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« on: April 04, 2010 11:22:43 PM »

(Please excuse my laptop cord. For whatever reason, my laptop seemed an ideal spot to photograph this. Cheesy)
Also, I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, and thought this would be the best fit.

A few weeks ago, a close family friend's oldest daughter died unexpectedly and it really affected her. I was away at college (like most events that have happened), but my mom was there for her and made her some items using photos of her daughter. I wanted to do something for her to cheer her up, but didn't have any ideas. I was looking through my books, and found a ribbon book reprinted from the '20s and remembered that it had flowers in it and thought of making her a cheery spring bouquet. She likes to garden (and does it everyday, even during humid summers) and is going to make a memorial garden for her daughter. My mom's going to give her the flowers this week, since I'm going back to college.

Anywho, I made the pink roses using 1.5" wide satin ribbon. I made the roses using the instructions in the book "Old Fashioned Ribbon Art: Ideas and Designs for Accessories and Decorations.". For me, each one took about 1 hour from start to finish.

The orange flowers have the look of marigolds and I kind of made their construction up. They're just gathered, spiraled, and stitched together.

The yellow flowers were inspired by evening primroses. (I also made this design up). I used 2 pieces of 5/8" wide ribbon about 4-5 inches long for each flower and knotted the ribbon twice in the middle and formed petals by stitching the ribbon together.

For the stems, I just used pipe cleaners. They were easy to attach to the yellow flowers, but I had to use about 3 for each rose to stabilize them. I sewed them on to the orange flowers. I stuck the flowers in a Styrofoam base and put gift shred on top for the grass. I did wrap a pipe cleaner around the flowers to stabilize them more, and had to add a pretty ribbon because they were still wanting to fall over.

C & C appreciated! (Please be nice though, it's my first project post! I've been meaning to post something for a while, but decided to do this before hitting the books again. Sad)
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010 01:27:30 AM »

Love it! So creative and cute.

They'll say just let her crash and burn she'll learn
The attention just encourages her
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2010 08:11:58 PM »

Those are really beautiful, and that was a really, really sweet thing of you to do. Its really nice of you to let your friend know you are thinking of her.
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010 10:37:00 AM »

Wow, very nice and vibrant, I love them.

There are several crafts you can do with paper shredder shreds, use it to stuff your creations or for paper dolls...
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2010 02:32:30 PM »

What kind of ribbon did you use the for Marigold flowers?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010 01:36:27 PM »

What kind of ribbon did you use the for Marigold flowers?

I used 5/8" satin ribbon for the Marigolds. Thanks for the comments! I love that color combo because it's so bright and cheery.
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