Oh boy has it been a week already? Time always seems to go faster when you have a deadline to meet. And mine is fast approaching. The next 2 weeks are going to be pretty crazy around here. I still have a lot to do and not much time to do it.
This week is Dahlia Week, but it looks like Dahlia week will be extending into next week a bit as well. My two year old dumped out the beads for the second Dahlia, into long carpet (the only place I have long carpet in my house) and I couldn't save very many of them. So I had to order in more of them because they were a specific color. Of course they weren't cheap. Kids are lovely. He better be glad he's only two. No worries, I have plenty to do while I wait for the new beads to arrive.
Here is a preview of the first Dahlia. It was very difficult to get a picture of this because I just couldn't hold all the petals together nicely and on my tabletop the petals kept sliding around, so I had to put it on my carpet (which could use a good run over with the carpet cleaner).
I will be making the tiny center petals today and hopefully I will be able to assemble it all tonight. *Fingers Crossed*. Once finished this Dahlia will be somewhere between 6.5 and 7 inches wide, which is pretty huge. I might make the second one a tad smaller just so it doesn't overwhelm the bouquet. Most of the petals had to be laced twice, so my fingertips are sore.
This is the picture my customer sent me to replicate. I think I'm doing pretty well!
I've also made the mini Dahlia I need for my boutonniere. I just need a Craspedia and a few more leaves to complete the boutonniere.
Next week when I post again I should have pics of both completed Dahlias and hopefully some other stuff.
Oh I almost forgot. I had someone contact me about turning one of my Ruffled Roses into earrings. I wasn't sure if I actually could, so I tried miniaturizing it to see how small I could make it. My fingers must be getting faster at scallops because it only took me about an hour to make all the petals. Had to use 15/0 beads, smaller wire, and I had to alter the pattern. The mini one is 2 inches wide. Unfortunately, even mini sized they are just too heavy for earrings. But, since I have this mini ruffled rose just laying around I will be making it into a necklace just as soon as I finish up these custom orders (I have another one after the bouquet and boutonniere). I already have a design in mind for the necklace and I'm excited to try it out!
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.
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