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Sunday, June 23, 2013

I have a project to share today, but first I would like to express support for my fellow Albertans in the Southwest who are presently dealing with floods of epic proportion.  My thoughts and best wishes are with you at this challenging time. 

“Encourage yourself by encouraging others. It’s tough to encourage others without lifting your own spirits up.”
~Kevin Ngo~

My granddaughter will be having her first Dance Recital soon.  It is traditional to bring flowers for the dancers after the recital is over, so I decided that instead of fresh flowers, I would make a handmade bouquet.

Tammy, at Flying Unicorn, has issued a challenge this month asking us to turn trash into treasure!  I got to thinking that a toilet paper roll would make a good handle for a bouquet, so I made the bouquet with this challenge in mind.  In order for the bouquet to stand on its own, I glued the roll to a chipboard bottom that was covered with embossed paper.

I also covered the roll itself with embossed paper.

I added embellishments by gluing flowers to 1/8" wooden dowels, butterflies to pieces of floral wire, and added bits of ribbon, netting and other bling here and there. 

The focal piece is a beautiful digital image from AuroraWings, a wonderful artist that I stumbled upon on Etsy.

My finished gift for Emily!

Check out the challenges that Flying Unicorn is hosting this month.  There are all sorts to choose from, and they are all a lot of fun.  Give it a try.  You will find a wonderful group of people on the Flying Unicorn forums!

And if you love ballerinas, fairies, kittens, and beautiful girls surrounded by flowers, go to Mitzi's Etsy shop - they are a treat to behold!

Hope this upcoming week floods you with SUNSHINE!!



  1. Linda! This is absolutely stunning! And a toilet paper roll...no one would ever guess! Love that image - how perfect for a dance recital :)

  2. I love the step-by-step and close-up photos, Linda. Such a beautiful gift for your granddaughter. <3 Thank you again for using my digi! :)

  3. This is gorgeous Linda! Beautiful arrangement and the perfect image. Your granddaughter will undoubtedly be thrilled to receive it.