Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spring fling

I've got flowers on the brain ... and in my hair ... and on my craft table ... and on my dining room table ....

In mid February, I spied a felt flower in a friend's hair, and the wheels in my brain began turning. "I can make that!" I said aloud. My friend, Sarah, was with me, and also admired our friend's felt adornment -- thus I had even more motivation to figure out how to make these hair pretties...

For Sarah, I hand-cut a few layers of daisies using a pattern I made from a Sizzix die. Silly me did not realize that my Cuttlebug die cutter combined with those particular dies could cut the felt much more quickly and cleanly. Once that realization sunk in, I began churning out petal after petal.

Over the last two months, I've been using felt and any scrap of fabric I can get my hands on to make flowers of various shapes and sizes. I'm totally hooked. And now Sarah's hooked, too. We had a craft day to make flowers together, and thanks to a well timed birthday, Sarah now has her own Cuttlebug and a couple of dies.

(These flowers are attached to hair clips and can be removed from the cards.)

I've been experimenting with hand sewing and have attached some flowers to my new purse...

With the feedback and encouragement I've received, I'm motivated to sell flowers on cards like these in my shop (someday -- don't hold your breath!).

In the meantime, I'm having lots of fun bringing Spring into my house and my hair...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Guitar-pick mobile

In honor of my husband's recent birthday, I made a special mobile -- my first to use something other than paper. He is a guitarist and music enthusiast, so his first RooksPaperScissors mobile features actual guitar picks. Natalie picked out the red one...

It was surprisingly easy to punch holes in the plastic picks, and the whole mobile came together relatively quickly.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bright dots outer space mobile

The pieces for this mobile have been sitting in a pile on my craft table for a month or so, and last weekend I finally cut and bent the wire and assembled the mobile. The bright colors make me smile whenever I look at it (usually after I bump my head on it)...

In the two years I've been making mobiles, I've also been coming up with ways to photograph them in motion. Finding big enough solid backgrounds that didn't strain my or my husband's arms (I once had him hold up a big dark blue quilt) was the biggest challenge.

I finally rigged a semi-permanent background in front of the craft room window -- two dowel rods, five mug hooks, several clothes pins, and some twine to suspend a roll of white paper and a sheet of dark blue cardstock.

It all works, and now I won't procrastinate taking photos for my Etsy shop (in theory!).

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring flowers mobile

These beautiful blooms have been on my mind and my drawing board for several months. I finally sat down and created this mobile for a friend in honor of her new baby girl.

I'm excited to make more flower mobiles, largely because it was fun and relatively easy to assemble the flowers. Unlike the other mobiles I've made, every shape is die cut with Sizzix dies and my Cuttlebug (I've also been using those dies to make felt and fabric flower hair clips -- I'll share photos of those soon).

Plus, I'm absolutely crazy about this paper and its subtle metallic sheen (Bazzil Basics Bling papers). In fact, I bought every color that the local craft shop had in stock! More and more exciting color combinations keep popping in my head.

My next new mobile design will feature these flowers and some butterflies -- so perfect for spring!