Friday, April 5, 2013

The Stress!!!!!!!

~ Sitting in front of the television, mindlessly watching your favorite show.
~ Getting down on the floor next to your dog and rhythmically 
stroking her paw.    
~ Walking up to your husband, wrapping your arms 
around him and giving him a big ol' hug that lingers.

Stress relievers!

Or even stepping into your studio to work on a project. That's a huge stress reliever!  I have just spent the better part of the morning finishing a swap that I had signed up for.  It wasn't a difficult task.  We had to put together 12-15 bits of ephemera for the recipient to use in their journals.  A perfect swap for me to sign up for what with all the collecting, flea marketing, and antique shopping I've done.. I had plenty to share!  Bundling up the various bits and pieces, I knew I wanted the packaging to be as equally important.


So, I'm back at it making fabric flowers!  This time I chose a bright print and added a pearl center.


Brown paper bags that were printed with a contrasting chevron stripe or a solid one.  Embellished with new lace dyed in coffee and enhanced with a bit of vintage netting.  Contrasting thread sewn with either a straight stitch or zigzag, leaving long strands hanging down.  I love that added touch of movement!


Fabric flowers glued in the centers of each bag....


and the project was completed!  If so desired, it is able to be disassembled so that perhaps a bit of lace could become a design element.  The bag could be cut apart, glued onto a journal page and words written within the lines.  Imagine doing that with the chevron pattern! And the flower? Adhered to the cover where you could make it the focal point of an illustration, adding a pencil line drawing for the stem and leaves. Perhaps a bee buzzing nearby with ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz's swirling and cascading around.  A simple swap that triggers an avalanche of ideas!  And my reward for working on these?  I have to say the tension is gone from my shoulders, my mind is relaxed and I feel tons better!

Linking up with ........ What We Accomplished Wednesday
                          Tutorials Tips and Tidbits 
                          The Style Sisters  
                          Show and Tell Friday

30 comments:

  1. What a great project...and a FUN stress reliever!

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  2. Well, I'm certain your SWAP recipient will be thrilled. What a lovely presentation of usable pieces and the flower is so pretty. It would look wonderful atop a journal. I agree that the studio can be a stress reliever. When I go into mine and close the door, I can sometimes almost feel the stress melt away with anticipation of creativity.
    Have a beautiful day, Kadee.
    audrey

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  3. When Creativity Flows...Stress Goes! Your little brown bags are super cute. What a wonderful gift to swap with another. Each of these would make a great cover for a paper bag journal. I like you stress reducers...

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  4. Love these Kadee! What a great thing to create while watching television. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

    Nancy

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  5. I love the flowers! Have you done a tutorial on those? But I know what you mean about creating being a stress reliever, it helps me take my mind off the annoying things during the day. I hope someday we can be together at another event, YOU are sitting by ME! Thanks so much for your kind words, they meant more than you could know. Happy crafting!xoxoxo-cindy

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  6. Hi Kadee,
    Nothing like a wonderful project to let the stressers of life go. Your creation is simply gorgeous. I love the elements and the bright color mixed with the natural elements. Everything you touch turns to gold my friend. This looks like it was a fun swap.

    Happy Creating and have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, CM

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  7. Stress relievers and SMILE BRINGERS! These ROCK!!! XOXO Tanya

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  8. I need to find the time to work on these projects.I too love to create! Beautiful rosettes!
    xx
    Anne

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  9. Sweet and happy, Kadee! You are one crafy gal!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  10. What a beautiful presentation! It is like a gift within a gift:) I've been wanting to try my hand at those flowers, yours are so pretty! Love how you've embellished those sweet bags with pretty lace, too!

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  11. Swaps are so fun to be a part of and as always...you outdid yourself with a beautiful presentation. You are the Queen of flower making. So very pretty...thanks for sharing.

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  12. Kadee,
    These are so pretty and bright and cheery. I bet the swap will be so much fun and whoever get's your creation will be thrilled.
    Kris

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  13. Very beautiful Kadee. I agree, I am relaxed when I create.

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  14. Kadee - the paper bag went directly into my Doodlicious Journal! The lace and flower will certainly all be used in upcoming projects!! LOVED it! Thanks for sending!! Wish you could have been here in person! Will ship out your goodies this week! xox

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  15. Hi Kadee,

    Your little bags are stunning! I love the colorful blossoms and lace. Crafting does take the stress away.

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  16. These are so amazing! Love them! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with us! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/04/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up.html

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  17. Very cute! Thanks for stopping by. New follower of yours as well! So glad I found you. ;)
    Lisa

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  18. Wow, the bags are so beautiful! I love the flowers in such striking colors. Great idea of using it onto a journal.

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  19. Your beautiful fabric flowers are a burst of energy, perfect for spring! I can totally relate to the joy of loosing yourself in the process of making creative stuff ;)

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  20. What a coincidence, I've been making some fabric flowers also, for a wreath project I'm working on. I like yours better...me and my glue gun were having issues! I think the bags are adorable, but I would have a tough time letting those go -- very selfish of me, I know! How did you get the pattern on the bag? Did you just run the bags through your printer?

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  21. Well, those bags "sucked me in," and now I'm a new follower!

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  22. Just gorgeous! I love the bags. Did you print them yourself too? Awesome. I will be featuring these tonight when I get my post up. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  23. Kadee these are beautiful! I am in love with these bags, and love vintage as well. I would love for you to add Pretty Things to your weekly blog parties! Link below, hope to see you there :)

    xo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/2013/04/pretty-things-16-link-party-and.html

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  24. I highlighted your post today on Centerpiece Wednesday and wrap up. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/04/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up_17.html

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  25. So beautiful Kadee, but then I am so impressed by everything you do. Thanks for this great idea and blessings to you, Patti

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  26. Kadee, this is the most wonderful stress relief I have ever seen :) Wonderful packaging, would be pity to unpack and ruin it. I am a new follower of yours, Renata from www.crafto-mania.com

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  27. Kadee, love the bags. So clever how you printed the design on them. Flowers and lace, AWWWWW!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  28. Gorgeous bags and flowers! How did you make the flowers?

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