I was fortunate this month to receive 5 commissioned orders for my french beaded flowers and accessories. So far I have 3 of them completed and I wanted to share pictures of those projects with you.
The first one was for a set of 3 Gerbera Daisies
The second one was for a mini rose vine.
And the third was a Lady Slipper Orchid brooch which I just completed last night.
Today I am taking a little break before I begin my next order tomorrow - a White Southern Magnolia like the single stem I made here. This one will take about a week-ish to finish. Then I just received another order for an orange Gerbera. Phew.
I hope you guys like my work!
Since around October of last year my Etsy Shop has been painfully slow. I assume it's partially because I sell flowers and those are particularly popular in the winter. But it was pretty sad. I've had a few trickle in here and there, but mostly just slow.
So when I got four (maybe five) custom orders in the space of a week it was pretty dang exciting. I'm booked until the second week of March, after which I will be saving some time for some more wedding designs to hopefully get more of them up for wedding season.
Here's what I've been working on this past week. The first order on my list is a custom set of three Gerbera Daisies. I have two of them made, for the third one I had to order in beads and the Post Office decided to ship them all the way down to Florida, which is so very far off course it's not even funny, and now they are stuck because there are some severe winter storms happening down in the southern US. So... I just ordered more of the same beads and hopefully they won't get accidentally rerouted again. Luckily this order isn't needed until the end of March, so it won't be late.
While I'm waiting for the other beads to arrive, I've started working on my second order so I don't get behind. I will be making another mini rose vine for a previous customer. These roses were made with some itty bitty size 15 beads. :) I really love working with the smaller beads. They're just so dang cute, even if they are hard to see! Makes me want to make all my flowers in 15/0's just to see them miniaturized.
Also on my list is a new design for a Lady Slipper Orchid brooch. It's going to be modeled after the one below (not my picture) just mini sized. Look how crazy-fun it is? I'm pretty excited about it. :)
I also have a custom order for one of my Magnolia stems. That one was a huge surprise! And there's another potential order that hasn't been completely finalized yet.
After that I will be doing some more hair vines, hair clips, and a tiara? I dunno, we'll see where my inspiration flows with that. I have plenty of ideas to work with, and I probably won't get to make all of them... as usual.
In March I will also be producing a PDF for my Bearded Iris, which has been much requested since I first made it a year ago. I have a few little tweaks to improve it, but it will generally be the same.
Add that to all the new spring designs I want to work on, and I've got a full plate! But that's just the way I like it, so all is well. I look forward to sharing the finished pictures of my projects!
Well hello there, my friends! I am happy to announce that I have finally published my next PDF Pattern! I held a vote and my Ruffled Rose design was the most requested pattern.
I've been working on this baby for a couple weeks, and I truly hope you guys will enjoy it. Find the PDF in my Pattern Shop and on Etsy!
Unlike my previous patterns, this one does not contain all technique tutorials. It assumes the reader is familiar with the Basic Frame and Scallops. If you do not know the Basic Frame you can find a free tutorial here. If you are unfamiliar with Scallops a separate PDF Tutorial can be purchased in my Pattern Shop and on Etsy.
As a side note I have also published a new free tutorial for Stem Wrapping.
Today I have published a new tutorial in my Pattern Shop for the Scallops technique. This teaches just the technique and does not contain any specific flower patterns.
Going forward I have decided to separate the flower patterns from the technique tutorials that I use most often. Then those who need the technique tutorials can purchase them separately and those who already know the techniques will obviously not need to and can enjoy a lower price. This will also help me produce new patterns more quickly and provide learning resources for those who want nothing to do with my patterns.
The individual technique tutorials will be very low in cost as they are essentially add-ons. And they only need to be purchased once as opposed to having a higher fee for each full flower tutorial. :) I hope you guys will enjoy them!
Find my Scallops tutorial in my Shop here!
I am currently finishing the final pieces for my Ruffled Rose Pattern which contains a very large amount of Scallops. Watch for the announcement soon!
Also, Etsy has finally admitted that they are responsible for collecting and remitting EU VAT on digital items for all their sellers. This means that all of my previous patterns and tutorials have been re-listed in my Etsy Shop. For now the prices are the same as on my website, but that may change depending on how Etsy plans to implement the VAT (whether added on at checkout or taken out of the purchase price). But you will also be able to find them right here through my website and those prices will not be going up. :)
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 teaching French Beading through my website for about four years.
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