Here's a little project I started in on the other night after seeing such beautiful projects out there in the World of Blog. I was more than a little jealous of all that autumn beauty going on when I hadn't done one thing to celebrate Autumn's arrival.
Besides, I was kinda broke, so buying a buncha supplies for a fabulous display was not going to happen. Fortunately, I know how to do a lot with a little. Here then is what I started with:
Two t-shirts, one orange, one gold, each $1.50 at thrift;
Three 'found' artificial pumpkins in reasonable condition from my local Good Samaritan thrift shop;
A rough bowl I found at Dollar Tree;
Assorted buttons and beads; and
A few silk leaves in fall tones.
I started by cutting off all the sleeves, necklines and hems from the t-shirts. Then I laid our the remaining fabric and eyeballed approximate two inch strips as if i was cutting from one side seam of the t-shirt to the other. It really doesn't matter if it's perfect. I did this once before, using my quilt guide and rotary cutter, but it really doesn't make much difference. In this case, good enough really is good enough. I cut many more strips than I needed for this project, but I put them away - I can use them later for something else.
Now, I was taking my own pics and it isn't easy to demonstrate some of what I was doing, so you can see that I got creative with a nice heavy set of pliers in this shot. What I did at this point was to simply stretch each strip good and hard. That makes them curl up, as you can see. It creates a kind of finished edge for the flowers you'll make with them.
Once I had my strips ready, I turned my attention to my three pumpkins. These were a find, I think, and I only paid $3.75 for all three.
I broke off the stems of the largest two of these pumpkins. I needed the smallest to keep its stem.
I stacked the three of them up and hot glued them together.
I primed the stack with Krylon primer and then spray painted it with Krylon's Dover White. I used ORB to spray the rough little bowl I intended to use as the base for this project. When the base was dry, I turned the bowl upside down and hot glued the stack to it. It was good and heavy and would anchor the pumpkins well.
I made rolled fabric roses from my fabric strips. Here's a good tutorial if you want to learn to make these pretty little roses.
At this point, I sort of got caught up in the creative process and stopped taking photos. Sorry about that. I just sort of went a little crazy, putting pretty flowers, beads, buttons, and jute string all over my pumpkin stack. Here's the final result:
Last of all:
As difficult as it is to remember to record my steps, I just love getting immersed in a project. That part is just so much fun!
When's the last time you lost yourself in the creative process?
P.S. I have not been compensated in any way by anyone for anything I said in this blog post. I include links and other information, just in case you have questions about colors or sources.
Linking up to:
I Heart Naptime at http://www.iheartnaptime.net/link-to-party-sundae-scoop-3/
Polly Want a Crafter at http://www.pollywantacrafter.com/2011/09/craft-link-party-49.html
Tip Junkie at http://www.tipjunkie.com/homemade-projects-919/
J and M's eye candy at http://jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com/
The Girl Creative at http://www.thegirlcreative.com/2011/09/just-something-i-whipped-up_26.html
DIY Showoff at http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-vignette-and-diy-fall.html