Published in GreenCraft, May 2017

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I was thrilled to have an article featured in this month’s GreenCraft magazine! The article is a tutorial on how to reuse shower rings and turn them into sweet miniature flower frames. The editors of GreenCraft continually produce a publication that is as lovely to look at as it is informative. You can find GreenCraft in America at Michael’s stores and Barnes and Noble Booksellers. Hope you can pick up one and flip through it, at least. My article is the second one, page 12. Have a blessed week! ~Scarlett

Tiny Flower Frames From Shower Curtain Rings

These clear plastic shower curtain rings were ‘retired’ when my daughter got her Hello Kitty curtain with matching hooks and have never seen the light of day again.  Until now.

I decided to up-cycle these little plastic rings into miniature frames.  I used mostly scrap materials, a few things from the kitchen, and some old dried and pressed flowers that I keep for projects like this.

I started by tracing the ring onto cardboard so I would have a template for the centers.

I covered the rings with lots of different things. This one is covered in jute and the next in floral tape and then natural twine. The floral tape helped hold the twine in place while I wrapped the ring.

Then, using the cardboard template, I cut out two circles of wax paper and placed a pressed flower inside, and glued the circles together around the edges.

Next, I just hot-glued the circle onto the back of the ring.

I added a little button, some lace, and a piece of scrap ribbon at the top.

Added a tiny tag onto this one.

Love how the wax paper lets the light through.

This one’s different. I made a circle of wire, tacked a piece of produce netting (the stuff my onions come in) around it and slipped a pressed flower inside.

 

Here’s a shower ring wrapped in tulle.

I cut a circle of white cardboard for the backing and glued on a dried flower.

The tiny tag is made from a paper doily.

 

Here’s another one with a tiny tag made from torn muslin, the heart was cut from a pressed leaf.

This one was covered in cream colored yarn and the backing is thin cardboard.

This one is wrapped in a strip cut from a brown paper bag, the backing is parchment paper, and the heart is cut from a leaf.

This ring is wrapped in lace scraps and a pressed hydrangea is sandwiched between two circles of vellum.

This one is covered in muslin.  The backing is parchment paper and the flower is just glued onto the paper.

These are fun to make! I only made 8 out of 10, though, because my daughter wants to make some and put photos in them for her friend’s birthdays.

These are really sweet and would be great as a small ornament or tag on a gift.

 

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday and, as always,  thanks for coming by and taking a look at my projects!

Butterfly Drawing with Hydrangea Petals

This is ‘purple’ week over at the Summer of Color challenge.

My inspiration was The Purple Hairstreak Butterfly.

I haven’t drawn anything in a while so I put my stamps, collage sheets, and stickers away for this one. 

I used my Derwent pencils–using ‘Imperial Purple’ for the dark shading on the branches, instead of brown like I would normally do.

And now for a little departure from nature…

Using some purple colored chalk, I lightly shaded in some color in the center of some pressed hydrangea petals.  Over the years the pressed flowers get prettier and prettier.  They look like old yellowed paper.

I carefully separated some petals and added them on the wings,and then put some in the tree.

A common question I’m asked these days is, “Do you need anything?”   I’m never sure how to answer this questions because there are many things I need, but they’re not things other people can give me. 

The message here is the only answer I can come up with.

Check out more purple art at Summer of Color.