Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hello, October. . .




Hi, sweet friends, and Happy October!

The mornings and evenings have cooled down quite a bit here
{ we've already had frost }
and the trees have turned a pretty golden yellow color.
Fall is in the air. . .




Since we've had frost I lost my outdoor flowers. . .sad, but it happens.
I miss seeing the cheerful colors on my porch
so I decided to bring the cheerfulness inside by making this colorful bouquet.

Let me show you how I made the flowers, my friends. . .

Supplies:

wire stem 
scrap fabric
spiky/shabby roses {I found mine at Hobby Lobby}
center embellishment
hot glue gun and glue
Spanish moss
vase
ribbon
sewing needle
thread




Cut a strip of fabric that is about 3.5-inches wide and about 10-inches long 
{the longer your strip is the fuller your flower will be}.
Fold the strip and sew a gathering stitch along the raw edges.




Bring the ends together and sew both ends to one another.
You should have a small gathered flower like the one below.




Punch a small hole through the center of the spiky/shabby rose
{ I used a small hole punch }.




Poke one end of the wire stem through the hole and bend the top.




Apply hot glue to the bottom of the gathered flower
and place it on top of the spiky rose and bent stem.
I applied another spiky rose to the bottom side 
so that it has a nice finished look
{ sorry, no picture of that }.




Apply the center embellishment with hot glue.






Fill your vase with Spanish moss
and tie some pretty ribbon around the top.




Keep your home happy and colorful
with your own handmade flowers.






October's poplars are flaming torches
lighting the way to winter.
- Nova Bair -




Enjoy this beautiful month, sweet friends.
Love. . .Hugs. . .Blessings
to YOU!

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69 comments:

mari said...

October is such a beautiful month! It comes so brightly... :0) mari

Vee said...

We have not yet had frost, though I was shocked to see the state of my flowers and plants. I will bin the petunias later today. Makes me feel sad. So seeing your cheery flowers has put a grin on my face.

mamasmercantile said...

What a great project, they certainly make you smile. We haven't had frost yet but it is forecast for next week, although the mornings and evenings are cool.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie,
Oh that is too bad that you already have had a frost and killed your flowers!
Inspite of that happening you made the cutest fabric flowers. I love that red checked fabric and cute buttons.
Thank you for sharing with us how to make one.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Julie xo

NanaDiana said...

Aren't you a clever girl? I LOVE those flowers! They are just darling and make me smile. Happy Fall to you. Do you know we have not had the first frost here yet? That is UNHEARD of for us! Cross my fingers- I know it is coming. xo Diana

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

we won't have frost for a few months, Stephanie, and I'm still enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.
Your little flowers are like cheerful, happy faces and sure to brighten anyone's day, as they did mine! xxoo

Kira Brennan said...

I love it!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

You are so creative!! I can't believe you hand stitched your own flowers and they are so cute. I'm hoping our first frost is another month away. My garden is doing so well right now.

Michelle makes and bakes said...

so cutexx

Tamara said...

Your flowers are so cute and pretty. You are very creative, my friend. And your photos are always so sharp and gorgeous. It is sad when the flowers are touched by the frost :( but I love the way you just go with it and make it into something positive<3 We are having an unusually warm fall here n the AZ mountains.. The days are still in the low 80s.
Thank you for sharing your lovely flower arrangement with us and have a blessed day.

Hugs,
Tamara

Jill said...

Oh I just love these!!! October is one of my favorite months :-) Have a great day1

Blessings,
Jill

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful flowers, dear Stephanie!
I almost forgot to write this comment because I just stayed admiring the lovely links in your sidebar, especially the baking ones. :)
Your blog is such a blessing. Happy October!

Christine said...

Aren't those flowers just delightful! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!
Enjoy this beautiful fall month, dear Stephanie!

Linda Walker said...

Very cute Stephanie! Yes it has cooled here too, picked my hydrangeas the other day and brought them in to enjoy. Your sweet flowers are a bright spot for sure! Enjoy!
Xo
Linda

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Happy October, Stephanie! It's always sad when the flowers fade away, but you have crafted the sweetest replacements! Love the little 'buttons' in the center, too! Thank you for sharing these. Blessings for a beautiful weekend. xo Karen

Diane said...

Hello Stephanie!

Shame on me for not posting sooner. I have had a litany of medical tests recently and have been reading but not replying.

Your posts always cheer me up! Fall is here in central Florida. Temps have dropped from the high 90's to the mid 80's. It's wonderfully sunny without being sweaty. It's wonderful!

Love your ability to craft at a moments notice. I hardly do any crafting any more - used to be a passion with me. Sigh.....

Have a blessed & beautiful day, dear one!!

D : )

susan said...

These are just beautiful! You're very creative. I love this time of year too - love the breeze floating through the open windows.

Debby Ray said...

