Friday, April 20, 2012

"Springtime in the Rockies"


I love springtime in the Midwest. It is a slow-moving affair that allows each variety of flower it's own moment to take center stage. Saucer Magnolias appear first of all. Their pink tipped white buds closed for days and days until the temperature is warm enough for them to open.


Crocus circling the roots of trees,  Red Bud seen in still brown woods, daffodils bunched happily together, tulips regal above their stems. Crafting again after such a long time feels exactly the way spring does to me. My awkward fingers feel as though they too are coming to life after a long winter's nap. A project spied in the margins of Molly Makes, a perfect place to begin.


I have always enjoyed these wonderful yarn wreaths. I chose a nice, bumpy off-white yarn which I wrapped first side by side and then at intervals, crossing the yarn to give a more textured appearance.  A branch snapped from my Chinese Rose Blossom tree, hot glued in place.


My "Use What's on Hand" philosophy of crafting has my gardenias being made from pink felt. I have cut long strips which then have been scalloped. Roll tight the first scalloped and then placed it in the center of the next scallop. Taking stitches with needle and thread with each petal placed.


Fabric yo yos make a nice contrast to the pink.


Flowers made for the right side of the wreath are slightly smaller in scale. I have pinked rounds and snipped with my scissors every fourth pink to nearly the center. Carnations, I love them!


Needing my Creative Breathing signature, a word plucked from my new Scrabble game. A wooden Easter ornament that has seen many better days gives just the vintage touch I love so much.


Charming! I absolutely love the way my yarn wreath has turned out.


25 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hello Elizabeth! Lovely to see you! : ) This wreath is very charmng and I love that you've added your own spin on it.

usagypsy said...

Adorable! I'm going to have to make one of these! And when my daughter sees it she is going to want one too! A great way to use up those bits of yarn left over from projects!

Lorlore said...

So precious!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh wow this is absolutely darling! Smiling from ear to ear!
Hugs,
Holly

My Vintage Mending said...

A warm breeze of comfort...something so familiar...and yet, new. This is lovely...smiles...Renee

Ang-e said...

So very glad you're blogging again. I love seeing your creations!

Unknown said...

After months of checking "Creative Breathing" and holding my breath that maybe, just maybe, you'd be back, you can imagine my JOY when I discovered you were "dipping your toe". YOU HAVE BEEN MISSED!!!!! Your blog kept me inspired when nothing else did, and made me smile when I felt like crying. You are a ray of sunshine in the lives of untold thousands of people, and on behalf of them all I say WELCOME BACK!!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh Elizabeth it is wonderful to see you and your post! The wreath is so precious! I have been working on a creative space for the past few months- hoping it will help me be even a teensy bit as creative as you and so many in blogland!

I took a felting class last weekend with a friend and am hoping to get a few felt projects done- it was a fun class!

bee blessed
mary

sassypackrat said...

So adorable! Enjoyed seeing you craft again.

Kim K. said...

Your special little touches are all over that lovely wreath. I'm smiling. It's good to have you back.

Lorraine said...

I must say I do love the added texture from your yarn wrapping. It does indeed look quite at home.

bluemuf said...

I just love your yarn spring wreath. I am so glad to see you posting again. You have such inspirational posts and I'm starting to get my muse back.

thank you for sharing all your talents

Hugs Karen

Diane Mars said...

So pretty crafting can be therapy in itself~ox

jinxxxygirl said...

So glad to see you posting again! Hugs! deb

vivian said...

It is perfectly E-dorable! I love mollie makes too. lots of sweet ideas. do you get Amy powers inspire ezine? you would love it.
still just tickled that youre here again!
xoxo
vivian

kittykill said...

EEEP! So stinking cute! I love it!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

This wreath is perfectly creative breathing! ♥

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

So very happy to discover today that you are back!! That put a smile on my day=)

Julie said...

This is so cute!! I just love it! I have to make one for myself.

Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog a few days ago. From time to time, I start reading your older posts - I am so enjoying them.

NanE said...

aww, that is so cute E! Yes, a party, hmm, lets see, oh yes, we have Mothers Day and Fathers Day and Memorial Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon! Lots of reasons to crate and decorate and celebrate! xoxo Nan

Teresa said...

That is the cutest wreath! I think I may have to give this one a try. I love how you tailor a project to use what you have on hand. Have a great week.

Ina said...

Party?? Hope so! ;p

Kim K. said...

Elizabeth - Your yarn wreath inspired me to make my own version using supplies that I had on hand. I posted about it today on my blog. Thank you for the inspiration!!

http://kenward.blogspot.com/2012/04/yarn-wreathinspired-by-creative.html

editor said...

So happy your are back!

Sincerely,

Mary

Paper Dolls said...

I am beyond thrilled to see you creating and crafting again! Welcome Home! We have missed you!!!