Showing posts with label silk flowers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label silk flowers. Show all posts

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Crafter's Paradise - SAS Fabrics Store

I realize it has been 3 months (!!!) since my last post.  I honestly had not planned to stay away that long, but - as usual - life got in the way.  In the last 3 months, I have spent time visiting my old stomping grounds (the Phoenix area); I lost my poor dog that I have had for many years due to complications from cancer; my father had a couple of strokes for which he was hospitalized; I've had tons of homework for school and lots of jewelry orders.  It's been crazy, but I am still kicking and living life to the fullest!  I have lots of catching up to do here, so let's get started!

One of my favorite things to do when I visit the Phoenix area is to shop at all of those crafty supply stores I used to frequent when I lived there.  One of those places - SAS Fabrics - really is a crafter's paradise.  I started shopping there many years ago when SAS sold fabrics and trims by the pound.  Over the years, they have changed their pricing on fabrics based on yardage, but in any case, you can still get some great deals shopping there.  SAS used to sell a variety of buttons that you could sort through for 10 cents (then 25 cents) per Dixie Cup; unfortunately, they don't offer this any longer.  The good news is they have great prices on fabric trims, beads, ribbon, lace and all sorts of goodies. They sell thread for 15-25 cents per spool, and lace for as low as 10 cents per yard.  If you cut the lace yourself, you get a free yard for every 4 yards purchased!



Since I am an avid jewelry maker that likes to add bling to my creations, I have been purchasing rhinestone crystal chain by the roll.  SAS recently started carrying rhinestone chain in many colors, including the very-hard-to-find chain with the rose-gold finish.  They charge between $6.99-$8.99 per yard for the chain, but given the fact that the some of the variations are difficult to find, this is a steal of a deal.  Needless to say, I stocked up on all sorts of rhinestone chain while I was there (among other things). ;)

Rhinestone chain for sale by the yard.

Rhinestone chain in many variations - even rose-gold!


If you are in the area and want to visit SAS, be prepared to stay awhile.  You have to dig a bit - especially where the fabric is concerned - but it is well worth the time and the savings are phenomenal when compared to regular craft stores. Also, SAS now takes plastic.  (They used just accept cash and checks) and they have established a website and Facebook fan page.

Tons of fabric for sale!

Flowers, ribbons and trims!

Beads!

Appliques!

Lace for sale by the yard!

More lace!

SAS Fabrics

SAS Fabrics

 SAS Fabrics - 9840 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, telephone 602-943-7777





Monday, May 7, 2012

Youth Bridge Almost Van Gogh Fundraiser Art Challenge

Youth Bridge is a non-profit agency in Arkansas that serves youths and their families in the areas of neglect, abuse, addiction, homelessness, mental health issues and behavioral problems.  When my son told me about Youth Bridge's annual art fundraiser and auction- "Almost Van Gogh" - I couldn't resist the challenge of participating in this very worthwhile event.  This year's event focuses on the importance of art therapy.  As one who regularly makes art as a way of "de-stressing" from everyday life and it's issues, I can totally attest to the value of art therapy.

This challenge invites local artists to create their own version of a Van Gogh, or paint something in the style of Van Gogh.  Each participant is given 3 colors of paint (my colors are black, white and red), 2 paint brushes and a 14" x 18" canvas to work with.  Artists can use any other products (not paint) to color and decorate their art.

I decided to make my version of Van Gogh's Poppies.  I painted the background with a mixture of white paint, alcohol ink and heavy gel medium to achieve texture.  I then used punchinella (sequin waste ribbon) as a stencil and sponged red highlights over the background.  Colorful scrapbook paper was cut into little squares for the mosaic-style table and vase.  Pretty silk purple poppies, leaves and filler flowers were used to complete the design.  Last, but certainly not least, I used a touch a red and black paint and glitter glue to add highlights to the bouquet.



I am looking forward to attending the "Almost Van Gogh" event this year and seeing how other artists rose to the challenge of creating art with a limited base of materials.  The event takes place on Saturday, June 23, 2012.  Stay tuned for an update of this fabulous and worthwhile event after that time. :)


Sunday, December 4, 2011

China Head Butterfly Angel Doll Ornament Tutorial




I can't walk through a store without thinking that something intended for one purpose can actually be used for something else. That was the case here. I found some beautiful Christmas ornaments and home decor items that I thought would make a really unique angel...and a project was born...

