I made spring bouquets much like these for coworkers in my office, just to lighten things up post-Xmas. They turned out so beautiful! Instead of foam, I filled the pots with river rocks (bought by the bag at Michael's) and just stuck the pens down inside. I can arrange and rearrange and the weight of the rocks keeps the pot from tipping if I get a little overzealous with the flowers.
Oddly enough, I got the idea for the rocks when I was picking up Chinese food and noticed they had pencils at the counter stuck in a container of rice to keep them upright.
Inspiration does come from the darnedest places, doesn't it?
Thanks for the great ideas! I work in a fabric store and we're about to do inventory. This pink pleather's been darkening the clearance rack forever, and it's being marked down to not more than 25 or 50 cents a yard. With my discount, it's practically nothing. The whole bolt has been bought and brought back several times. It's destined for the trash this year, since it's easier to get rid of it than to roll it out, measure it, document it, roll it up again, and then do the same thing next year.
Apparently the pleather has been through several inventories and several employees, as well. It's one of those things that's changed hands a number of times and no one's done anything with it. So now it's my turn. I don't want to just pass it on. I kind of feel as though I'd be cheating the fabric - does that make sense?
I think I'm going to do some pillows (pleather pillows + warm weather + air conditioning = niiiice). Maybe it would make an interesting doll skin, or stuffed animal. I like the bag idea, but I'd definitely have to blend it with some different fabrics. All the pink can be overwhelming. Looking at it closer now, I do think it would look pretty good with some dark corduroy. Patchwork. Appliques. Rhinestones.
Granted, the second one has a lot of unnecessary froufrou, but the lines feel similar to me.
That really is a gorgeous gown, and the green satiny leaves and little fabric roses don't look like they'd be too difficult to make. I'd be inclined to go for a pretty green lace underneath the leaves and flowers, and across the back.
Do you sew? These are fairly advanced patterns (according to their descriptions), but I've found a novice can tackle them by working slowly and carefully. It doesn't hurt to have a good sewing reference next to you, either.
- You never sew a garment or costume exactly as the pattern tells you. In fact, you stop reading the instructions right after you unfold them. Instructions are just suggestions, really.
- Along the same lines, you always "improve" the pattern itself. Sweetheart neckline from a square neck? Flowing sleeves instead of tapered ones? That bodice show just a little too much skin for your 14-year-old niece? NO PROBLEM!
- Your housemate complains that the crafty mess in your room is snaking its tentacles out to the rest of the house.
- Your cats always have thread or sequins in their whiskers or stuck to their fur. One of them has a blue mouth from chewing on the blue fabric.
- The carpet literally sparkles with glitter. (Turn off your lights and use a flashlight - very pretty!)
- Halloween Adventure crappy sorceress costume: $49.99 (with no accessories). Sturdy homemade sorceress costume made of red and blue stretch velvet; skull staff, and silver skull-and-barbed wire necklace: $26.50. You feel all fuzzy inside.
- You sort through your kid(s) candy and find a whole mess of things that would look nice as jewelry. I thought the gummy eyeballs would look great as pendants.
- You discover that different colored gummy worms melted down in the microwave often make very pretty marbled designs on the plate. More pretty pendants!
Anyway, that's my list. Happy November 1st, everyone.