4/16/2014

Tutorial: Felt bunny ears for Easter! Make a pompom crown with feltears, or a sweet headband with lop ears! What kind of bunny are you?



I was invited this past Sunday to a wonderful pre-Easter brunch at my fabulous friend Alex's new little cottage home. Included in the invite was the phrase "Bonus points for bunny costumes." Now, most of you know I'm not one to pass up an opportunity to be in costume so I decided to make a smashing pair of bunny ears to wear to the fete, and they turned out so well I thought I'd write a little tutorial! These would be great to make with kids, as they could make the pom poms, and cut and color their own ears, though an adult should do the hot glue step.



And as it turns out, Alex was the only other person who wore bunny ears, and hers were so different yet uncannily similar to mine that we had to partner up! Her version of lop-ears are very quick and easy, and endlessly charming, and you can scroll down to find the tutorial. So which kind of bunny are you? (By the way, no, this is not the cover of our indie-French-pop album. Model faces for the win.)

How to Make a Pom Pom Easter Bunny Crown:
You'll need floral wire, white felt, a pink sharpie, a hot glue gun, scrap yarn, and either a cardboard or plastic pom pom maker.


First, take some nice thread wrapped floral wire and form it into a circle. One piece usually will work for a child's size, while I needed two for my crown. To close the loop, simply bend the ends back about 1/2 an inch at right angles to each other and hook together. The single link on the child's crown can be covered with long pieces of ribbon if you want it to be extra fancy!


Next, you'll need to make your pom poms. For the kid's crown you'll need 4-5 smaller diameter (1-2 inch diameter), and for the adults you'll need 6 larger diameter ones. There's lots of different methods you can use to make a pom pom, some of which you can find here, but I highly recommend getting a pom pom maker from Clover. It rules my world!
While making pom poms, experiment with different color placements and combos. This is a great way to use up pretty pastel yarn scraps!


Now take a piece of felt that's about 4x6 inches and fold it in half lengthwise, and cut out a freehand bunny ear shape. Cutting through both layers at once makes them match!


Now take your pink sharpie and draw the pink centers. Use the side of the marker with long light strokes.


Now, to attach your ears for the child's version, fold them in half at the flat bottom, set them on the interior of the ring of wire and fold about 1/2 an inch up, encasing the wire, and use hot glue to both keep the ear in place and keep it folded. It helps to mark with a pencil where you want the ears to be while you fit the wire ring to the child's head.
For the adult version, stick the fold of the ear into the hook of wire and fold over and glue for extra stability. Check out the photos above and below:



Tada! This is fun all on its own, but it gets extra magical when you add the pom poms!


Grab one of your trimmed pom poms and gently spread apart the yarn until you find the center where you tied it together...


Place a line of hot glue across the center...


And lay the wire down into the line of glue, then pinch the strands of yarn all up around it to encase it:


Keep putting pom poms along the wire using this method, working from either the ears to the center, or the center outward, with the largest pom poms at the center. Be sure to place them close together to hide the wire! 
I used a couple snap clips in my hair behind the bunny ears to make sure it would stay firmly on my head and it worked like a charm!

...Even Karol liked it. Make them for the whole family! (Photo stolen from my friend Megan's Instaram @510doitagain.)

How-To: Last-Minute Lop-Eared Bunny Headband

These ears are a lot of things: quick (10 minutes tops!), cheap, no-sew, no-glue, *and* the headband stays intact for everyday wear!

I've always been a fan of lops - lop-eared rabbits that is.  Their droopiness and floppiness (and perceived mopiness) contrasts so precisely with their pert and alert erect-eared brethren, and appeals to my sensibilities very much.



You'll need...
Felt (just one little 9" x 12" rectangle of craft felt will do!), headband, scissors, blush + blush brush


First, you'll need to cut out your ears.  Now don't get thrown for a loop here - I used two pieces of felt to make two pairs simultaneously.  You truly don't need a template, just cut out the ears long ways utilizing as much of the felt as possible.  Leave the bottom inch and a half straight-sided; this will form the tab that loops around the headband.  


Secondly, you'll need to cut a wee slot, about 3/4 of a an inch long, centered on that straight-sided tab at the base of each ear (don't get too close to the edge or the felt may tear!).


Next comes the fun part: blushing (the idea of which comes from Miranda's sweet bunny ear DIY over at one little minute).  A warm, peachy reddish-pink works best here.  Concentrate the color at the base then drag it upwards in light strokes.


To attach the ears to the headband, simply loop them from behind, fold them in half towards the front (blush side in), and gently pull them through the slot until they're snugly secure.  A headband with little teeth or at least some texture works best to hold the ears in place (but once it's on, your hair will do that just fine).  You can also move them around as you see fit - lop ears tend to be wider set than their pert counterparts.


Snip the corners off the little tabs (rounded if you can manage it) to make them less noticeable from behind...


...and there you have it!  A nice little pair of lopped ears, for you or your smalls!  Furthermore, it just occurred to me that should you prefer upright bunny ears, a once-over with spray starch should do the trick!


4/02/2014

Finished Object: "Alexandra", a mixed media collage.


