Monday, October 17, 2011

New Jewels: Brooches and Beads

On a roll.  I was lucky enough to receive a fantastic package from my hubby's step momma, Diane.  She loves to visit antique markets and estate sales...I want to be her when I grow up.  I had asked her if she could look for some brooches and lace to assist with my recent accessory obsession.  She totally delivered.

And then there's this one.  It was so cool, it already found a home atop a double strand of milky glass beads.

It has an occasion and a future owner, but for now...shhhhh.  It's a secret.  Thanks, Diane!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Vintage Lace Necklace

Oh, I've just been so inspired lately!  I don't know if it's the new job, the discovery of pinterest, or my decision to stop worrying about Sweet March.  Yep...I made a decision a while ago that I can't make dolls anymore.  I'm sure there are a few more in me and perhaps in a few years I'll come back to it.  But for now, the dolls in the shop are it.  They'll be up until Christmas, and then who knows.

Once that decision was made, I suddenly felt free to explore other crafty ventures.  This weekend, while I was visiting my favorite antique shop downtown, I happened upon a collection of old lace.  I was completely inspired and picked up a few little packs.

Pretty, right?  It's been a while since I've made something for this, I'm thrilled with.

You can tell I like it by the silly look on my face.  Trying not to grin like a muppet!!

DIY Anthropologie Style Lamp - Felted Flower Goodness

Usually, my home decor inspiration comes from Pottery Barn.  But this time, it's a different favorite.

If I could live in Anthropologie, I would.  But somehow, I don't see the store managers thinking that was so great.  Especially considering that while I love everything they sell, I have a terrible time digesting their prices and to date have purchased nothing from their store.  Take for example, my latest obsession: The Rose Landscape Shade priced at $98.

Hello, gorgeous.  But at $98, I expect to get a base, a lightbulb and a small house elf to come turn it on and off for me.

Enter all that leftover felt from Rach and Kyle's wedding.  I had almost the exact color scheme sitting up in my craft room.  While the Anthro version is probably raw silk and tulle (by the looks of it), I thought I would make my version from this massive collection of felt.  I was also thinking rather ambitiously and planned to make two.  But after seeing the effect, I think it needs to be a signature piece.

I found a $15, burlap covered drum lamp shade at Target.  I choose the burlap because felt will almost naturally cling to roughness of it.  Because of the natural cling, arranging the leaves and flowers would be much easier.  I'm also a fan of the color....while the Anthro shade is a chocolate linen, I thought this was a pretty good alternative.

For the leaves on the Anthro shade, it's all little stitches.  I decided to stick with the felt, free hand cut the leaves and add little stitches to that.  Same shabby effect.  So much less time.

I started with the multi layer white "magnolias" on the right.  Easy enough to cut free hand.  Should you need a template, there's a great one here.  After I cut all three layers, I stitched them together at the center knowing that I was going to put some vintage pearl buttons I have over top of the stitches.  If you prefer to not stitch, glue will work just as well.  You should never use hot glue on a lampshade...why?  Because lamps put off heat and heat will remelt your glue.  One day you'll turn it on and those flowers will melt off like the dude's face in Raider's.  Maybe not that dramatic and gross, but the same principal is at work.

As for the little flowers, the color combo was a bit tricky.  If you look close, there are yellows and oranges but also pinks and deep reds.  In a pile, it looked like a big ol' mess...but I just trusted and went along and sure worked out.  But before the "tah dah!!",  here is the baby flower construction.

The Anthro technique would not work with felt so if you want to make exact rosettes like those, go here.  I stuck with a rose that I'm familiar with constructing.  Cut a strip of felt no bigger than 3/4inch wide and approximately 12" long.  Much thicker and the flower will be too far off the shade, much longer and it will be too wide.  So cut your strip and then scallop it.

From one end, roll keeping the unscalloped edge lined up.  Voila, baby rose.

Stick a straight pin through it to hold.  I like to cut and roll all of them and then stitch.  For some reason it makes the work go faster.

To make the multi colored ones, just do the same thing with two different colors, one on top of the other.    Stitch up on the bottom side and you're set.  The multi ones look like this:

If you notice, the Anthro Shade has flowers all the way around, but also, it looks kind of dark when you turn it on.  Since I wanted to actually use this as a functioning light source, I opted to do just the front.  Everything is glued on using Aileen's and left over night to dry.  The result is sweet and I'm a little in love.

So let's add this up.  I probably used about two or three 9x12 sheets of each color felt at $.70 each.  The total felt cost was around $10.  The pearl buttons were $2 at a flea market and the shade was $15 at Target.  The lamp base was one we had hanging around the house (I have a collection of the most RANDOM house is like where weird lamps go to die).  Total cost for the project:  $27.

And now it has a home.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rachel + Kyle's Farm Fabulous Wedding - Alternative Felt Flowers

My dear friends got married this weekend.  It was a very special night (this is me getting all teary thinking about it).  They did not hire a florist and as an alternative, the bride crocheted several "billy balls" and I made the felt ones.  Put them all together with some vintage brooches, silk, velvet ribbon & twine and you have something Farm Fabulous.

Enjoy the crafty eye candy.

Groom's Boutonniere

 Mother of the Groom Corsage

 Ring Bearer Boutonnieres

 Maid of Honor Bouquet

And finally....the Bridal Bouquet.

The Happy Couple (and the amazingly perfect dress from the 30s.  She looked amazing).

Congratulations Rachel and Kyle!!