Friday, January 27, 2012

Sneak peek Friday

I mightve mentioned in passing
my son is getting married this Spring.
The Bride has asked me to help her with decorating.
Ive been on pinterest WAAAY more than Id like to admit.
I have found some really fun ideas and will be sharing one today,
since thats what Ive been creating this week.
Im laughing because my "studio space" Is a drafting table in the corner of our back room.
It has about 4-5inches of " halfway created stuff" piled on it.
I thought it might be great incentive for us to also show our creative place each week-
that might encourage peeps like me to actually CLEAN our creative place and use it.
(instead of just moving to the Dining room table which has to be cleared off at mealtimes!)
You have to just laugh at yourself every now and again dont you!
Go ahead, it will feel better.
Just take a breath,
offer yourself a little grace.....
I will wait on you.
Told ya! Wink.

Here is what Ive been creating-
Im knitting a shawl for myself.
If the bride chooses peacock feathers as part of her decorations it will really look pretty.
Not sure if I will need it for a Mid May wedding in Florida.

I started making flowers.
The Bride wasnt really crazy about the idea.
"Flowers made of paper?"
I showed her how pretty they were.
But she still wanst convinced.
I really wanted to try my hand at it and figured we were going to throw a shower.
So..... I am getting ready for a Bridal Shower.
If she likes what Ive done then I will be a few steps ahead.
I first started with the coffee filters we had on hand. They are a 1-4 cup size.
Yesterday my daughter and I were out running errands and I picked up 8-12 cup size.
I will link to the tutorial in case anyone wants to try it out.

All you need is coffee filters, scissors, and watercolors.

See, my knitting needles came in handy for something other than knitting,
you could use a skewer.
On The tutorial I saw the author used pliers.
I cut the filter in a spiral and started wrapping them starting with the tiny part of the spiral for the middle all the way around.

You end up with this circle at the end and apply hot glue here at the end .
see you put the dab of hot glue here.
I end up with this- Im not gluing just yet.

Add color next to end up with this.......

To apply the color:
I went though my beginner watercolors and put some in a little pan I dont use.
A styro egg carton would work too.
I found if I dipped the flower in my water
squeezed out the excess Water.
Then apply one color on one end
another color on the other end.
The water would wick the colors toward the middle.

Some flowers I also used my paintbrush to put some yellow
or if I wanted it to be like a rose pink,or red in the middle wad of paper.
Then I took the paintbrush to apply the paint to the edges of the petals.

My son (future groom) stopped by and I showed them to him.
He thought they were real.
(I hadnt tried the blue and purple yet-
only doing that to add to things if she does decide peacock colors)
I will mention this was only a few hours of work.
I do them assembly line fashion.
Cut them out all at once
then roll them up,
then sit down to apply color. (IMO the best part!)
Of course I will need to add stems with floral wire and tape.

If you want to see a few more tutorials:
take a peek at this or this or this

This is whats in my studio this week.
If youd like to see more creative hearts
go take a peek at Studio RJU.

I remain,
Under His wings,


  1. Fun project - I will have to try sometime. And good luck with the wedding plans...

  2. Those are great! Thanks for linking up to the Pinterest Challenge at Trendy Treehouse! Good luck with your sons wedding!! I love weddings!!!

  3. WOW!!!! Those flowers are absolutely GORGEOUS, Anna! You have so much talent. Looks like a lot of work, but they're beautiful! And the shawl is beautiful, too.

  4. Those flowers are beautiful, It looks like a fun project to try! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  5. Thanks for coming by my blog today. Your flowers are great. PS I also love Pinterest. I'll checkout your board. Cindy

  6. She doesn't like those??!?! I think they're amazing. You did a wonderful job! Way to go future MIL! =)

  7. How very cool! Loved reading your process; look forward to seeing more!

  8. Wow, these are amazing flowers! I hope I remember this technique next time I want some paper flowers. And what a perfect craft to carry to our nursing home craft club! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Absolutely fantastic! They look so real!

  10. You are so gifted my friend. You really are. and Pinterest... addicting, isn't it? i haven't been on for awhile but Miss Zoey's birthday is around the corner and I need to look for some theme related ideas ... good excuse, uh?

    Have a beautiful weekend with that gorgeous family of yours. Always keeping you close to my heart.

  11. Beautiful flowers, thank you for sharing. Happy PPF, x

  12. Amazing flowers ~ Wow! ~namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  13. I'm back - I meant to also say that your shawl is turning out beautiful - lovely colors.

  14. Gorgeous roses! They really turned out beautifully.

  15. These are just gorgeous!! I have a tutorial for these pinned too...and a friend whose daughter did a vintage wedding used peacock feathers... - (the link to the board they are on)...and the blog that my friend has is called ""...they did such a wonderful job! Love the picture of your sweet little one on your blog header, too...

  16. Very pretty.
    They do look like real flowers!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  17. These are lovely. What a great way to have roses in colors that aren't necessarily available in "the real world".

  18. your paper flowers are GORGEOUS. you are welcome to throw me a party any time!!!

  19. These are great -- I do hope your future dil likes them -- I'd love to have them at the reception tables. :)

  20. GORGEOUS flowers! They mean even more being handmade and painted by you. Love them!
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

  21. Anna... these are fantastic! Nothing matches the beautiful way watercolors work. These will be so pretty at a wedding! And as soon as my creative place is clean... I will show it too! LOL :)

  22. I think your flowers turned out beautifully, Anna! And don't you just love Pinterest? I am on there way too much, too :)

  23. Oh Anna, these are simply stunning! They look SO REAL! I just can't believe they are as easy to make as you say they are ;). What a treat for your son and future DIL get your creativity in their decorations, and I'm sure it's a treat for you as well!

    I'm excited for you and your decision to show your work--I get SO nervous anytime I show mine, and I don't actually do it very often because of that! Praying bravery and courage for you! :)

  24. What a lovely idea! They turned out beautifully.

  25. I've not seen flowers that turned out like this. Exceptional. I like them. Blessings, Janet PPF

  26. What a great job on the flowers. Love what you are doing. Fun project, thanks for sharing..

  27. These do look real! I love the shading effect with the paint. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  28. This is a fantastic project. Love you your roses are turning out.

  29. These are so cool looking. I can't believe they are made with coffee filters. I'm going to have to try this.


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