Friday, April 8, 2011

Tutorial: Chiffon and Tulle Flowers

For our next tutorial, I've found a beautifully photographed how-to on making chiffon and tulle flowers. These are perfect to dress up a wedding, sew onto a blouse or even to attach to a pin back to wear on a hat, a blouse or adorn a purse!

Project Wedding presents the tutorial in a series of gorgeous photographs showing step by step how to make these delicate flowers.

"For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb." Easy!

 I'd love to see a picture of your creations!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tutorial: Felt Flowers

Another flower tutorial!  This Felt Flower tutorial is brought to us by Handmade in Portland (HIP) and is so adorable! I've admired the felt bridal bouquets created by the oh so talented Megan Hunt, aka Princess Lazertron, (she is so creative!) And now we can follow this tutorial from HIP and give felt flowers a try!

I think I'll give this a go, using my Sizzix Big Shot Pro to cut out the flowers.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tutorial: Scrappy Fabric Strip Rose

I'm on a fabric flower roll!  Until I'm ready to start posting my own tutorials, I thought I'd share the tutorials I'm finding and using with the thousands people who are reading my blog. And a great big Thank You to both of you for stopping by!

This Scrappy Fabric Strip Rose tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew is super easy and requires some strips of left over fabric, a basic sewing machine (the sewing is REALLY easy!), a needle and thread, a hot glue gun, a circle of felt, and a pin back.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tutorial: Fabric Roses from Debbie Murray & Shea Fragoso

I can often be found perusing the web in search of tutorials to make fabric embellishments. One of my favorites right now is fabric roses, which can be used in so many ways for both fabric and paper projects.

Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, the artistically gifted mother daughter team of The Gilded Life, offer an easy Fabric Rose Tutorial that will have you making cabbage-style fabric roses posthaste!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Be You, Be Loved

Whimsical, dreamy, imaginative, ethereal, luscious. This is just a sprinkling of words to describe the new bridal concept from the Anthropologie creative team. I received an email today announcing the "unveiling" of BHLDN on Valentine's Day and I'm all aflutter!  Beholden. How charming and enchanting is that?  The online boutique "will bring together a curated collection of heirloom quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, and lingerie."

The accessories will be "vintage-inspired, but decidedly modern. Artisans, ateliers, and milliners including James Coviello, Jennifer Behr, and Yestadt Millinery craft feathers, tulle, and jewels into luxe headpieces.  And jewelry designers like Erickson Beamon, Katie Diamond, and Petra Domling offer baubles, from delicate to bold." 

Wait, did you just say milliners?  Feathers?  Tulle, baubles and jewels?  Luxe headpieces!!!  I think I need to have another wedding just so I can delight in the details that BHLDN is so effervescently offering!

The gowns are described as being "tailored and voluminous, soft and draped, embroidered and embellished, complete with refinements like built-in boning and corsets" with prices ranging from $1000 to $4000 for gowns, and $200 to $600 for event dresses.

The online boutique offers a divine peek-a-boo tease with beautifully photographed gowns, adorable shoes and delicate, sparkly jewels. There is an option to sign up for the email list if you want to learn more about the BHLDN boutique.

BHLDN is planning on opening the first store towards the end of this year and I'm wondering where it will be?  Anthropologie infuses me with inspiration each and every time I wander around their store or peruse their online catalog. Combine that style and aesthetic with bridal and the result will be heavenly!

Once I clicked through to the online boutique, I was at once captivated by the magical, precious music playing sweetly in the background. I'm a slave to music that sounds like a music box and this song, "What Are We Waiting For?" from a band named Amiina, from Iceland, promises twirling, sparkles, and whispered secrets. Using violins, synth and glockenspiel, this song is dreamy, feeds my soul and is so amazingly beautiful it makes me want to cry. 


Just pick up your shoes and go. I'm inspired by this song. It's like the tag line, "Just Do It", from Nike, but more feminine. What are we waiting for?