Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Shabby Chic Lollipop Flowers - Tea Dyed Hand made Flowers with a hint of Vanilla

Ohhh look at my pretties 

Hi folks.  Sorry Ive been MIA.  It was my Birthday on Friday there and it was more of a Birthday Weekend and then I ended up in bed with something!!! AND NO......it was not a hangover or whatever other badness you were thinking of!  I know what you are all like, you naughty girls!  Nah nothing as exciting as that.  I know, "something" is hardly naming an illness is it??  It wasnt a cold and it wasnt a flu exactly.  It was an awful sore throat, ears and neck, a high temperature and achy all over.....so whats that called?  Loopy Largy?  Who knows!

Anywhoodles, here are a few photos of some pretty lace flowers Ive made.  The colour isnt the true colour of the real life flowers but with the awful grey Northern Ireland weather, it was the best I could do!

I took a great big bowl and filled it with boiling water and chucked in 2 used teabags.  I didnt want to use new teabags as I didnt want the colour being too dark.  So I gave that a good ole stir and then added a few drops of organic vanilla extract.  Ohhhhhh the smell was stunning.  I added the 2 different white laces to the bowl of tea water and let them soak for about 4-5 hours.  I gave them a mush about, being careful not to burst the tea bags, every so often just to make sure I was getting even colouring all through the laces......I dont do patchy lace!

After that I took the laces out, gave them a good ole Loopy squeeze (which is better than an ordinary squeeze you understand!) and air dried them on an old clean tea towel.  And then I made my wee pretties.  Here they are, all smelling yummy of vanilla.

These flowers were made by just gathering and folding the lace and gluing it down, round and round on a circle of cardstock, working my way in to the middle.  


I made some of my blingy flower centres and added them to the flowers


Arent they beautiful.  Sorry the colour isnt showing perfectly.  But they do look incredibly beautiful


They have a lovely layered and soft feel to them without being too bulky on a card or scrapbook page

Here is my second flower.  This one is made by taking a strip of lace and doing a simple running stitch.  My tutorial is here for this type of flower.  I then made a smaller flower by cutting the lace in half, right up the middle of the lace to make it a teeny wee flower and placed it on top of the bigger flower and sort of cupped the lace around my pearly centre that I made.  As usual I used my trusty hot glue to glue the small flower on top of the bigger one and hot glued the flower centre in place.


This flower is so dainty and elegant


This is the third flower.  It was made pretty similar to the first flower but I made the folds wider apart which helped to pull the lace upwards to give it a cupping shape.  It has a wee bit more dimension but is still light and small enough to be used on cards, mini album pages, scrapbook pages etc


The colour is really gorgeous, I just wish the photo showed the true colour


Wouldnt smellovision be awesome right now?  Then you could take in a big vanilla-eeee smell of these gorgeous flowers.  They are so shabby chic, I just love'm.


And thats it from me for today folks.  Sorry Ive been so quiet.  I know, its weird right?  Loops?  Being quiet?  Wonders may never cease.  But being "sickie no well" as its called in my family, didnt help.....or did it?  Hmmmm, it certainly did keep me quiet!  My Scrubby may disagree with that statement though.  

Anywhoodles, I'll be back soon.  I made another Journal.  This one is one of my larger Journals which I made for Scrubby.  So its not girlie and pretty or anything. Its messy and manly!  Heehee, just like my Scrubby, lol.  Dont tell him I said that!!

Toodles Noodles,

Loops xx


63 comments:

  1. Wow you are so right lee these flowers are just stunning!!!!!Happy birthday to you Happy Birthday to you and many many more!!!!! Have a great day my friend!!!!!

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  2. Wowwww Lee, yes we missed you!!! So glad you're feeling better now and no longer a 'sickie no well'.... LOVE THAT name!! Will have to remember it!

    And your flowers are as always, STUNNING! Love how you've dyed them and those centres are fab!! I got my glue gun by the way and have so far only burned myself once!!

    Hugs
    Christine x

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  3. Lovely flowers Lee !! can feel the smell of vanilaa too !!!!

    We did miss ur posts hope things better soon and we get to see more from you

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  4. Wondered where you were Lee, hope it was a good birthday! These flowers are gorgeous and what a wonderful idea with the vanilla extract which I just happen to have in the cupboard! I can feel a little experiment coming on!! lol Don't stay away so long again, we miss you and your flowers too much! Romayne xx

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  5. Good to see you back Lee, and with such fabby flowers, who'd have thought a used teabag could give such a gorgeous colour...won't moan at hubby again for leaving them on the teabag thingumy and not putting them in the bin lol.

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  6. Wonderful flowers as always Lee! I love that fabulous, flowery lace. I wondered where that lovely smell was coming from. So ggod, it's drifted all the way up here!

