Sunday, August 3, 2008

Oops, Pobody's Nerfect......

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I just discovered that the scheduled blog post tutorials that were to run during my break are not posting, so very sorry! I checked on them only to realize that totally imperfect me did schedule them only I put the wrong dates on them, I scheduled them for August not July!

The imperfect seems to be a running theme for me lately. I planned the perfect blog break and I messed the scheduled posts up. I planned on perfect health, not being sick. I thought my break would be perfect timing for catching up on some unfinished projects not catching up on being a couch potato! Oh well, pobody's nerfect!

I have corrected the dates and they will now run according to the new schedule dates. I will be on break a bit longer than I anticipated. I hope you enjoy the tutorials and I hope to be back on a permanent basis very soon. Thank you to those who have visited in my absence, I will respond back to you all very soon. In the meantime, below is the next tutorial for the baby shower theme. Enjoy!
Corsage refers to the bodice of a dress. In the 19th Century, corsage was a common term for a woman's bodice or jacket. Originally, a bouquet of flowers, flower buds, or a bow was worn on the corsage between the breasts, hence the name corsage for a cluster of flowers worn on the breast, waist, or wrist.
A corsage at a special occasion is a time-honored tradition. The giving of a corsage helps to mark a special occasion. They are usually worn by a special person on that occasion. A corsage is generally worn on the left side, just under the shoulder. It should be pinned with the stem down, the same way it would be planted in the ground. It should also be pinned at an angle away from the face so it doesn't rub the cheek or the chin. You may also pin the bouquet to the left side of your waist.

Continuing with our baby shower theme, a special occasion indeed, the mother of the darling little one was presented with a corsage. I decided to put a new twist on an old tradition. Often you see either a corsage of real flowers or those ever popular baby sock roses fashioned into a baby shower corsage. I wanted to create something fun and fanciful that could also be repurposed as a tiny touch of decor for baby's room, and this is the result:
To make a Cone Corsage, you will need:

Decorative Paper
Pink, Green, Yellow, and White Crepe Paper Streamers
Green Chenille Stems
Iridescent Pearl Strands
3 Bridal Pearl Picks
Satin Ribbon
Small Vintage Button
Hot glue and glue gun
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*Select decorative paper for corsage base, set the compass on 4, on the back side of the paper, using the corner of the paper as the compass point, draw an arc from one side to the other creating a fan shape.
* Cut out the fan shape.*Curl into a cone shape and secure using hot glue.*Clip three green chenille stems in half, discarding one, you will only need a total of five.*Hot glue stems to the inside of the cone tip.*Cut five 3" pieces of green crepe paper streamer.*Fold each piece in half and cut in the shape of a leaf, leaving part of the fold in tact, set aside.*Cut 12 4" pink strips of crepe paper streamer and 8 4" white strips of crepe paper streamer. Stack 4 pink on pink, making three sets. Stack 4 white on white making two sets.*Fan fold the strips, tying a knot in the center with matching thread, yarn, floss, or string, trimming off extra ends.*To form the carnations, gently spread the fan apart and begin to pull up each layer of paper towards the center, repeating on the other half of the flower. Repeat process for remaining four flowers. Your flowers may be a little misshapen, simply trim them up a bit but remember carnations are frilly and imperfect so leave them looking a bit natural.*Hot glue a leaf set to the back of each flower.*Hot glue flowers to stems in cone, adjusting height and trimming off excess stem. Once glue is dry you can adjust and bend flower heads. You want the arrangement to be tight and compact. If there are any gaps, simply cut more leaves and fill in as needed.* Glue in three pearl bridal picks*Cut a 16" piece of yellow crepe paper streamer. Thread needle with matching thread. Fold the streamer in half length wise and gather down the folded edge of the streamer. Adjust gathers to fit the top edge of the cone and hot gluing the gathered edge in place. Gently pull the layers apart making a frill around the upper edge of the cone.
*Hot glue iridescent pearl strand around the center of the gathers. Tie a bow using pink satin ribbon and glue to front of cone. Hot glue a small vintage button onto the front tip of the cone.*Hot glue a pin back to the back of the corsage.NOTE: Bring a 12" length of the pink satin ribbon, two small vintage buttons, and your hot glue to the shower. When mom is finished wearing the corsage, simply glue the ribbon in a handle shape to the sides of the cone, gluing buttons over the ends of the ribbon and you have a pretty little tussie mussie that can be hung in baby's nursery!

The next post will be a tutorial on making a special party favor for all the shower guests.

Miss Sandy


vikki said...

hope you are doing fine, m'dear. i have not heard that saying in a long time with pobodys' nerfect! was great to hear it agin! wonderful tutorial! take care. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Soooo pretty! I would've stopped far too soon and it would not have had the lovely "perfect" presentation that yours has.

Miss Sandy, it sure is good to see you. I hope that things are looking a little brighter with each passing day. Taking a longer break? Well, that has to be a good thing...hope that this means that you are writing. Stop. being. sick.

Big hugs, my friend.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I'm lovin the crepe paper flowers!

Lori said...

Miss Sandy, your paper flowers look so sweet in that cone!!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Miss Sandy!
What an adorable corsage! Thank you for such wonderful instructions. Great idea for a shower!!
Have a great week!
Hugs, Sherry

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is a wonderful idea. You could change the colors to suit any occasion.

Please rest and relax. God knows what we need better than anyone. :)

A Hint of Home said...

What a cute idea. They turned out very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us.

Sandra Evertson said...


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