Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #10--Homemade Boutonniere

For Challenge #10 we were asked to created something to celebrate summer. Before I get to my project, there is some explaining to do.

When I was growing up, there were certain rules that the nuns would pound into our heads. Most of them were etiquette rules or comportment rules for living--we called them "nun rules" and they were usually accompanied by an eye roll.

One of the rules was "In the spring and summer months, a gentleman always wears a fresh flower in his lapel. In the fall and winter months, a gentlemen wears a pocket square because fresh flowers are not always available. But a gentlemen never wears both."

Every Saturday at the theater, I wear a sports jacket or suit to commemorate the end of the week. Since I don't work on Sundays, Saturday evenings are the last shift of my week. During the spring months, I have applied the nun rule above and have been wearing a boutonniere. Last week (and in tribute to this challenge), I decided to make my own. Some of the florists in Manhattan have charged me $10-$20 for a single flower boutonniere similar to the one above.

Therefore, I decided to make my own--which in hindsight is really, really easy. So for this challenge, I share with you my first, homemade boutonniere.

I chose a single flower without adornment to keep it simple and to not excessively show off. There is no greenery, or filler to make it look like a wedding or prom boutonniere. I wanted it to be a throwback to the old Victorian habit of men wearing a fresh flower in their jacket button hole. By the way, the word boutonniere is French for button hole.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

365 Day 2016 Project--Week 21

Another Week. I will be glad when this month is over. I am not a real fan of pastels and pastel pencils.

May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 21
May 22

Sunday, May 15, 2016

365 Day 2016 Project--Week 20

Another week in the book.

April 9
April 10
April 11
April 12
April 13
April 14
April 15

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #9--Photo Box

For Challenge #9, we were asked to make something that stores something else. This was right up my wheelhouse. I have shared boxes that I have made in the past so I decided to make another photo box. Although, few people have physical photos any more.

This box is the standard box to hold 5 by 7 photos. The book cloth is black cashmere silk and the marbled paper is from my collection.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

365 Day 2016 Project--Week 19

Here is another week of posts that ends with a Mother's Day page. Happy Mother's Day to all who participate.

May 2
May 3
May 4
May 5
May 6
May 7
May 8

Sunday, May 1, 2016

365 Day 2016 Project--Week 18

Another week and another month in the books. How did we get into May already? The month of May will be dedicated to using pastels.

April 25
April 26
April 27
April 28
April 29
April 30
May 1

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Iron Craft 2016 Challenge #8--Handmade Anniversary Flowers

For Challenge Number Eight, we were tasked with creating something "unexpected." Either something hidden or something made from an unknown or surprising material. If you have been following along with my Iron Craft Challenges, you know that I have been trying to use my surplus materials. I used this challenge to completely annihilate a stock of material that I have had over five  years. I never really knew what I was going to do with it but it was so cool to me at the time that I bought bunches of it. I also used this challenge to commemorate the one year anniversary of our showing running at the theater. I decided to make bouquets of flowers for the women in our show. And they were all made out of duct tape. Yep. DUCT TAPE.

I searched online for duct tape projects and was directed to a YouTube video and I then adapted the techniques for these flowers. Each flower is dedicated to one of the women in the show. The colors are chosen based on their costumes. If I didn't have the correct color, I wrote lines or lyrics from the show on the petals.

Bouquet #1
Underside of the flower
Bouquet #2
Bouquet #3
The flowers were well received and appreciated by all. I went through 20 rolls of "designer" duct tape and I am please to say that I am completely duct taped out.