    Sorry to hear you have been ill. I reckon the doc would say you had a virus (aka "I haven't got a clue but I'm not going to admit that to the patient!").

    Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog, and for all your support and encouragement. You really are a lovely person my dear. Maddy x

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  7. OMG Lee these are totally gorgeous! I can just imagine how lovely they smell too - you really are a star! I wanted to send you a card for your birthday! Don't have your address could you email it to me please Hunny, you'll find my email on my watermark.
    Hope your'e feeling better - there are so many nastt lurgy's around!
    HUgs Laurie xx

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  8. These are stunning Leee, you are such a clever girl with all these makes. And a lovely smell taboot.

    B x

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  9. Late Happy Birthday to you!!!!!
    Your flowers very beautiful, specialy centers of the flowers. I love bling.
    Hugs Nataliya

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  10. Wow these are stunning so beautiful and delicate i love them. Happy belated birthday. Hope your feeling loads better now. xx

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  11. Very Pretty Lee!
    Hope you are feeling much better now!
    hugs Alyson x

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  12. These are so beautiful Lee! Love the effect the tea soak has given to the lace.
    Hope you had a good Birthday even if you did have the Loopy Lergy!
    Feel better soon x
    Wendy x

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  13. Lovely vintage looking flowers!
    Re my ribbon storage... I love your loopy idea but sadly I've no wall space left to do mine that way. It would be to long hanging over my table... back to the drawing board but thanks anyway.
    Love JoZarty x

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  14. Lovely vintage looking flowers!
    Re my ribbon storage... I love your loopy idea but sadly I've no wall space left to do mine that way. It would be to long hanging over my table... back to the drawing board but thanks anyway.
    Love JoZarty x

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  15. Wow, thee flowers are so gorgeous. Glad you're feeling better :)

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  16. what stunning flowers, no matter what the real colour, these look fab..... I love the smell of vanilla as well, pleasd you are feeling better
    Tilly

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  17. Ooooohhhhhh, these are gorgeous! You clever thing. xx

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  18. Gorgeous, pretty, fabulous, just love them Lee and so wished I could smell them, love vanilla, fab idea to dye the lace too! Love Jayne. x x

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  19. So very pretty Lee...and so sorry you have been feeling poorly sweetie...hope you are on the mend now and sending a mahoooosive hug you way...Vicky xx

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  20. Loving the lace flowers and what a good idea using tea. They are so pretty xx

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  21. These flowers are so pretty Lee. Hope you had a fab birthday and you are feeling much better today. Tinaxx

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  22. Oh Lee! Your flowers are breathtaking! Those centres are awesome! So sorry to hear that you weren't feeling well after your birthday weekend... If you had spent your days in my country we would have known what had caused it... Carnival ;-) Glad you're ok again, humor's still there ;-) Ira x

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  23. Beautiful flowers Lee, love them. Keep all these fabulous ideas coming. Debs xx

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  24. Hi Lee, So sorry to hear you've been unwell, but glad it's better now....bet your flowere smell as beautiful as they look :) They are scrummy, Hugs, Teresa x

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  25. I was wondering what our little Loops had gone!? Hope you feeling way better. Your lacey flowers are so gorgeous! Good job we don't have smelly vision or I would want some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting ... rats I now want cake lol Karen x

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  26. totally awesome so pretty and you are so so so talented you are so ace :)
    Hugs Kate xx

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  27. Simply stunning, i'm loving the pearls in the middle, Luv Sam x

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  28. Ok....I'm in Manchester, my son is in Bangor, so pop some of these in his letter box, and he'll fetch them to me on Saturday, when he comes home for the weekend....haaaa!
    Simply elegant, and very gorgeous...hope you feel better!

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  29. Stunning flowers i love the vintage look how clever are you.
    Hope you are feeling better now after going to bid with something lol that made me laugh.
    (hugs)
    Trish (-:

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  30. These are just gorgeous. I bet they smell lovely too.
    Hope you had a good birthday and sorry to hear you have not been well.
    Mags
    x

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  31. wow wow and wow Lee these are truly stunning sweetie! Glad you had a fabby birthday! Hope you are right as rain and healthy soon! Hugs rebekah xx

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  32. Hi Dear Lee! hope you feel better now!!! Hate to get ill :( Stunning flowers, my dear! Hugs!

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  33. wow these are beautiful lee.love the gorgeous vintage look of them ;D
    i hope you are feeling better soon hun.

    xx coops xx

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  34. Happy birthday to you ,Lee!
    Hope you are feeling much better today.
    Ohh...stunning flowers !!!

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  35. STUNNING!!!!! flowers Lee, I just adore the scrummy centre's and pretty lace. Hope you're well hun and I can't wait to see your journal.

