Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tomorrow is the big day! The day that my friend Christie and I are attending the Marie Market Soiree. Last week I posted the shoes that I made to wear to the event. Today I finished Christie's pair and I wanted to share as I promised I would. It was a little challenging at first because Christie wears a size 9 and she doesn't wear heels and she wanted pink shoes! So I searched thrift stores and ebay high and low with no luck so I ended up buying a pair of white ballet flats on clearance at Walmart and painted them pink :) Then I used ribbon, lace, feathers and vintage buttons to embellish them. They were the most fun to create. I think I might have a new shoe embellishing obsession. Hope ya'll are having a great week and I will be back early next week to report on all the lovelies that I see at the market. ~Molly

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Marie Antoinette Shoes

On February 25 my best girlfriend and I will be attending Marie’s Market Soiree . I can't believe such an amazing art event is being held minutes from my house. I absolutely cannot wait to see artists like Jennifer Hayslip, Heidi Wallingford, and Cassandra VanCuren (host of the event). I have been admiring these talented women's' work for a while now on their blogs and in magazines such as "Where Women Create". I think I might faint when I see their art in person. All of them create such detailed and beautiful vintage inspired pieces. They are going to have some make and takes at the market and some give aways . The part of the show I am most looking forward to is the Marie shoe contest. I have decorated a pair for me to wear (pictured above) and I will be creating a pair for my girlfriends as well. We are going to have the best time getting dolled up Marie style. I will post my next pair of shoes when I finish them. I have a large gold shadow box that I think I am going to display our over the top shoes in as a memory of the event.
Here are before and after pictures of my shoes I embellished for the event:
Hope you all are having a great week. It's almost Friday! ~Molly

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Fortune Flower

To make this little pretty I gathered supplies from around my house: an old vanilla extract bottle, vintage buttons, crochet thread, vintage lace, card stock and brown ink. I removed the label from the bottle and cleaned it out with warm soapy water. I printed out the phrases on off white card stock, cut them out and inked the edges to give them an aged look. Then, I threaded a chenille stem through the shank of my button and twisted it to form a stem. I glued a smaller button to the center of the larger one and then glued the petals to the back of the large button with a glue gun. I decorated the bottle with crochet thread, vintage lace and ric rac. I slipped the flower into the "vase" and voila. A new valentine decoration with an old feel. Hope you are having a LOVEly weekend. ~Molly

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Felt Valentine Wrist Corsage

My daughter is obsessed with "The Nutcracker". She watched the Macauly Calkin / New York City Ballet version about a million times. Well during the "Stalbaum party" scene all the girls get wrist corsages and Lilly loves this part. So I thought I would make her her own to wear for Valentine's Day. It was so simple and turned out so cute, I want to share with you how I put it together. I think they would make great gifts or party favors.
What you will need:
-a piece of ribbon about 18 inches long (this fit my 4 year old with extra for a bow) -a rectangle of felt (mine is 3.5" x 1.5")
-two flower shapes with 4 petals cut from felt, one is slightly larger than the other (I cut them free hand) The larger one is about 3" and the smaller one is 2.5" across.
-a strip of felt about 8", straight along one long side and wavy on the other long side
-two leaves about 1.5" long
-glue gun (this is what I used for mine, tacky glue (great for kids to use when making this project) or red thread for sewing together
step 1: glue or sew ribbon across the felt rectangle
step 2: glue or sew large set of petals on top of the center of the ribbon
step 3: glue or sew smaller set of petals on top of larger petals with the smaller set between the larger ones
step 4: roll strip of wavy felt with bumps facing up and flat side down. This will form the center of the rose. Tack with needle and thread on the bottom of the bud or just glue down on top of
of the small set of petals.step 5: glue or stitch leaves under petals
Finally, tie on your little girl's wrist in a sweet bow!
Hope you enjoy!

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