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Inventory of the Papers

Whelp, I finally bit the bullet and made an inventory spreadsheet of all my paper.

It looks a little something like this…

Inventory

I made columns to keep track of the color family, the name, item number, and size of each of the colors. I did some cusomized cell highligting in the color family for 2 reasons: 1) so I can sort by the field and look at just the colors in that area, and 2) When I add a new color and type in the color name, it will automaticall change the color of the cell to the color I chose (typing red will give it a red background, green will give green, and so on).

I also have a column for the strips that I have on hand, but just don’t have the time to update that tonight. My list will get a LOT longer when i do that, as I know I have more in my binders than I do on hand. I probably will just update that list once a month – that will help tell me when I need to get more paper.

So, what is my inspiration for doing all this somewhat spur of the moment? Whimsiquills is having a 20% off sale until June 30 ūüôā

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The Beehive – New Quilling Technique

So in the wonderful world of Pinterest, I came across a beautiful quilled flower, this one posted below, actually:

purple beehive brooch

What caught my eye most was the pattern within the pettals – it’s no where NEAR anything I had ever seen quilled before. I was in love instantly, and went on a mad hunt to find out what it was.

It is a new technique called “beehive”, created¬†by a creative Indonesian quiller named¬†Susan, over on her blog Susan Quilling.¬†I also realized a short while later that it was mentioned in the most recent issue of Quill America, with them listing a link to this blog: http://quillingmesoftlee.blogspot.com/

So, between doing the laundry, the dishes, making lunch, and tearing apart my entire closet so DH could get in the attic to see why the roof is leaking, I decided that i just HAD to try out this technique, and this is how I did it.

Upon doing some research on youtube of some video tutorials, I figured that the outide shape size that I wanted to use would be a strip around 22-24″ long, and was wrapped around a ruler 2″ wide.

I started out by choosing the colors I wanted to use. I chose 5 colors of my Lake City colors: Fuchsia, Sunset Red, Melon, Yellow, and Spring Green. I wanted the outine shape to fade from one color to the next, so I divided 22″ by 5 for the colors I was using, and tore a 4 1/2″ strip of each color.

Beehive 1WM

I then glued them together in the order I chose to make one long strip.

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Next, I used my quilling comb to wrap the paper for the outline shape. I wapped around pegs 1 and 12. Note: If you are using multiple colors like I did, it may be best to keep the last strip at a longer length so you can end it at the top to help hide the seam. I didn’t think of that :o)

Beehive 3WM

Once I had wrapped my shape around the quilling comb, I took it off and formed it into the shape I wanted, a teardrop.

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For the inside shape, I wanted to have fun with colors, so I started by tearing up the rest of my strip of paper into 2″ strips. I ended up with 9 pieces in each color.

Beehive 5WM

I then glued the pieces together to form a long strip, approximately 39″. To pump up to color fun for my filling, I made 2 strips like this, each around 39″, and decided to curl them together.

Beehive 6WM

I lined both piece together, and started quilling about an inch down from the end of the strips, until the end was in the curl. I then moved down again about another inch and curled again, until I had one long strip of curls! I decided to end my strip when I had used about 20″ of my original 39″ strip.

Beehive 7WM

I then stuffed all of my curls into my outline shape. Note: stuff your shape on a flat surface and don’t pick it up while stuffing, or your quills will fall out.

Beehive 8WM

Lastly, I glued between where any of the curls touched the outline piece or another curl: This helps to keep everything in place.

Beehive 9WM

Ta Da! I used the other half of my 39″ strip to fill another piece. I think I’ll seal these and make them into earrings to sell in my Etsy shop.

Beehive 10WM

What do you think about this new technique? Are you going to try it?

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A Break from Insanity

First off, kudos to WordPress for having an iPhone app with the ability to update my blog while in bed :o)

Secondly, I’m so thankful tonight for the ability to come home from work and not have to think about anything! This past Friday night, the hubby came home from work with a fever, aka the same crud I’ve been fighting with for the last 2 weeks. I’ve pretty much been running at full speed since then: taking care of/worrying about him (my mom implanted motherly instinct at a young age), cleaning up the house, trying to get myself better, and other miscellaneous extra house and work duties. I needed a break.

