Orchids in Balboa Park

Aside from knitting, flowers are my favorite things to admire. The variety of colors and shapes keep my inner creator intrigued.

I had the pleasure of heading to San Diego, CA this weekend and I got to wander through the Botanical Garden in Balboa Park. The garden featured orchids, tropical palms, and ferns, and there was a little tulip patch. Many of the colors had me taking notes. Case and point these flowers: 

I am in love with this rich hot pink color. I must find some yarn this exact color and knit a cardigan. Not quite sure why mind is saying cardigan, but I am rolling with it haha. 

The orchids on display were hands down my favorite. Orchids are so sculptural looking and the color combinations/patterning have me in awe. This visit most certainly got my creative wheels turning.

What inspires you to create?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Spring Florals

I blame Michael’s Craft Stores. If they didn’t send me multiple emails a week advertising glorious sales then maybe I wouldn’t have this desire to craft excessively (haha). Due to these emails, I headed to Michael’s on Friday to indulge myself a little. I ended up staying out of the yarn section, but did wander into the floral section. Once I walked down the first aisle I knew I was in trouble. The colors of the beautiful spring blooms had me entranced. Pretty spring pastels have that affect on me. 

Why was I in the florals section you ask? Well as I am in the early stages of wedding planning, I am beginning to realize how expensive it is to host a wedding reception. One of the most expensive (and non-essential) items is flowers. A little research on the internet lead me to the possibility of using silk flowers. Since florals were 50% off at Michael’s last week, I decided to take a stab at making an arrangement and see if I liked the look of the silk flowers.

Here is my finished result:

Not too bad huh? 



I used a foam cube, wire cutters, and silk flowers (hydrangea, peonies, roses) to create this piece. I took maybe 20 minutes to cut all of the flowers and arrange them. I love how it adds a bit of spring time to our dining table. After having it in the house for a couple of days, I am still on the fence about using fake flowers at my wedding reception. I think it is the fact that I love real flowers so much that using fake ones feels like I am cheating myself. Good thing I have a year to figure it all out.



 

What are your feelings about fake florals? Are they a “yay” or a “ney”?

Paper Flowers

I saw these paper peonies on Pinterest not too long ago and I finally decided to give them a try. I thought maybe I could make them with my students toward the spring or for Mother’s Day (early planning huh?). However, as pretty as the flower came out, there was just too much hot gluing action to make it safe for kids under the age of 10.

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The craft was pretty simple to make once I organized the sizes of petals. I would say it took me about 20 minutes to creat one flower from start to finish.

I also upcycled an old glass drink bottle to make a cute vase for my flower. According to Michael’s Arts and Craft Store milk jugs are the next Mason jars.

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I painted the jar with some Craft Smart Acrylic Paint leaving a 2 inch gap from the lip of the jar (twine will cover the unpainted portion). I applied 3 coats of paint letting it dry in between coats. Later, I added the twine to the unpainted part of the vase and Tah Dah!!!. This cute little project is now sitting in my office.