Friday, January 30, 2009

craftity craft craft


If you have been reading Suaviloquy for a while, you know that I love to have fresh flowers at my "work station". I love looking for new arrangement ideas and then going to the flower market. I thoroughly enjoy the process of actually arranging the flowers. It's quiet and soothing.

The ceiling in my kitchen is really high. For some time now I have been wanting to make an arrangement that is really tall. The only problem is cash. In order to make an arrangement as big as I want it is going to cost a lot. And by a lot I mean, like probably over a hundred and fifty bucks. Sugar Daddy would not go for it I'm afraid.

But today I came up with a super cheap alternative. I went into my back yard and clipped some dead branches. I spray painted them silver. Then I got out some pink tissue paper and made a bunch of little cherry blossoms. I raided my Christmas ornaments for birds. I put little glittery hearts on them to make them love birds.

The result is a very wintry arrangement that works well for Valentine's. And, I didn't spend a penny. Aren't I thrifty?

Please give me kudos for my thriftiness. It's not one of my strong suits and I am a little insecure about it. I do shop at discount stores though! I should get points for that don't you think?

I am also working on this little project with Thom. To make these hearts, all you have to do is iron crayon between two pieces of wax paper. It is a great project for a kid Thom's age. He LOVES making crayon shavings with a butter knife. You know, as a boy any excuse to use a knife is a good one.

Got any fun Valentine's craft ideas for kids? Let's see them!

13 comments:

sweetmango said...

April, girl, both of those projects are outstanding, seriously funky.
The valentines/winter tall arrangements is seriously designer, I know, I am studying design! You might have made it thrifty but if would cost a lot in a designer shop.
Yay for you :)
xxsm

emily said...

It's so pretty! I'm not a thrifty gal myself, and I hate that about myself. I wish I was better at saving money...or at least spending less.

april said...

thank ya, thank ya

Kameron said...

VERY pretty! Thanks for sharing. Could you detail the iron-crayons craft? I'm pretty certain my kiddos would love that one. How do you get the heart shapes? Thanks!

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Veronica Lee said...

Hi April! Your blog is awesome! Welcome to MBC!

donab said...

Wow, that tall bouquet is gorgeous! I love cherry blossoms....

I'm not good at thrifty either. I feel ya, sista!

donab said...

Wow, that tall bouquet is gorgeous! I love cherry blossoms....

I'm not good at thrifty either. I feel ya, sista!

donab said...

Wow, that tall bouquet is gorgeous! I love cherry blossoms....

I'm not good at thrifty either. I feel ya, sista!

Swanki Girls said...

I love your fun projects and I love that you "your Jenny" is one of my favorite sisters (I do have two and how do you pick between perfect and perfect?) My "jenny," (other than my sisters) is Jessica and just like you, I don't know how I would live without her. Thank you for being so great to my sister and loving her through everything :)

Michelle said...

That is so cute!

When I was a preschool teacher the kids LOVED making crayon shaving projects. They would do it all day if I let them. So fun!

annie said...

love the silver twigs. i made the wax hearts with ollie last year and it was really fun.

Amy said...

I am gonna try that with Abbey! She will love it!