Sunday, April 21, 2013

Burlap Crown in Texas Bluebonnets

I got a text from Bella Jewel Photography last month asking if I could put together a crown with neutrals to coordinate with her daughter's burlap wings. I knew it would need lots of texture since it had to stay neutral so I set off to Michael's and started touching everything and comparing textures.  This is what I came up with -

I sketched the crown onto gold paper and then lined it with thick gold glitter and burlap trim. Then I layered on honey golden flowers and a large creamy layered linen flower, and I added hand-cut butterflies from Graphic 45 paper.

She took her girls out into the bluebonnets to get pictures - one of my favorite Texas traditions and here are a couple pictures of the crown being enjoyed by its tiny owner. :)

Sister kisses. So sweet. I love getting to see where my handmade crafts end up and when they make people smile. :) Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Handmade Wedding Veil and Hair Comb

I have a super special and fun project to share with you that I created recently. My friend, Amy, that I have known since I was a teenager got married recently and she asked me to stretch my creative limits and make her a wedding veil. I had thought about making one before. I have a touch of the mad hatter inside of me, but I always dread making something for a wedding because what if something goes wrong? Eek! But she was super sweet and chill and such a dear friend. Her brother was the best man in my wedding, and her mom took some of the only pictures I have from my wedding reception. I also have some of the sweetest memories of spending summer nights hanging out at their house reading a book listening while their family chatter swelled around me. Anyway, when she asked I couldn't say no! So I started digging through my supplies looking for something to match her stark white dress. I found some white tulle that I loved, a white velvet Maya Road flower, and some stamens left over from some long forgotten project, but that was about the extent of it. So that meant shopping! ;) I suffered through it. Haha.

This is what I came up with based off her initial description of what she was looking for - a layered silk flower with a beaded pearl center, vintage lace trim that I oh so carefully shaped with my fabric scissors, iridescent leaves, handmade tulle flowers, beaded stems. I then stitched Russian Tulle to the piece. Big and beautiful to go in her perfectly big and beautiful show stopping red hair. 
 I used my daughter's tiny head with the big curls quite a bit to try to get the sizing. There were a lot of threats "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!" ;)

And here it is on the bride. These pics are shared by a mutual friend and photographer Stephanie Wilson Photography.

Don't you love the look in her eyes?
The next thing I found were these vintage velvet millinery flowers. They were pricey, but so beautiful, and I knew right away they'd make a beautiful hair piece. I combined the larger flowers onto a comb with a few of the smaller flowers peeking out like a spray. Here's the piece on the bride. :) 

Anyway, I totally cried at the wedding. I always do, but this time I also grabbed the surprised stranger next to me and squealed "OOOOOOOOh my goodness she's wearing the veil I made!"  I mean, talk about bad timing.. My bad! ;) It was so fun to be part of such a romantic experience. Thanks for taking a peek.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Baby Shower Gifts Paper Bag Albums

I've been spending some recent late nights getting my hands inky and sifting through my ever abounding paper (ribbon, sticker, flower) stash. To that end, I've been enjoying putting together some paper bag albums. :)

 Here's a sweet baby boy album. Navy blues and reds,
 chevron and polka dots, 

 puppies and footprints. 

I also created this matching Welcome Baby Girl album alive with vibrant pinks and greens
 and subtle cream and dusty rose pink
with envelopes and tags for saving those little pictures, mementos and thoughts to journal.

Both are listed in my Etsy shop if you're interested. Thanks for stopping by. :)



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