Friday, January 20, 2012

Flowers and Tea Parties

We made some flowers this week. It's been frigid cold, too cold to go outside for any length of time so the girls and I created our own fun inside. I've seen these flowers all over Pinterest and decided this would be the week to make them. I used several different tutorials to get ideas from and then created my flowers based on the fabric and embellishments I had here at home. I was so pleased with how they turned out! I left them all just as flowers with room for a bobby pin or hair clip or safety pin so I can use them in a variety of ways.

The brown flower with the wooden beads is the same white fabric as the other flowers, I just dyed it with tea! I soaked the circles of fabric with several tea bags for about 24 hours and got a very nice brown.

The blue plaid flower is cotton flannel. And the floral white pattern flower and the green flower are cotton as well. All the others are tulle and white sheer, leftovers from my wedding dress. I made 14 flowers all told, and they really did come together rather quickly.

The tutorials I used:

Fabric Rosettes

Using Sheer Fabric

And just for fun, some more inspiration!

Ribbon Headband

And some creative uses for all the flowers!

  It's been a week long project but I've had so much fun and so have the girls. Khaira's been on my lap while I sewed or sleeping. Kilmeny has emptied the entire contents of my fabric, counted the beads, drawn on everything including her dolly with the permanent marker, and has decided what flowers belong to whom. And we have drunk tea. Lots of tea. And maybe had a bit of chocolate too.

Are you staying warm and creative?


  1. They are lovely... and so are the bows!:)

    1. Thanks, Anne. I was so pleased with how they turned out and I think my girls are pretty lovely too. =)

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    1. Gifts for two little nieces, Laura? =)

  3. I LOVE these!!! What a splendid idea to do on a cold week. :-) They make me grin. :-) I haven't done anything too creative lately - but I DID buy a sketch pad and some paintbrushes and I hope to get some watercolors and markers next. :-)

    1. Aren't they just darling? I love how they turned out! It felt so good to do something creative like this again.
      Enjoy your sketching and painting, I'm in awe of you for doing that. That is not my forte, at all! =)



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