A little peek into my Etsy shop revival

Mrs Priss Etsy Shop Reopening

I’m super excited to officially announce my Etsy shop is back up and running!

Etsy love banner

Banner of Love | Hanging Wall Sign

Etsy Hoop

You’re not a Wallflower | Cheery Felt Flower Hoop

Etsy Critter Ears Set

Critter Ears Hair Clip Set

I’ve posted a few items so far and will be adding more as soon as I can finish all the other projects I’ve started. If I can just figure out how to keep my kitchen table/work space clear of the daily Lego explosion that happens any time I turn my back!

Currently Crafting: Felt Succulents & Glitter Hoarding

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What’s everyone been crafting lately? I want to see!

Since Ruthie was born, it has been kind of hard to get back into the swing of things on many many levels, but especially creatively. I went for several solid months there doing absolutely nothing, getting caught up in exhaustion and yadda yadda. I couldn’t figure out why I felt so bleh until it dawned on me that I had no creative outlet. Man, I really didn’t realize how much art affected me until I wasn’t making any!

Anyway, last year I started playing around with watercolor and I really enjoy it. I’ve never taken a class and don’t get a ton of time to practice, but every once in a while during nap time… oh it’s on like Donkey Kong. It’s quite therapeutic, actually.

I used to do a lot of felt projects, as seen around here in the DIY section, so recently I busted out my stash and decided to try something new that I’ve been wanting to make for a few years…

felt succulents

I love how they turned out, but I’mma be real… they took for-freaking-ever. That was like 6 hours of hand-cut felt adult labor right there. A few hours in, I remembered why I had hidden the stash of felt in the garage.

this took forever

I saw these labels on Etsy and thought they were appropriate. Eh, who am I kidding, I’ll make more felt succulents at some point in the near future. I do love them.

glitter stash

The other thing I’ve been weird about lately is buying chunky glitter just because I can. I have absolutely no plans for this stuff, but you know how it is when you’re at the store and something just calls to you.

Morgan, buy me.

Morgan, hold me.

Morgan, glue me on stuff.

glitter bottles

I mean. Those bottles with the little corks! Would it be weird to display them in my house? Like on the shelf in the living room, next to photos of my children? I bought these at Target in a 4 pack and… oooh dear Lord, just checked Target.com they have more sets in other colors. Come to mama.

Okay this is getting weird, even for me. So yeah. What are you making lately? I really would love to know!

Tutorial: Felt Fringe Flowers

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done any felt flower tutorials and I’ve been sitting on this one for almost two years. WUT. It’s very similar to my Pom Pom Flower Thingamabobs, so if you’ve ever made those, this will be a breeze!

supplies

Make the centers:

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Cut thin strips of felt to use as the center of your flowers. I never use any real measurement on this part, but for reference, I’d say they’re about as long as your finger. Well, a normal finger. If you have man hands, well… I’m sorry and good luck to you, my friend.

Roll the little strip of felt like you would a sleeping bag, dabbing glue along the way to keep it secure.

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There you go! Okay, those look like crap, but you get the idea.

First variation:

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Cut a strip of felt 10″x2″ or something close to that. The measurements really don’t matter because you’ll be trimming it all down at the end. If you want a larger flower though, increase the length.

Cut little notches along the length of the felt, leaving a good 1/2″ intact on one side.

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Take one of your little flower centers you made earlier and glue it to one end of your fringe, on the section of felt where you didn’t cut notches.

Continue rolling the fringe strip around your center piece, dabbing bits of glue along the way to hold it all in place. Now don’t freak out on this next part…

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This freakishly hideous thing you see right now is completely normal. This is the part where you take your scissors and trim all the little fringe-petal-thingies until they look right to you.

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Second variation:

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This version is pretty much identical to the blue flower. The only difference is that I made thinner cuts for the fringe.

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Again, I trimmed the petals up after the rolling/gluing step. The result is just a smaller, more compact flower. Perfect for hair clips and headbands, I might add.

This would take a little extra time, but you could also cut the tips of the petals into different shapes instead of this blunt version. You could round them, trim them to a point, cut at a 45 degree angle… I’ve done pretty much every possibility and they all end up adorable!

