I was fortunate to receive a custom order from a nice lady in Australia this week. She ordered a red and black Tiger Lily with some fern leaves and gold baby's breath.
I finished the baby's breath last night, but I'm waiting on a confirmation from my customer. I might need to add on to the baby's breath. But, since I was waiting, I figured I had a little time to work on my Irises.
So far I have the flowers themselves assembled, and a couple of leaves attached to one stem. I stuck the others into the vase so you could get a good visual of what it'll look like when it's all done. I'm just doing two leaves per stem for now, since I'm going to sell individual Iris stems in my shops and they'll only have two leaves each that way. I need to wrap the stems with embroidery floss, then put the other leaves on their own stems to stick into my pot once I make the arrangement. I decided to forego the buds. :S But I like them just the way they are.
Also, a little side note. A few months ago I mentioned that I was working on an interview for Zibbet.com - one of my selling venues. Well, Zibbet's interview went live this past week, and I was their featured seller! Yay! See the interview here.
I hope my readers in the UK are having a wonderful Mothering Sunday today!
If beaded flowers are made properly, they will be around to bring you joy for many years to come. There are many antique beaded flowers still in existence today. To help keep your flowers in tip top shape and prolong their lifetime, they may require a small amount of maintenance and care.
- Cleaning -
If your flowers have accumulated dust, or if they have otherwise become dirty:
- First, try using a dry, soft cloth to remove the dust.
- If that didn't work, use a small amount of water on a soft cloth to rub out the grime. Some beads may become discolored if chemical cleaners are used.
- Avoid getting your flower stems wet, as this may damage the floral tape.
- Displaying -
- There are many types of finishes for seed beads, and some may fade over time when exposed to the sun. If you are unsure if your beads are subject to fading, avoid displaying your flowers in direct sunlight for extended periods.
- Keep them indoors! When exposed to the elements their integrity is compromised and they will have a much shorter life.
- Larger potted plants and wall hangings may bear a bit of weight. Use strong hooks and sturdy shelves to display them securely.
- While these flowers are durable, they are not indestructible and they are made from small pieces. It is best to keep them out of reach of small children and pets.
- If the flowers are knocked over and become misshapen or bent, they can be carefully remolded back into shape.
- Avoid overworking the wires by repeated bending back and forth. This will cause the wires to become brittle and break.
Thank you to everyone who dropped by to participate in my 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!
This morning I put all the names in a hat and had my 4 year old draw one out.
Congratulations to Cat M! You've won the brooch!
Please email me at email@example.com with the mailing address you'd like your brooch shipped to in the next 48 hours to claim your prize.
I will be doing another giveaway next month, so stay tuned!
One year ago today I founded my handmade business! I've come a long way in this past year, but I wouldn't have made it without my awesome customers and the wonderful support from my fans, family, and friends. So I've decided to celebrate this milestone with you by giving away my newest brooch design to one lucky winner!
Giveaway begins today, March 18th and will end Friday, March 21st at 12am Mountain Time. The winner will be announced Saturday, March 22nd! This giveaway is open to both US and International entries (except Italy because they prohibit the import of items like these).
Here's the prize:
The brooch was made using some of my favorite Vintage French seed beads, which are a very lovely color called Dusty Rose, with some leaves made from light green. The center is a genuine white freshwater pearl. The flower has been set on a 40mm silver plated round brooch back, and it measures just over 3" wide. Pin it to a blouse, hat, purse, or scarf! Keep it for yourself or give it as a unique gift! It's completely free, including shipping!
Here are the rules:
1. Comment below letting me know where you heard about this giveaway.
2. Then leave a link to your favorite item in my Etsy Shop.
This will earn you one entry! Please leave your first name and at least the first initial of your last name, just in case we have two entrants with the same first name.
3. To earn up to 2 extra entries you can share this blog post on Facebook, G+, Twitter, or whichever social media site you are a member of - for one entry per share. Just be sure to let me know where you shared so I can count them!
After I announce the winner, he or she will have 48 hours to email me to claim the prize, or a new winner will be drawn. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be sure you see the announcement you can subscribe to my blog on the right-hand side bar, or you can follow Lauren's Creations on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. This is not required to be entered in my Giveaway, just helpful!
Good luck everyone!
I was using a service called Feedburner to deliver emails to those who wished to keep up with my blog, but I've had nothing but issues with them from day one. They have randomly deleted my entire subscriber list, neglected to send email updates, and more recently, they started sending emails twice. I checked through all my settings and I couldn't find anything wrong with them. It's either a Feedburner issue, or they're too complicated for someone with average computer skills to use properly.
I sincerely apologize to those who have been receiving multiple emails about the same blog post. Yikes! I hope it didn't come off as spam-y.
To, hopefully, resolve the issues I have disconnected my blog from Feedburner and switched over to MailChimp to deliver the emails. Everyone who was previously subscribed has been moved over. If anyone has any further issues with the emails, please let me know so I can fix it!
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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