Friday, April 23, 2010

skewered flowers

paper flowers! everyone under the sun has made these, so no points for originality here but wow did we have some rainy day fun making them. sticking to my attack of minimalism (no new stuff), i made myself work with what i had: coffee filters, liquid watercolors, crayons, papertowels, ribbon and bamboo skewers. why i had bamboo skewers on hand is anyone's guess, but they were perfect for the job.

skewered-flowers

i almost caved and went out to buy eyedroppers to apply the watercolor, but i realized that the chance of having a bottle of expired kiddie tylenol was pretty good. sure enough i found august 2008 in the medicine cabinet, tossed the drug and had my eyedropper. with layers of aluminum foil and papertowels underneath to catch the overflow, i scribbled on the filters with crayons, splotched on the watercolors (slightly diluted), let them dry, scrunched two filters together, skewered them with the sticks and secured them with ribbon. they look like 4-H fair prizes to me.

dyed-papertowels

the dyed papertowels were a nice by-product - no revelation there, as i'm probably the last to try that too! but we'll enjoy using those bits for collage.

flowers-in-vases

here's our dirty porch. the glass vases are from IKEA - i decoupaged them with tissue paper, painted and sealed them. fun and easy.

birdie-girl

and here's birdiegirl, my little flower helper. i had horror visions of her dumping liquid (permanent) watercolor all over the kitchen but she kept a steady hand with the dropper while i was the one who turned the floor into the blue grotto. right now we're watching an old chiquita banana commercial and waiting for the drain guy to rescue our basement from last night's thunderstorms. happy weekend to you!

38 comments:

Who you callin' housewife? said...

What pretty happiness!!!

Jennifer said...

awesome projects aimee! you mention 4-H... oh the memories! to this day I can't plant marigolds...long story...however, i am on board with the 'use what you got'...never the less, like the good consumer I am, I went to Dick Blicks for gouache..fresh out of my favorite blue. :-) happy weekend to you!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Those are the prettiest flowers ever! I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

Sarah said...

What fun! There are endless uses for the stuff we keep around the place! Have a lovely and flowery weekend!

stephanie levy said...

I love these and I have never made them before - oh and your vases are gorgeous too! You have been creating up a storm over here! Fun with your girlies :)

6512 and growing said...

The flowers are almost as lovely as that sunshiney daughter of yours.

Curls O Fred said...

Nope, never made these. Might try my hand at them so Lyra's vase isn't empty between flower cuttings. Glad you had something fun for the rainyness.

Christine E-E said...

I too am trying to use what I have - and I have a wealth of "stuff" to craft with. Sometime I think I buy new supplies because I am tired of the "stuff" I have...
Love the pic of your little helper! I love looking at children's hands - the dimples on the top of their hands are my favorite place to kiss.
I loved my times at home with my girls (now 32 & 30 years old).
WOW! re-reading this - I must have a "sentimental" mood going!?
Perhaps I need a "kid connection" - need to borrow a little one for the morning to "craft" Haven't seen my granddaughter since Spring Break.
chris
silverlinings4me.blogspot.com

cindy said...

oh birdiegirl, a penny for your thoughts. you are so cute and i love your dress and pink pants. you did a great job with the paper flowers. i love paper + flowers so they are delightful. go drain guy go. have a fun weekend in artsyville!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

I realize this is the way your mind and spirit work, but none of this looks easy to me. It all looks amazingly wonderful and whimsical, but I'm not one of the "everyone" you think has done this stuff. I'm continuously amazed at how much you DO to spark your kids' creativity and fill the world with unique, stunning beauty. Color me impressed!

seven swirls designs said...

LOVE!! I want to make paper flowers for my wedding so I adore seeing many different types for ideas! :)

lolasmom said...

oooh! i just love them! i'd forgotten all about that particular grade school craft.

i'd love to make a whole garland full of them and string them along my porch.

tara - scoutie girl

Phoenix Peacock said...

oooh one of my favorite childhood activities. I bet she loved it!

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Your home is so full of cheer from all of your color. You bring that cheer to us when you post. Thank you!

Jill said...

simply lovely

Natasha said...

GORGEOUS! I love this post...those are so pretty as are the vases (some of my favorite things to decoupage). I love the color and life that fills your home...it's like a little slice of happiness..thanks for sharing

AND I commented on the rockin' necklace pendants you made - you were the spark of inspiration for me to create a ring and I'm creating more...here's the one I did - http://thursdaysweettreat.blogspot.com/2010/04/exceptional-artists-choose-themes-that.html
(it's at the bottom) rough but such fun. Thanks for all that you give!

rrARTz said...

these are just beautiful! i especially like the vases! what kind of liquid watercolors do you use? good job using things from around the house! love it!

Megan Walker said...

so AWESOME Aimee! your paper towels look like my tie dye shirts :) and I love your glass vases too! and of course, your little sweetie is the cutest of all :)

xoxoxo

P.S. thanks for your comment on my blog... did you see I wrote you back? check it out :D

Juliette Crane said...

what incredible flowers! i just adore all of the colors, and i have never made them before, so to me it is original:) i am so happy to have found your blog and etsy shop. i just love all of the fun and color! thank you for being such an inspiration :) i can't wait to stop back again.

best wishes, juliette

Allie said...

Oh so so pretty - and you have such a darling little helper!

Karen Blados said...

Oh, I'm in love with these and going to try them on the next rainy day. What FUN!

You always have the best ideas!

rachel awes said...

well, if a thunderstorm brings in basement water, make flowers!
sounds like the perfect thing!!
love them, aimee. xo

soulbrush said...

love these and thanks for telling us how, i haven't ever done them before. and as for birdiegirl, what a little sweetie pie. hugs to the girls from joss in london. (and a hug for you too of course).
wordveri:raingst.....lol

Anairam said...

So THAT is why I kept that old bag od coffee filters! Your home looks so colourful and happy, Aimee - no wonder your girls feel sure of themselves and of what they want to do one day!

Bella Sinclair said...

So much prettiness here! Beautiful birdiegirl in front of your blazing azaleas. Those flowers are a fantastic idea. And so are your decoupaged vases! Gorgeous! I'd buy those in a heartbeat.

Jim Simms said...

How pretty!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Love those candy, bright colors...just screams spring fun! I have a hunch we'll be making some of those soon.

hanna-happenings said...

Your girl is so sweet!

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Erin Butson said...

how do you come up with this stuff?!? Love it.

Jane said...

Those flowers make me smile! What a great colorful project that's perfect for the spring!

●• Thereza said...

flower power artsygirls! me likes it :)

mir said...

Hello ! I'm verry happy to see your blog ! i love tehe photographs, your creativity ! ;-)

The Dreaming Bear said...

Such fun things going on at your house! (minus the drain thing, of course) I love the flowers in the vases! So pretty!!!

Francesca said...

Beautiful. I know I must have an August 2008 in my medicine cabinet, but no coffee filters, liquid watercolors or bamboo skewers ... would the project work ok if I just bought those:)?
You lost me on the glass vases. I read it over and over, but I don't think I understand your decoupage technique. They look terrific though!

Julie said...

This is a great idea! I love your blog. It is wonderful. I am hosting Flower Week at my blog and I hope you'll stop by.
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-begins-may-24th.html

Sandy said...

Beautiful!

Lizzie said...

I love the flowers. They remind me of the paper flowers my son made at preschool for my first Mother's Day in America - they are still dotted around the house, O can't bear to get rid of them!

Nancy Ward said...

Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward
PaperFriendly
http://www.nancywardcrafts.com