Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stop Pinning and Start Doing! The Pin-Ter-Vention!!

It's here!!!  I can't wait to show you all what I got busy "doing"!
And I hope you hop over to The McCalls and see all the other fun stuff going on. 
Oh, and I REALLY hope you joined in and "did" something yourself!

I have found out that I love rosettes.  Actually, I love just about any kind of fabric flower... 

I've shared my rosettes here before, so I decided to go a little flat, but pretty too.  I saw the original pin here:

(image from Cluck Cluck Sew)

The blog post that was pinned did not give any instructions, but when I saw it, I kinda figured out how it was done.  And if truth be told, I normally ignore the instructions anyway. 

I'm a glutton for punishment.  

She did give a couple of pointers, one of which I ignored, but it was only because I'm lazy.

Here's pretty much everything you'll need:

I just took a wild guess on the felt.  I figured I would need something a bit sturdy as the base so the flower wouldn't "wilt" as I was wearing it. 

And before you get all proud of me for using the compass thingy to make "perfect" circles, don't be.  I probably could have drawn them better free handed!  ha!

Oh, here's something to be proud of me for.  I don't waste anything.  Like the paper for the circles.  I used some sturdy, scrap, scrapbooking paper and instead of drawing out 7 or 8 circles all over the page, I drew one big circle with little circles inside.  And each time I would trace a circle, I would cut the excess and trace the smaller and so on... 

did I just confuse you? 


well...  let's move on because I can't explain that ANY better than I just did. 

So basically, you get your fabric, cut about 8-10 circles in varying sizes.  OH, first you'll want to cut your felt.  Make sure it's as big as the biggest circle of fabric you cut.  I think it's okay for the felt to show, but you don't want your flower to wilt. 

And now it's stacking time.  Felt first, then biggest circle to smallest.  (I glued the biggest piece of fabric to my felt piece, just cuz)

Here's where I went rogue.  I didn't use my sewing machine to stitch the fabric together.  I sewed it by hand. 

But it's okay. 

I promise. 

Then I sewed the button on top.  Frayed the edges a bit with my scissors and voila!

I can wear it as a broach OR I may even make it into a bow for baby Sophie.  We shall see.

And if that wasn't enough?? 

I did another craft. 

Here's the orignial pin:

(Picture from Tatertots and Jello Blog)
(oh, and by the by, she's got a Silhouette Cameo GIVEAWAY going on, CHECK IT OUT!!)

I think this pin was actually due to a guestpost on the Tatertots and Jello Blog, but any ol' ways, it's pretty cool. 

First, start with a magazine you don't mind cutting up.  I'm sure Real Simple is a beloved magazine to many.  It does have a lot of great ideas, stories, etc in it.  But be warned.  Don't EVER purchase a subscription through a school fundraiser. 

That's all I'm going to say about that.   

After you cut and cut and cut, get your canvas and your mod podge ready. 
I like to arrange the scraps on the canvas first just to make sure I have enough before I start gluing.   

Then, when you have every piece in place (make sure it covers the whole canvas) and the mod podge has dried, totally ignore the instructions.   Lay your stencil (that you've so carefully cut out b/c you don't have a Silhouette Cameo) on top and proceed to paint over it, then lift up your stencil to see that the paint had ran and you can't even tell what in the world you were trying to make. 

And then promptly get very aggravated with yourself and start over. 

oh... SORRY!  I meant, those are things you SHOULDN'T do, but I did. 

Carry on...

Oh!  And don't forget to go with a totally different pattern when you start over...  and as your cutting out the NEW stencil, get aggravated AGAIN and just free hand the pattern on top of the dry collage that you really don't like as much as you liked the first one.   Sorry, my Lit teachers would totally give me and F for these instrutions, but it's all good! 

(if all went the way it should, I would have TRACED my stencil on the collage, then paint around it)

And then, it's time to paint about TWENTY! four layers.  For the last layer, I went with a shimmery pearl white. 
I must say, even though this sucker aggravated me, I was very pleased with how it turned out. 

Follow me on Pinterest HERE and now go check out what everyone else is doing here:

I had a lot of fun by getting these crafts going.  I love, love LOVE to pin, but it's so great to stop pinning and start doing!! I'm so thankful Stephanie and Nicole sponsored this Pin-Ter-Vention Party!

Now I'm off to see what everyone else did!  :o)

51. bloggy friends!!
52. mod podge!  that stuff ROCKS
53. Pinterest app on iPhone
54. Dayquil Sinex
55. awesome Dr. office that reschedules for the next day when appts have been missed


stephanie said...

I loooove the canvas!! and I'm totally stealing the rosette tutorial for flowers for Trudy's collar :) once I figure out the dang link thing you'll have to link up!

Holly said...

yay! I just printed a printable and framed it last night from pinterest!

nicole. said...

i love that rosette. so cute. oh, and im also a gluten for punishment... instructions ba who really pays attention to those. lol

Connie said...

Those both turned out great!

I love the tree!

Anonymous said...

I am not crafty therefore, I don't pin much. haha I think they must go hand in hand.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Oh my you are very talented. I have been wanting to try some of the flowers I have pinned. Maybe I will find some time after the Holidays. Thanks for stopping over today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Heather said...

I would have made a complete mess of this...but I LOVE the tree design you did...so pretty! And when I saw the fabric/button rosette, I immediately thought how cute it would look added to one of my daughters shirts.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Those rosettes are so pretty! I would love to make those and I'd also sew mine by hand.

WhisperingWriter said...

Cute stuff!! I wish I had the patience to do things like that.

You won the Harry Potter DVD! Congrats. Please send your address to Princess543@yahoo.com and I will pass it on to the company :)

Shannon said...

Visiting from SITS!

I'm fairly new to Pinterest... and, yeah, I'm already addicted.

Your crafts turned out so cute! I'm not crafty by any means, but I may have to think about doing some of the things on Pinterest.