutting the sides, open the flower petals up. Open out each layer gently so that the individual tissue paper layers look like the flower petals.
  • Simple flower tissue – Now, you have a finished flower tissue. You can use this finished product to embellish party tables or as a chair decoration or just hang them in the clouds over the party table using clear fishing line. Read on to make a large hibiscus flower 
  • Stamen – Get two brown pipe cleaners. Just twist the bottom jointly and twist the top of every pipe’s end cleaner making them look as stamens.
  • Join stamen – Bend the 2 pipe cleaners in a parallel line and put the middle of the flower tissue in the middle. Circle the pipe cleaners in the center of the flower and bend jointly securing the flower in position. Now the flower is sandwiched between the bottom and top of the stamen. Place the stamen so it is stretches out from the middle of the flower.
  • Your Yellow Hibiscus Flower Tissue is done. Fluff the flower layers to look beautiful and full.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jaw Dropping and Heart Stopping…

I found a gorgeous craft area on Pinterest—I find a lot of gorgeous craft areas and other stuff on Pinterest. But this little one got me. I had to remember to close my mouth after my jaw dropped. It is so simple--pretty and bright and organized!

I wanted to know more so I sought out the original source (Etsy: The Storque) and found a wonderful article. This time, my heart almost stopped because I recognized myself so clearly in the author’s words. The article is short and worth the read.

I have felt guilty for a lot of things lately…not getting things done, having too many things to do, wanting to do everything myself, overwhelmed and crashing, and on and on. This article is not just for DIY-ing, it is a good philosophy for my life.

I know I have posted very little lately. I have been caught between wanting to do more and watching my audience grow and then wondering why it all matters. There are a ton of wonderful blogs, sites, and pin boards out there. My little blog is not the prettiest, craftiest, expert-est, or any other “est” around. But, it is my place to share. I guess I need to provide a disclaimer, though. I can’t let my blog or craft projects take over my whole life. I need time to live my real life and enjoy it while I am at it.

I will still post projects and tutorials from time to time, but I can’t promise when or with what frequency. I hope you will still follow along—who doesn’t like an audience? But, at least you know what’s going on. Thank you so much for the kind emails wondering what happened to me. I’m here, I’m fine, and I am really living my life--thanks! 

Please tell me I am not the only who feels this way. And, don’t forget to read that article. It is a good reality check for anyone who likes to craft!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Guest Post on Snips and Spice

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 (click picture to link to my post)

I got to guest post for the lovely Malory at Snips and Spice on her birthday (kind of ;) so I made her a treat!

I hope you will go check out my {Zero Calorie} Cupcakes!
(Yeah, there’s really no such thing as true “zero calorie” yummy-ness is there?)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Yahtzee 20

Guess where I am today?
I'm Feelin' Crafty

Yep! I am participating in this series:
I'm Feelin' Crafty

How fun, right?

I hope you hop over there, check out my project and leave me a little love!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back in School and Back to the Blog!!!

OK, my older children are back in school today and I think I might be back! (I know, I know...the rest of you have been back for weeks, but I have hung on to every last bit of summer! We don't go back until the day after Labor Day every year so please forgive me for posting this so "late"--it's on time for us. 
I shared this on The CSI project last week.)

I have learned a lot of stuff about myself this summer and one thing is that I enjoy my family more than I realized and that blogging takes me away from them. I don't want to give up blogging, but I have to say that I need to slow the pace a bit. Please hang in there with me and don't give up just because I am not pumping out as much stuff--hopefully you can still get lots of good ideas here!

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Each year, I like to send my children to back to school with a small gift for the teacher. While I have pretty good children, it never hurts to make the first impression a good one! I try to send in gifts that the teacher can really use. This is one of my favorites!

And, of course, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!


4 inch wood post
(You will only use a few inches depending on how many note holders you want.)
brown and black paint
white paint pen
wood glue
mini clothespin (Regular sized work, too.)

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Teacher Note Holder 3

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Yep, I told you it was easy! But, while it is very simple and practical, it’s a gift that won’t get tossed on a shelf.

Since I am sure absolutely everyone must be back in school by now, don't forget you can use this idea for Teacher Appreciation in the spring or as an End of the Year gift for your favorite teacher.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Featured Guest: Grey Luster Girl

Hello! It is great to be here on She Wears Flowers!  Let me introduce myself...

