Thursday, July 25, 2013

Miniature Quilled Flowers in a Bottle Necklace


I am reopening two stores on Etsy in August. Quillr is handmade quilling items and itsMollyDos is miscellaneous vintage, collectibles. Whew, the time is getting close and I'm trying to get a handful of projects made by the deadline.  


This is a necklace I made with some tiny quilled flowers using narrower than the 1/16-inch strips (paper from England). I put centers on both sides of the flowers. The sterling silver snake chain necklace is 20 inches (50cm). The photo below shows the bottle is about .75 inches (19mm) wide. 



Thanks for stopping by!
Molly


Monday, July 15, 2013

Gardener's Hand Scrub

I have been following the most helpful and coolest blog for a couple of weeks. It is One Good Thing by Jillee. She is writing a book and also planning a wedding so she had a week of Jillie's Best posts to free up some time. She posts every day! I was drawn to this easy sugar scrub she posted, especially after seeing she had over 700 comments. (There are many more now because she was giving away a washer and dryer the week I saw it.)

I had the sugar and Dawn so I made a few jars. EASY, EASY! And I love how it makes my hands feel after using it. 


I found some free DIY printables on Pinterest to make my presentation colorful. Lots of choices as to colors and designs.


I had some small plastic spoons that I attached a personalized handmade tag along with the ingredientsI tied to the back of the jars.


Here is the recipe and much better step-by-step photos. I just love all the pics that Jillee adds to her posts.


I hope you like Jillee's blog as much as I do.

Have a great week!
-Molly


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

From the Archives ...

Quilling Comes In All Sizes
I have said before that my two favorites are miniature and giant quilling! I would put this one below in the big category! I used one-inch crimped red and green strips of construction paper glued end to end. The stems are spongy insulation material that I cut into pieces and painted black. The leaves are 6" long and the cherries are 3.5" in diameter.


This is a piece I made to take to a CHA show in 2006 when I bought a table spot to show my designs. It is a MUST to have some type of eye-catcher to draw the manufactures and publishers to the table. My table was set up to sell my quilled cherry projects and large wall art designs. I used this cherry project, a 14-inch quilled snowflake and three 12-inch layered paper flowers as my eye-catcher. My plan worked :)

I wanted to share this technique to show that there is no limit to what you can do with quilled paper. Here are a few more examples: 

Lori Mondell ~ has an amazing creative mind when embellishing her projects (check out other items in Lori's store)
Suzana Ilic ~ brings quilling to a next level with her brilliant dimensional art
Ann Martin ~ this is an excellent example of how to be inspired by non-paper material and incorporate into quilling (also, check out Ann's new book!)


I hope you are encouraged to try something different and quill a miniature, traditional or big piece of art using your own creative style. 

Have fun!
~Molly

Update:  I found this poor photo showing how the large items are suppose to grab attention. This was the year I forgot one of my bags - containing makeup and my camera. I bought one of those disposable cameras and the photos turned out itty-shay!!!





Monday, July 1, 2013

Sour Cream Gift Container, Miniature Quilled Flowers

Happy July!

I made some 1" glass magnets, with yellow rose of Texas graphics. I wanted to wrap them but they are so small. They stack together easily held by the magnets and I wrapped them in tissue paper.


I decided to make a sour cream gift container using printed card stock. I made a tag and added tiny quilled flowers to match the paper I was using.


I used a 4" x 6" piece of card stock and rolled lengthwise into a tube as shown below. 
(10.16 cm x 15.24 cm)


I pinched the ends to close. I crimped the first end, applied glue inside along the edge, and crimped it again. After I put the magnets inside, I pinched the other end in the opposite direction. I repeated with crimping, gluing and crimping again.


I think it makes a nice presentation and this sour cream container is SO easy to make.



I purchased my graphics from Piddix at Etsy. She has so many prints in many sizes and you get instant download.

Have a fantastic week!
Molly

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