Monday, March 22, 2010

Thing Number 9: Dahlias!

This afternoon, I was determined to Make. Not just dinner. Not just a mess. Not just bread. (Although we did turn out 3 loaves of tasty LoLo Bread today. Mmm.)

So, I did what I love to do - first, I "made" A List. I started by listing everybody who I felt needed something from my two little hands, and then I listed everything I intended to make for them.

HA!
haha.

Oh dear.....if wishes were pennies...

Moving on!

For example, the kids need summer clothes sumpin' fierce, and...well, Myrnie needed a brooch for a fabulous new cardi she made herself. (I believe the exact description she used was "enormous" and "gaudy." Heh. I can help with that!)

Luckily, I have a fabulous calendar from my sister in law with a new project every few days! I've loved the projects...and, what I love most of all, is that most of them come from other crafty bloggers.

Earlier this year, I made some pinwheel coasters, inspired by one of the projects from January.

Since I was looking for a brooch for mah sistah, and this week's project just happened to be a brooch...I decided it was fate.

I had a little trouble getting started, but a quick look at the blogger's original post (and comments) cleared up my confusion and helped me turn this...
...into this.

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I finished it by gluing another circle of felt onto the back, to hide the stitches and give it a little more stability. I'm going to send it off to its new home soon...and Myrnie, since I know you're reading this, just go ahead and hot-glue a pin to the back. I don't have any in my stash, and I think if I add one more package of anything right now (pre-move!) to the chaos that is my craft room, it might just implode. I know you understand.

I really love how this turned out...and I plan to make more this week! The link to the tutorial is above, or if you're an instant-gratification kind of person....well, I was going to say I was going to list them in my shop, but it's not my tute...but it is a craft that was supposed to be really popular 30 years ago, so is it copyrighted? *headache kicking in* (The shop is, currently, empty. I'm kind of re-thinking it right now, so if there's something you'd like to see in there, let me know in the comments! I'm vacillating between listing some quilted things...or more aprons...or just the end results of tutorials here. Thoughts? Of course, this dahlia isn't my tutorial...but the end results of my tutorials could end up in the shop. )


11 comments:

m.o.M. said...

Just checking in! Love that dahlia! Now I know what to do with the odds and ends of rickrack I have accumulated over the years.
I'm with you...I miss TAD! Boo Hoo.

Myrnie said...

I'm completely freaking out over here. I GET TO WEAR THAT THING ON MY CARDI?? I don't care what the kids dish out tonight- it's a good night (now) :) You, my dear, are a gem. (And yes- I have a package or two of pins I could glue on the back :) DON'T BUY ANYTHING before you come. Seriously, my craft stash is ridiculous- come help me clear it out!!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Ooooh, I love this one so much!! Gorgeous!

Su said...

That's just lovely!

I feel the need to make some too :)

doh, is it copyrighted? Who knows? You could always try contacting the first blogger to get her input.

LeeAnn said...

What a pretty dahlia!! Great idea. I have some vintage ric rac that would be good for them. Oh geez - now I have one more thing that I'd like to make. hahaha

Vanessa said...

I love, love, love it!! Great job, such a great idea!!

Mags said...

Those would also make cute hair thingies for girls. Can you tell I'm having a girl?! I'm already thinking about this stuff, lol.

OliveStreetStudio said...

oh my gosh!! ADORABLE both ways! I never would've guessed it was ric-rac....

shelia said...

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

funplayroom said...

It is beautiful!!! I love it!!!
Thanks for sharing!!

Lia said...

it's soooo lovely, dear!! I love it :)