Monsoon Showers Bring Fall Flowers??

when i first started wedding planning, i decided i wanted my wedding colors to be purple and silver.  i loved the red and white color combo i’d seen at another wedding several years ago, but i also realized, in my research, that that color scheme was very popular and had become somewhat common.  well the hell if i’m not going to be different!  as i said in my last post, i wanted to DIY craft everything!  the first project i thought to take on was fabric pomanders.  all of the tutorials looked easy enough, so i thought i might even switch it up a little and attach my fabric circles to star shaped foam, since the other component of my wedding theme was “fantasy under the stars” (my husband is a big science and astronomy nerd so i had to get stars in there without being too high-school-prom about it!)  i started out by hand tracing and cutting small circles out of some purple fabrics i’d collected.  when i finished one fabric pattern, i cut up another swatch, intending to do this with another 2 patterns for texture and variety.   i spent weeks cutting circles, and to be honest, i was regretting taking on the project!  the only reason i didn’t scrap it sooner was that i’d already spent so much money on it, i felt i had to follow through.  but then came the dress.  ohhhhh that dress!  i stepped into that Alfred Angelo number in red and white with long red and silver embroidered train and that was it!  i could have gotten it in a shade of purple, but i didn’t like any of the shades offered.  and i didn’t like the red either.  I LOVED IT!!  and so, in the dress shop, in the trial dress, with my parents and grandmother as witness, i switched the wedding colors to red, black, white, and silver.  and i scrapped the pomander project.  no way was i going to start over with red fabric!

so what to do with all of that left over fabric?  and those circles i had cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut out?  i know… FLOWERS!  flowers for hair!  flowers for clothes!  flowers for wreaths!  FLOWERS FOR ME!

while these pretty purple pansies (i needed something with a p!) are my most recent creations, and what you’ll find on my in-progress Etsy shop, Just the Ends, they were not my first or only endeavors this year.

i began by using some leftover red tulle to create this little pretty.  super simple to make, it’s just different size tulle circles, melted around the edges with a candle, and layered on top of each other over a felt circle.  i sewed them all together with a little pearlesque button i had laying around.  this picture doesn’t do it nearly enough justice, but i did get a lot of compliments on it when i wore it out.  my ego blushed and i decided to give some more flowers a try.

st. patty’s day was coming up and i thought, “hey, i can make something festive!”  what i actually ended up doing was designing a flower in my head, buying the materials, then letting them all sit in my craft box until about a week ago!  and even then my only motivation was so that i could use the left over fabric in a future project with the purple fabric.  hah!  i’m very proud of how this one turned out though it was not how i had originally intended, and it gave me a little practice with bunching tulle, which i’ve decided is a bit of a pain in the a$$ to work with (but then again, so am i)!

from these simple little projects, i’m learning some crafting basics.  hotglueing, placement, hand stitching, how to work with tulle at all, and design.  my next project is a tulle tutu skirt for a little girl.  again with the tulle!  but i have a whole bolt of black tulle left over from the wedding that we never used (thank you Joann coupons!)  viola!  material for halloween tutus!

Red Tulle Flower Hair Fascinator

The past two days I’ve been browsing a lot of crafting sites, blogs, and forums.  I guess I caught the crafting bug because I decided to start and finish a project I’d been contemplating taking on for a couple of weeks now.  It all started a couple of weeks ago when I realized that I forgot to bring any cute hair decorations with me when I moved in January.  I’ll be picking everything up in March for the official “big” move, but until then, I had no way to cute up my hair!  So I found some hair clips at the dollar store and snapped them up.  I knew I had some tulle and a glue gun with me, and I had made a tulle flower to decorate a box for holding my wedding RSVPs last year.  So I thought, why not make another and stick it on a hair clip then stick it in my hair!

So, with the influence of a thousand craft forums, I got to work!  I’m not great at tutorials so I’ll just give a quick run down of how I did it.

1. cut circles out of tulle.  i cut two sizes: large and small.

2. use a lighter to lightly singe the edges of each circle.  edges will curl up which is a good thing! that gives depth and texture to the look.

3. stack singed circles (now petals) in a nice arrangement then sew all layers together through the center.

4. sew a small button to the center of the flower.

5. cut a small circle of out felt, about half the diameter of the biggest tulle circle.  hot glue the felt circle to the back of the flower.  sew through center again for extra support if you want (i did).

6. cut a rectangular strip of felt just a touch smaller than the widest part of the felt circle.  hot glue the very edges of the strip to the felt circle.  you should be able to slip your finger right behind the felt strip.  this is where you can slip through any type of hair clip you want to use!

Viola!  Tulle Flower Hair Fascinator FTW!!

Update: i wore my flower pin out today and got complimented on it!  so awesome! i almost didn’t say it, but then i did because i thought “what the hell?! why not take some credit?” and said thank you, that i’d just made it yesterday! 😀 that felt nice