In the supplies section, I've listed approximate measurements based on the items I purchased. Feel free to adjust the sizes to the items you have on hand. To make this project, you will need:

China doll, clay, paper mache or porcelain doll head (about 2" long). My doll head is made from polymer clay which I molded from a vintage China doll head I have on hand;
A butterfly wing ornament (5" tall by 6" wide);
Tassel - 6" long;
Sheer flower ornament with wired beads or a large silk flower;
Batting - one strip measuring 1 1/2" wide by 10" long;
Tulle - 1 1/2" wide by 20" long;
Satin ribbon - 1/4" wide by 15" long;
Beaded trim - 1/8" wide by 15" long;
Glue gun and glue sticks;
Scissors



Directions:

1) Cut the hanger off of tassel. Glue the hanger to the center piece of the butterfly.  Set aside.


2) Put hot glue on top of the tassel and set doll head on top, pressing it into place. Let cool.


3) At the back of the doll's left shoulder, place a dab of hot glue. Attach the long end of the batting to this shoulder and bring batting around to the front, wrapping the doll in a criss-cross pattern. Be sure to end wrapping at the back of the doll. Hot glue the end of the batting in place.



4) Repeat the wrapping process with the tulle as shown in step #2.


5) Disassemble flower by dividing it into sections and clip these into individual petals with scissors. Clip off the beaded wires (if they are attached to your ornament) If your flower does not have beaded wire, you can make your own by threading several colored beads on thin gauge craft wire and giving the wire a twist around the bead to keep it in place. Attach 3 beads to each wire; make a total of 7 wires. Leave 1/4" at the top of each wire so it can be glued into place.



6) Apply hot glue to the top edge of the beaded wire. Stick the wire underneath the gathered waist of the tassel/doll so it is hidden underneath the gathers at the waist.


7) Beginning about 1" down from the waist of the tassel/doll, glue flower petals around the tassel using hot glue, slightly overlapping the petals. At the waist, glue a second row of flower petals around the tassel.



8) Criss-cross satin ribbon at the shoulders of the doll, working from back to front. Glue into place. Glue satin ribbon and beaded trim around the waist. (I wrapped the trim around the wait twice.)



9) Use hot glue to attach the back of the doll to the butterfly.


And there you have it - a unique and beautiful handmade ornament doll for your Christmas tree!   Be sure to stop by regularly.  I have more Christmas projects up my sleeve to share with you during this lovely holiday season!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shabby Chic Rose Votive Candle Holders Project



Years ago, I use to make and sell these little votive candle holders at craft shows.  They always proved to be popular sellers for me.  Not only are they a breeze to make, they are versatile and can be used to complement Victorian/Shabby Chic decor, included as wedding reception table decorations or given as gifts for Mother's Day, to name just a few.  And - they are inexpensive to make - as all items used in this project can be purchased at the dollar store.  

Tools/Supplies:

Glue gun
Glue sticks
Scissors
Silk Rose Flowers - 1 bunch
Round "Roly Poly" Votive Candle Holder
Wax paper or newspaper to protect work surface



Directions:

On a protected work surface, pull the silk roses off of their stems.  Use fingers to remove the little plastic pieces that hold the roses together.  Pull off the leaves and peel off any attached wires. Set the rose petals and leaves aside in separate piles. Discard the stems, plastic pieces and wires.

Once all of the rose petal layers have been separated, use scissors to clip each layer into individual petal pieces, if needed.  Set these aside until all petals have been clipped.  If desired, sort petals by small, medium and large sizes.  This will save time when attaching petals to the votive holder.



Beginning at the top of the votive holder, apply a dab of hot glue to the glass and carefully place the lower half of a smaller-size petal on top of the glue.  Press gently into place.  The petal should stand about 1/2" taller than the top of the glass.  Repeat this step, taking care to slightly overlap the second petal over the first.  You should not be able to see any glass between the petals.  Repeat this process all the way around the circumference of the votive.


Once the first row of petals is in place, start gluing a new row of petals just below the first.  The size of the petals in this row should be a little larger in size than those in the first row.  (The petals will gradually get larger as you work your way to the bottom of the votive.) The petals from the new row will slightly overlap the first row.  Take care not to apply glue to the top part of the petal; once the gluing process is completed, the layers will fluff out - just like a real flower.  Continue to glue all of the petals to the votive holder in this manner.   Use a couple of petals to cover the very bottom (underside) of the votive.  Glue 3 or 4 leaves onto the bottom of the votive.  And there you have it - a beautiful rose to enjoy all year long!

P.S.  This project is currently being featured on one of my favorite blogs - Dollar Store Crafts.



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