Sunday, January 31, 2010

TEA BAG ROSES TUTORIAL and Thrifty Treasures

Tea Bag Roses

tea bag (already used)
glue (I used glue gun)
nimble fingers =0)

already used tea bag
black tea bags work best
(Herbal does not have much color)
Black tea= brown rose
raspberry tea= pink rose

open tea bag up
(you can either carefully open by little seam,
or just cut open)
dump out grounds.

After paper is dry, cut into 3 or 4 strips lengthwise.
(I usually do 4)

On right side of strip, fold corner down as shown.
Begin rolling towards you, tightly, to end of folded piece.
This will be the center of your rose.

Continue to pinch together at bottom,
gather, and roll with your fingers.
The 'gathering' keeps the rose fuller.
As you go be sure the center of rose stays lower
than the outside 'petals' you are making.
Think of how real roses are.

As you can see in above photo,
I am pinching bottom with my middle and ring fingers.
I am also using my right hand to help roll, but had to take pic with it. =))
Sometimes I kind of scrunch top edge to add interesting folds to top of rose.
You will get better at this as you practice.
(My first ones were horrible!
You might call them zero personality roses.) =0)

At end, fold corner down towards outside, and hot glue.
(careful! The glue goes right through the paper)
Then twist bottom of rose as tightly as you can.
(see photo below.)

I then just put my roses aside till ready to use.

To glue to project:

Hold rose gently by pretty part, and snip
off the pointy end that is gathered tight.

(See the little end laying there?
You can actually fluff that up and make the teeniest rose ever!!)

Put hot glue all over this cut end and glue it to your project.
(You can also glue bottoms of a bunch of roses and put aside.)
I've just always done it all in one step.
After it is glued on, just kind of gently
fluff to shape you want.

Adding leaves:
Occasionally, when I have a little spot that needs filling, I will make leaves.
Just double a piece of your tea bag strip, and cut out a leaf shape,
cutting one end straight across, and the other end pointed.
gather the flat end a bit, and glue where desired.
(again, be careful if you are using hot glue,
it gets hot right through the paper.)

Sample below is with leaves.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

It is always the first couple that take more time, and patience.
So keep trying!!

If you do up some roses,
I would love to show off your pieces to my blogging friends.

Some Quick Fun for You:

I buy games.
Anything with letters.

And makes things,
Like this fun and easy LOVE design.
Made with Upwards tiles. Just paint the edges red, and
there you have it.
You can just tuck it in anywhere. =0))

And how about a thrifty 25 cent pillow cover.

It's in great shape.
I can either put another pillow in it.
Take the backing off and use as a big doily,
or, cut it up and use the pieces for a Victorian purse, or lace sachet.
All for only 25 cents!

Thanks for coming by.
Happy Monday!!!

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I'm linkin' up with these great places today.

Go check 'em out when you have time.
Many thanks to all our great hostesses

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Note about Vintage Baby Shoe Tutorial

A quick note about vintage baby shoe tutorial on sidebar.
see below.

"NEW" SHOE......
see note below

"Old Shoe"

This is a great project for those who need
vintage looking baby shoes for their projects,
but cannot find, afford, or want to buy the real thing..

This is not 'new from the store new'.
It is a new from a garage sale shoe.
Can also be found at thrift stores.
50 cents to $1.50 usually.


barbara jean

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Welcome to Silver Sunday!!!

Let's start with a
Sweet Silver Vignette

Silver server with dish with lid.

Love how the silver has turned all the brilliant blues and greens.

Silver picture holder.
Just right for Valentines.

A silver curling iron.

sweet little dishes.

An unusual silver container.

It is about 6" tall and 4" around.
Anyone know what it was for??

And what is in this mystery box????

Vintage Silver Pitch Pipes, in their original box.

Happy Silver Sunday everyone!!
May all your clouds have a silver lining.

Silver Sunday Starts Soon!
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A Few Creative Treasures

Here are some creative pieces I've finished lately.
(check out the tutorial for aging baby shoes on my sidebar).

Some sweet art

Three fun prizes to choose from at Funky Junks Celebration.

Thanks for coming by
have a great weekend.

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Friday, January 29, 2010



Funky Junk Interiors' 1000 Followers Event

The Giveaways at Funky Junk Interiors
is being extended through the weekend!!
So, you have two more days to get over there and enter!!

Don't miss out. There are several great prizes,
(and one of them is something I made.) =0))


Don't forget, when I get to 300 followers, and 700 posts
I will be having a giveaway here.
(that will be any day now!!)

AND Tea bag rose tutorial almost done.
And more Valentine Fun.

So lots going on here.
Come back soon!!!

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PS To any new followers that i have not visited yet,
welcome, thanks for joining us, and I hope you enjoy your visits here!.

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