Sunday, 21 October 2012


Hi everyone.  How is everyone doing today?

In my last post I made over an ugly vase.  Here is it again.

This is what it use to look like.

I am going to show you how to do the little rosettes that I made to cover the vase.

I cut MANY, and I mean MANY....  strips of fabric about 7 inches by 2 inches.   If you cut the fabric strips longer and wider, you will get a bigger rosette.  You can experiment with any size strips to give you the size that you like. 

Fold fabric in half.

With my left hand, (not really my hand, DIY hands, don't look like  my daughters lovely hands) fold
over and hold in place.

Continue folding over with your left hand in the same direction, and at the same time fold over with your right hand, making sure you hold secure with your left hand.  This sounds a little confusing, but once you try it, it will make more sense.  They are really easy to do.

Continue in the same way, until all the fabric is used.

At the end, you will need to secure with a needle and thread. wrapping around the stem, secure and cut thread.

As there are frayed edges, cut off any threads that are loose.

Cut the stem, so that your rosette can lay as  flat as possible.

Pretty little rosette all done.

Someone in my house LOVES,  My daughter decided to display all her Tiffany bags, and boxes on top of her dresser, with her very pretty lady jewellery holder, which was used as a centerpiece at a Tiffany inspired bridal shower.  So pretty.

The decorative pomander ball on top was all handmade.  I used a styrofoam ball, and created some round yo yo flowers.
These flowers are so very simple to make and look really nice.
Cut a piece of fabric approx. 6 inches by 4 inches.

Fold fabric in half and do a running stitch at the raw edges.

 Pull to gather the fabric.

Bring together the edges of the strip of fabric and sew together; secure and cut off thread.

Turn over, and you are all done.  In the center I added some silver sequins to cover the raw edge.

Here it is all done.  These make very pretty decorative accessories.  You can make many pomander balls and display them in a bowl too.

Her beautiful Tiffany jewellery.

I also made these little party favour pouches for the guests, and you can fill them with chocolates, or candy.

This is the ceiling at the venue.  Very nice.

Added a little box underneath, wrapped in  the same fabric, to give it some height.

DIYed this Tiffany inspired card box.

Fabric covered boxes stacked up on top of each other, with some ribbon and trim on the top box.  A napkin ring shaped like a diamond ring was placed right on the top.

Lace umbrella.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Saturday, 6 October 2012


My husband brought home these very sentimental ugly vases from his mom's, and said that I could not get rid of them, and that I had to display them "somewhere"......uh, not gonna happen!

These vases are from the late 60s early 70s. They may have been "beautiful" then, but kind of ugly to me now.

My inspiration came from Preston Bailey, who is one of my favourite event designers, and I love the work that he does. I saw a floral centerpiece that he did that reminded me of the shape of my "kind of ugly vase." So, I decided that I would make some small fabric roses, and glue them on.

You can use any flower.   Also, I plan on using it in my Christmas decor.

The display shown included some pearl accents that I won from David Tutera. I love David, and his work. You can use these accent pearls in any way you like. Thank you David.

Take a look, hope you like.

This was my inspiration.  Preston Bailey's arrangement.  Breathtakingly, gorgeous!

These are the ugly vases.

Needed to knock off some protruding ugly

This is how it turned out.

I added  some ribbon and a rhinestone buckle.

The pearls from David Tutera.

The pearls in a small round vase, in water.

Half way done.

Now this I can display.

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