A few days ago, in a post called ‘Gift Exchange, Summer Style’ I told you about how Christine at Bottoms Up Orange and I are doing a gift swap.
She sent me a crochet kit and some beautiful things and I got supplies to make her a sunflower.
From reading her blog, I think I got somewhat of an idea of some things she might like such as: layered, a little boho, earthy, unique, a bit of whimsy, and maybe a smidgen of retro.
I started with the plain black chalkboard. Then, I glued on the silver flower center. Next came the beaded petals. Those were fun. You just draw the petal shapes in glue, then start sprinkling in beads to fill up the glue.
Sunflowers are layered, so I cut out felt petals to fill in the beaded petal gaps. A paintbrush dipped in tacky glue worked well for adding the felt pieces.
I tried something I ended up not liking at all. Eeks. That happens, you know? Sometimes we try something we do not like. However, it ended up being a pretty cool recovery.
See that paper with the rose on it? That went there instead.
Using jewelry pieces, I added a sunflower to the paper area and the frame. I also glued a butterfly to a petal.
Now that it’s finished, I find myself going back to the things I thought she might like and see if my piece includes any of them.
- layered – yes!
- a little boho- yes!
- earthy- maybe…
- unique- definitely!
- a bit of whimsy- oh yeah!
- a smidgen of retro- indeed!
If we try something we don’t like, we can try something else until we do like it. Because sometimes those are the moments where we learn to trust ourselves as artists. If we stick with something rather than tossing it, I believe that it helps keep our creative ideas growing.
I also learned that what I do create with jewelry and beads is truly one of a kind. Same for you! There are zero pieces exactly like ours anywhere in the world! Can’t go to the store and buy this exact piece or anything even close. That’s actually an amazingly cool realization.
Here’s the finished piece:
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a wonderful day!