Adorable little red gingham flowers! No frost here yet but bunches of rain and are now under a flood warning and starting on Sunday, hurricane warning! I may just be floating on out of here!! Happy October 1st, dear Stephanie :)

Daniela said...

My darling, your flowers are even nicer than those you had in your porch, I'm sure ;) !
Your creativity is truly boundless, sweet Stephanie !

Blessings and love to you,
with much, so much love
Dany

Denise said...

such a cheery post, thank you

Mari said...

I'm thankful for October too - I love the beautiful colors that will soon be coming. I must admit, that thankfulness comes with a bit of trepidation, for the winter that is not too far behind. :( But - each season has it's own beauty and joys!
Your flowers are just as cute as can be. You are so talented!

Simply Linda said...

To cute, what a happy post....thankful for October as well...no frost here yet, but tonight it is suppose to be 36*...so we shall see. Blessings

Lowcarb team member said...

October is a great month and there is much we can do to bring colour and joy.

All the best Jan

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Handcrafted flowers are the next best thing to the real thing and yours are too pretty!

Joan Siegmund said...

What a lovely blog to read on a wet and dreary day. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love October and your sweet flowers are perfect for Fall indoors! I used to live along a row of poplar trees. They are absolutely gorgeous in the Fall....brilliant yellow!

Ana said...

These are so pretty Stephanie! They would definitely cheer any room right up. Wishing you a wonderful October.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Kim said...

Your enchanting flowers would add a burst of colour to any autumnal, October day, Stephanie!! These are sooooo very pretty; from the bright and happy gingham outer petals, to the wispy, white concoction underneath....and then of course the whimsical buttons sitting atop....not to mention the receptacle they are displayed within, cinched with the pretty ribbon streaming down.....just perfect!!

Mimi said...

Oh Stephanie dear! What gorgeous little happy blooms you've created with bits of nothing. I love them so much! I'm sending you biggest hugs today, for the two new friends I've made through your teacup exchange. What special ladies they are and I know you must have thought long and hard about making me their companion. I am so grateful for your blog, your sweet posts, and the effort you make to bless our lives. Lots of love, Mimi xxx

Faye Henry said...

So sweet and Happy Fall to you, dear friend...xo

Red Rose Alley said...

These are so cute, Stephanie. I smiled when I saw the ladybug one, as I love ladybugs. It's nice to hear that it's cooler now where you live. Oh, how I love October. It's Jess' birthday month, and I was wondering if I could use this sweet picture and quote for her birthday on Monday? It reminds me of her SO MUCH, as she had pretty blonde hair when she was little....still does.

I love to see all the craft projects you make, Stephanie. They are very creative and wonderful. Your home must look so cheerful with these handmade flowers you made.

Happy October, dear friend.

love, ~Sheri

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stephanie, I love Octobers too and this special time of year. Your creation is simply adorable. I love it and the incredible talent that you have and share through your designs. This is darling. So cheerful!! Hugs and Blessings for a wonderful month my friend.
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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So sweet and cheerful, Stephanie. Thank you for showing us. It looks simple enough for a party activity.
Thank you for you sweet visit earlier today.

xoxo Su

Conniecrafter said...

These are so pretty, neat idea with the layering and that center with the ladybug is too cute, I love the moss to hide the stems. So we missed the color by a couple weeks, we are getting a little color on a couple trees in our area but it shouldn't be too long now because we are starting to get cooler night.

Margie said...

Your flowers are super cute, Stephanie! Happy First Day of October!

Mary Hutchins said...

Your creations are always so pretty! Happy October!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So adorable Stephanie! Love how sweet they are, and doable. Thanks for sharing. :)

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, What a cute way to bring the flowers inside as very soon the snowflakes will be flying. Loved the center of them...
Hugs, Roxy

Debbie said...

This is a great craft to add some prettiness during winter as well. I am famous for bringing home fresh flowers from the grocery store. I have to remember this next time I get my craft on. Autumn is my favorite time of year!!!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

These are so cute, I love them! And... I am anxiously waiting here for our colors to change. Still all green here, except for the crops. Those are drying and turning brown. It does make for a pretty contrast on the hills :)

hobbyloes said...

Oh Stephanie, you are so creative!
Your flowers are so beautiful and cheer up your home, so nice when most of the flowers outside are gone.

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh your little flowers are perfectly darling and so very bright and cheerful!

Dear Stephanie...there is always so much beauty, inspiration and JOY on your blog...it makes me smile!

Blessings to you and have a deligthfully creative weekend!

Hugs,
Kelly-Anne

Alex said...

Creative genius! That's you. How could any one not feel cheerful after seeing those?
They will be on my long term to-do list for sure. I have never actually made one of those yo-yo things, but at least I know how, thank you.
Hugs, as always!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning old friend....this is a stunning time of year, and I am loving the slow change. I need to take my camera with me to work so I can try to capture some of the color on my way home. Enjoy your weekend!

