Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bashful Blooming Cacti and Two Scholarly Little Owls

In the Sept/Oct issue of Crochet Today! I saw this:

Well, I gave it a go all the while adding the Willy-Nilly Waterlily touch to it. Here's what I came up with:

I freehanded these little gals and spruced them up with lots of flowers. With their downcast eyes, rosy cheeks, and head full of blossoms, I christened them the Bashful Blooming Cacti. They stand about 6 inches tall including the mini terra cotta pot. I think one of these girls would pretty up a desk quite nicely.

Here's a top view.

I also made two Scholarly Little Owls. These little guys are a little more elaborate than my usual owls. They are made with a tweedy fabric for their tummy, wings and tail; and then a faux tooled leather fabric for their head and back. Their gold monocle adds to their distinguished and intellectual look.

If you're interested in any of these Bashful Blooming Cacti or Scholarly Little Owls they will be in my shop starting this Friday.

So lately I've been thinking about tags. My softies need nice little tags. I've been searching high and low for places that print glossy custom tags. And then it occurred to me -- I should make them myself! And I don't mean print them out from my computer, but actually making them individually by hand. I guess I got so caught up with my spiffy, new MOO MiniCards and how professional they look that for a moment I forgot the fun and simplicity of making things yourself . . . all the way down to the tiniest detail.

Well, here are my handmade tags. They're just simple watercolor doodles and my handwriting. It's not the most professional looking, but it's definitely a lot more personal feeling. Not to mention less expensive! :)

Well, that's all the news for now. I must run along as there is so much more crafting to be done and so little time.

Talk to you all soon!

19 comments:

Ulla V. said...

Your Cacti look much better than the ones in the magazine - that I must say....
And the 2 owls are so fine as well.

The fact that you made your own tags, gives the customer a much better feeling of the artist, if you ask me. The tags are simply devine...I just love handmade ;0)

ViVy said...

I am dying of love for the cactus! are so cute! I did not yet none =(
congratulations for working so cute!

Marce said...

ohhhh! the cactus have the willy nilly touch realy, are beautiful, much more cute than originals!

Carrie Me! said...

Those cacti are sooooo adorable, I love them. Your owls are fab too. I think that handmade tags are much better than mass produced. I have a bulletin board in my craft room where I keep cute little tags and cards like that.=)

Leigh said...

So cute! The tags are a very nice touch.

I've seen other ami catci in the past and have thought of making some, now these have me positively itching to!

Holly said...

Hiya Rima! Oh wow, your cacti certainly do have the willynillywaterlily touch; they are SOOO adorable! I love all their little bulbs with flowers... so cute! The Professor edition owls made me laugh, and your hangtags are really fun!

By the way , you can get the xyron sticker machines at Walmart, Flora Dec or Ben Franklin for sure (of course, Walmart is the cheapest). They're great; show us if you get one and make stickers!

ismoyo said...

I am in love with your adorable cacti!

Milkberry said...

OMG!!
Rimaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!
Those are awesomee!!!

in company with sparkles said...

I love your ability to see something creative and make it completely your own! The owls and cactues bunnies are great.

LindaJ said...

Awwwww - only you can make cacti look so incredibly cute! What sweet little plants they are and not the slightest bit prickly. Very office-friendly indeed! :)

And your tags are sweet too! It's so neat that you're so talented at so many things! Sewing, crocheting, painting... :)

*emilie* said...

oh Rima ! i just saw those on your etsy boutique, i tought i was gonna die !!!!

Sandy Michelle said...

OMG the cacti and owls are to die for!!!

Milkberry said...

Rima!
I hope you don't mind but I tagged you! You don't have to do it if you don't want to okies? Wheee~

Maureen said...

Ohhh.....you gave things such a sweet look....the cactus, the tags, the bunny's and all the rest....really GREAT!!!

I am glad I found your blog.
And will link it on my blog, so many more people can enjoy your blog.

Love,
Maureen

Gina2424 said...

Those owls and cacti are to die for!

florspace said...

Ooooh! Your cactus & your blythe dresses are SOooo cute! wow! What crafty hands you have! ^____^

Tizzalicious said...

I love your version of the cactus!

Pigwidget said...

I *LOVE* those cute cacti. They're adorable - I do hope you've some left as one would make a great gift for my mom (I told her all about my little cupcake). And those tags are fab! Couldn't get much better if you'd had them professionally made... Great stuff once again :D B x

FeeMail said...

wow, i love your stuff! these owls ;-)!