fabric flowers and an impromptu tutorial

Soooooo....I have two projects that I somewhat finished months (ok, almost a year) ago but never got around to embellishing them with flowers. Well, now they are officially finished!

I found this ugly tray for a couple dollars at a thrift store two years ago and finally got around to painting it. I used Rustolem spray paint in matte black and then used chalkboard paint to paint the center part (I did about three coats and waited many many hours between coats. Ok, more like 2 or 3 but it felt FOR-EV-ER (make sure you read 'FOREVER' like the kid on the Sandlot does to get my gist)).

Here, I found a vintage window pane at a local antique store for $30 and then added hooks at the top to add the twine to hang it and then the four drawer pulls to the bottom (Hobby Lobby for those, of course) to hang maybe picture frames or anything else my little heart desires. -- Note: I had to use power tools for this project (and Mr. Relish). Make sure you tape the glass up so IF it does break you don't have tiny pieces everywhere, just taped up shards everywhere. Luckily, we were able to not harm the window...whew!--

I used my Silhouette to make the vinyl and love that when I get tired of this saying I can just pull it off and put something new. I finally added the little fabric and burlap flowers today. No idea why I waited over 10 months to do it... It was one of those things on my list of to do's but not super important. Since I was in the middle of sewing projects, I decided this would be a great way to waste spend baby relish's morning nap.

You can find tons of online tuts for making these flowers, but I couldn't find a good one for making the yo-yo flower so I decided to give you a quick mini tut below...

How to make the faux yo-yo flower:

You need a strip of fabric as thick and wide as you like. Fold in half longwise wrong sides together. Sew the short ends together. Then hand sew around the raw edge. Then pull tight to make the center come together nice and tight. Sew a few knots then VIOLA! You have a flower. Now you can hand sew or glue an embellishment in the middle.

Thanks for stopping by!

...and since I had my camera out when baby relish woke from nap, I had to get a quick snapshot of her pretty little face!

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