It seems like Friday was just a few days ago. My, how time flies when you are having fun! I am sharing with Orange You Glad It’s Friday.
Since Autumn is coming up this month I made a little Autumn Mini Bird House. It’s in my Etsy store Mosaic This And That.
And last year I made a mosaic butterfly that you can put on the wall and hang your keys on it. It took from last year to last week for me to finish it – and all that I had to do was grout it! But now I’m inspired to do some more projects. I started painting a small jewelry box today but haven’t decided whether I want to mosaic it, decoupage it, or or….. Usually I’ll start working on a piece and somewhere take a sharp turn in another direction and when it’s finished it doesn’t look anything like what I started to do. But sometimes that’s what it takes – just get started and then fresh ideas come to you!
These beautiful flowers are quite easy to make. Unfortunately, when I took these pictures the lady who cut and sewed the strips wasn’t present and I didn’t have any samples of strip material to show you, so I’m not positive of exact dimensions of strip, so I will use approximate measurements.
Cut 2″ strips of fabric about 12-inches long (for bigger flowers cut deeper and longer strips – experiment!) Fold in half right-side-out and stitch raw edges together using either a straight stitch or a serger. After stitching, use scissors to clip fabric about every 1/4″. So now you have a strip of fabric with little cuts from one end to the other. Clip the fabric as close to the stitching as possible without cutting through it.
For the stems we used kabab sticks and covered them with green floral tape. Some of the floral tape didn’t have much “stickiness” to it so we had to glue the beginning and the end of the tape with a hot glue gun. Just put a dab of glue on the starting end, start winding at the top of the stick (flat end) and continue winding the tape around the stick, stretching slightly as you wind down to the end. Then put another dab of glue on end of tape and press firmly.
When glue is dry on taped stick, take one end of fabric, put a dab of glue on it, place on blunt end of stick and start winding around and around. As you go, place a dab or strip of glue on fabric. Some of us used hot glue and some used Elmer’s glue – that’s what I used and it worked fine. You should be able to feel and see the top of the stick as you wind around it. Put a dab of glue at the end of fabric strip and you are done! Flower will look a little tight so fluff out the strips (petals) to your liking.
Hi All! Please forgive me for getting off schedule so – I think it’s a combination of not feeling up to par and trying to do too many things – and it sort of cancels everything out. I really feel like I should be hibernating!
But today I brought my camera out and actually started “looking” for some scavenger finds for Ashley Sisk’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday. And also made a point of having something pink so I can share with Pink Saturday.
I’m still working on the pink butterfly key rack so will share it with Paint Party Friday.
I bought this sweet doll about thirteen years ago to sell on eBay but liked her so much decided to keep her. And I still love her 🙂
This butterfly mosaic is a WIP (on the left). For the one above I took a pix, downloaded it to computer and added some “bling” via my Artrage Studio app. I just finished visiting Diana Evans and realized that is just about what I did – a ten-minute warmup “blinging up” my WIP butterfly mosaic, so am sharing with her meme.
This is an interesting piece of furniture with a swivel top. I’m not sure whether it is supposed to be a microwave cabinet or a computer cabinet. But I love the different grains in the wood!
This was such a fun project! The arts and crafts group at church made Easter/Springtime mosaic birdhouses for all the tables in the fellowship hall. Our teacher, Cherie, is a fantastic mosaic glass artist as well as a great teacher! You can buy these little wood birdhouses at most arts and crafts stores, such as JoAnn’s or Michael’s. A lot of my birdhouse is covered with tempered glass. This is clear tempered glass that has been shattered and then small chunks or pieces of glass are glued onto the birdhouse – which has first been painted in bright colors. Wherever the tempered glass is applied the color shows through. You can even add glitter to the paint. On one of my birdhouse projects I painted flowers and grass, but once you apply the tempered glass most of the defined flowers and grass is obscured (so don’t go crazy painting a great picture if you are going to cover with TG. There needs to be a little space for the grout between the pieces of glass, stones, jewelry (whatever you are applying). The grout holds everything together nice and tight! After the excess grout is all cleaned off, more embellishments can be added, such as my bird and shells around the roof.