Pinterest Picks – Paper Flowers

September 22, 2014

I recently posted a gorgeous Paper Flower Bridal Bouquet tutorial
by Lia Griffiths, here.

You see,
I absolutely adore making paper flowers. I have Created a myriad of flowers in my time in many shapes, colours and sizes. I just love using the Creative efforts of others as a spur to try a new technique, medium or manner of display.

BUT,
in the early days of my Blogging,
I would constantly compare my work to that of other Creatives.

A HUGE mistake!

Mark Twain did say,
“Comparison is the death of joy”.

Nowadays, I get such a thrill from seeing
the imaginative constructions of others.

It genuinely inspires me to ‘have a go’ and try my own version
of their beautiful composition.

So feast your eyes on these inspirational fleurs.

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Pinterest Picks - Paper Flowers

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1. Emily’s Board: paper flowers
2. Kathryn Grady: paper flowers
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. Classicly Amber: Paper Flowers
4. Shannon Bell: Paper flowers

 As always, if you do make some of your own spring blossoms,
then share a link in the comments.

I would genuinely love to see what your hands Create.

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Rustic Watercolour Flowers

July 2, 2014

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I have come across the most lovely tutorial for these Watercolour Flowers,
by Liz from Love Grows Wild blog.

Such a simple idea,
that anyone who just wanted to be creative,
could easily create their own masterpiece.

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Tutorial Photo

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I can also imagine tables laden with old milk bottles
filled with these flowers
at a Rustic Wedding.

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So as usual, I wanted to try to make my very own.
I really enjoyed it, as compared to so many other tutorials on the Interweb, this tutorial was FAST!
Woo hoo!

So,
follow my simple instructions and make your own lovely version.

And enjoy the process, as when I made mine
– it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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You will need:

Requirements

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Step One – Tear the paper into rough petal shapes

Torn Petals

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Step Two – Adhere the petals onto a waterproof surface area

Sticky Tape

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Step Three – Ensure that only a little piece at the base of each petal is covered in tape

Tape To Small Section Of Petal

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Step Four – Water down the paint really well

Watered Down Paint

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Part Five – I applied a dollop of yellow paint down the centre of each petal

Yellow Dollop On Each Petal

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Part Six – Cover the whole petal with watered down pink paint

Painted Pink Petals

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Part Seven – Remove tape from petals and set aside to dry a little (not completely)

Step 7 - Remove Tape From Petals

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Part Eight – Cut wire to roughly 30cm (12″) lengths

Step 8 - Cut wire to 30cm

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Part Nine – Using small pliers, twist and turn one end of wire to make a stamen – no perfection needed, rough is good

Twisted Wire For A Stamen

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Step Ten – Group all your petals into fives, ensuring that the petals in each group are roughly the same size as each other

 

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Step Eleven – Towards the base of each petal, use the wire to pierce the petals and thread each petal on to the wire – make sure you thread them UPSIDE DOWN so that they will sit right side up when you are finished

Step 11a

 

Step 11b - Thread Petals Onto Wire

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Step Twelve – Arrange petals into a shape of your flower, applying a little dab of glue between each petal

Step 12 - Arrange Petals Into a Flower

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Step Thirteen – Add a generous dab of glue at the back where the flower meets the wire

Step 13 - Glue on the back of the flower

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Step Fourteen – Allow all glue to dry thoroughly

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Step Fifteen – Curve petals of the flower

Step 14 - Curve Petals

Ta da!

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So are you inspired?

I’d love to see your creations.

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Completed Water Coloured Paper Flower

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If you make some flowers yourself, I’d love to see them.
Upload a photo in the comments section.

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Pin It Real Good

June 25, 2014

I am such a fan of Pinterest.

The amazingly wonderful website is used by some for business, others to plan their wedding, some for a craft/fitness/finger nail(?)/cooking/raising children addiction and others to build an in-depth resource for their favourite hobby.

I am on Pinterest because I am passionate.
I am a truly passionate person; I love creating things with my hands.

There is something so incredible with having a vision in my mind  and working towards it’s creation. The mistakes, the trials, the practice and the triumph (& occasionally the failures).

