Hello everyone! It's been a busy few weeks, both personally and business wise. My oldest is turning 5 so we've been in preparation for that, and we bought a mini van! I have been car-less and stuck at home for the past 6 years since my husband had to take our only car to work every day, so I'm pretty dang excited about that. But I thought I'd drop by and post some pics of the last few projects I've done.
First is a custom rose I made for a customer. It's going to be a Valentine's Day present. :)
While I had roses on the brain I figured I should have at least one red rose in my shop that was ready to purchase instead of just custom orders. I decided to line the petals with sparkly white beads just to be a little different than what I've made before. This one is available in my Etsy shop. :)
Next I worked on a couple wedding hair combs for my new bridal line. I've had these petals and pieces laying around for a while just waiting to be finished. I still want to make a Lily, Calla Lily, and a Mini Rose comb and hair pins, possibly Dendrobium Orchid comb and hair pins as well. Then I will move on to Boutonnieres and hair vines. Lots of work to do still to finish up my bridal line. (After doing my business taxes I decided it would be much easier to just have one shop, so everything is now going into LaurenHCreations. *Sigh*)
My current project is a new pattern that I will hopefully have available beginning of February. The design I'm doing is for my Ruffled Roses, which was the most requested pattern this past month. At the same time I will be producing a separate Technique Tutorial for Scallops. Hopefully separating the technique tutorials and flower patterns will help me produce my patterns faster. Both will be going up in my Pattern Shop soon so watch for the announcement!
Here's what I've been working on the past... month? Sorry, the photography kinda sucks. I had a hard time finding a space big enough for the whole thing.
I grew up in the Southern US. In our yard we had this huge Magnolia tree that I practically lived in. Every day for hours my friends and I would play in this tree. So this piece brings back a bit of my childhood. Needless to say, I don't think I can sell it. It's just too precious. However, while I was trying to figure out the best configuration for my branches, I did get a made to order listing in my Etsy shop for a smaller segment with one large bloom and a tiny bud.
Based on the feedback I've received on my Facebook page, the ruffled rose pattern won the vote so that is the pattern that I will be putting together in February. I will also be doing a separate Technique tutorial for Scallops and Fringe. I've decided to separate the technique tutorials and the patterns simply because I'm going to be using some of the same techniques and it makes no sense to keep showing it over and over again. Then it would be redundant for those who already know the techniques or for those who have purchased my previous tutorials. So, I will have a separate one for those who need it.
March will be the Iris.
By the way... I redesigned my site. Weebly (my website builder) has only a few limited themes that I think would fit, but I think I'm finally happy with it. I even designed an official logo. :)
Last month I made this large French Beaded Poinsettia garland and I designed some pine needles and pinecones to put in as fillers. I'd had a few hanks of those green bugle beads sitting around my craft room for a while and couldn't figure out what to do with them. Turns out they make great pine needles!
Well, everyone who saw it loved the pine needles and pinecones, and many were asking for the pattern. So, I decided to go ahead and produce a PDF version of my pattern. It's a smaller project that only requires two easy to learn French Beading techniques, so it didn't take a long as my rose and gerbera tutorials.
The PDF is now available for purchase as an instant download here. This is the first pattern that I have offered exclusively on my website, and so far it's going well. :)
Just a note, because of the EU's new laws digital goods now require VAT to be applied based on the customer's location instead of the seller's. So, if you are located in a member state of the EU you will see your country's VAT rate added at checkout. Because of this, I decided to reduce the base prices of my patterns so they can still be affordable for my International customers. Some countries are asking for 28% and that's a lot extra to pay.
Hope you are all enjoying the New Year!
Which pattern should I work on in February? Here are the two choices, vote in the comments below!
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 about six years now, and publishing patterns and tutorials for three years.
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