A little bit of bubblegum here, a little bit of duct tape there and wah-lah! a master piece!
"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva
April 22, 2010
Would you like to receive a special gift in the mail from me?
read on and find out how.
UPDATE: WINNERS FOR THIS CHALLENGE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SELECTED
After scoring on April Cornell's beautiful table napkins from Bill at Affordable Accoutrements, I was in a giving mood so I hopped on over to Lisa's Easy Frugal Living blog for a little "Pay It Forward". This is how I get to gift something to you, I'll explain further down in my post.
For today's post, I'm showing my Pink welcome wreath
Here's what you need: Organza (my piece was three feet by six feet), scissors, hot glue gun, strips of decorative paper (I used an old book), pins, printable transparancy.
You can purchase a styrofoam circle at dollar tree store or at Michael's. Cut strips of decorative paper, enough to cover the whole circle. Use your glue gun to glue the paper onto the foam.
Once you wrap the styrofoam, it will look like this
Next, cut a strip of organza, about 5 inches wide and 6 feet long, don't worry if your organza is not 6 feet long, any length will do. My organza had three different shades of pink, very pretty.
Accordion fold the organza about 5 inches in width
Now, sew all around the organza, it's okay if the organza does not stay in a square shape, as long as you sew a square that is four inch by four inch, you'll be fine. This step is done to keep the organza together so it's easier to cut circles out of.
Next, cut a circle shape, about 3 inch in diameter, inside the sewn square, like this
You will cut through all layers and end up with all these circles. The circles do not have to be perfect, just so they resemble circles will be just fine.
Repeat the process once more until you have about 25-30 circles.
Take each circle and fold in half
Then fold in half again
now pin it to the styrofoam
make two layers, one facing up and the other facing down, you can use all same colored pins or the silver ones if you'd like. I used multi-colored pins on mine
Once they are all in place, it will look like this
I made a bow with the rest of the organza and a long strip to hang it with. I then glued a welcome transparancy sign in a cute curly pink font and, wah-lah! the final product!
I love the way it turned out. It's so economical too because it's the same styrofoam I used for my Valentine's day and my St. Patrick's day wreaths.
Now........that special gift for you, please read on
UPDATE: WINNERS FOR THIS CHALLENGE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SELECTED PLEASE STAY TUNED, MORE CHALLENGES TO COME.
The Pay It Forward challenge was first introduced by my blog friend, Lisa at Easy Frugal Living . It was on her friend's post, Rhonda, where I was selected to participate, Woo Hoo! Rhonda is going to send me a hand made gift she makes herself....I cannot wait!!!
Here's where you come in, don't you love it when you receive a thoughtful gift from a friend in the mail??? specially when it's a hand made gift made specially for you?? well, now you have an opportunity to receive a gift from me!!! with all the kindness and thoughtfulness attached to it.
Here's how it works: The first three people that would like to join the Pay It Forward Challenge, leave a comment on this post, specifying you would like to participate in the Pay It Forward Challenge, will receive a home made gift from me in the mail!!! HELLO!!! You will receive a handmade item from myself within three months, completely free of charge to you. I can promise that I will make something very special for you so that you will be pleasantly surprised when it arrives in the mail.
The Catch......sorry, there is a catch, BUT A NICE ONE. You have to Pay it Forward and commit to doing the same thing. Place a Pay It Forward post on your Blog, Facebook account, etc. Send something handmade to three people within three months, you can wait until you receive my gift, there's no hurry. The items should be handmade by you. It can be anything; an embelished scrapbook page ready for pictures, a set of greeting cards, an artist's trading card...etc...Wouldn't it be nice to make someone's day? So who's in on spreading a little Pay It Forward, Handmade Style? leave me a comment that you would like to participate, I will select the first three, it's that simple.
I appreciate and look forward to your comments. You can still leave a comment, even if you don't want to participate in the Pay It Forward Challenge.
Laura at Along for the ride, is having a $40 gift certificate giveaway, make sure you link up with her before the 27th for a chance to win:
For today's Pink Saturday Challenge, I'd like to introduce a wonderful Pink lady, and now my blog friend, Patricia from Concerning Marie. She is a multi talented artist who's subject of choice is Marie Antoinette and life in that era. If you need inspiration, head on over to her blog, there's plenty to see that will inspire you in what ever you are working on. You will find poetry, quotations, paper crafts, altered books, mixed media art and so much more, head on over and say hello.
Please visit my Linky Parties above and don't forget to go and check out all the goodies April Cornell has, trust me, you're going to be glad you found her site. Specially with Mother's day coming up.