Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Hat Box, Cherry Blossoms and
Butterfly Wall Hanging
By Mistra Hoolahan

Hat Box

Hi everyone!!

When my hubby was working, he bought home a little brown 'hat box' for me to decorate, thinking I'd like it.  He's pretty clever because I sure did!  It actually started out as a container for industrial 'o-rings' and often the boxes are stained from oil inside, but this one was perfect.  I finally found just the right everything to get it made!

Underneath the rim of the lid I adhered some Green Tara Lace Trim, and added some sweet butterflies flittering about.

I added a cluster of Green Tara Cherry Blossoms, Roses and an Organza Poppy in colours to match the papers.  One of the Cherry Blossoms I sprayed with watered down aqua paint to get just the shade I needed, then added a couple of big Polka Dot Organza bows.

The inside edge of the lid was trimmed with some Loop Trim, which finishes the edge of nicely.




Cherry Blossoms

I found this gorgeous photo while looking for backgrounds for my phone, all those cherry blossoms and birds... I had to scrap it!  

I have a little album that I create with photos that call to me, usually nature ones... and I find Haiku Poems to add with them, love them!

 I have used Green Tara's fabulous cherry blossoms, apple blossoms and gardenia's for this one, all in such delightful shades of pink.

I tied some bows to accent the flower 'bouquets'...

and used some of Green Tara's gorgeous satin edged organza ribbon, flower edged organza, stitched grosgrain and lace sequin ribbon, along with lace which I overlayed to create some border details.

Cherry Blossoms, Pink - FLC22P
Cherry Blossoms, TwoToned Pink - FLC22PPP
4cm Apple Blossoms, Pink White - FDV044P
6cm Gardenias, Pink - FDV054P

10mm Lace Sequin Ribbon - RB309Wh
15mm Flower Edge Organza, Pale Pink - RB221PP
3mm Stitched Grosgrain, Pink/White - RB244P/W
23mm Satin Edged Organza, Pale Pink - RB16PP


Butterfly Wall Hanging

I also wanted to share something I created earlier for a work colleagueI wanted to get her something special to say thanks for her kindness in helping me out lately but couldn't think what... and then I thought I could make her something... and created this little wall hanging. 

I tried to keep all the tones neutral because I wasn't familiar with her home decor, but it needed just that little splash of red {lucky guess, it's her fave colour!}

I have created a cluster of flowers with Cherry Blossoms, Apple Blossoms, Roses plus a Tutu and an Organza Poppy.

I've tied bows with Natural Jute Ribbon, and also used this to create a hanger for it.

The red Cherry Blossoms were originally white, I just spritzed them with some of Clearsnap's Holly Berries and Tea Party Smooch Spritz to get the perfect colour I needed.

Roses, Cherry Blossoms, Gardenias, Tutu and Poppy

Natural Jute Ribbon


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  1. Wow, these are so beautiful, feminine, and just delightful!! The ribbons you used really are the perfect touch!!

  2. Such beautiful use of Green Tara goodies Mistra. So so soft & feminine. Love the little box, very innovative of you to transform it. Cheers Di xo

  3. so beautiful, love all of your creations!

  4. Just amazing Mistra. You have such a wonderful feminine style and the Green Tara flowers and ribbons look so beautiful on your projects - wow.

  5. wow so dreamy and beautiful .. love what you have done with the ribbons and lace ... gorgeous work x

  6. Stunning Mistra, such beautiful works of art you always amaze me with your talent

  7. OH! Mistra.. all 3 of these creations are TOTALLY STUNNING... Such Pretty Clusters of Lace ,ribbon & GORGEOUS flowers!!!!

  8. This is stunning! Love your work! :)