    Hugs

    Donna x

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  36. WOW stunning flowers Lee,they are gorgeous... happy birthday,hope your feeling better
    Hugs Lorna xx

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  37. Oh Lee i am so sorry i missed your birthday hun.Also that you have been poorly,glad you are feeling better.Your creations are AWESOME soooo darn pretty n clever.You are the Queen of Flower Creations.Big Huggles xxxx ps:How's that cheeky Nimbus. xx

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  38. Hi Lee, Sorry to hear that you have not been well and on your birthday as well, These flowers are stunning as always love the colour and the centre buttons, simply stunning.bernice x

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  39. Hi hun, glad you are feeling a bit better now, your flowers are beautiful as always, I haven't done any tea dying for years, beetroot is another good one to use as a die but you can end up with pink hands for days with beetroot lol. I love the blingy centers that you made for these and the ruffled lace looks fantastic
    Lindsay xx

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  40. The centres in ur flowers are ALWAYS gorgeous, luvin the lace, glad to hear you are feeling better have a great weekend.
    Chris x

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  41. Oh my gosh Lee, these are just gorgeous, such wonderful shabby flowers. You have made them beautifully and love the tea dye.
    Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  42. Oh My..these are stunning!
    I love handmade flowers, but sadly, I'm pretty useless!
    I love the tea dye colour (my mostly used Distress ink colour)

    Sorry you've been poorly, and I hope you are back to full Loopyness now:)

    Hugs Elaine xx

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  43. BEAUTIFUL flowers! loving your blog..you are too funny and crafty, too! i'm gonna follow you so maybe i can learn a thing or 13! lol <3 hl

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  44. Oh wow this are so gorgeous hunny....get them on Etsy! I am glad you are felling better honey not a nice 'Something' to get for your birthday is it! Happy belated birthday sweetie.....it's mine tomorrow and my ears are itching too so I hope I don't get the same 'Something' for my birthday as you did lol xx

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  45. Hi Lee, I have come across your blog while blog hopping, I dont think I have giggled soooo much, your posts are funny! I adore your flowers they are fab!
    Hugs
    Kat x

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  46. These are beautiful Lee, love the color and the pearl centers...just gorgeous!
    Sorry you've not been feeling well...I don't know, I think it still may have something to do with your wild birthday celebration! ;) LOL!
    Take care and get plenty of rest so you are at 100% Loopy-ness soon!

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  47. think it must have been the excitement of your birthday that made you get the lurgy lee,loved your lace flowers,x

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  48. Wow Lee these are beautiful,I love the delicate look to them,might have to have a go at making some,bet they won't be any where as lovely as yours...Have a lovely week...
    Mandy x

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  49. WOW! You are just the flower Queen! Gorgeous vintage makes! Hope you are feeling better and more noisy! Kimx

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  50. Hi Loops

    Your flowers are beautiful, so pretty :) wish I could make gorgeous flowers like you hun!!

    Hugs Ann xxx

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  51. So sorry I missed your birthday Lee!! Hope you shake the loopy lurgy soon though :-). Fabulous flowers, bet they smell good enough to eat!! I love vanilla!!

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  52. oooohhhhh I have loads of scraps of lace Lee, I must have a go at these...wow they are stunning
    Mina xxx

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  53. Gorgeous,Lee - you're way too clever for your own good!! Hope you're better now. I do hope we can meet up soon at the fair in Belfast - I'd love to meet you if we can get together there. Speak soon,
    Ruth x

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  54. Oooh these look scrummy, hope you are better now :) Viv xx

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  55. **** Lee **** there is something special on my blog for you, if you wouldnt mind going to collect it, xxx

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  56. These are simply stunning Lee, you really do make them beautiful, I love your centre pearls and diamante...I can almost smell the vanilla..oops that's my candle :o)
    Thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving such a lovely comment.
    Hugs Teresa xx

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  57. Yummy & totally beautiful!!! I love tea on so many levels Lee!!! Stopped by to let you know my Shabby Chic Card featuring one of your blooms won at Guylous Inimitability! http://guylousinimitability.blogspot.com/2012/03/and-winner-of-our-girly-girly-challenge.html
    If you want to use this to promote your flowers please feel free!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  58. did miss ya :) so pleased your back

    had a comment after your several that said I had a pop up - thought to myself nope I don't as Lee has not e mailed me :)

    Hugs Kate xx

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  59. OMG these are stunning, well done you. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    Maureen..........x

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  60. Hi loops, I have missed your humour hun, love your flowers so beautiful, the smell is divine too,lol,

    hope your feeling better, bugs and winter who'd have em lol, hugs Liz xx

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  61. The birdcage is so decorative. Love how you have added some leaves to it too. Gorgeous flowers.

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Helloooooo! Anybody out there??!! Hey....there you are! Thanks for leaving a comment and stopping by my Blog. Lee x