An Abundance of Blooms

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Happy Sunday, all!

Supposedly tomorrow is the first day of Spring here and while the temperature may not reflect that, the amount of sun has definitely improved! It makes me think of green grass, warm breezes, and flowers. Fragrant blossoms arching toward the bright light, full of color and beauty. It’s a bit early for them, though, so what’s a girl to do? How about we make some of our own? I’ve always admired the colors and realism achieved when creating coffee filter flowers:

With a little swipe of essential oil around the sides, these could also give off a delightful scent!

During my spring cleaning, I found an awful lot of stray buttons. We could always make some button flowers:

Perhaps to be made into badges or hair clips?

Or maybe you still have some fabric scraps laying around from other projects and rather than the roses in our Spring Cleaning tutorial, you want some cute little flowers for embellishment:

These would also be great for hair ornaments!

Of course, there is always room for a little bit of crochet so why not some pretty petals of yarn:

These could be placed on a bag or blanket or whatever catches your fancy.

Oh it just makes me think about all of the warm days to come! I sure hope they show up soon.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


It Must Be Felt

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We are into the full Spring of things here at Craft Hackers and I am no exception. I’ve professed my eternal love for plush before but in the last few years or so have noticed a new-ish trend that simply delights me: needle felting. The soft little fuzzies can be so precise in their details yet remain cute and squishy. I’ve been very impressed with several artists I’ve stumbled across at conventions and those that have come across my Etsy feed, especially their Spring inspired collections.

Look at how adorable this little one is!

Look at how quackingly adorable this little one is!

They are whimsical, they are hyper-realistic, they are geeky, they are large and they are small. Each artist infuses their creations with their own flair and it makes the art form quite diverse.

Every bunny needs one of these.

Every bunny needs one of these.

I especially like when I find some intricate designs that just pop against their base color in a plush I wouldn’t mind hiding around the house every year (except that the cats would probably also have fun with it, much to┬áthe poor thing’s┬ádetriment).

These are so eggs-ellent.

These are so eggs-ellent.

If you are curious about this art form and wonder how to get started, never fear, Etsy is here! There are actually several shops I’ve found with starter kits with several lovely color packs to choose from.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

Enough to start your own heart-felt creations.

If you feel inspired to try your hand at needle felting, please show us your work in the Craft Hackers forums! I’d love to see it!

As today is a typical rainy Spring day, next week we’ll cover some rainy day activities!

Stay crafty!

~Laura

 

 

 


The Buds of Spring

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While we may still have bits of snow on the ground here and there, I’ve found little hints of impending Spring popping up all over! On my craft feeds there have been birds, bunnies, and flowers but more intriguing have been the budding trees. In a few particular cases, these trees contained the most fabulous sparkles because they are actually made of wire and gemstones!

The crafts are alive with a hint of green leaves!

The crafts are alive with a hint of green leaves!

I’ve been known to play around with wire and gemstones in my jewelry making days but nothing as complicated as some of these wonderful sculptures.

A tiny little wire hideaway to escape those pesky chores!

A tiny little wire hideaway to escape those pesky chores!

I think the ways some of the artists capture movement and detail are just stunning!

So lovely, I can practically smell it's leaves blowing in the breeze.

So lovely, I can practically smell it’s leaves blowing in the breeze.

If you are longing for these lovely buds in your own living space and are especially adventurous, Cut Out and Keep has a fairly good tutorial on creating your own wire tree masterpiece:

So lovely, especially if you already have a wire and bead stash! Spring cleaning and new crafts all in one!

So pretty, especially if you already have a wire and bead stash! Spring cleaning and new crafts all in one!

Next week I think it may be time to take a look at some of the fuzzy little critters that emerge from their winter burrows in the Spring (especially the crafty kind).

See you then and stay crafty!

~Laura