It has now been 5 or 6 weeks since I started this project and I am pleased to say that I am finally finished! This has been a great adventure and I certainly hope my customer will be happy with her bouquet.
Here are the finished pictures. :)
The bouquet is 10 inches wide by 11 inches tall and weighs just under 4 lbs. The handle has been wrapped with ivory ribbon and lace. :) It turned out so much better than I even dreamed. I wish I could get married again so I could make my own bouquet out of beaded flowers. But maybe I will just remake my bouquet in beads for a keepsake version. Anyways, I've got plenty of more ideas for bouquets and I definitely plan on making more.
I've been asked to do a blog on the design process for this bouquet, and how I chose the flowers and colors and such, so I will do that in a few days when I have a bit more time to sit down and type out all my thoughts.
I do have two more (much smaller) custom orders. One for a hair vine/hair pin set, and the other for a ruffled rose. I will also be working on some Peonies for my Peony pattern which I will hopefully have done in August.
Thanks everyone for all your kind words and support through this project. You guys are seriously awesome!
I am finally in the last week of this bouquet. I feel like I've been working on this forever and I really really want to be done so I can see the results of my labor and so my customer can have her beautiful bouquet. My family is ready for me to be done too, since I've been up late most nights and working a bit during the day too - which I don't always do.
All of the large flowers I need for the bouquet are done. The last three I added are the two large Dahlias and a darker pink rose, which you can see at the very bottom of the second pic.
It won't be as large once I get it all assembled in bouquet form. It will be a round shaped bouquet with a ribbon and lace wrapped "handle".
So, that's where I'm at right now. The rest of the week I am working on Astilbe. I will be doing 5 smaller sized sprigs without leaves. So they will be the size of the pic below. I might do a couple of them with another layer of little branches.
Then I will be doing Billy Balls (Craspedia). Those are going to be tricky.
After I finish this bouquet I do have two more custom orders, but they are smaller. One for a hair vine and hair pin set, and the other for a ruffled rose.
Etsy has finally rolled out their new system for collecting VAT for digital downloads for EU customers. Now Etsy will automatically detect your location and show you prices inclusive of the VAT rate for your country. So, if you are in the EU or any other country that has adopted new rules for taxing digital downloads it will look like my PDF pattern and tutorials prices have gone up (in my Etsy shop, my Payhip shop has been collecting them for some time). For those of you in other countries that do not have taxes based on buyer location for digital downloads, the prices will remain the same.
Here is Etsy's blog on the issue:
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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