Monday, November 2, 2015

Handmade Flowers and Re-Purposed Window Frame From 1850's Farmhouse

 Happy November everyone..
It's Monday and I hope you had a weekend full
of warm fall-ish moments.

November comes and November goes,
With the last red berries and the first white snows.
With night coming early and dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fires burn and the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest until next spring.
~Clyde Watson~
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I have been obsessing a little  lot
over vintage Christmas ephemera and
focusing on getting things made and organized 
for a show toward the end of this month. 

Several weeks ago, I shared with you the window frames
that I was so generously given by a friend of mine. She's actually
my sister's friend and I did a little horse handling
for her dad. 

Anyway, she had tried to salvage the windows but they
 were the originals and their two-story farmhouse was 
built in the 1850's!
Some of the frames were not in very good shape
with small pieces that had fallen off from weather rot.
I almost threw the pieces away.

However, loving junk the way I do, I 
just couldn't bring myself to do it. 
So here's what I made from those window frame pieces.
I had a little helper :) His name is Burlios or Burly for short.

Here, you can see how chippy and aged the wood is.
I just love the way it looks!

{And I think about all of those years that
that window protected them
from the wind and rain.}

And all those rough edges made it so perfect
for a fall sign. 
There are several flowers that I made for this project.
There are many tutorials on how
to make these but I found one here that is very clear
easy to follow. It is a bit time consuming but not
too bad after you make a few. After getting
the knack of it, I skipped the drawing part and
just cut them out by eyeing them.

I started out by making the paper version but
thought that felt would be pretty too.
I liked the way they turned out. They add
a softer texture and are a little more full.
The felt flowers are actually a bit easier to make
 because they don't unroll like the paper ones do.
 Burly likes to get real close! 

The yellow flower was made using the shabby chic
rose method. If you'd like to learn how to make these,
 this video will show you how.

 The creamy white, felt flower looks a little like a
Dahlia. They are very easy to make. Cut a strip of felt 
depending on the size flower you want. 
(Width and length will determine the size.) 
Fold it length wise and then clip 
the folded edge without cutting all the way through. 
Continue until you get to the end.

While keeping it folded, hot glue it as you roll it up.
It's very quick and easy. These are fun to make
in different colors to use for little girls hair clips.
Just add an alligator clip!

I hope you found some inspiration here. I would
 enjoy hearing about your projects
or things that you've salvaged. 

Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by
 Where Blessings Gather.


Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Tamara,
Love when you re love salvage. This is awesome. Have a great week.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Tamara,
What a pretty sign you made!
Thanks for joining and sharing this with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Karen B. said...

Love your creation Tamara!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Tamara said...

Thank you Kris.. It is such fun and a challenge to find a new purpose for junk. It's nice to hear from you. Best wishes for your day!

Tamara said...

It's always fun to join in! Thank you for hosting and for coming by to say hello!

Tamara <3

Tamara said...

Thank you Karen! Have a wonderful day..And hugs to you.


Jess said...

This looks so great! Super cute idea!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Tamara this is gorgeous! I like how you've laid this out with color and texture. Rusty metal, wood, paper, twine . . . *sighs of joy* : )
I will have to go see the links you've offered too. I can always use help with flower making; etc~
The re-purposed wood is amazing. Gorgeous well-worn and just waiting to be reborn!
I recently inherited some 100+ yr old windows and have been working with them. Perhaps I will blog it one day soon~
So happy I could re-visit your blog and see more of your creativity!
Enjoy the week-end (It is snowing in our CO mountains : )~ Karen O

Kezzie said...

It is beautiful!!!! All the more so because of its history. I like things being salvaged! I've saved some pizza bases to do something fun with this week!