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Introducing Our Spring Bouquet

It seems like in the Spring there are so many occasions when a lovely bouquet of flowers is the perfect gift. Whether it's Easter, Passover, Mother's Day, Graduation or a Dance Recital, the perfect gift is often flowers. The only problem with flowers is that their beauty is fleeting. This year, consider spending the time, making a bouquet that will last forever!

This week we are excited to share our Spring Bouquet. Although they are easy to make, I must admit it is rather time consuming to make a full bouquet, but the end results are so beautiful, trust me... it IS worth the time.

So, here is a peek at our Spring Bouquet. Tomorrow, we will post the directions on how to make your own, AND Wednesday, we will be hosting a very special give away with one of our awesome sponsors!

So come back all week, and think about the person in your life most deserving of this beautiful bouquet. (And, yes, it is perfectly permissible to make them for yourself!)

Felt Poppies



Whether you want a fistful of poppies to bring a bit of sunshine indoors or to hand out for Memorial Day and Remembrance Day, these sweet little flowers are easy to make and delightful when done :)

Note: The original post, Poppies A Plenty, can be found HERE.

Materials:
wool or wool blend felt
green woven fabric
3/8" plastic beads
6" pipe cleaners
embroidery floss

Directions:
Using a Mason jar lid (2 3/4" circle) draw a circle on felt using a disappearing marker and cut out.

Fold the circle into quarters and make a small snip in the middle of the circle. Do it both directions so there is a small cut "x". This needs to be just large enough to pass a covered bead through.)

Place a bead on the end of pipe cleaner, and bend the pipe cleaner about 1" down. Twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the long piece of pipe cleaner so the bead is secured.


Using the Ripe and Tear method described HERE, for each flower ripe a strip of fabric 3/4" x 15" from the green woven fabric. Also, cut one square 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" for each flower.

Lay the pipe cleaner on the backside of the square of fabric with the bead in the center.

Wrap the fabric around the bead. Using 2 strands of matching floss, wrap the thread firmly around the bead 2 or 3 times, then tack in place. Holding the remainder of the fabric against the pipe cleaner, tightly wrap the fabric against the pipe cleaner in a spiral fashion. Tack at the bottom of the fabric.


Using a running stitch and 2 strands of matching floss, sew around the "X" in the middle of the felt. Do not tie off and leave the needle attached.


From the backside, push the fabric covered bead through the "X". Make sure the four tabs made by cutting the "x" remain on the backside.

Gently pull on your running stitch, gathering the circle to the pipe cleaner directly below the bead. Keeping the running stitch gathered, tack in place. Sew the flower to the pipe cleaner, making sure your stitching stays between the tabs and the gathering stitch.

Wrap the green strip around the base of the flower. Make sure the top of the strip covers the gathering line. Stitch around the flower every 1/4" - 1/2". After the first round is complete, angle the strip so it overlaps the strip above it by half. Tack about every 1/2", going through the pipe cleaner on an angle downward. At the end, leave a 1" tail that you wrap around the bottom edge and tack in place.

If you would like, you can leave your flower looking like this.


However, if you would like to give your poppy a more traditional crinkled look, dip the flower in water, making sure the felt is thoroughly soaked.

Remove from water and squeeze out all the extra water. The petals will be wrinkled and stuck together.


Hang the wet poppies upside down, allowing to completely dry.

Once dry, "fluff" the flowers, relaxing some of the wrinkles. If there is a real funky bend to one, simply re-wet, squeeze and dry again. Your poppies are now ready to use how ever you like.

Note: If you'd like to make your poppies bigger, simply cut your circle bigger and use 2 pipe cleans, and use longer pipe cleaners.

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Poppies A Penty!


If you can believe it, I'm still sick. I've been watching this flu/cold change directions so many times I'm dizzy. Seems this week I've settled in to a nice case of laryngitis! Can't complain, though, I am feeling lots better than I did last week at this time! Having said all that, it has put me behind on many of my normal routines, including preparing the Gnome Home for the Spring. So, over the next few days, I will be helping Britta do a bit of Spring Cleaning, and decking the house for the coming months.

I was thinking that it was time to introduce some new flowers into our decorating. Today, I was playing around and happened upon some poppies. Actually, they turned out so pretty I can't wait to incorporate them into the Gnome Home. Here is a peak at the poppies. I'll have directions up before the end of the week! Maybe if I start thinking Spring, it will start warming up around here and my cold will finally go away!  In the meantime, Brrr! 

Moss Covered Felted Stones

"A rolling stone gathers no moss." Quite true. Also true... stones in the Michigan forests don't do much rolling :)  They also get enough shade and dampness to cover most of the stones with moss. For a long time I've been wanting to make some Felted Stones for my house and the gnome's home. When I finally set to doing it this morning, I made a couple, and they just didn't look right. "Ah", I thought. "They need moss!" So the next couple I made I added moss and, "Yep, those look the rocks we find around here!"

To make your own pile of of Felted Stones, collect stones, pull out your roving, and get started. Below are directions for felting stones... with moss, thank you very much!

Materials:
rocks, assorted sizes
roving in natural colors... off white, greys, browns, and moss green
cheese cloth
dish soap

Thoroughly wash your rock to remove dirt and moss.

Wrap your rock in roving. It is better to wrap in multiple thinner layers than I heavy layer. Also, change directions so fibers criss cross. Add character to rock by placing thin pieces of contrasting roving over the rock. If you are adding moss, add thin pieces at the end.


Carefully wrap the rock in cheese cloth going around and over the ends. Wrap firmly, not tight.

Submerge the rock in hot, soapy water. Squeeze and rub the roving covered rock between your hands,  dipping it back in the water frequently.


As soon as you feel the roving beginning to firm up, remove the cheese cloth and finish felting. You can tell it is done when the roving feels firm and smooth.


Run under cool water until all the soap is gone . The change in temperature will help set the recently felted wool. Use a dry towel to soak up the extra water on the stone.

Allow to dry, then use in any way you wish! Perhaps a paperweight? A basket of stones? A tower? Surround your gnome home with a little atmosphere? Who knows? :)

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Pixie's Rainbow Coiled Rag Bowl Revised


I absolutely feel in love with this Coiled Rag Bowl last summer. I made this bowl to hold all the other rainbow gifts I made for Pixie's birthday. I've meant to return to this project and make other containers using this technique, but alas, I have yet to. Hmmm... The roping can be coiled around something as small as a juice glass, or as large as your stainless steel apple bowl! When using a form, the only trick to remember is the sides have to be straight or flare out as you are working. If your ring ever gets smaller than the one before it, you won't be able to get it off your form!

Think of the colors, think of the shapes, and think of the purposes these bowls can be used for!
Directions for how to make your own Pixie's Rainbow Coiled Rad Bowl can be found HERE! If you didn't make one last year, isn't it time your tried!

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