Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feature Me Tuesday

I am so excited to host my first Feature Me Tuesday! Every week I will try to feature an artist from Etsy or Artfire.
Here we go!

Meet Lou, the artist behind Scratchandsniff on Etsy. She makes the most adorable dog silhouettes from unique and vintage paper. She is also a professional dog photographer and a graphic designer. I asked her a few questions and here is what she said:

1.Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Lou, I was born and raised in Michigan and now I'm a newbee to California. I am a photographer, crafter, designer, pet-lover, volunteer, baker, wanna be surfer, and much more!

2. Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration definitely comes from my dapple dachshund Scratch. He is everything to me. I work from home so he keeps me company and since he has such a unique personality I wanted to make pieces that reflect that. Anyone can get a silhouette of their dog, but when you add personality and meaning to it I think it's so great.

3. How did you find Etsy?
I actually had a friend who made plushies! She showed me where she sold them and I was hooked ever since. I love the ideas of custom and handmade. You can't find these items anywhere else, it's so cool! I'm probably on etsy at least two hours every day... there should be a banner on the homepage that says warning, once you enter site you will become addicted!

4.What is your favorite part of the creating process?
When I first came up with the idea of doing vintage and unique paper silhouettes I really was excited to show the world what I've made! But it's also very rewarding to do the custom pieces. You can tell me you breed and something unique about your dog and I make a piece that is one of a kind to you. I love to hear that people are so excited and happy about getting a new piece... I'm just spreadin' the love to all the dog owners out there!

Isn't she adorable? :) You can tell Lou is very passionate about her work. If you are a dog lover - you will love her dog silhouettes!
You can find her store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/scratchandsniff

Thank you, Lou for participating in my first Feature Me Tuesday!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Beautiful Satin Flowers

New items in my shop - Satin Flower Accessories

I love to work with satin. Cutting out the pieces is time consuming, singing the edges is fun and the final effect is stunning! You just can't stop looking at them:).

I hope you like them too - my soon-to-be-Followers:)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My easy-to-make decorative wreath

Recently I have been seeing a lot of yarn wreaths on the net. They are so lovely! Having lots of different fabric flowers on hand - I decided to put them in use and make my own wreath:)
I just love the plum color (so trendy this season), but possibilities are endless! I am thinking about making one in turquoise :)

Update: Check out my new tutorial on how to make an easy wreath! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

How to use fabric flowers

I have become quite the fabric flower fanatic. I make them whenever I have the chance. From frayed cotton rosettes, to felt poppies, to satin yo yos. I have tons!
So what do you do now? After making hair accessories for my daughters ( who by the way won't leave the house without them:)), applying them to several of my Fall season outfits and playing with new trendy ideas for home decor, I have decided to make a list. A list of all the uses for fabric flowers I can think of. I have counted 30 of them!
Here they are:
5.bobby pins
7.decorate picture frame
8.decorate mirror
9.decorate bags/totes/backpacks
10.decorate shoes
11.sew onto a shirt/tee/blouse
12.sew onto a skirt/pants
13.sew onto a ponytail holder
14.decorate greeting cards
15.sew onto napkin holders
16.decorate the table
17.make a table centerpiece
18.sew onto a scarf
19.sew onto a jacket
20.sew onto a wrap
21.add to decorative wreath
22.use in scrapbooking
23.glue onto barettes
24.make fascinators
25.sew onto belts
26.give away as party favors
27.make bouquets
28.use in creating seating cards
29.add them to your curtains
30.add to real branches and put in a vase

I am sure this list will grow. Just like my collection of fabric flowers:)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Here we go!

I am so excited to start the "Petite Darlings" blog:) For a long time now I have been indulging in crafts and I think it's time to show it to the world. I get the most fun of making little darling things for my Little Ladies:) They are a true Princesses so there is a lot of flowers, wands and tiaras around here:)
I will be updating the look of this blog as I learn all the options and features:)