Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daisy Headbands

Daisy headbands are all the rage at the moment.  I made several for my daughter to wear.  They are pretty easy to make, finding cute flowers is the hard part.
I found my flowers at Michael's on sale!
 Take each flower apart and glue layers together.
I combined petals from several flowers to 
make the flower fuller.
Glue the center in place pushing the plastic 
center into petals but don't put 
the plastic backing back on the flower.
Cut the green stem off so it will be flat.
Cut a small circle of felt out for each flower.
Lay the leather or cording(about 14" ) on the table,
put a felt circle under the leather where you want a flower.
Glue the felt circle to the leather and lay a flower on top.
Press gently and wait for the glue to dry.
I used 7 flowers for the headband below.

 I added beads to the end of the leather by making a knot
adding beads and then tie another knot.
Tie the headband onto your head.....instant FLOWER POWER!

 I used colored cording for another headband version.
I braided three colors together and did the same knot,
beads and another knot to hold in place.
 I used the bigger flowers for this headband and 
did the same process as the small.
I took the flowers apart and cut felt circles for each flower.
 Glue the petals layers together
 After gluing the petals together I put the center
back in the middle, glued it in place 
and cut the long plastic stem off.  
Do not put the green plastic backing back on the flower. 
Repeat the same process as before. 
Lay the cording out, place a felt circle under cording
where you want a flower, glue in place and then glue
the flower onto the felt.  Press gently until glue dries.
I used 5 big daisies for the headband below. 

Go find some cute flowers and make your own version.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunflower Festival Preparation!

Crafting like crazy around here recently.  I am having a booth at a local festival here in Louisiana.  It is a small town event, Gilliam's Sunflower Festival.  If you blink going down the road you might miss it.  My sister is sharing the booth with me.  She will have jams, spiced nuts and plants.  It has been about 20 years since I have done any kind of craft show or festival.  My kids are 23 and 21 so you know I haven't been loafing around!  I have made lots of group gifts along the way for my daughter's dance groups as well as birthdays, grad gifts, etc.... but it was all NON-PROFIT!  Those are the best kind of gifts to make because there is a person you have in mind for the specific item but making money and doing what you like is a double bonus.
I have decided Ruby9 is my new adventure name.  I even made tags and stickers to sew and place on my items.  I have a feeling this won't be my last festival!

The items I have made so far are things I think might sell.  I made curling iron travel bags, hooded beach towels, hanging tea towels but need to make so much more!  The next project will be baby related, I know people love to buy BABY STUFF!  It's really hard to come up with items that are fun to make and I think will sell.  It is always a guessing game to what might sell.

Off to do a little more sewing today and see what I can come up with.  The festival is June 21, 2014 so time is ticking.  
These are a few of the items I have ready for the festival....many more to go!
Hanging Tea Towels
Curling iron travel bag
 Hooded beach towels

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