Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mmmmmmmm.... Daffodils!

Hi everyone!

So I just released a new pattern:  The Double Daffodil Brooch.
Daffodils may mean Spring to most people, but to me they also remind me of my very earliest childhood memory- eating a daffodil!

I was born in Springfield, Illinois.  Unbeknownst to me, this pretty urbane factoid would make me oh-so- fascinating when I moved to Argentina- everyone seemed sooo impressed that I was from the actual city from where the Simpson hail!  hey, I'll take it...)
I digress.  So I've been told that I had a fascination with flowers ever since I was a toddler. (Hence the flower patterns 40 some years later?)

I guess I liked daffodils soooo much, that I decided it would be a good idea to eat one!  On the very day we were moving from Springfield to our new home in Park Forest, Illinois!  Daffodils, being mildly poisonous, gave me an upset stomach, and then a rather technicolor vomit (eeew!)

But that's how much I love flowers!

If you'd like to make a daffodil, rather than eat one, click here to buy the pattern!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gazing into 2012

Happy 2012 to all!!!

Don't you wish you had a crystal ball to tell you what the future holds for 2012? 

At least you can make a crystal ball like this one to decorate your favorite room!

This craft brings back memories for me.  It's actually a modern take on the water-filled rose globe my grandma always had sitting on top of her television set when I was little.  I just loved to stare at it, you know, wondering how that (fake) rose stayed so vibrant year after year! 
Looked something like this....

You can set your crystal flower ball where you please... ;)

You'll need the following:

  • (1) Fishbowl with a 6" opening* (found in the floral supply section at Michaels Arts and Crafts.)
  • (1) 6 3/4" Round wooden plaque*  (this one found in the woodworking section at Michaels- it's for making a clock.)
  • Primer
  • Acrylic paint (this one is Martha Stewart all purpose paint in 'Surf.')
  • Fabric flowers (these are all made from my La Todera patterns- see sidebar or click here to order.)
  • Green tissue paper
*  Make sure that the wooden plaque that you buy be slightly bigger than the opening of your fishbowl.

  1. Paint the wooden base with primer.  Let dry.
  2. Paint wooden base with 2 coats acrylic paint.  Let dry.
  3. Set fishbowl down, opening side up.  Place 1 flower on bottom, and prop several flowers around sides, front sides of flowers facing out.  Add crumpled tissue paper to hold in place.
  4. Continue adding flowers and tissue paper to completely fill bowl.
  5. Place base on top of opening, and carefully flip assembly right side up.

Done!  Happy Gazing!