when crafting plans go bad...

If you are a friend of mine (or my mom), you already know that I often take on craft projects that are "too much" in some way...either too difficult for my novice skills, too many steps to complete in the amount of time I have on hand, or just too much in terms of how many I want to make! It's honestly getting to the point where I start a project and just wait for my "too much meltdown" to take place! Sad, but true.

Usually I push through it no matter what...I ask someone with skills for help, I stay up all night to finish, I give partially finished gifts & then take them back to actually finish them (again, sad but true). But in my Mother's Day crafting prep I actually scrapped a project! Like not "put on the back-burner to finish someday" (don't even get Matt started on all of those projects waiting for me), actually stopped forever!

So back when I was project planning...I had a bunch of ideas of things to make and thought I would make something special for my Mom and also for Tracie (bestie AND daughter's Godmother gets you better stuff...sometimes). When I saw the tutorial for this paper flower frame, I decided that they were not only super cool, but that I'd also make one for myself and one for my friend Leslie.

{image courtesy of T. Matthews Fine Art}

So I got a big stack of old magazines and drew my spiral, cut it out, and rolled it up. Not too difficult. So then I did it like 50 more times. I didn't need to draw the spiral even. This was easy. I heated up the glue gun and glued all my roses to my (cheap) unfinished frame and had this...


What felt like 50 roses (cause it took like 2-3 hours to do) was really about 25 roses. And it covered about 1/3 of my frame (and I'm being generous with that math). Do you see how in the top pics they have like 16-25 roses on each of the smaller frames? How small were those frames? I've got 25 roses (made from the largest size magazine I had) on a 6x8" oval frame (with a 1" surface) and I'm not even close to finished!

I plugged on a bit more...


And ended up with this...I was done! I don't know why I stopped (well I mean Mother's Day was here already, but these would be fine for anytime gifts), but I do know that while this project was simple, it was also time-consuming and just not my thing. I did want to share it though because I do think it worked easily enough and if I were to have finished and spray-painted it the pale pink color I chose, it would have been lovely.


So...has anyone ever done one of these frames? Anyone want to try one yourself? I've got a half-completed frame waiting for you!
Michelle Smiles said...

Such a cute idea that despite your frustration with it I have the urge to try it. Good thing I don't own a glue gun anymore(I know - what kind of crafter am I w/o a glue gun?)

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

this would be the coolest project!!! i love everything you find and love the gusto you put into it!!

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