I opened up last month to Custom Orders after my end of the year hiatus, and I've been fairly busy with orders. :) Last month I made this yellow rose.
And then early this month I said goodbye to my burgundy Peony arrangement and my new Poinsettias as they headed out to their new homes. It's a bittersweet moment when my babies leave the nest.
I also made another one of these miniature rose vines. (I'm thinking of doing a tutorial for these, but it's a few months out.)
And then... this past weekend I had a flurry of custom orders come in.
First one is for another one of my Southern Magnolias. That one should be done in a couple days. I'm using the special ordered 22g White wire by Parawire, and I'm loving it. It does take a little getting used to.
After this one is finished I will be making 2 of my large Dahlias. (I will be doing this pattern next month!) And another yellow rose just like the one up top.
Then after that I get to make Poppies! Never made those before so they will be a new design. Yay! I love new designs. And with that order there will be another mini rose vine. And finally, I get to make Lily of the Valley! Which I've also never made before, so another new design. These orders have me booked for the next month, and then I will be taking a short break from custom work to produce my Dahlia Pattern. I'll be adding in leaves of course, with just a few alterations to the original design (more petals?), and maybe some buds too.
After my Dahlia is complete I can either do my Hydrangea Pattern, or a hair accessory pack tutorial (with hair pins, hair clips, headbands, combs, barrettes... etc). Which would you prefer?
Also, I've discovered something new. A customer contacted me about making something like a daisy chain. Had to spend a day thinking about it, but my brain worked out something that I think is pretty neat! It's like a chain of Basic Frames stacked on top of each other, all with the same wire. Not sure if this is an actual thing or just something I pulled out of my brain. Anyone know of a name for this Technique?
I have been practicing recording video tutorials as well. I've finally got the lighting and sound correct, but I get so nervous that I forget how to do things and what words are. Haha. So I'm probably going to have to write a script so I don't fumble around like a goofball. The first one might still be a little awkward though.
I'll be back hopefully next week with some finished project pictures of a couple custom orders. :)
Lauren's Creations is moving to a new home on the web! I'm moving my website over piece by piece. Come drop on by the new website - BeadandBlossom.com to see how it's coming along! My shop here on Lauren's Creations will be taken down Oct. 30th to prepare for the move. It will reopen on the new site on November 1st!
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.