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.
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 email@example.com.
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Good luck everyone!
For March I've decided to work on a variety of Spring-time flowers. First up is the Daffodil.
Daffodils belong to the family Narcissus,and are also known as "Lent Lillies" or Jonquils. They are symbolic of new beginnings and rebirth, which makes them the perfect image for Spring! It is the birth flower of March, and the flower you give to your spouse on your 10th Wedding Anniversary. Legend says that a gift of a bouquet of Daffodils will ensure happiness, warmth and good fortune. But, being presented a single Daffodil will bring misfortune. :S
They grow in a variety of colors: all yellow, yellow/orange, all orange, all white, white/yellow, white/orange, red, and even pink! Their blooms grow anywhere from 1-5" wide. And, they are poisonous, so... don't eat them.
I went with yellow for my Daffodil stems, since those are the type of Daffodils I remember seeing in my mother's garden growing up.
They are up and listed in my Etsy Shop! I can do custom orders for other colors/sizes upon request!
I get to work on a custom order of hair pins tonight, then I will be remaking my Daffodil brooch. After that, I'll start on some Irises!
I planned on doing a tutorial for you guys on Thursday, but between my in-laws visiting, playing with my kids, and just being lazy - I didn't have any time. So I made sure to get it up today. :)
Next in the loop family is the Continuous Cross-Over Loop - Check out my newest tutorial to learn how to make them! If you have any questions or comments regarding my tutorials, please contact me!
February's Flower of the Month was the Clematis. I only had two weeks to dedicate to the Clematis since January's flower ran over time a bit. I already showed you the larger project I made this month, which was my Clematis Garland, and I mentioned that I had an idea for a brooch and a barrette. Well, I made a brooch and a pin. :)
Both of them are listed in my shops, which you can find in the navigation bar above.
The one on the right originally inspired another wall decor idea that I wanted to make. But the more I worked on it, the less I liked it. If I don't like it, I won't make it well and I wouldn't be proud of the result. So I decided to stow that design away for a while and come back to it later if I can make any improvements. Then I took a couple days off to figure out my plans for March.
So, this completes my Challenge for February and I'm ready to move on.
For March... Originally I was planning on making a wedding bouquet, but the more I mentally design it, the less important it feels. So that will be on hold as well. I had trouble deciding on one flower to make, and none of the flowers I had in mind really had any large projects that I could work on. So, instead of having one flower, I'm going to revisit some of my older flowers and remake the patterns and get them listed in my shops. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, and since it's getting close to spring, I thought it was the perfect time to introduce some new and improved spring flowers.
I've already started on some Daffodil stems. Now, I have made a Daffodil Pin before but never a full stem. There are some improvements I want to make to the Pin design, too, so I'll be doing that while I'm revisiting the Daffodils.
Then I'm going to do some Tulips and Irises - both of which I've made before, just looking to improve my patterns, get some nicer pictures of them for my portfolio. I've considered making a large arrangement using all three of these flowers, but we'll see.
Those are my priorities this month. If I have any time left over I will be trying my hand at making a necklace using these spring-y colored TOHO beads.
On top of all that, I'll be putting up a couple more tutorials! Should be a fun month!
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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