Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sentimental Pressed Flowers

Like so many of you are busy with families, the last few months
have been busy in our home.
Thank you for being patient in waiting for more posts
and photos. If you are a Facebook user I have "Queen Bee Cottage"
there as well as my private FB page.
I'm back home with sweet treasures from Wisconsin.
My sisters' labor with gathering and organizing all of our mother's
pressed flowers has produced many framed
Below are just a couple arrangements I managed to put together for family.
I'll be listing a few arrangements in my Etsy shop per request
of my FB followers.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bobbin Template

Sherry, from Rustique Gallery
asked me if I would post
the template from my card bobbins.
As soon as I saw her request I traced it.
So here is my little template. :)
 If  you click on
the above image, you should get a larger image.
Just click and save to your pc. Otherwise just click on this and you can save it. When you
print it, you could print the 8 x 10 form
when  you see the preferences box that pops up.
My cardboard pieces are approximately
3" by 4 1/2".
I hope this works for you.
Once you get the desired size.
You can find graphics from
Sometimes I purchase graphics from
Etsy. So many are cheap and one of a kind.
I also used scrapbook paper! And I ran out
of my fav they no longer make! :(
Use any weight cardstock or cardboard from
cereal boxes, picture frame cardstock, cardstock
from scrapbook ends. I always save heavier cardstock
from bedding packaging, between the folds in sheets.
I also purchased some from a gal on Etsy, just to see.
To make my bobbins sturdier I used cardstock from Walmart
to print my graphic on. I glued both sides of the
original card stock with graphics
to make them sturdier and they will last much longer.

I use precision scissors to cut them out.
To glue onto the cardstock I use a glue pen or
a glue with two way applicator.
Elmer's, Scotch, Martha Stewart, any of these
makes a pretty good glue pen or two way
applicator. I used what I already had.
I needed the control to apply it to the
cardboard. If your card bobbins curl
you can flatten by placing a heavy book on
it before it drys. Usually mine dried flat without
a book.

After they dried  I inked the edges with any color Tim Holtz
ink.  Let that dry and start wrapping your lace! I'm making white cards with black graphics with an Easter
theme. Will post later.
Did I leave anything out?
Let me know how yours turn out.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring Party

Along with 6 other blogs, The French Country Cottage
is hosting a Spring Link Party!
You can enter for a $250 PB gift card giveaway!
and check out all the details.
Spring is a great time for me to get inspired.
So I made these card bobbins along with
my first altered bottle. 45 bobbins later,
all lace wrapped and neatly organized!
Ok, ok, I'm a late bloomer!  ;-)


Card bobbins, easy to make.
Altered bottle, super easy.
May your spring be filled with blessings!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Incredible Giveaway @ Fiona and Twig

First, the most incredible giveaway is
now going on at Fiona and Twig.
Two beautiful outfits created by
Robin Brown of Magnolia Pearl.
Leave a comment on Anne Lory's blog to enter.
And take in Anne's great photography!
Robin Brown and John Gray of

are selling their incredible ranch
in Bandera, Texas.
Just a few photos of their property:
Stop in at Fiona and Twig to view all the photos!
Spread the news!