Third variation:

This is a fringe flower without the center piece.

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Take your strip of felt and fold it in half, hot dog-way. #momlife

As you’re holding the folded felt, cut your notches along the length of the strip as you did before. You’ll be cutting through two layers of felt.

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I do it this way, but feel free to dab a little glue along the middle before you fold it in half. It will hold in place a little better, but you just risk getting glue in the way when you’re cutting the fringe.

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Say hello to the blurriest photo of all time.

Remember, “roll like a sleeping bag”? Well we’re doing it again. This time, your felt is doubled up (still folded in half) to make a fuller flower in half the time.

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A little more shabby than the other variations, but still cute!

Let me know if you ladies find this tutorial useful! Enjoy!

Tutorial: Anthropologie Inspired Headband

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This was originally a guest post I wrote for Kojo Designs

Anthropologie is such an amazing store. I instantly fell in love with this Pipe Cleaner headband on their website, but who wants to spend nearly $40 when you can make it yourself for SO much less? NOT THIS CHICK.

Supplies:

1. Jewelry Wire

2. A thin headband

3. 1 1/2 yards of velvet piping (by the yard at Joann’s)

(All supplies found at Joann’s for under $10)

Instructions:

Slip the velvet piping over one end of the headband and slide it until you reach the other end. I was surprised at how easy this was.

Secure each end with a dab of glue. Pinch until it dries.

Using a the remaining yard or so of piping, slide one end of the jewelry wire through. I found that bending the end of the wire upon itself made this process a whole lot easier!

Now you have wired, bendable piping, so let’s make ourselves a fancy schmancy bow!

This bow will resemble a double figure 8 when we’re finished. To start, make a single loop as shown in the photo and use the jewelry wire to pinch it in place. Feel free to glue it if you’re paranoid about it falling apart. I won’t judge your OCD, I promise.

Continue the figure 8 pattern by bringing the piping back around to the center point.

Repeat the process to make a slightly smaller bow on top of the first one. Keep holding it in place with your thumb, sister. We’re almost there!

Leave that straggling piece of velvet where it is for now. Take some jewelry wire and tightly wrap the center of the bow to hold it all together. When a problem comes along, you must wrap it. Now wrap it. Wrap it GOOD.

It’s been a long day, sorry ladies.

Find a good spot on your headband to place your bow. Where are my OCD gluers? Glue that baby down to the headband.

Take that extra piece of velvet I mentioned and wrap it around the center to cover the jewelry wire.  I wrapped mine twice, but you don’t have to do exactly what I do. (Unless, of course, you want to be awesome.) Now trim it and glue the end in place on the back side of the bow.

You’re done! That wasn’t too bad, right?

Tutorial – Sequins and Nuts Necklace

I’m nuts. You’re nuts. Let’s wear some nuts.

I think we’ve all seen some of the crazy/awesome hardware jewelry floating around Pinterest and such. This is actually pretty genius because I think we all have extra hardware accumulating in a junk drawer somewhere. Why not make something unique? WHY NOT, I SAY!?

Sorry.

Supplies:

  • Chain swiped from an old broken necklace
  • 2 packages of sequins from the craft store (.79 whole cents each)
  • Hex nuts, found in your local hardware store or junk drawer (I used 22)

Before I go any further, I feel I must point out one creepy detail…

Devilish smirking Baileys cup will haunt your dreams for all time. Onward!

Steps:

I disassembled the old necklace and cut it to the desired length.

In keeping with the whole hardware theme I have going on, I used a washer as part of the clasp. I don’t know why, I just felt like it.

Now I know this was naughty, but I used several strands of black thread and a needle to string my nuts and sequins. I basically tied knots to the ends of each hanging chain, which is just dumb, but I didn’t have jewelry wire. Use that instead, mmk? I’m going to replace it the first chance I get. Or, you know, when it breaks.

As far as the beading pattern, I just did what felt well with my soul. I imagine if you used another color of sequins or silver nuts you can have a completely different look. I’m probably going to make a bracelet next.

As always, my favorite thing about this is that it was cheap. I love cheap crafts. This whole thing costed me about two bucks. Not bad!

I just said the word ‘nuts’ more times than any human being should in one blog post. Or in her lifetime.