Tea-stained origami flowers

Time for some wedding talk! I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to go down the track of making origami flowers for the big day, rather than real flowers – because tiger lilies aren’t available in November unless you’re willing to pay big bucks for them!  It’s taking WAAAAY longer than I thought, but it will be completely worth it in the end.

The majority of the flowers will be orange, but to break up the bouquet a little I wanted to add in something extra to match the theme.  I still liked the idea of using sheet music, but the white paper seemed too bright against the orange, so I toned it down by dying the paper with tea!

Here’s a little how-to if you want to try it for yourself:

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  • Step 1: I used already-used tea bags – I didn’t want to waste good tea bags in case it didn’t work! I laid them out in a paper-sized baking tray
  • Step 2: Cover with boiling water and leave to stew until you like the colour of it
  • Step 3: To prepare the paper I dabbed one of the tea bags all over the page, which added to the texture too, as some of the tea leaves stuck
  • Step 4: Soak the paper for 15-20 minutes – the longer the better! (You may have to press the paper down until it has soaked through a bit, so it doesn’t keep floating to the top, although make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the tray!)
  • Step 5: Once the desired colour is achieved, lay out to dry on a cooling rack overnight

The last picture shows the difference between the beginning and end result – exactly what I wanted!

They look fantastic all folded up into flowers…

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…ready to add to the bouquet!

Next on my wedding list: now that our ‘Save the Dates’ are out, I have to start thinking about invitations! And buying bridesmaid’s dresses, and booking cars, and sorting out a timeline for the day – the list goes on and on!

(Sweet side note – the sheet music I used is the song that Mr EP and I first played together in our worship band, a few days before he asked me out!)

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DIY T-shirt Blanket

MusicalButterfly: DIY T-shirt Blanket

I’ve seen several of these quilts around on Pinterest, and when Mr EP mentioned that he had a few old band t-shirts that he didn’t wear anymore, I thought it would be a good chance to try one out.  Since I have no quilting experience I made it more of a blanket, backing the t-shirts with a soft fleecy fabric.

Before I go into the details of what I did, lets take a walk back through memory lane and have a look at Mr EP wearing a couple of the t-shirts when he was younger!

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As I said, I have never done any quilting before, so I really just did what I thought would work! If you have any suggestions for better ways of doing things I would be grateful for you passing on your knowledge.

Step 1:
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Step 2: (stay tuned for a hilarious photo outtake with this shirt!)MusicalButterfly: DIY T-shirt Blanket - step 2

Step 3: (recognise those old t-shirts?)
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Step 4:
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Step 5:
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Step 6:
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Just a shame that I didn’t take a photo of the whole completed blanket! It was a rush in the end finishing it off and wrapping it up ready to gift, but I’m assured that he loves it! Its the perfect size for snuggling on the couch.

Up next – another one for Miss Stiletto, made from her childhood clothes! I think I will go with the same technique, using sweatshirts as the backing rather than a single piece of fabric.

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Photo outtake: Mr EP ‘hulking’ out of his shirt…
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T-shirt Market Bag

Ok, so I’m addicted to Pinterest.  There, I’ve said it! One of the cool things about Pinterest though is the wealth of crafty goodness there! I’ve started a whole board just for all the craft and DIY things I want to try!  One of the projects I saw on there the other day was this market bag made from an old t-shirt.  Since I had one lying around to use for a crafty something, I thought I’d have a go.

Here’s a photo tutorial of what I did, but check out this link for more details.

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag

Tshirt Market Bag