10 Oct 2007

New Fairy - Material Girl

Here's my latest fairy. Isn't she a cutie? She was sent to a pal in the US as part of my first Craftster swap.

Instead of the usual silk flower petals, her skirt is made from fabric strips which were leftover from a fabric flower pin that I also included in my pals swap package.

Check out my main blog for more information about the swap and links to various tutorials & free patterns.

BTW, check out the background photo. It's part of a calendar from the Isle of Man (that I also sent). I think the fairy looks quite at home there!

18 Apr 2007

Flowers & Blooms - ideal for making flower fairies

montage of silk flowers

I came across some delicious silk flower petals in a craft magazine last week and instantly fell in love with them. It seems that flowers are big in crafting at the moment so lucky, Lucky, LUCKY me!

These flower petals would be ideal for making flower fairies. It's cheaper than buying the refils from 'Klutz' plus you get to choose your favourite flower and/or colours. Most of these packs also have coordinating ribbons and fibres available in the same range - nothing like a well turned out fairy to make you smile.

For a reasonable price you get a substantial amount of flowers in each packet/tin/jar. There are many different brands available, but hydrangeas and daisies appear to be the most readily available. They come in a variety of sizes from small (1.5cm approx) to jumbo (5" approx) and a wonderful array of colours.

This is the first time I've seen fabric flower petals so readily available. Until now I've been buying recycling silk flowers that I've purchased from charity shops or that I find at fairs and fetes. I then spend an evening taking them apart and usually surrounded in second hand dust. Yeuck!!! Not entirely the most enjoyable experience you can imagine!

The thought of working with these gorgeous flowers really appeals to me! If you want to check them out online, Google the following phrases:

Bazzill bitty bloomers
Auntie Sarah's Bloomers
Prima Flowers
Making Memories Blossoms
Paper Mania Silk Flowers

One final thing, if you find you end up with too many of one colour, simply swap with a pal.

Happy creating.