Monday, March 28, 2011

Purple Flowers for a Cause

A fellow teacher at my school has been having major heart health issues over the passed several months. Anyone who's been through anything like that, or know someone who has, knows how difficult it is...and then you throw medical bills on top of everything, and life gets even tougher. In order to help defray some (even a small fraction?) of her family's expenses, my boss asked me if I could make up some of my flower pins to sell. Of course I jumped at the chance to use my creativity for a cause. Cheryl's (the teacher I mentioned) favorite color is purple, and I think these turned out lovely.

I hope they sell!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Birds and Flowers

A few weeks ago, I found this silly looking little flower in the dollar section of Joann's. I knew that with a little paper, Mod Podge, and distressing, I could really make it bloom.

The next transformation began when a co-worker gave me a Costco-sized tin of Pirouettes. Husband ate the vanilla ones, and I ate the chocolate. When they were gone, I had the perfect tin for a little bedside trashcan for tissues.
With some book pages, scrapbooking paper, and Mod Podge, I gave it a whole new look. I love the way it turned out!

I linked this post up to Thirty Handmade Days.

An Explanation

Hello! If you take a walk through my blog, you'll notice that most of the posts dated before this one, were put up over a couple of days. To be honest, I started Always Springtime Flowers quite a while ago, and then got caught up with life, and forgot about it. Then I realized that though I had stopped posting projects, I hadn't stopped taking pictures of them. I didn't want to miss out on sharing them, so I put them up so that they could still be enjoyed.

From here on out, I will endeavor to stay more current.

Enjoy Springtime, wherever you are.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring is Coming!

Quilled Gifts

A few months ago I decided I was going to learn the ancient art of quilling. I got excited, and made a couple of gifts for friends.

The first is a picture frame that went into a friend's nursery. Lovely shades of pink and green, I think.

The second is a, well, I'm not sure what you'd call it. But it was a housewarming gift for a friend, and her husband. They have a baby "bird," named Eden.

I linked this post up to Thirty Handmade Days.

Wall Flowers for a Nursery

My friend, Carissa, asked me to make some flowers to grace her baby's nursery walls. They turned out super cute.
All boxed up and ready to send to her.

Mother/Daughter Hairpiece Set

I made this set to send to my dear friend, Lilly, and her girl. Unfortunately when she got them, her daughter's had fallen apart in the mail (though her's was still mostly intact). I used fabric glue, but apparently I should have used a glue gun. Or something else? Lesson learned. I want to get it figured out, because I think they turned out really pretty! The button centers are handmade with black organza.

This post is linked up to Sassy Sites...felt addition. Go check it out if you're looking or more felt-fun inspiration.

First Paper Dahlias

These were my first successful attempts at paper dahlias. Both papers were purchased at an adorable shop in Estes Park.

Brendan and Carissa

I have to admit that out of all the weddings I've done, the way these flowers turned out is my favorite. The bride, Carissa, is an interior designer with an impeccable eye for color, and texture. She chose all the flowers, and I arranged them.

A bridesmaid's bouquet
Each one was slightly different.

The Bride's sister, and maid of Honor, Erin.

Carissa's bouquet
Brendan and Carissa
The gorgeous bride

Kast Wedding

These are flowers that I did for my boss's daughter. I was in a hurry to get out the door (it was snowing like crazy, and the roads were really bad), and get back home, so I didn't take the time to get great pictures. But here's what I have...

The bride's bouquet

Bridesmaids' bouquets
I really like how they turned out.
Mother's corsage

Up close of the daisies...they were so pretty!

And since there were a few left over,
I made an arrangement for our table.