Shoregirl said...

Fall is my favorite season!! Love the cool crisp air and everything that goes along with it!
What a lovely little bouquet -- it's sure to brighten up your day!

Anna said...

Lovely flowers !!! Perfect to watch October's beauties from the porch !
Have a cosy weekend !
Anna

Dee said...

Stephanie, your flowers are lovely and those cute little buttons were the perfect touch. Thanks for the tutorial, too. I just may give this project a try. Have a wonderful weekend... :)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, what absolutely beautiful and fun flowers you've made for your table, and I love the doily and their setting. It's amazing how you've used these simple items to make such cheery flowers, and do I ever love that ladybug button. It's perfect. I'm so sorry your real flowers were caught in the frost, but what a delight God has given you. You were able to make your own...such a wonderful reminder that He gives us good things, and sometimes we have to work for them. What a delight today, dear Stephanie! Hugs!

Kelly Deal said...

I love October too! I love your flowers, mine are still out! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Denise said...

Always nice dropping by to visit with You Stephanie.I love Autumn too and get excited each Year at it's arrival.Your flowers are darling,thank You for the demo.I have been wanting to make Yo yos and I think it's very similar to Your flowers.Have You ever visited Holly at Cutie Pie Cottage? I think You would enjoy Her blog and Yo Yos. Blessings and hugs Denise

Robyn said...

As much as I fight the end of the summer, once I give in to Fall, I always remember how I truly love it. The colours, the food, the crisp bite in the air.
I love your creations, Stephanie, and this is no exception. Such a perfectly lovely way to welcome the season!
Happy Friday to you, sweet friend. Love and hugs. xxo

Amy said...

Fall is finally in the air here! It's been a long time coming....the nights are getting cooler and we have had some cooler days as well. We have even gotten a bit of rain...so refreshing!
This is such a fun and colorful craft. I do love my fresh flowers and this is the perfect alternative to keeping it colorful and pretty throughout the cold months... I have made some dried flower bouquets and they bring as much happiness as the real...
It's always nice to get crafty and create some loveliness in our homes!
I hope you are well. Enjoy the season...
Hugs Stephanie!
Amy

Amy said...

Fall is finally in the air here! It's been a long time coming....the nights are getting cooler and we have had some cooler days as well. We have even gotten a bit of rain...so refreshing!
This is such a fun and colorful craft. I do love my fresh flowers and this is the perfect alternative to keeping it colorful and pretty throughout the cold months... I have made some dried flower bouquets and they bring as much happiness as the real...
It's always nice to get crafty and create some loveliness in our homes!
I hope you are well. Enjoy the season...
Hugs Stephanie!
Amy

My thrift store addiction said...

Your fabric flowers are so lovely ~ adorable lady bug button!

Bethany Carson said...

You did a lovely job on your flowers, Stephanie! October is a beautiful month. I don't like that it's getting colder, but I'm incredibly thankful for the lovely weather we've had. Today even I was out in my shirt-sleeves!

Gina said...

Stephanie, how delightful! Happy October to you!

Have a Daily said...

So cute Stephanie! Love anything red checkered and the buttons are darling. Can't believe you had frost already. Can you believe we had above average temps on Thurs. and then today it rained and we even got hail. My pots were still really pretty, but the hail may have ruined them. Oh well, it's bound to happen. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

All4 Barbie said...

Hello from Spain: In my country is doing too cold. Autumn has arrived. Nice photos. Keep in touch

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Very, very cute! They will definitely lengthen your summer!

Mila Myk said...


So beautiful!
I hope you will share your post with Idea Box:
http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/10/idea-box-thursday-link-party-30.html

xx
Mila

Oliva Ohlson said...

Welcome to October!

Your flowers are beautiful and will bring cheerfulness for the upcoming dreary cold months!!!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Perfect for Autumn, but also for Christmas! I love these Stephanie, they would brighten up any area of the house. We haven't had frost yet but the mist has been settling around us and makes it quite eerie in the mornings. Love this time of year! Take care my sweet friend xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Such pretty flowers!! I love that saying from Anne about Autumn at the start of the post too! xx

Cheryl said...

Oh, my! You are SO talented! This is just beautiful. I am so amazed at how God works to create such beauty through your hands. I still just love looking at the sweet things you made and our dear mutual friend had sent to me. May the dear Lord bless you abundantly for the lovely handiwork you share here. Yes, I love Octobers, too. They always make me think of my dear Dad...he was born on the 13th, and I love the feeling of change in the air! God is SO good. Sending you much love and many hugs, dear friend!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love that Anne of Green Gables quote. And aren't we lucky that when flowers stop blooming, you create them!

Sheryl S. said...

So pretty, these would cheer any room.

Ida said...

These are so sweet and charming. I was thinking how cool they would look as Autumn Mums.

JES said...

What a pretty and happy project! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

Jessica Pelasky said...

This is so cute!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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