Friday’s Flowers: Evening Primrose

Flowers are a love of mine and I was thinking about them over the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, I frequently share photos from around my garden of my lovely flowers. During the winter months, I wait for my indoor flowering which occurs in a very short period of time. I have quite a few and a Christmas cactuses and several orchids. Then when they are done showing off, I buy cut flowers and vase them throughout my home.So I got to thinking and I thought of a new series I would like to share with you called Friday’s Flowers where I will use my trusty Silhouette and cut out and make paper flowers. I will aim to post these at least two Fridays a month and best case, every Friday.So our first beauty is called an Evening Primrose. I first bought a primrose over 11 years ago. I was shopping with my mother and I saw it’s vibrant colors and the rough foliage and fell for them. I was happy to hear that they were one of the first flowers to bloom in the winter. Because that is the time of year, that I start to get anxious for the heat to return so my flowers will come back. I placed some in my tree ring in my side-yard and they did come up as planned but I just didn’t think they were good for that location aesthetically. So I pulled them out. I never bought more but still find them pretty to look at.This cut file is for the yellow variety but I really liked the rare blue evening primrose. The contrast is amazing.  I tried to recreate the colors with my cardstock and Silhouette.Now that I look at this image from the internet, I think I will chalk the edges of the petals to create even more of a likeness.

I hope you like this new series. I know I had fun making this first flower.

Have a blessed weekend!


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #431

Hello, my crafty friends! I missed you all last week. But I knew weekly would be nearly impossible for me to keep up so here I am. I had expected to share a completed wreath with you all this week but circumstances have prevented that from happening. For one, I am busy planning final details for my son’s 10th birthday party for this upcoming Saturday. Another is that I found out on Monday that one of my dear cousins lost his battle with prostate cancer and passed on. So I am still in the midst of processing it and sorting out details to attend the ‘Celebration of Life’ event. I was a mess on Monday but yesterday I had to step up to my daily responsibilities and take my kids to school so I began working on a few things to keep my mind from spiraling.On my desk, you can see the glue gun. I have almost completed the assembly of the flowers. I used a little Wink of Stella clear on the insides of the flowers for a hint of glitter. On the left, you can see my continued obsession with the pencils in the dollar section at Target.  I definitely need to quit but now they placed it in your path to the store so I’m hopeless.  You also see the favor bags I am making for Apollo’s party. I designed them on my Silhouette. He is into Minecraft right now and we have rented a mobile gaming truck for the party so the kids will be able to play all sorts of video games for a few hours before yumming down pizza and cake. I normally don’t make such a fuss but 10 is a milestone so we thought it would be fun.This morning after I dropped off the boys I went to Starbucks (another guilty pleasure) and picked up a Chai. Just as I began typing this post I looked up and I have this little calendar that hangs in front of me and I read this months’ words (Every Experience is a Teacher) and had to stop and take it in. I am a big believer things happen for a reason. How timely these words are for me. Often I think we would only look at joyous occasions and apply them but I think these words are so much more fitting for my recent loss. Rather than shun bad experiences and push them away, perhaps I need to sit with the feelings and think about what it all means. I wrote a post yesterday on my blog and I think that was the beginning of that very process. So I won’t repeat myself. But I am a strong believer that we are all life-long learners and even in times of struggle, there are things to learn. I want to leave you on a high note so I will take some time today to reflect and express gratitude for my life and the great people in my life. Have a blessed day and I will pop on over to visit some of you over the next few days.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday),  head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.


What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #429ish

Good morning everyone! It’s already hot and sunny this morning. Yesterday was in the 90s and so humid out I moved like a turtle! So a lovely day to be in my craft room.

On my desk is my latest project I am working on – a fall wreath. It’s a cutfile I bought last year from the Silhouette Design Store. The flowers are mums which are one of my favorites so I can’t wait to see how this final wreath looks.  As I am typing, I am simultaneously cutting a few more flowers in a grayish shade and then I will begin using my burnishing tool to roll and shape the petals. I have a wild looking wreath I recently purchased that I may use these with our I may find the round flat one that is made of a very heavy cardstock as the base.  Another option is that I may cut out one in heavy cardstock that came with the cutfiles myself.

You can also see on the left a Prisma Color chart for my color pencils. I recently caved and bought the big 72 pencil set. I figured, I own enough coloring books to justify having a bit more variety in colors. Yup, that’s the craft addict logic…don’t judge!!

The chart that Cheetarah asked about last week on my desk is more visible today and it is a Hex Chart created by Sandy Allnock an amazing artist to assist people that use Copics with color selections. I have gotten so used to using it, that when I forget to bring it with me to a craft session with my girlfriends, I feel lost.

Underneath the lovely stamp and die set on the right is some new yellow shades of cardstock to use for the center of my flowers. I will be using that on the flowers I am creating for this project.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday),  head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Have a blessed day!



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