Saturday, 28 February 2009

FABRIC FLOWERS

This is what i've been doing recently. It's strange once I started I could not stop. It's so easy to make yet there's so much fun!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

LOTUS BRIDAL BOUQUET

Finally I've finish this custom order. I really like it myself, now I just hope my customer like it too :-)




Monday, 23 February 2009

BUNNY BOW

I've just made these Easter bows for an UK customer. She wanted a set of custom made Easter bows in white and navy with a pink ribbon bunny in the centers. Hmmm white and navy! I was pulling my hair - those are not SO Easter colours. I looked at my stash, then suddenly it clicked! So I made these and I honestly thought they're not bad. Not usual though! But the most important thing is she got the pictures of them and she was happy! Yay!
BTW, instructions on how to make this PARTICULAR ribbon bunny are available in my etsy shop :-)
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5814372&section_id=5477206


Sunday, 15 February 2009

THE BOWCHICKS ARE LAUNCHING!

The Bowchicks are saying 'Happy spring time! Happy Easter!" to all of you with their current launch on Ebay.

So, don't forget to search 'Bowchicks' on Ebay to find beautiful Hair Bows.
http://shop.ebay.com/bowchicks

Here are some of my contribution!


Friday, 13 February 2009

VALENTINE LOVE BIRD ribbon sculpture TUTORIAL - PART TWO

Here is how your bird's body looks like after step 6 (Pic.11)

Step 7/ To make the 'heart' wing, use the 7/8"x7/8" ribbon. Follow the black line in Pic.12 to fold it in half.
Mark a point at about 1/3 of the folded line and cut off one end of the triangle right there -(the cut and the folded line make a 90 degree corner - Pic.13)
Continue to cut your ribbon as is shown in Pic.14, 15, 16 until you get a heart-ike shape as is shown in Pic.17. Heat seal the edge of the heart with your lighter ( Run your lighter along the edge of the heart so the heat will melt the ribbon a bit and leave a clean edge).







Step 8/ To make the tail, use the 3/8"x2" pink ribbon. Make two V-cut of the two ribbon ends and heat seal the cut. Simply twist the ribbon twice somewhere in the middle but not exactly in the middle,. then apply some hot glue to the shorter part and quickly glue it to the other part, as is shown i Pic.18, 19.




Step.9/ To make the beak, use your 3/8"x3/8" red ribbon. Fold it in half. Run your lighter along the fold until it gets quite hot then use your fingers to press firmly. Do it several times until you get a permanent crease. Follow the black line in Pic.20 to make a V cut. Heat seal the cut and the other end of the ribbon.

Apply hot glue to one half of the ribbon (the one without the V-cut) and glue it to the small hump of the bird body that you made in step 6 (PART ONE) - (Pic.21).


Step 10/ Cut out a small circle from your black scrap ribbon and heat seal the edge of the circle to make the eye. Glue the tail, the eye and the wing to the body, too (Pic.22)



Step 11/ To make the feet use the two pieces of 3/8"x1" pink ribbon. Using the same method as described in step 9 to make a permanent, decent crease at about 1cm from the end of the ribbon (Pic.23).

Use your scissors and cut two slits at the '1 cm' part of the ribbon and heat seal the slit with your lighter (Pic.24). Tip: Fold down the ribbon next to the edge of the slit you're going to heat seal so the heat won't melt the deep end of the slit. Apply hot glue to one half of the longer part of the ribbon, let alone about 1cm at the top (Pic.24), then quickly glue it to the other half.

Apply hot glue to the top of the leg and glue it to the back of the body of the bird (Pic.25)


Do the same of the second piece of 3/8"x1" ribbon to make the othe leg and glue it to the bird's body, too. You've just made your bird! CONGRATULATIONS!
This can be attached to a hair clip or a pin, or you can use it as an ornament for your sewing or scrapbooking project etc. Here are some ideas what you can do with your "LOVE BIRD".

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy this tutorial !!!
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Thursday, 12 February 2009

LOTUS CHARM


I've just made this flower as a sample for a potential customer, who is going to be married by the water and wants to have a water theme wedding. If she like the flower itself, I'll make her a hand wrapped bouquet with hot pink satin lotus, green leaves and kiwi green sheer ribbon, also some cry cabouchon for dew drops . I see it so clearly in my head - it should be pretty.


Wednesday, 11 February 2009

WHY BUY WEDDING FLOWERS @ HAIRBOWSWONDERWORLD'S?



I've just put these lines in my Etsy. I thought I want to put it here just in case :-)
...
♥♥♥ I am currently carrying a new direction in my shop : WEDDING FLOWERS and WEDDING RELATED ACCESORIES.

You may want to ask WHY BUY BRIDAL BOUQUET @ Hairbowswonderworld?
Here are a few REASONS:

*You will own a bouquet that keeps for a life time and beyond, which can be perfect to pass along to the future darling daughter at a fraction of the cost of a fresh one.

*I don't just buy ready-made silk flowers and arrange them into bouquets but
MAKE every flower from scratch. My flowers are made of quality ribbon, with my hands, there are actual work, effort and LOTS OF LOVE put into EVERY SINGLE FLOWER.

*Buy wedding flowers @hairbowswonderworld's, you'll receive ONE-OF-A-KIND item for your ONE-OF-A-KIND, SPECIAL WEDDING.

