The Small Things: Bunch of Flowers

straußSince we moved, I like to have a bunch of flowers in the kitchen, I think it brightens up a room immediately.

So far I bought them at the weekly market. If you come rather late (like I usually do) you can buy them at a reduced price. I love that this one is a mixture of so many different kind of flowers and doesn’t look too polished, like picked from a garden. This is especially great since I never can decide which kind of flowers I like the most.strauß1strauß2Do you have a favourite flower?

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Projects: Fabric Flower Brooch

broscheA lot of the things I made in the past years were gifts for my Mum. So when I last visited my parents, I took the chance to take pictures from all the self-made stuff to share it with you. Among others I  photographed the fabric flower brooch I told you about in this post. In my opinion it was one of the most successful gifts I gave her, I love how the different blue-shaded fabrics match and how the checked red leave adds a little pop of colour.

brooch1I saw something similar in a book, but they sewed the flowers directly on a shirt. But since I wanted to make it a little more practical and flexible, I sewed the individual flowers, stems and leaves onto a piece of fabric, which I adhered to a brooch needle. It took some time to complete it, but I think it was totally worth it. The flowers were made a little bit different from the ones I shared a tutorial for, so if you want to learn how to make this kind of flowers, leave me a comment!

By the way, I finally finished the sixties dress – I’m just waiting for better weather to take some pictures.

You can make this! Paper Daisy Tutorial

tutdaisiesFinally here comes the tutorial for the paper daisies. They are really easy to make but I think that they are very cute and I like that they can be used in so many ways.

You need:

  • crepe paper in a shade of rose and magenta
  • plated fasteners with round heads
  • nail polish in yellow
  • scissorstutdaisies2
  1. Paint the heads of the fasteners with nail polish. Let dry.tutdaisies3
  2. Take a sheet of crepe paper folded as it is and first cut a square, than cut it into a circle. Mine had a diameter of about 4 to 5 cm. It doesn’t have to be perfect.tutdaisies4
  3. Notch the edges of the circle. Make sure not to cut to far into, since there has to be room for the fastener.tutdaisies5
  4. Take tha layers of crepe paper apart, than make little piles of about ten pieces. Make sure to pile them a little bit shifted to get a more natural, fluffier look.tutdaisies6
  5. Make a little cut into the middle of the pile, push the painted fastener through and bend it at the back. Tousle the “petals” and you’re done!tutdaisies7

As I told you, these little daisies were part of the decoration for the La.Meko Filmfestival. I didn’t take pictures of the whole decoration myself, but I now that there have been taken some. I hope I can get my hands on them and share them with you soon.

If you have any further questions on the tutorial, please let me know!

Spring!

spring3I didn’t have the time to make a tutorial for the paper daisies, yet. Instead I’m sharing a few pictures I took the last days.spring4 spring2I love that since the weather is getting warmer everything is starting to get green and to bloom. I love spring, it’s my favourite season. If it were up to me it would be spring all year.spring1The almond blossoms I photographed at the town square, there are a lot of almond trees. It looks lovely.spring5 spring6 spring9 spring8 spring7The other one’s I took while hanging around in a park.

I never thought I would be talking that much about nature and especially flowers on this blog. Seems like I love them more than I knew myself.

Which is your favourite season?

Projects: Paper Daisies, Mother’s Day Card and Daisy Hair Clips

flowers2As you know I’m doing a lot of spring decoration DIY’s these days for the La.Meko Filmfestival (which starts today by the way!). One of them are these easy paper daisies, inspired by this kind of daisy. In German they are calles “Bellis”, but I just can’t find out the proper English term. Can anybody help?

flowersThey are one of my favourite flowers and I plant them every spring on my balcony. In fact, there are some of them blooming outside right now.

flowers3I made them as scattered flowers for the tables, but I can think of a lot of other ways to use them. Since they are bound together by plated fasteners, you could adhere them to anything with holes or anything you could cut holes into, like this mother’s day or birthday card….flower-cardor these hair clips.flower-hair-clipsWhat else could you imagine to use them for?

I will show you how to make the flowers, but I’m not sure if I will manage to do the tutorial this week, since the next days will be very busy because of the festival.

Have a great week!

Mixed Media: Spring Fever

la,mekoUsually I would talk about Art Journaling today, but instead I want to share this mixed media piece with you. I had it in line for quite a while, but this week seemed to be a good opportunity since I’m with my parents and neither had the time nor my usual supplies for an Art Journaling post.

The techniques I applied in this piece are actually very similar to the ones I use for my more elaborate journal pages. For me the difference is that Art Journaling is more about the process and expression, while this collage had a clear intention. Since years I’m a co-organizer of the La.Meko Kurzfilmfestival, an annual short film festival. For the last years I got to do the neat job of making a collage which could be used for our print products and our homepage. Since we changed the date of the festival from autumn to spring this year (which allowed us to spend the winter evenings instead of the summer nights watching and choosing short films for our program, which was much more pleasant), we decided to do a springlike theme, which I tried to implement in the collage, along with a “design” that easily allowed to add text. The collage serves as a background for our posters and postcards as well as for our homepage.

la,meko2For the flower field I used watercolours, acrylics, snippets of magazine pages and crayons, as well as a puncher to create the little blue flowers and the bottoms of jam jars to print the big circles. The origami butterflies I made out of origami paper and water colours. My favourite parts are the ladybugs (even though the one on the left looks a little bit mean and dangerous) and the bee (or is it a wasp?). They consist of drawing paper, coloured pencil, felt tip, acrylics and tracing paper.

