There are tons of fabric flowers out there these days, but today I'm sharing my favorite one to make. I've been making this flower for awhile so I'm not really sure where to attribute its origin from, but it's the combination of two of my favorite things - silk petals and pom poms.
All you need in order to make this pretty little flower is silky fabric (because you're going to burn the edges), a lighter (to burn said edges) and embroidery thread.
Take your fabric of choice and fold it over three times. My fabric of choice is mustard yellow, go figure.
You're folding it over three times so you that you only need to cut once for each size of petal.
Cut out small, medium and large circles.
Take your lighter and lightly singe the edges of each of the petals.
Each of your petals will have a unique form from the way it burned.
Now, choose a color of embroidery thread for your flower center.
For your center, you're essentially just making a mini pom pom.
If you're not sure how to do that - start by wrapping some of your thread around two fingers.
Pull it off your fingers and tie it in the center so that you have a loop on each end.
Cut through each loop and fluff.
Now, take a few of the strands you used to tie the center and thread them through an embroidery needle.
Stack your petals.
Send the needle through the center of the flower, so that you can tie it off on the bottom.
(If sewing isn't your gig, you could always use hot glue to attach each of the petals to each other and then the pom pom to the center.)
Admire your pretty little flower with a fun pom-pom center.
I often make these flowers to embellish a wrapped gift or add a pin to make a brooch.
Today, I made them specifically to embellish a spring wreath.
I pinned them to a piece of ribbon and tied the ribbon to a grapevine wreath.
Done and done.
When I first saw this on pinterest, it made me chuckle. But when I started to really think about it, I realized how un-true it is. Never more in my life have I felt so left out of the creative process. There is nothing I did to create this baby (besides doing the deed). The forming and fashioning of this baby is completely out of my control. Yes, I can play my part by not eating lunch meat and raw cookie dough, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but ultimately it is the Lord who is knitting this baby into the little person that will join our family.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb " Psalm 139:13
I meditated so much on this verse during the first trimester when I was filled with anxiety about losing another baby. God taught me so much about what it means to rest in Him. He whispered peace into my heart.
I cannot think of a more distinct situation where I have wanted so badly to create something perfect and beautiful, but the creative process is out of my hands. I struggle with worry - Is everything going okay in there? But I always come back to resting and knowing His way are higher and more perfect and beautiful than I could ever dream of. I look out at the mountains or catch a glimpse of the sunset, and I smile thinking that the same Creator is making my baby. He is deciding on the eye color, the amount of hair, and the curve of our sweet baby's face. And I trust Him. I know that this baby is going to be God's perfect combination of me and Josh and I can't wait to meet him.
Thanks to all you experienced mamas who left your words of wisdom for me. I feel less overwhelmed by all the stuff out there already.
One thing that is still quite daunting though is thinking about all the changing/rearranging we have to do in the next four months to make way for Grady.
The room that is going to be his room is currently the guest bedroom.
Which means that the guest bedroom will move into what is currently called 'the craft room'.
(Obviously this picture was taken before the room was overtaken by craft supplies.)
Which, in turn, means that everything that is currently in the craft room will be finding a home in the office.
All this leads many diy/space-saving/organizing projects on our list of things to-do.
The first of which will be building an L-shaped desk in the office to accommodate both a craft space and a work space.