Wednesday, February 29, 2012

playing with fire -- fabric flowers

Last night, my friend Angela came over and we spent the evening making these vintage-inspired fabric flowers.

Vintage-style fabric flowers with hand-burned edges

There are so many tutorials for fabric flowers out there, but this one appealed to me the most -- not only because I love the steam-punk/distressed look, but also because you get to play with FIRE, don't have to cut out perfect shapes, and can kind of just make it all up as you go along.

We followed this tutorial, but used a glue-gun instead of stitching.  This worked well, except on the thinner fabrics when I burned my fingers with seeping hot glue.  Next week we intend to glue beads, buttons, or other fun things in the middles to complete the flowers, then glue alligator clips to the back to turn them into hair accessories.  Right now I'm just enjoying looking at them!

Vintage-style fabric flowers with hand-burned edges

Unrelated, but Billy and I have been having lots of fun thinking of things to put in our new dehydrator (we got this one, because I figured "go big or go home") (don't I always figure that?)  (Seriously though, with 4 children, I need the biggest dehydrator to keep up with demand!)  One of the first things we made were these sweet potato chips.  Billy loved them and snacked away the morning, not realizing that these chips were actually "grow-food".

Sweet Potato Chips straight from the dehydrator

Sweet Potato Chips straight from the dehydrator
A sprinkle of sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil before going in to dehydrate for about 12 hours....simple and delicious.


Cristina said...

potatoes are looking very good!

Nancy said...

mmmm...I luv sweet potatoes!

Becky said...

I just got a dehydrator last weekend!  I have been investigating a raw food diet and decided I needed one too. I think I may have pinned a couple of the raw food recipes that you have on Pintrest, including your apple pie one. I didnt' even think of sweet potato chips. They are now on my list of things to dehydrate. Thanks for sharing!


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