I know, it's been a long time since my last post. In my defense, I did a lot of traveling, one of my best friends got married, and then I had some issues to deal with at home that have been taking up most of my free time. At some point in the future, I hope to post some photos from New Zealand, but for now, I'm trying to get back into the habit of crafting and posting.
This afternoon, I tried my hand at Megan Reardon's Mother's Day Dahlia Brooch, using only supplies that I already had in my apartment. I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that my stash of craft supplies is threatening to take over my bedroom, so I'm game for any project that I can complete without purchasing anything new. (Hmm, this sounds like a challenge goal for the rest of the year. :)
At some point last year, I bought like 12 sheets of craft felt at Jo-Ann's (for a project that I can't exactly recall), and had only used about half a sheet to date. Internal monologue: "Perfect! A project that uses a supply I already have!"
I scanned the list of supplies needed and figured that I had usable equivalents for everything in there and started cutting felt. I'd gotten halfway through gluing the edges of the larger petals and letting them dry with clothespins to hold them tight, when I read on the label of my tacky glue that it was not intended for fabric. "Crap!" It might have worked, but probably not as well as I'd have liked, so I scoured my craft supplies for another option. I read that someone had good results with a hot glue gun, but I'm not that big a fan since it takes a while to heat up and it's messy. My other adhesives aren't meant for fabric either, so I dug out the yet-unused needle felting kit that I bought in Japan last summer.
What fun! Who knew? Obviously, I'm sure that my technique leaves something to be desired, but it seemed to work out pretty well:
(see the back at flickr. >)
The back has a little pocket for a note, so this'll be my card to my mom for Mother's Day tomorrow. :)