I finally managed to mount this collage that's been in the works for ages. I call it "Alexandra", and it's huge, about 25 inches across.
I used to do collages a lot more and never documented any of them, which are now sold or given to people who aren't in my life anymore. No more of that!
You'd be surprised how many magazine clippings I have in flat files even though I haven't finished a piece since about 2008. I'm hoping this is the beginning of more works like this.


I use ephemera from time to time, but most of my papers come from magazines and catalogs, and I especially like using advertisements because they're a bit collage-y already, and when you take them out of context things start to get weird. Most people who see my work can't tell where the mash-ups done by me and the ones cut straight from the magazine begin or end. I also like to leave little bits unglued so they pop off the page. The girl in the tree has free floating hair, and both of them have free legs dangling from the branch.
Hope you guys like it.




3/27/2014

Instagram Sale Tonight at 5 p.m. PST! Pompom flower bouquets, paper flower surprise balls, and a couple other goodies will be up for grabs!


Hi everyone! Are you following me on Instagram yet? No? Why not?! (@ohthecuteness)
I'm getting tired of ye olde Etsy shop these days and I think Instagram will be my new online venue for selling my one-of-a-kind items. I'm having a sale on my account tonight starting at 5 p.m. PST, and you can read how it works in my most recent Instagram post. 
Also, if you don't have a smartphone fear not! You can still participate in all my sales by going to my actual Instagram webpage at http://www.instagram.com/ohthecuteness!


Included in this sale will be my jumbo paper flower surprise balls pictured above. I have 9 left and each one is unique and super fun! Over 70 feet of German hand-cut multicolored crepe paper streamers are wrapped around 8 unique vintage-inspired prizes to create the stem and center of each flower, then I used recycled tissue paper to make the petals. Don't miss out! 



Also included in this sale will be my new pompom flower bouquets. I made each and every pompom by hand, and broke my good pair of fabric scissors doing it, so I hope you guys like them! There will be 6 bunches of 7 flowers each, with two main color schemes but each bunch will be unique. Their stems are natural twigs painted white and measure about 12 inches long.


Hope to see you all there!

3/20/2014

I'm hosting a really big Instagram giveaway with two of my favorite crafty ladies! Winner will be announced March 25th!

It's GIVEAWAY time!
It's an Instagram-only giveaway however, so you need to head over there on your mobile device to be able to enter! You can find my account @ohthecuteness! (http://www.instagram.com/ohthecuteness)
I've teamed up with Nadine from @birdyboutiquephotography and Leslie from @bigcraftyblog to give away this beautiful collection of items to one lucky winner!
To enter you must FOLLOW all three shops on instagram, REPOST the photo with the tag #cutecraftybirdygiveaway, and TAG all three shops in your repost.

One lucky follower will receive:
* A baby shabby chic flapper headband and crocheted bonnet from Birdy Boutique Photography
* A set of rainbow house blocks and a Waldorf style cardinal and felted nest from Mama G's Big Crafty Blog
* A set of eco-friendly moustache straws, stitch markers, a crocheted cupcake pincushion, an herb and spice filled trivet, and an organic cotton tote bag from me!

The giveaway will run for one week, with a winner chosen at 12 noon PST on March 25th. You can repost the photo on Instagram for extra entries once per day and get an extra entry if you tag 3 friends in a comment below it. If your account is set to private, please let us know you reposted in a comment below as well.
Good luck everyone!

3/13/2014

I'm having a fabric destash sale on my Instagram tonight at 5 p.m. PST! Come get some awesome fabrics at rock bottom prices!


I've been doing some major destashing in the craft room lately, mostly because I want to make room for some new supplies. And to help buffer my budget for these new supplies, I'm selling off all of the full cuts of fabric I don't foresee using in the near future. It's mostly quilting cottons, with a few canvas and flannel prints thrown in, and it will all be going up for sale on my Instagram tonight at 5 p.m.!
Head on over to my Instagram and be sure to follow me so you won't miss a single piece of all the lovely fabric I'll be selling for super cheap! I may have to spread the sale out into 2 or 3 evenings, but I'll happily hold shipments until the entire sale is done so I can ship multiple pieces together. 
To buy them all you have to do is be the first one to leave a comment with your email and zip code under the photo of the fabric you want. You'll get a PayPal invoice in he morning for the total plus a little shipping. Hope to see you all there!

3/07/2014

Come visit me at Jack of All Trades Market this Saturday in Oakland at Jack London Square and get 25% off your goodies!


Hi everyone! I'll be selling my wares this coming Saturday, March 8th at the Jack of All Trades Market in Oakland at the beautiful Jack London Square waterfront district!
As always, if you're a blog reader and you come to say hello you'll get a sizable 25% off discount on anything you buy, because I really love meeting my fans and I appreciate you taking the time to come support not only me, but all the other wonderful artists and craftspeople who sell at these events.



I'll be selling quite a few new items that haven't made their way to my online shop, including these fantastic herb and spice filled trivets that I'm completely in love with, as well as some new surprise balls, tiny taxidermy, and other fun goodies! Hope to see you there!