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More Pinwheel!!

I came across some pinwheels sold by Crate & Barrel which I thought were just darling (and surprisingly inexpensive) but that prompted me to go on the hunt for some great DIY tutorials. To be completely honest I’ve never made one myself, they’ve just never really called my attention as a fun purposeful project or party theme (unless it’s for Fourth of July.) So on my hunt around Pinterest I was surprised to find so many beautiful pinwheel projects for so many different occasions. Conclusion: I’ve changed my mind about them, I love them now! Here are some of the awesome projects I’ve found so far…

Pinwheel Wreath

This pinwheel wreath is just adorable and very simple to make. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer depending on the colors. I think I’m going to modify this for a summer nautical theme and add some deep blues and reds…and stripes of course. Love stripes.

Pinwheel wreath from Neverland Nook

Pinwheel Wall Art

This one is just adorable and they look perfect frame along with these other cutie works of art. The pinwheels are made of felt and the bling bling in the middle is a vintage earring which can get from any thrift store. This would be a very easy DIY project where all you’d need is an old frame, old earrings and spray paint and a glue gun.  Head on over to Allison’s for a step by step. (by the way, looove her blog!)

Gift Topper

How about this gift topper designed by Patti Milazzo on fiskars.com. Next time you find your gift a little on the boring side just whip up one of these and spruce up the look. I’ve found that people appreciate the wrapping as muchand sometimes more) than the gift itself. A beautiful wrapping shows you took time and care about making that person smile. BTW…have you been to fiskars.com? It’s pretty cool and they have a neat project gallery.

gift topper designed by Patti Milazzo

Pinwheel Stationary

Looks like I’m not the only one that has the Pinwheel revelation. I just had to laugh while reading Kimberly’s  blog post “Seriously, you need a pinwheel right now. They are amazing. I have discovered if you add a pinwheel to anything, it suddenly becomes epically awesome. Have a piece of paper? Put a pinwheel on it! Have an ugly, plain wall? Put a pinwheel on it!” Just made me want to sing “if you liked it then you should ‘a put a ring on it”… But really, she has some beautiful pictures of her pinwheel stationary project.

Make your own cards

Giant Pinwheel

These giant pinwheels would be great for summer parties. I can just imagine the kids running around with them. These playful pinwheels were featured in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. You can download the Flower Pinwheel pattern here.

Giant pinwheels...yes please, thank you!

Back to School Pinwheel

I think this is one of my favorite pinwheel DIYs, simply because I love vintage maps and travel themes. This would be a beautiful “back to school” little gift for teachers (better than an apple) or inspiration for a Back-to-School party. Guess what the best news is…you can just buy these on Etsy! The store owner is Betsy Ryan Hany and her store, Elizabeth St, is just darling.

Back to school

You can also buy this super cute Cake Topper from Pickled Parlor

Cake topper

…and since we’re getting into the party mood, let’s talk about Place Settings…

How cute are these???

Where did I come from? Who made me?

Farm Wedding Place Settings

…and here is another amazing example. These wedding pictures are to die for. I agree that “burlap table runners, mason jar vases and chalkboard signs are just a few of the details that made this wedding stand out”. Check out the rest of these southern country wedding  pictures here.

Pinwheel place settings

Baby Shower Favor Gift Boxes

Lastly but not least…you have to see this baby shower…A-MA-ZING! And the best part is that anyone can set up this beauty of a party, I swear! You can do it! Just keep in mind details like the flowers in the glass vases, lace cupcake toppers and rock candy keep it fresh and elegant. The most important trick to making your table a perfect 10 is keeping it perfectly simple.  Even though this table is your typical pink and white, the reason it looks elegant and not trite is that they stick to ONLY pink and white.

pink baby shower party favor topper

Photos are originally from Eat Drink Pretty.

As you can see the table is mostly white with pops of pink and details of green.

There aren’t any other patterns involved or competing colors.

Don’t you just want to have a baby now? hehe 🙂

OK, lovies…hope you enjoyed these as much as me. I hope I have inspired you to try making some fun loving pinwheels.

Elisa
Live.Play.Love

Kitty Art

Buy at KilkennycatArt on Etsy.

Dream Big

Buy at flyingmouse365 on Etsy.

The Mona Lisa

Another one from KilkennycatArt. Follow on Tumblr on Etsy.

Found on Tumblr. No source :{

From DesignSponge.com

Buy at KelliMurrayArt on Etsy.

Apparently was from Etsy but link is no longer working. I found it on Pinterest.

Found on Tumblr. No source :{

And lastly…

I know it’s not cat related but I love it as much as I love kitties.

Hope you loved these.

>^_^<
Elisa
Live.Play.Love

Succeed or dye trying!

Happy Saturday 🙂

I started making my flowers and everyone kept telling me how beautiful they were but what I really wanted to hear was some good constructive criticism. I had the feeling I could still make something better…because you can ALWAYS make something better. Finally someone made a request. One of my buyers gave one flower to each of the kids’ mom for Valentines Day (she had a fabulous V-day party) and said the only thing she didn’t like was that the stem was sticky. THANK YOU! I make the flowers for bouquets so I wrap the stem with floral tape which is a little sticky. So I’ve decided to address this issue in case people want to use the flowers for other purposes.

So this weekend (AGAIN) I strolled over to Pearl and got some Rit dye in different shades of green. The goal was to match the shade of green that the store dyed stems come in. I have already used them in flowers and they look perfect but they’re much more expensive.

Here are some pictures of my experiment and the products I used.

I filled four cups with hot water and the different dyes and I let it sit overnight.

As you can see the colors look much darker and richer when they’re wet.

The first stem is the store-bought green I'm trying to match.

Obviously I didn’t get an exact match, BUT…I think I’m ready to go for it. I’ll do a little mixing and I’m sure I’ll get close enough.

Using Rit Dye was so much fun and my mind was overflowing with ideas as I was working with the dyes but I MUST warn you…this stuff is powerful and I ruined my brand new shirt that I got from my mom for my birthday 😦 so here are some precautions to take:

– Change into something that you wont mind getting stained
– Wear gloves (or you will be walking around looking like you killed a smurf…that was me)
– Work near a sink but not if it’s white
– Cover the surface you’re working on…NOTHING is safe from the dye!
– Do not work outside (wind is not your friend)
– Have within reach a towel or paper towel
– Clean right away any spills of powder or dyed water
– Do not touch your face
– DO NOT TOUCH your white dog or cat *lol*

Ideas that were coming to mind were “painting” on shirts with the dye, dyeing shirts/tank-tops, pillow cases, scarves….but I must concentrate on my flowers so I’ll leave those ideas for later. If you guys decide to have some fun please share the pictures of your adventure.

So, have fun…get dirty…get creative!!

OK, lovies…many blessings! xoxo.
Elisa