Over the past nine months, my life has changed in so many ways that I don't recognize the person who is typing out this blog post. New jobs, changes at work for my husband, new volunteer activities, new people in my life, my grandmother passing...all contributed to a new version of Kiersten. The jury is still out on whether or not this is a better version, but regardless, it has meant that any crafting is restricted to the moments in life when I truly feel I need to regain some sanity, and even then I have to push myself to give up some time to unwind. Anything I make has to be easy and not something I want to tear apart and re-do; I'm looking for almost instant gratification. My next two posts will feature the projects that have kept the creative fires burning.
My oldest friend Courtnie had a birthday in February and I needed a little something extra to include with her gift. When I can, I like to give her something I've made because she's always been such a great cheerleader for my creativity ever since we met in high school, and she has witnessed its evolution.
About a year or so ago, when Target first started to put really cute crafty stuff in their Dollar Spot, I picked up a few burlap pouches that I knew I could do so many things with. The pouches had plenty of potential, it was my motivation that was lacking, and they remained in a closet for a long time. But that's a good thing, otherwise I wouldn't have a gift for Ms. C.
Now what to do with the blank slate I had before me?
I'd ordered some adorable mini multi-colored jingle bells at Christmas time, that didn't arrive until late January, so I thought it might be cute to sew them onto the pouch in a scallopy pattern, but knowing me, there was no way that was going to happen in a reasonable amount of time.
Think, think, think... Fiddle with the vase of scraps on my desk... Think some more...
And out came the soft little embellishments that you see below.
I've been a fan of rosettes for awhile, but just recently started making those loopy flowers that you make by folding a strip of fabric in half (felt works much better and doesn't have an issue with fraying) and then cutting slits all the way down on the folded side. Next, you just roll it up and hot glue the end of the poofy flower. I admit, I've seen many more amazing ones, but the little gray and yellow polka dot one I made for the pouch added to the shabby feel.
Once I had each of the flowers made, I just sewed them onto the pouch and then sewed in the strips of lace, tulle, and gold knit material, which also came from my scrap vase.