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So yesterday was Jaclyn’s birthday!! YAY.  I bet she didn’t tell you but then again does she really have to?  I’m fairly certain that a large part of our readership is her family sooooo you probably knew that her birthday was yesterday.  Anyway I wanted to make her a little something for her b-day…nothing too big.  You know how big gifts go…they ultimately leave the gifted feeling guilty b/c they didn’t get you something that big for your birthday and upset because now they have to reciprocate on your next birthday…which starts a huge cycle of ‘too much’ giving.  I’m getting side-tracked…back to the gift.

The back story:

Jaclyn and I were shopping on the downtown mall for Christmas gifts back in December and went in this super cute store.  I cannot remember this store’s name so Jaclyn will have to fill that in later…(or we can not tell you and leave you in suspense).  This shop had TONS and TONS (note: the caps lock ‘tons’…it really was that impressive) of hair accessories….bows and flowers, headbands and barrettes,  I seriously considered setting up camp and living there. (Except everyone knows that I secretly long to live in a walmart with one of the large craft sections…with the fabric…it would be like in the movie, Where the Heart is.  Except I wouldn’t be pregnant.) I’m getting side-tracked again…

So while I was there I saw this super adorable headband with a posy/rose flower on it….amazing and it was red!  It screamed my name…not literally because that would have been weird.  But even Jaclyn admitted that it had me written all over it.  So I bought it with the intention of recreating the idea on my own…

Afterward, Jaclyn admitted to liking my flower headband except for the fact that the flower was to ‘poofy’ or in other words the profile was a bit too high…so this weekend I bought all of the supplies to make her a similar headband of a shorter stature.  I bought some cute felt at joanns (34 cent a sheet!! Deal) plus the headband at wal-mart (they are selling this super comfy headband for 97 cent in the craft section…made by Simplicity!).

At home I used my die cutter to cut circles out of the felt (I used a maroon color for Jaclyn’s flower…I have hot pink for me :)).  I love my die cutter…it makes projects like these so easy and if I had to cut out these circles myself I’m pretty sure that the project wouldn’t get finished.  One b/c I don’t like repetitious cutting and two b/c my circles would never be perfect enough.

So two failed attempts later, I finally succeeded in finishing the flower for the headband.  I really like the dimension of the store bought headband but I think a lot of that can be attributed to the fancy felt that it’s made out of…sadly that fancy felt is also what made the bow  ‘too tall’ for the likes of Jaclyn…therefore my cheap felt made a much flatter flower.

Here are the pictures of the headband and my inspiration headband.  The store bought one is the orangey-red one (i’m pretty sure its made with some kind of fancy felt which is a lot thicker than jo-ann quality).  The one I made is the maroon one with the covered button middle.  I think the button middle gave it a “whimsical” touch!  Also, the clothes pins were to keep the flower in the headband’s curved shape while the glue dried…just in case you were wondering.

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PS: Don’t tell Jaclyn about the headband yet!  I’m giving it to her tomorrow morning


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