Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My new obsession: fabric flower brooches!

When I see "brooches" I want to pronounce it like it's spelled but I'm pretty sure it's pronounced like "broaches," right??

I should just call them "pins."

Either way, these fabric flowers are addicting. I'm wearing one today and it just makes me feel....kicky!! {Here's me, TODAY, wearing it!}

I also bought more fabric to experiment with combinations. The one on the left is just FUN, then I'm going to use the polka dots for a set for a friend's daughter, probably for hair clips. Then I need some for Valentine's Day, of course!!

The three on the left below are a set called "Butterfly Garden," so I'm going to see how it looks with different fabrics in one flower. The argyle is for a friend who likes argyle, to go on her Valentine's Day card.

I'm so excited!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hi, my name is Tabitha....

...and I'm addicted to crafts.

Honestly? I just wanted an excuse to buy some of the cute fabric I see in my paper shopping excursions. This fabric caught my eye and I adore it.

This is the first of many of these fabric flower brooches!!

I sewed a pin to stiff felt then hot glued it to the back of the flower so it's not floppy.

I wore the above pin to Bunco last night and got compliments and feedback. We agreed--smaller would be better. I'm going to secure it to the felt better, too, to cut down on the floppiness. They loved it, though!

I actually made another one today, just a bit smaller. This one, I'll keep! I made a third--they just keep getting better--and it's going into the shop, attached to a card!

And here is
The Tutorial

My best tip is to hold it the way she's showing in the picture when you cut it, or you end up with a pile of scraps. Practice on paper or "junk fabric" first. Also, you do have to cut it almost all the way around, in an oval. Unfold it once and check the depth of your petals before you unfold it all the way. It's fun to experiment!!

I hope you'll try it, they're a blast!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Paper flower tutorial

By Dozi Design

Nope, these paper flowers were not my idea.

But I love them!!!

These would be fun for a variety of Valentine's Day craft projects!

Here's a link to

The Tutorial

I used double-sided paper cut into 4x4 squares. The polka dot paper is Valentine's Day, the other two are Amy Butler. I used a dab of hot glue to secure it underneath so it wouldn't unravel. I love how each one turned out slightly different! An imperfect spiral actually makes the flower more interesting! It will be fun to experiment with larger squares.

Here's how I used one of them. Any other ideas???

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Coming soon!!

I'm excitedly improving my Etsy shop in 2010! I already added a Valentine's Day banner and avatar that I loooove.

And here are my newest papers to use for my decorative file folders!!



Loooooooooove and Valentine's Day

Simply Sophie


Petal Pop

Eye Candy


Cute Pink

Look for them in
The Shop soon!