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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Guest Curator at Jenny Doh's This Week

I'm pleased to tell you that I am guest curator at this week.  This really is an honor for me - not just because I'm being featured on one of my favorite blogs - but because you get to learn about two very special women in my life - my mother and my grandmother - who helped shape me into the person I am today.

This is an especially fitting tribute to my beloved grandmother who would have turned 92 this week.  Even though she is no longer physically with me, she is always in my heart.  I love you, Oma. :)

My Oma and her youngest son, my Uncle Gregory.
My family in 1969.  That's me and my mom on the right, along with my brother and father.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Shabby Chic Rose Votive Candle Holders Project

Years ago, I use to make and sell these little votive candle holders at craft shows.  They always proved to be popular sellers for me.  Not only are they a breeze to make, they are versatile and can be used to complement Victorian/Shabby Chic decor, included as wedding reception table decorations or given as gifts for Mother's Day, to name just a few.  And - they are inexpensive to make - as all items used in this project can be purchased at the dollar store.  


Glue gun
Glue sticks
Silk Rose Flowers - 1 bunch
Round "Roly Poly" Votive Candle Holder
Wax paper or newspaper to protect work surface


On a protected work surface, pull the silk roses off of their stems.  Use fingers to remove the little plastic pieces that hold the roses together.  Pull off the leaves and peel off any attached wires. Set the rose petals and leaves aside in separate piles. Discard the stems, plastic pieces and wires.

Once all of the rose petal layers have been separated, use scissors to clip each layer into individual petal pieces, if needed.  Set these aside until all petals have been clipped.  If desired, sort petals by small, medium and large sizes.  This will save time when attaching petals to the votive holder.

Beginning at the top of the votive holder, apply a dab of hot glue to the glass and carefully place the lower half of a smaller-size petal on top of the glue.  Press gently into place.  The petal should stand about 1/2" taller than the top of the glass.  Repeat this step, taking care to slightly overlap the second petal over the first.  You should not be able to see any glass between the petals.  Repeat this process all the way around the circumference of the votive.

Once the first row of petals is in place, start gluing a new row of petals just below the first.  The size of the petals in this row should be a little larger in size than those in the first row.  (The petals will gradually get larger as you work your way to the bottom of the votive.) The petals from the new row will slightly overlap the first row.  Take care not to apply glue to the top part of the petal; once the gluing process is completed, the layers will fluff out - just like a real flower.  Continue to glue all of the petals to the votive holder in this manner.   Use a couple of petals to cover the very bottom (underside) of the votive.  Glue 3 or 4 leaves onto the bottom of the votive.  And there you have it - a beautiful rose to enjoy all year long!

P.S.  This project is currently being featured on one of my favorite blogs - Dollar Store Crafts.

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