If you are interested you can find out more about the La.Meko Filmfestival here (and can also see the collage included in the website).

I hope I could at least bring you a little feeling of spring – it’s still grey in grey here. Has spring already arrived somewhere out there? If yes, please let us know and give us a little bit of hope in the comments!

The Small things: Brave little green something

blumenkasten-1I’ve got a very little balcony which is already kind of crowded when two people try to sit next to each other and since the view onto the street corner isn’t really lovely, I mostly just use it to hang a few flower boxes (but I’m still determined to host a vegetarian barbecue out there one day).Three of the flower boxes I replant every spring, but one of them is just allowed to do and grow whatever it likes. The only thing I do is to put in a succulent if a pretty one comes my way. It’s mostly moss that is growing in there, but in spring there often are little pink flowers blooming, last summer a snapdragon I kept in a flowerpot spread its seeds and gave me another snapdragon inside the flower box which bloomed until late autumn and I even had three little trees in there before, but sadly they didn’t make it  through winter.

blumenkasten-2And now, in the middle of winter, there suddenly was this new green something. I have no clue what it could be, it’s looking like a kind of ivy, bu I’m not sure….does anyone know what it is? Probably it’s just weed. But anyway, I think it’s beautiful and I was very pleased to find something growing during this cold season!

I’m already looking forward to replant the other flower boxes, I’ve also seen the first spring flowers in the shops. My favourites for spring are red daisies, forget-me-nots and pansys. Which are your favourite spring flowers, any suggestions what I should get?

You can make this! Fabric Flower Tutorial

fabric-flower-tut-1Maybe you saw my post about the fabric flowers I made. If you want to make some, too, here’s a tutorial. A sewing machine can be helpful  but is not necessarily needed.

You need:fabric-flower-tut-2

  • Two kinds of fabric that go well together ( you can use every kind of fabric, for this one I used cotton fabric and needlecord, but jersey for example works well, too)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Something round like a cup, twice as much in diameter than the finished inner part of the flower (I used a glass with about 5 cm in diameter)
  • Ruler
  • Optional: a little bit of stuffing
  • Not pictured: iron
  1. Before cutting the pieces, remember to add about 0,5 cm of seam allowance to the size you want the finished pieces to be. Cut a stripe of the fabric you want to use for the outer part. Mine was about 6 cm x 40 cm plus seam allowance, but you can adjust the size to your like. Use the cup or whatever you’ve got and tailor’s chalk to draw a circle onto the fabric you want to use for the inner part. Cut out.fabric-flower-tut-4
  2. Turn the seam allowance down to the wrong side (the “ugly” side of the fabric) and press.fabric-flower-tut-5
  3. Fold the stripe lengthwise in half, press.fabric-flower-tut-6
  4. Sew along both the long sides of the stripe, either using needle and thread or a sewing machine. If you use a sewing machine, set a straight stitch that is a little bit longer than the stitch you set for usual seams. If you work with needle and thread just do a running stitch. Whatever method you choose, it’s important not to secure or knot the ends of the thread and not to cut the ends too short! fabric-flower-tut-7
  5. Carefully pull the under thread to gather the fabric at one of the long sides. Pull at both ends until the fabric is gathered as much as possible, than knot the under thread and the upper thread on both ends together. Don’t yet cut the ends!fabric-flower-tut-8
  6. Repeat at the other long side, but don’t gather the fabric as much as before, just a little bit.
  7. Arrange the stripe into a spiral to form the outer part of the flower.fabric-flower-tut-9
  8. Press the seam allowance of the fabric circle into the wrong side of the fabric.
  9. Sew along the outer edge of the circle, using the same stitch as described before. Again, dont knot, secure or cut the ends.fabric-flower-tut-10
  10. Start to gather the fabric as described before. When the fabric is forming a little pouch, add the stuffing if you have some. If you don’t, just continue.
  11. Continue gathering as much as possible. Knot both the upper threads and both the under threads together.fabric-flower-tut-12
  12. Secure the spiral you formed before with a few stitches, using the ends of the thread you didn’t cut before.
  13. Sew the little ball forming the inner part of the flower into the middle of the spiral, the gathered part facing down.
  14. Cut all threads and you’re done!fabric-flower-tut-13

You could sew the flowers onto a headband, onto a shirt, add a pin…the possibilities are endless!
If you have any questions or tips, let me know! What would you use the flowers for?

Projects: Fabric Flowers

fabric-flowers-allFabric flowers can easily be made of scratches and single buttons. I think single ones look cute, but I especially like to make several of them with matching colours or patterns, like the ones pictured below.

fabric-flowers-2My favourite project using fabric flowers was a brooch for which I combined several of the flowers, leaves and stems in plaid and striped fabric in different shades of blue, but it was a gift and I gave it away without taking a photo.
Another project I used fabric flowers for was a headband, onto which I sewed two fabric flowers next to a few buttons.

fabric-flower-4 The next one was actually made by my mother. I made several of this kind, too, but again, I gave them away and didn’t take any photos before.

fabric-flowers-4This one is made a little different from the ones above, but the basic technique is the same.

Fabric flowers can be used for a lot of different things. Next to brooches and headbands they would look cute along the neckline of a shirt or a dress, you could add them to barettes or hair ties and  they would spice up a plain bag or even shoes!

On Wednesday I will show you how you can make some of them, too!

What would you use them for and what kind of fabric would you choose?