My name is Lisa and I am the craziness behind the blog grey luster girl.  I like to sew, plan parties, cook, craft... I love it all!  One of my favorite things to do is to try my hand at new things.  Today I wanted to share with you a new thing that I tried. So here it is. My tutorial on:

How To Make Your Own Abacus

What in the world is an abacus you say? It is basically an old school calculator.  I had to watch a video on YouTube to see how it worked, but no matter.  We won't really be using it for calculating.  So what can you use it for?  Decorating for one.  Check out this oversized abacus from Potterybarn:

Or if your house is anything like mine, the decorations double as play toys.

So let's get started!

First, gather your supplies. 

I saw these wooden wheels at Hobby Lobby and they just looked perfect. Plus they were 50% off which is also perfect.  If you wanted your abacus to be bigger, then bigger wheels would look great as well. My wheels were 3/4'' by 3/16. I  bought 3 bags which game me a total of 48 wheels. I happened to have some skewers on hand that were just the right size to go through the holes.  Lastly you need the wood for your frame.  I bought mine at Lowes for $1.68. It says it is two inches wide but it was more like 1.5 inches wide.  

First I spray painted my wheels.  I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint and it only took a couple of coats. 

Next step is to cut your wood.  I cut four 7 inch pieces of my wood to form the outer square and then an inner piece that was about 6.25 inches.  

Measure and mark the spots were your holes are going to be.  The interior piece of wood will have holes going all the way through. The top and bottom pieces will have holes going about half of the way through.  My holes were marked 1 inch apart.  I used 6 skewers so I made 6 holes.

Now drill. If you want to stain or paint your wood for the box, now would be a good time. Insert your skewers or dowels into the holes of the interior wood piece. 

Add your wheels. I did 2 wheels on the top and 6 wheels on the bottom.  

Now mark and drill your holes for the top and bottom.  If you are going to offset the outside box like I did, then make sure you lay the square out like you would if it was all finished and align your marks for the holes with the existing skewers.  

Using wood glue or a finishing gun, attach the side strips. I used wood glue. 

You're done! 

It was so fun being here and I hope that you will pop over to my blog grey luster girl and find some more new fun tutorials!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Featured Guest: Simple Simon and Company

Hi. My name is Elizabeth and I blog with my fabulously-creative sister-in-law, Liz. We are two stay at home mommas who love to sew, craft, and just all around stay in our pajamas all day. (If only I were kidding....) We blog at Simple Simon and Co where we like to sew from vintage patterns, hunt for vintage fabric, make crazy messes and see what we can come up with for our $5 Fridays.

Liz and I have been going fabric scrap crazy for the last little while. Liz made this darling shirt out of scraps that were cut and made into binding. And here is one more scrap fabric project that I have had on my brain....Fabric Scrap Bracelets.

The idea is not mine, I got it from this genius tutorial....which I love. The neckace looks like Wilma Flinstone to me and I think it is darling. I totally want to make one for myself.

For these bracelets I wanted to do them as a summer project with my girlie, so I had to figure out a different way than using the wire to hold them together.

Here's what I came up with....
You will need a long strip of fabric scraps. All of these were 2x 6 inch rectangles that were sewn together in one big long chain, but you could do the same technique out of all the same fabrics in long strips....or make your scrap fabric any size you want.

And here's how you do it.

Trust me when I say my almost-six-year-old loved it! She helped roll the balls, I hot glued them and she has been wearing it ever since. A good kid-friendly project that has a gajillion possibilities. A 4th of July one, larger-sized balls in an apothecary jar, made into a garland (I am totally doing that next....stay-tuned). Ok, you get the idea. Now, go get your scrap bin...and get rolling. It's kind of addicting.

Thanks for letting me guest post today...we love She Wears Flowers!

Simple Simon & Co

Monday, June 27, 2011

Win One of My Bags!!

Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 1

Oh, how could I forget? Summer brains, I’ve got my summer brains right now—all fun and no work!

Wouldn’t you love to win one of these little sling bags for your daughter, niece or friend?
Just Sew Sassy Giveaway 2

Jump over to Just Sew Sassy right away and enter the giveaway!
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I'm thrilled to be participating and would just love it if one of my loyal readers won this bag! 
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One lucky winner will receive this bag along with 2 interchangeable flowers to accessorize the bag.
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Get over there quick and sign up to win!

Be sure to check out the other giveaways at Just Sew Sassy. Giveaways all month long--yay!

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