I have some sample bridal bouquets listed in my shop at a SALE price and I am continuing to list some more sample bouquets soon. However I would love to do custom order. You can always create a bouquet for yourself and I will bring it to life. At the time being you can choose any arrangement of the following flowers, ALL MADE OF RIBBON : ROSE, LILY,LILAC, CALA LILY, DAFFODIL, ANTHURIUM, HYDRANGEA, STEPHANOTIS, ORCHID, HIBISCUS, DAHLIA, PEONY in your colour scheme and with the size you want.
Symply convo me to discuss possibilities.
I'll be happy to make matching bridesmaid bouquet, boutonniere, corsage, cake topper, centerpiece etc. for you too...♥♥♥

Above pictures are of a bouquet I've just listed in my Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20909752

VALENTINE LOVE BIRD ribbon sculpture TUTORIAL - PART ONE

This is one of my new designs. I hope it's still not too late for Valentine this year posting this How-to today and I hope you enjoy it :-)

To make a Valentine love bird you will need :
*Grosgrain ribbon :
- PINK : 1.5" width : 3" length for the body; 3/8" width : 2 pieces x 1" length for the legs, 1 piece 2" length for the tail
-RED: 7/8" width: 7/8" length for the wing; 3/8" width : 3/8" length for the beak
-1small googly eye or black scarp ribbon for the eye

You also need
- pair of scissors
-hot glue and hot glue gun
-a lighter
-a pencil


Step 1/ Fold the big pink ribbon (meant for the body) in half as is shown in Pic.2, press firmly to obtain a decent crease. Follow the red line in Pic.2 and use your scissor to cut the ribbon to get a triangular shape.
Pic.3 shows what you've now got.

Step 2/ Open your ribbon. The broken line in the middle of your ribbon (Pic.4) shows the temporary crease you made in Step 1. Follow the red line in Pic.4 to fold the top right corner down, so that half of the top edge of your ribbon will stay exactly on top of the crease. Press firmly several time to get a decent crease.



Step 3/ Look in Pic.5! The top ribbon edge on the right hand size now stay exactly in the middle of your ribbon. Now we call it middle line. Fold your ribbon so that the right side outer edges will stay exactly on top of the middle line , press firmly to get a crease. The broken line in Pic.5 shows you the crease. Now apply hot glue to the area with black dots, fold the ribbon again at the crease and glue it down.


Step 4/ Pic.6 shows you what you've got now. Do the same with the other side of the ribbon.


Pic.7 shows you the result.
Step 5/ Open your piece (Pic.8) and turn it inside out you'll get what is shown in Pic.9
What is shown in Pic.9 should be the front of your bird's body

Step 6/ The back view should be like this (Pic.10). Now use your lighter to heat seal the top edge. Follow the black line in Pic.10 (place at about 1/3 the length of the left side part as shown in Pic. 10) to fold and use your lighter to run along the fold until it's hot and use your finger to squeeze until you get a permanent crease. You may want to use cotton bandage to cover your fingers to prevent them from the heat. You've just made a hump with the crease. Now fill hot glue in the bird's body as is shown in Pic.10, full to the top to make a hot glue flat surface.
TO BE CONTINUE...

Sunday, 8 February 2009

More Bouquet...

I've just finished this bouquet. There were so much fun experimenting with the Lillies and found out what to do with the stamens. I love the way they turn out. And I loved folding those cream rosebuds so much I just went on and on until the ribbon roll was empty LOL , I made 16 cream roses. I will need to work out how to make some good pictures of it.

Friday, 6 February 2009

NOSTALGIA...

Look what I found when I was tidying up my stash today! I made these last summer and I actually called them 'summer roses'. Now looking at them again, I found them more 'spring-like'. That was the first time I tried my luck with clay and now they brought back to me so many memories of my crafting path, humble and proud, sweet and bitter...
Looking at them with my critical eyes I honestly thought they're not bad for a first try. So I listed them again in my etsy with a sale price.Hope they will bring a little bit of my love to someone out there. If you read this post and want to buy them just convo me and mention this blog to get extra $5 off.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12860329

Thursday, 5 February 2009

SNOW DAY!

It's snowing all over the UK today. There has been a long time we didn't see so much of snow. The children were so excited. I don't like cold weather but I love to watch the snow through our big window. It's warm and dry and cosy inside and outside everything is white, white, white...
I had a productive day though - feeling the urge to make something in warm colours and here it is : the flowers basket for a flower girl, and guess what, I made the basket myself from something called paper ribbon - at least the little man at the Chester market called it so. We took the kids to Chester two week ago and ended up at the mall, I saw that little man who looked quite bored and seemed not to sell anything from his stall, so I thought I really want to buy something from him, and at that time I even did not know what I am going to do with those milky white, hard and bulky rope...And today I just looked at it again and suddenly it became clear what I wanted to do with it. I guess we all just need to wait until the right moment to see what we really want ???!
I think this basket will be okay for home decorating as well, I tried to put it on my dressing table and hang it on the door knob and it looks pretty nice.







As the kids were so good today, I have finally made this bridal rose hair clip to match my white bouquet. I was really in love with oistrich feathers and I tried my luck with some biot feathers as well. And I didn't forget some sparkling swarowsky crystal and some diamant sprays. It was fun!!!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Feathers

I've just found out this new material which probably works for me. This is what I made yesterday, thinking of a luau party/ beach wedding. I think I already fell in love with those oistrich feather. They're so feminine and definetely easy to work with and not as messy as marabou.
I am still finding the way around here and I promised myself I will figure at least one thing of blogging each day - I am so blog impared (sigh) but this's going to be fun.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Etsy Treasury!

I am so thrilled this bouquet made its way to an Etsy treasury yesterday. Yay!

Sunday, 1 February 2009