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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting Creative

Don't let that smile fool you. I've needed a good dose of creativity lately to handle more than a little stress at work and elsewhere.

Fortunately, my friend Dusty has been organizing creative workshops here. This week the topic was making fabric flowers.

I loved doing this -- it was simple and no sewing was involved. Here's a pin I did with three felt flowers glued together. (Gotta love the hot glue gun.) In the two hour workshop, I did six flowers altogether. Never did master the larger flat roses or the fabric ones, but I was rather pleased with the bud-sized felt ones and will make some more!

Last weekend I finished a sample of the collaged recipe book I'll be teaching next month.

This one has several dividers and I did it as simply as possible so that it would be doable and easy to explain in a two hour session to people who may (or may not) have done collage.

These dividers were made with 4x6 recipe cards. That way they are the same size or a little larger than most of the standard cards one would put in them.

After I finished, I punched holes in some of my older recipes. I was rather pleased with the diner-floor background, images from Vintage Workshop and using red grosgrain ribbon adhered by running it through the Xyron stickermaker. I kept the theme of black and red but added to the vintage style with black buttons.

I'll offer participants the opportunity to make either the recipe-card size or the tag book size, which I've shown here before.

Really looking forward to it! Wonder what next weekend's project will be?

27 comments:

  1. What fun! Love the flowers...you did great. And the recipe book is darling. Great job!

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  2. Love the flower pin you made! And the recipe book is fantastic....the diner floor paper is perfect.

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  3. If I lived closer to you I would have been sitting next to you in the creative workshop. I have made ribbon roses in a time long, long ago and the glue gun is definitely the secret. Love, love your recipe book.

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  4. crafty is good....i used to be. but now with a camera in my hands all the time it's hard to use scissors :)

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  5. Oh fun! I am doing a crafting night with some girlfriends next month and we are going to make headbands w/ these cloth flowers on them. Tough to describe, but I am sure I will post pics of the finished product on my blog!

    Love thoses recipe collections!!

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  6. Love the recipe book. How cute is that? Very cute! They'll love it.

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  7. You are so talented, Jeanie! Lovely items!!

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  8. So glad you had this chance for a creative release... a chance to bloom? Beautiful pin! And charming recipe book, too! Those workshop participants are in for a wonderful experience!

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  9. Love the pin and the outfit you are wearing it with all combine to make a great color combo. Very springy and happy.
    Karla

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  10. These are beautiful stuff! No wonder the delightful smile. I love the variations for the recipe book, and what a great idea with the tags. I used to do a lot of mix media and paper crafts, and still have lots of materials left. But after my home reno two years ago, I haven't taken them out from those boxes still in the basement. Looking at your photos makes me excited all over again!

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  11. Very sweet pin. Love those little flowers. And, don't we all LOVE our glue guns! I have made some cute little flower pins using the needle felting technique. Lots of fun.

    Great recipe books. Really fun idea.

    Have a stress-free day.

    Hugs, Dogwood

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  12. Soooooooooooooooo nice to see you
    you are looking GREAT:-)
    Cute flowers very creative ....

    Many hugs from

    Kareltje =^.^= ♥ Betsie >^.^<
    Anya :)

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  13. Wow,,Jeanie,,Love the flower pin and recipe book is fab. I have been drawing and painting some when I have a spare moment. We were having a wonderful spring until today and now it's cloudy and cold.
    Miss You!
    xoxoxo

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  14. So glad you took time to be creative - isn't it the best medicine for stress? Where are you teaching the recipe book? I treasure! the tag version you made for me.

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  15. Love your felt flowers.And, your collaged recipe book looks like great fun

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  16. Your flower pins are delightful. If those don't brighten up a cloudy day, I don't know what would.

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  17. ohh fun, Love your felt flowers. great job ... warmly

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  18. What a treat! Can't wait for the workshop!

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  19. Such fun to see what you've been up to..the healing properties of creating are awesome...aren't they

    your roses turned out beautifully!

    Take Care Dear Jeanie!
    oxo

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  20. I'd say you've got your juices flowing again. I especially love the 50s kitchen goddesses.

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  21. Love the flowers! Those are so cute! Holly and I made some fabric ones for a necklace for her when she was home at Christmas. I've been wanting to make something for me like that.

    How wonderful you will be teaching a class! Wish I lived closer, I would be there! I like both of these!

    Glad you are finding ways to create in spite of stress! Hugs!

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  22. I'm loving the recipe book - the retro look, buttons and clip outs... I think this might be worth a try for a gift idea... Thanks. Also love the gift cards - might need to think about that for Christmas.

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  23. You are very creative indeed. The flowers are so pretty and the cookbook has the vintage look that is so popular now.

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  24. Nothing like having to teach something to motivate you to master it. I just love crafts, and doing them with other women is even better. Your taste in all things vintage is way fun!

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  25. INSPIRATIONAL!!

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  26. I love that retro look with the black and white squares. Well done on teaching and your students will love it.

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  27. What a fun project...those would make great gifts, too. You could get started on your Christmas list! lol

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