I had some inspirations this week and they were all about Spring, I know, I know, there is still 2 feet of snow in my yard but in other places I am seeing bare ground and even some little crocus buds poking through the dirt. I decided I would make my own flowers and after seeing some in the stores, I thought that it wouldn't be too hard with some scrapbook paper.
I used this as my pattern to see if it would work and if it was the right size.
Then I found this ball of deliciousness at Michael's in the yarn section, my head started spinning! Don't you love this color and these premade pop-pom balls already strung on a string. (Oh, the pillows, a scarf, a garland and just hanging them anywhere you want a pop of cute color!) Is your head spinning yet!
Here is the paper flower and I ended up using a glue stick to stick coordinating colors together and then the flowers could be seen from either side. The centers are actually some Styrofoam tarts that I had got a few years ago at a 90% off sale and hung onto them thinking they would be good for something. I just pulled out the Styrofoam berries and used one on each side of the flower.
It is hard to get a good picture when they are in the window because of the lighting, so sorry about that.
Then with the help of my daughter in law, (thanks Jessica!) made some smaller flowers and then decided to use those on a banner. Do you see the cute pom-pom balls!
I made some folded paper circles to add to the banner and they are 2 sided as well.
I was going to hang these big flowers from the ceiling around my dining room light but decided there was waaay to many flowers in the middle of the room.
Here are some of the flowers I already had hanging. The flower heads are on a heavy gauge fishing line and then I just added some more of those cute pom-pom balls and hung them over the light. I had the white flower balls up in January to add to my white January theme and thought I might as well leave them for Spring.
I found these cute chicks at Tai Pan for $1.54! When you blow on them the feathers look like real chicks!
I added some twiggy moss that I found at a Pottery Barn outlet back in Pennsylvania and added some eggs.
More eggs that I have been gathering.
I found the bumble bee at Tai Pan as well.
Is is looking more like Spring?
I am thinking I am ready to paint my red accent wall. What color do you think I should paint it and would you give the old brick a light wash as well? I don't know if I want to paint the brick, so I would need a color that would go with the colors in the brick.
I was going to add my spring dishes, mm, maybe I will.
That looks better.
Before adding the place settings.
I also need to show you how I made the runner down the table.
I found this fabric at Walmart on the $5.00 bolt table. You know the one that has all of the bolts and whatever is on the bolt you just get the whole bolt for $5.00. This fabric was perfect for this because it was light weight and kind of crinkly. I first started with some elastic thread on my bobbin but that didn't work out like I wanted so I just used a gathering stitch with normal thread and there is a line on my machine and I just made the gathering stitch that wide all the way down the runner.
Here is the fabric before and I cut it about 6 inches hanging over each end. I cut the fabric in half but I think I would have liked the runner a little wider and I could have used the whole width of the fabric.
Here is the runner after adding all of the gathers.
I then decided I needed to finish the edges so I used the rolled hem stitch on my serger to finish the edges. This helped as well to tie off the edges of the gathering stitch.
Can you see the rolled hem?
Here it is all finished.
I think it looks like Spring around here.
Ready for lunch!
Okay, Spring I'm ready! (Ready or not please come!)