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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Charming Brooch Bouquet for a Charming Lady Part 2

So you saw the last pics of this pretty chiffon and satin brooch bouquet; now check out the completed product. The last pictures you saw were the handmade flowers, jewelry, and filler flower base. This is the bouquet after the shell has been created and the instead is stuffed with more fabric to make it strong and full. The tulle skirt has been added and the handle is wrapped with ivory satin.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Charming Brooch Bouquet for a Charming Lady!

This brooch bouquet has been a pleasure to work on; the bride-to-be is a doll, and I think that is reflected in this bouquet quite nicely. The brooch bouquet is mainly ivory with subtle hint of baby pink. The sparkle and shine of this bouquet comes from gold, pearl, and silver brooches, cocktail rings, and several other sparkly vintage jewelry findings. Vintage pearls strands are draped lightly through out the bouquet, and the entire piece will be finished with a tulle skirt and ivory satin ribbon handle. I think this bouquet is one of my favorite so far. It is gorgeous, and it reflects the sweet personality of the customer.

To see this bouquet completed check out this post

*If you are interested in a custom bouquet like this one feel free to check out my etsy shop or email me directly at


If you are interested in a custom bouquet like this one feel free to check out my etsy or email me directly. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Bridal Bouquets Displayed at Planning Pretty Bridal Event on Feb 24th

I am excited to announce that my bridal bouquets and accessories will be displayed at this event. There will be a very pretty toss bouquet up for raffle, and special handmade fabric flower accessories in the goodie bags. Check back later this week for a sneak peak at what the lucky bride-to-be will receive. This event is going to be a lot of fun for brides, and here is some more details.

Westchester Hair Stylist, Melissa Scrofani and Meredith Hayman, Makeup Artist invite you to learn hair and makeup looks for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and honeymoon that you can do yourself with confidence and ease. Get wedding planning tips from other top Hudson Valley wedding professionals including Monica from Antique Honey Photography, David Nazario from APB Entertainment, Sarah Lusardi from NY Engagements and Jason from JDS Hometraining. Join us for cocktails, snacks, raffles, and try out a pose or two in a custom Antique Honey photo booth! Invitation only. We expect a big turn-out so choose one special friend (who is also engaged) or your Maid-of-Honor to bring with you. This event requires registration:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

How to Make a Fabric Flower Corsages Easily and Inexpensively

I have been making all sorts of fabric flowers and bouquets lately, and it is a complete obsession I think at this point. I am thinking about flowers when I fall asleep at night. I made some corsages yesterday, and I thought I would share with you by providing simple steps on how to make a fabric  flower corsage easily and inexpensively.

Here are some pics to help you see the finished fabric flower corsage.You can also click the pic if you liked the corsage but didn't want to make it yourself.

                                                              Dahlia and Peony Corsage

This corsage is easy enough to make; you will need cotton fabric, chiffon fabric, pearls, wire, lace, satin ribbon, scissors, and needle and thread. A burning candle is also important. 

Start by cutting a couple of circles out of the chiffon, and make sure to vary the sizes. Then cut a 12" x 3" long strip from the cotton. Also cut three 4" long strips of lace and a 12" long piece of satin ribbon. Then cut triangles out of one side of the cotton strip. This will create the zigzag edge of the dahlia. 

Cut 2 short pieces of wire and thread a pearl on each. Twist the wire right underneath the pearl to make a small stem. Use the candle to slightly melt the edge of the chiffon circles. This will create a cup like shape. Then use the candle to seal the end of the satin ribbon.

Thread the needle and sew all the chiffon cupped petals on top of each other. Then sew a straight stitch across the botton of the cotton strip that is straight. Pull the thread tight so the strip forms a circle. Sew the 2 ends together.

Stick the wired pearl into the center of the cotton bud and sew shut. Then stick the other wired pearl through the center of the chiffon peony and sew around the base of the wire. Wrap the ends of the wire together so the flowers are facing away from each other, but still close to each other. 

Then wrap the lace strips around the wire to cover it and tie in a knot. Sew the completed embellishment to the ribbon, and your handmade fabric flower corsage is complete. 

 Here are some pics of other corsages I made yesterday as well. You can see how similar steps in this corsage are used in the other ones.

Hope this how to helped you and if you have questions, comments, tips, and tricks I would love to hear them!

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Stay tuned for more fun how to articles!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Crafts for Adults

With all the kids craft ideas out there adults can sometimes get left by the wayside, but this Valentine's Day there are plenty of fun crafts that adults can do. Valentine's Day is not just for eating chocolate and giving roses; it is a great holiday for crafting. This article will provide adults with several Valentine's Day crafts that they can enjoy.
Abstract Love Emotion Painting
Love is a mysterious thing, and it is a simple word, but it is hard to put it into imagery. Instead of focusing on the regular images associated with love this Valentine's Day try making an abstract love emotion painting. For this you will need music that reminds you of love, tempera, acrylic, or watercolor paint, paper, a paintbrush, and a marker.
Start this craft by finding a comfortable spot to work and gathering your materials. Put on the music you have chosen, and get comfortable. Write the word love somewhere on the paper; feel free to put it wherever you like and make it whatever size you like. Next think about love and how it makes you feel and paint. Use whatever colors you like, and whatever images or symbols you like. Try to go with your gut and just paint. When you are satisfied with your love inspired craft you can hang it on your wall for Valentine's Day.
Quote Wall Hanging
For this Valentine's Day craft you will need to find a quote that encompasses what love means to you. It can be short and sweet or a paragraph long. Print the quote out or write it neatly on a piece of paper. Use other mediums to embellish the quote. You can make the first letter much bigger than the rest and make a nice border around that letter and the top and side of the quote, or you can write the quote simply and add some small hearts underneath it. Decorate the quote however you like and frame it. This Valentine's Day craft is a nice way to bring the reminder of love into your home.
Love Collage
Making a love collage is a fun way to examine how you feel about love while making a nice piece of art. For this craft project you will need a piece of cardboard, old magazines, scissors, and glue. Start by cutting out the letters L,O,V, and E, and glue these letters to the middle of the collage. Next cut out several images that remind you of love; if you are thinking about a specific person you can add photos and items that remind you of them. Glue all of these items to the cardboard, and attach a piece of ribbon to the back so you can hang it up for Valentine's Day.
Adults can make many fun and inspiring crafts for Valentine's Day, and spreading love is always a good idea; so why not get out your crafting supplies and start getting artsy!

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