December 26

Try This – Felt Strip Flowers

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The inspiration for these flowers comes from two felt Christmas ornaments.

Strip Flowers 1

Cut 8 strips. These strips are 3″ x 1/2″. I also cut a small felt circle to glue my petals on to.

Strip Flowers 2

Glue the ends of the strips together to form petals.

Strip Flowers 3

Glue the petal strips onto the felt circle. You choose…glue them flat or on their sides.

Strip Flowers 4

Add a button center and you have a cute felt strip flower.

Strip Flowers 5

The variations are endless. You can snip the petals, make the strips thinner, thicker, longer, shorter and just think of all the color and flower center variations.

Daily Inspiration

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There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

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December 19

Try This – Powder Puff Ornaments

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Today, I’m guest posting over at So You Think You’re Crafty. I’m making cute ornaments from powder puffs. Please, check it out.

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So You Think You’re Crafty is a head-to-head crafting competition, hosted by Missy. Every 10 weeks a new group of crafters is selected.  Each week the crafters are given a theme and YOU vote for your favorite.  The winner makes a free tutorial and the loser gets ‘sent home.’ Season 14 starts on January 7. You can check out past seasons by clicking on the Past Crafts link.

Thank you, Missy, for inviting me to do a guest tutorial.

Daily Inspiration

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All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.

James Russell Lowell

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December 12

Try This – Felt Pinecones

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Pinecone 1

I’ve been wanting to make these for a long time. I saw them in the Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts 2011 magazine. You can find the pattern here.

Pinecone 2

I started by cutting out the pattern pieces.

Pinecone 3

I ironed a piece of freezer paper on to the felt, then traced and cutout the pattern pieces.

Pinecone 4

Following the instructions…

Pinecone 5

…I layered the pieces on a lollipop stick.

Pinecone 6

I cut a piece of wire and wrapped a thin strip of felt around it to form the stem.

Pinecone 7

I glued the stem and a pinked circle of felt on the pinecone to finish.

Pinecone 8

You can make them in your favorite colors or in browns to look more natural.

Daily Inspiration

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 The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.

Terri Guillemets

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December 5

Try This – 3-D Felt Ornament

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December’s “Try This” posts will be all about Christmas…fun little crafts I’d like to try. I saw this ornament in the Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts 2011 magazine.

Cut a piece of felt 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Roll the piece of felt into a cylinder and glue.

Trace the ornament shape on the felt and cut out 12 pieces.

Why I only photographed 9 pieces is a mystery. Glue the straight edge of the pieces to the cylinder. Thread yarn through a bead and glue it on top of the ornament.

To see the ornament in two colors of felt, check out Felt 3-D Christmas Ornament on the Better Homes & Gardens website.

 Daily Inspiration 

 I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Charles Dickens

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November 28

Try This – Frill Flower

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November’s “Try This” posts all feature flowers. This week’s flower was made using Clover’s Flower Frill Templates.

The kit comes with 2 templates  of each size and an instruction sheet.

I started by cutting 15 fabric squares and threading a needle.

Following the instructions, fold the fabric.

Cut the fabric following the template.

Insert the needle and pull the thread through.

Continue constructing petals and stringing them on the thread.

When you have all the petals finished, gather them together.

Remove the needle and tie the two ends of the thread together.

Pull the petals open to create a nice, full flower.

Art Every Day Month – Day 28

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

 

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

Peter F. Drucker

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November 21

Try This – Fleece Petals Flower

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I love making flowers from fleece.  They’re soft, but the fleece gives them plenty of body.  Here’s cute and easy fleece flower.

Cut a strip of fleece.  Mine is 2″ x 16″.

Using a circle template, trace the petals.  In the spirit of the season, I used a can of turkey gravy.

Cut off the excess.

Along the straight edge, sew a running stitch using large stitches.

Gather and stitch the ends together.

I added a circle of felt to the back and a button to the center.

Art Every Day Month – Day 21

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

Soren Kierkegaard

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November 14

Try This – Stitched Felt Flower

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Super easy, super quick, super cute.

I made a four-petal paper pattern, then cut two pieces using two different colors of felt.

Backstitch around the pieces using one strand of embroidery floss.

Place one piece on top of the other…

…and add a button to the center.  A quick, easy flower.

Art Every Day Month – Day 14

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare

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November 7

Try This – Puff Flower

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My creative time this month is consumed with painting for Art Every Day Month, so November’s “Try This” posts will be a potpourri…anything that strikes my fancy and is fun and easy.  Today, a puff flower.

Start by cutting a circle.  I used felted wool.

Sewing a running stitch around the edge, just as you would to make a yo-yo.

Pull the thread to gather the stitches and fill with fiberfill.

Using embroidery floss, stitch up through the middle of the puff, wrapping the thread around to the bottom and stitching up through the middle again.  Repeat this five times.

Finish by stitching beads to the center of the flower…

or a pretty button.

Art Every Day Month – Day 7

Here is today’s painting…

 Daily Inspiration

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.

Thomas Hardy

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October 31

Try This – Backgrounds 12-14

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Tomorrow is the start of Art Every Day Month.  I plan to paint one girl a day, so I’ve been preparing my background canvases these last two months.

This week, I prepared three background canvases using the same stencil.

I started with three pink canvases…a light, medium and dark.

On the lightest canvas, I used a variety of colors.

On the medium canvas, I used a lime green.

On the dark pink canvas, I used red.

Super easy, but interesting.

Daily Inspiration

Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.

Peter Finley Dunne

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October 24

Try This – Backgrounds 7 Through 11

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I’m getting ready for November’s Art Every Day Month.  I plan to paint one girl a day, so I’ve been preparing my background canvases these last two months.

 

I realized I had better step it up  because I would like to have 30 canvases started by November 1st, and I only have 9.  Yikes!  I decided to make 5 canvases this week, using the same 5 colors. 

 

I used four Martha Stewart Satin paints…Beach Glass, Green Curry, Sea Lavender & Pollen and one Ceramcoat paint…Trail Tan.

 

Once I get painting the girls, the backgrounds may change…a little or a lot.

 

This just gets me started.  16 more canvases to go.

Daily Inspiration

 

The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.

Ana Jacob 

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