I find that I'm happiest when creating sweet, whimsical, girlie things. It has got to be the inner child in me still yearning for the playfulness of childhood.
This little pillow measures approximately 5" X 8". The top of the posie has been left open to reveal a pocket where notes or sentiments can be left. I love adding Double Yo-Yo's, or Double Yo's as I prefer to call them, to projects like this to add an extra splash of color and whimsy.
Hung from the bed post or a dresser knob, this would make an adorable Tooth Fairy Pillow.
And now, a few answers to some of the questions that you've been asking...
Joni of The Blue Plum Shop asked how I cut such perfect circles. Well Joni, I hate to disappoint you, but my circles are far from perfect because each one is individually cut by hand. I do have the help of a cardboard template (yep, I'm very low tech like that!) which I make using a paper circle cutting system called Circle Scissor. The blade isn't strong enough to cut through cardboard so I use a pencil to trace a circle, cut it out, and then use the cardboard circle as a template to trace onto my fabric. I've had this circle cutter for a bazillion years, so I am not even sure if they make it anymore.
Missy Ann of Deep Inside Missy brought up an important point about not using magnets on computerized sewing machines after I suggested that you may want to use the Sweet Buttercups flower as a pincushion on metal cased sewing machines. I hadn't thought about that simply because I do not own a fancy schmancy sewing machine. So, please be careful and keep in mind the kind of sewing machine you have before taking me up on my suggestion.
Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works asked who graduated this year after seeing the graduation announcement being held up by the Sweet Buttercups magnets. At the time that I took that picture, the announcement was the closest decent piece of paper I had near me so I decided to use it not realizing that anyone would even notice. Good eyesight, Jackie! The graduate happens to be my hubby's nephew and he graduated from Punahou School, President Barack Obama's alma mater.
Janine of Join Janine made a comment about the Sweet Buttercups project and asked, "So that is what you call a quick and simple project?" I gotta tell you, this brought a smile to my face. I've come to know Janine this year and I can tell you that she's a very talented gal and I know that her question was probably made in jest. But, at the same time, I really do hope that I brought you a relatively simple project. I'm sure that there will be times that something will be "duck soup" to some, while a bit more challenging to others. I do realize that sewing skills and experience differs. So, if you have a question, please give me a holler.
Janine also asked if I made the cigar lei myself. The answer to that one is no. A big, huge, definite, NO. Even if I had those flowers in my yard, you can bet that I don't have enough patience to attempt something so intricate and time consuming. Two thousand flowers? Blech. That lei is worth every penny that I spent on it!
Stephanie D of Scraps asked when we celebrated my hubby's kanreki. We held it on his actual birthday which was this past Tuesday, mostly because I think he's a little superstitious (don't tell him I said that) since it was such an important number. Everything turned out great and he would like to thank you all for the birthday wishes.
Lauralee of Eclectic Stitcher, Marnie of Country Fried Stitches and Connie Gail all asked if I would share the party favor instructions. The answer is yes, but I will need a little time to get a tutorial going. I'm still pretty busy even though most of our commitments have been met. Gals, please know that I will get to it soon.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your comments. I am sorry that I haven't been able to acknowledge each one individually. I do read them all and would like you to know how much I appreciate your visit to my blog. My deepest, heartfelt thank you to all of you.