It was so wonderful to come home to a quiet and empty house that would continue to be that way for a few more hours. ::insert sigh of relief::

I started the night out with a need to mess with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I have been messing with it on and off for a couple of months trying to get it to cut my rose templates out. Hail to the victor, because I got it figures out!

By the time I figured out the how to cut the flowers and the proper sizes for each of them, my hubby had returned home from work again, quickly finding his way to the couch next to me and dozing off immediately. The cutting on the machine didn’t even wake him. Since I know he needs to rest, I made the decision not to cut flowers out tonight, but rather go up to my studio in the attic to finish up my daisy treasure pots.

I started making these pots a few days ago when I really needed a break from all the circles for for my flower earrings. I really wanted to get some quilling done in my studio. Since most all of the equipment to make these pots is in my studio, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Tonight mostly consisted of shaping the pot bases and lids, sealing them, and gluing on petals.

They go nice with my sunflower treasure pots. I think I probably will put leaves on these pots as well.

One thing I do know for sure is that my mom will love them!

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Feeling Behind

I know I haven’t posted very much lately. I just haven’t been doing much to warrent a post. I’ve been under the weather for pretty much the first two weeks of the month, so not much quilling has been happening.

I’m actually feeling pretty behind in preparation for the craft show coming up in November. As it was such a nice day yesterday, I took to my porch and worked on some quilling. Then I decided to photograph what I’ve gotten done so far for the craft show.

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Top Left:¬†Flowers/Molly¬†pieces. These are completed and have been since¬†before the¬†decision to do the craft show, so they don’t really count as “being completed”.

Bottom Left:¬†Lots and lots of circles. Generally, each bag will make about 8 pairs of earrings, with exception to the 2¬†bags of purple/yellow circles. For the purple/yellow circles¬†I started going into more of a mass paper mode for¬†the craft show, doing¬†24 strips of each color at once, then ripping them to size and¬†gluing the 2 colors together. It does take up a lot of time,¬†but for certain colors (particularly¬†school colors that represent the different schools in town) I feel it will be best to have as many pairs as I can available at the show, because they are “school colors” and I really have no idea how popular they will be. In the 2 bags of these, there are enough circles to make 16 pairs of earrings.

Top Right: Green & Yellow Strips. My next venture of mass paper mode. These strips will make 16 pairs of earrings.

Bottom Right: Christmas Lights. These are mostly ones that I had completed before christmas to list on Etsy. I have used some of them, also, for christmas light wine charms. I believe my list of items to complete includeds 8-10 pairs of earrings in each color (16-20 bulbs) and 8-10 wine charms in each color. Since I love math, that equates to 30 bulbs in each color. ::sigh::

On my list I also have some finger puppet princess/prom queens (which I already have the body’s rolled and glued as flat circles, but not shaped and glued), snowflakes (which I would like to dip in glitter) with (handmade)¬†gift boxes, flower wine glass charms, and some paper pots. Right now I’m having a hard time telling if i’m on-track, a little behind, or if I was just way too ambitious for myself.

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Paper World Treasury

I’ve been included in a LOVELY paper treasury! This treasury is part of the Etsy Italia Team Treasury Challeng. Check it out!

Paper World by LunaBluandCo

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Light Blue Paradise Treasury

I LOVE this treasury! Blue is my FAVORITE  color! If I had a December Wedding, I totally would have gotten the light blue snowflake garter belts!

Light Blue Paradise by Vikuska155

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Quilling Storage

So, on my favorite etsy team, Paper Twirlies, we’re discussing different paper storage methods. There are various creative methods of storage, so I thought I would share my storage.

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I actually found this on a blog somewhere, but for the life of me, i couldn’t find it again. So, if you are the one that came up with this storage method, let me know and I’ll give you credit.

These binders are basically filled with sheet protectors, but have been divided in half using a food saver machine to melt the two sheets together. I have a little sheet of paper stuck in each one that¬†lists what color it is, as well as what company its from and the product number for that color.¬†I have three 2″ binders filled with paper like this, and I keep them in a reusable grocery sack.

I’ve tried various ways of storing my paper, and this is the one that has worked best for me. I like that the paper is organized, and keeping them in binders in a¬†grocery sack¬†makes it easy for travel (the last time I took it out of my house was when I was quilling at Panara’s over Christmas break).

Happy quilling!

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