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Another week, another flower bow.

I bought this cute flower pin from Ann Taylor Loft a few months back with the intention of using it as inspiration.  Picture below

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So after a very productive weekend!! Story to come in a bit.  I decided to make my weekend even more productive and finally make a flower bow using some feathers.

To make this post more interesting (and I read somewhere where blogs are more interesting if the writer gives insight into their life) I’ll tell you about my Saturday.  Mostly just because it was super duper exciting…for me (probably not for the average bear).

Back Story: A couple weeks ago Axel Rose, our husky, demolished our bedspread.  Brett had left him in our bedroom to go brush his teeth and forgot about him (surprising since Axel rarely lets himself be ignored).  Twenty minutes later after his man grooming, Brett comes in to find Axel has ripped our comforter from top to bottom and pulled out all the batting.  To be fair the comforter had a small rip in it already (about six inches or so) and ever since Axel discovered that the comforter contained fluffy stuff, he had been obsessed with it.  So we normally made sure the ripped side was on my side of the bed which is off limits to four legged beasts.  However this day…he found his way over

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I realize this is not a flattering picture of him…it looks like it was taken in mid-yawn as he cared not one bit that he had destroyed something.

Secretly I was kind of glad that he had destroyed the ugly ‘ol thing.  This comforter was from Brett’s bachelor days 🙂 and no offense to any readers but no woman should have to live with a bedspread that is denim on one side and khaki on the other.  Also as you can tell our bedroom is a very blue shade of blue (yes i meant to say that…its very blue) So when the denim side was up…sometimes the bed was just camouflaged in the room.

But back to my story within a story.  So yesterday, Brett and I went comforter shopping…I’ll be honest in the beginning it looked as if i would have to continue using the nasty comforter (which is quite cold without its stuffing).  However we got to Target (we had a gift card), and found a comforter which i loved and Brett “didn’t hate” which is good considering he hated about 95% of the adult comforters (when i say adult i mean not denim or dorm room microsuede)

I know…beautimus.  SO after getting our bedspread, I rushed home to go sweater shopping with Jaclyn and got an awesome sweater at the Loft for a whopping 14 dollars and 60 cent…awesome I know.  Then we went grocery shopping together, which wasn’t planned but we both shop at Harris Teeter and we both were going after our sweater outing…and it seemed awkward to abandon each other in the store so there we were…two gals and two carts.  Not gonna lie, it was weird….like playing follow the leader.  But nice b/c Jaclyn knows where everything is in Harris Teeter and we surprisingly get some of the same items…I got less vegetables and more coke 🙂

So today needed to be as productive as yesterday (I know I bet you were worried that I was never going to get back to the darn bow).  I needed to make a bow for Kate at work b/c she made me some awesome Christmas jewelry and I wanted to get her something as well.  I had made a bow previously but the more I thought about it the more it wasn’t “kate” enough so I wanted to make her one with feathers!!  I used a pattern similar to the one I used on Jaclyn’s headband but i added some awesome polka dot feathers from Micheals.  I wasn’t sure if Kate would like a headband or not since i’ve never seen her wear one so I put a clip on the back and clipped it to a headband..so she could decide what she wanted

TA – DA – I think I will make me one next but using ivory felt!!

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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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