I try a few times a year to go to my Pinterest account and clean it up. Organise any new boards and then check that the ‘pins’ have gone into the correct ‘Board’. It’s quite cathartic .

How Many boards do I have?!?!

How many boards do I have?!?!

So what’s your Pinterest passion?
Do you have a particular board that has a special place in your heart
that you just keep adding & adding to?

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Creative Mind Porn

June 8, 2014

I have just stumbled across the Tumblr Blog of Bella Faye Garden “Lavender Coloured Glasses“,
and I am in total lust.
The images are just incredible.

I love the colours and textures and themes and ‘feel’.

Just gorgeous.

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Bella Faye1

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Bella Faye3

Bella Faye4

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Am I wrong?

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Other Blogger: Graphic’s Fairy

March 25, 2014

For a number of years – at least three – I have been a fan of the Graphics Fairy blog.

A massive fan!

Karen (aka The Graphics Fairy) is INCREDIBLY generous with her
digital work and image editing.

The Graphics Fairy

The Graphics Fairy

I’ve used one of her images here.

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Do you think I put it to good use?

Today I just had to share one of her latest blog posts:
10 DIY Pillow Ideas“.
So absolutely cool!

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Do you love these designs as much as I do?

Aren’t they amazing?

How would you use one of Karen’s designs
to create a designer cushion?

I’d love to see a photo if you give it a try :)

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Colouring In For the Holidays

December 30, 2013

A few parents here and there,
find school holidays a real survival challenge.

Especially the six week long, Christmas/Summer holidays
we have down here in Oz.

But I remember my Mum loved having us home for the holidays.

We were on the opposite end of ‘wealthy’ on the economic scale,
however we always had SO much fun.

I have such fond memories of
* playing with paper dolls (hours and hours)
* playing schools, shops and Mums & Dads
* mucking around outside
* and colouring in.

Man,
I really loved colouring in.
Still do – big time!

Recently,
I decided that I wanted to make a poster for my 2014 ‘Word’,
which is actually two words . . .
“Dream BIG”.

After quite a few drafts,
I finally made a copy that I would be happy to colour in.

And here it is
for you to print off
and perhaps colour in yourself,
or share it with some ‘short people’ that you know would enjoy it.

And if you do,
please, PLEASE
send me a photo,
via the comments section,
of your completed awesomeness.

<3
Pia

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As a courtesy, please DO NOT use this artwork
in a commercial sense (profit from it).
It is for private or community use only!

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Dream BIG

Clock on the link (above) to get an A4 size, printable copy :)

Click on the link (above – in aqua)
to get an A4 size, printable copy :)

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Christmas Holiday Classes – Are Back!

December 25, 2013

I have had a LOT of requests
to run classes these School Holidays.

After a year away from this particular spotlight,
I was unsure if I could still do it.

And then I realised
– I missed it.

Badly!

So here is the timetable
& photos
to help you visualise what each class is about.

Christmas Holidays 2014 – Craft Class Timetable

NB
The timetable is mainly for CHILDREN,
however,
I am eager to cater for adults at any other given timeslot
including the weekends or evenings
when a tipple or two would be socially acceptable!!!!

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Flower Heart Canvas . Friday 28th December Thursday 16th January

Flower Heart Canvas
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Friday 28th December
Thursday 16th January

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Origami Paper Flower Ball . Tuesday 31st January Friday 17th january

Origami Paper Flower Ball
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Tuesday 31st January
Friday 17th January

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Cute Bird Houses . Friday 3rd January

Cute Bird Houses
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Friday 3rd January

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Decorate your own Crockery . Tuesday 7th January Wednesday 22nd January

Decorate your own Crockery
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Tuesday 7th January
Wednesday 22nd January

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Swirl Flower Garland (or Topiary) . Wednesday 15th January Tuesday 28th January

Swirl Flower Garland (or Topiary)
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Wednesday 15th January
Tuesday 28th January

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I will upload photos of the other classes as soon as I can.

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Merry Christmas, y’all.
Luvs ya’s :)

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