Hey, where did the weekend go? How do we negotiate 3-day weekends for all time? We got together with our friends to watch some University of Iowa Hawkeye football (they lost boo). Most of us are alums who moved out here to Colorado over a decade ago so it gets a bit wild. We also squeezed in our family photos on Sunday. Despite a certain little "threenager" having a complete meltdown because she wanted to wear a leotard for the photos, we were able to pull it off. I think ;-)
I love crafting with paper (these feathers for example). I also love the drama of white anemone blooms & was itching to craft my own interpretation out of paper. Using this beautiful tutorial as inspiration, I set about crunching some paper.
white tissue paper / black crepe paper / petal template of your choice
scissors / cotton / 18 gauge floral wire stems / floral tape
*not pictured: hot glue gun
1. Trace petals on to layers of tissue paper.
2. Cut out petals (the more 'freestyle' the better to mimic real petals). Fold petals in half & cut a small slit in the center (this opening is for threading them onto the stem). Layer a few petals at a time to speed up the process. You can decide how big to make your petals; mine are ~4 inches across.
3. From the black crepe paper, cut a square for the anemone's center (~2 inches)
4. From the black crepe paper, cut off a strip (~7 inches). Then make evenly spaced vertical cuts, about halfway down the paper (not all the way through!). This will be the stamen.
5. Tear off a chunk of cotton from the cotton ball. Apply a dot of hot glue to the floral wire stem & carefully secure the piece of cotton to the stem.
6. Wrap the square of crepe paper around the cotton. Twist at base. Flatten top with your thumb.
7. Then wrap the crepe paper 'fringe' around the flower's center. Twist at base.
8. Thread petals onto stem. I wanted a fuller anemone, so my magic number was 12-14 petals per stem.
9. Secure everything with floral tape. I had brown already in my craft closet so I just used that. At this point you could also add leaves. I did not. #lazy #clawhand
10. Trim the stamen/fringe as desired (or skip). Gently crumple/rotate/curl the petals with your fingers to mimic real petals.
Once I had the process down, I was able to churn out the blooms pretty quickly. Whilst watching Scandal (the only TV show I actually follow). I get Olivia Pope. We have so much in common. I love red wine & so does she. We also love when Jake Ballard's shirt falls off. so.much.in.common.
The Home Depot invited me to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge & I can't wait to share with you how I used these tissue paper anemones!
Meanwhile, more flower power inspiration from a couple of my favorite gals.
Their skills are mind-boggling:
Up until this August, our front yard looked like this. (Hiiiii, neighbors!)
We loved our zero-scaping so much, we embraced it for several months. Maybe years.
It was super low-maintenance. #blessed
The Mr. worked hard leveling the ground, prepping the soil, laying sod, then stone.
Then he planted things.
Earlier this summer, Mr. applied stain to the new stoop (color: chocolate).
Here it is now:
The terra cotta 'backplates' lurking behind the bushes are how we're keeping the soil from washing backwards & under those windows. Not sure whether they're a permanent solution, but we're hoping all the greenery will grow in to camouflage the terra cotta pieces.
I have my eye on a tall planter for this spot, just waiting for a sale. My camera makes the stoop look bowed but I assure you it's level. I know because I whipped out the level to make sure. ;-)
That potted perennial is one of the few things I've managed to keep alive
(Quinn counts, right?).
Alright, we're calling this area done for now. Just in time for it to be covered in leaves, then snow.
Are we timely or what. It's how we do, leave us alone ;-)
More on the mudroom exterior/stoop: