Thursday, January 23, 2014

Build a Valentine Bouquet

Different size and style beaded flowers combine quite well to become a really wonderful and unique bouquet.  This is my latest Valentine's bouquet.  You can find each flower selling separately in the shop.  They would all look magnificent with some fresh roses too.

Sparkly Light Pink Calla Lily
Cream with Pink Tipped Lily
Dusty Matte Pink Rose
5 Shades of Pink Flower

Only a week left of January, which means only a week left of the sale.  I don't see any more big pushes of inventory or anything flower related coming out of me until after the baby arrives.  Take advantage of 10% off today!  coupon code HAPPY1YEAR, in the Etsy shopping cart.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

something perfect for Valentine's Day

Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift?

Are they not so much the pink/red kind of person?
Or maybe they are one of those, "don't get me flower's they're just going to die," people.
You could be looking for something romantic that will last a little longer than a box of chocolates.
Or maybe it's not romantic at all and you and your bestie and having a screw the romance Valentine's this year.   

Whatever your situation is this year, here are a few bouquets that could be inspirational for your Valentine's shopping.  Buy the bouquet or a single flower, it doesn't matter.  Here are some ideas for a not so pink and red Valentine's.

The yellow flower has sold, but email me for a custom yellow one if you like this bouquet.

My anniversary January sale is still going on.  Get 10% everything in the shop for the month of January.  Use coupon code HAPPY1YEAR in the Etsy shopping cart.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Start thinking Valentines

It's time to start thinking Valentine's day.  Looking for something different to give this year?  Flowers are wonderful, but fresh flowers wilt.  Pair some fresh flowers with these fun lilies to create a bouquet that she can keep forever.

Rose Pink Calla

Dark Red/Purple Calla  

Pink Tipped lily  

The January sale is still going on.  Get 10% off this month with coupon code HAPPY1YEAR.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Crymson Flower on Etsy

I just realized it but today marks Crymson Flower's first birthday!  It's been an amazing year and I want to thank everyone for supporting me.  I appreciate every blog view, facebook click, Etsy browse, and sale made.  And to show my appreciation I setup my very first sale.  I'm offering 10% off everything in the shop for the month of January.  Type HAPPY1YEAR into the coupon code box on the etsy page and it should calculate the new price for you.

I hope everyone is staying warm.  And Thanks SOOOO MUCH!


 image was found on Etsy's blog here

I've been so slack on the blog that it turned into the viscous cycle of I need to blog...but I don't know where to begin.  And the weeks went by,  holidays passed, and here we are in the New Year.  I may have been silent here but I've been present on the internet, visiting all my fave blogs still.  Pinning what inspires me or makes me hungry on Pinterest.  The last few days I've seen lots of lists of plans for the new year.  That combined with some very unexpected inspiration gave me a kick in the butt to visit this place and share where I am mentally and creatively and where I plan to go with that this year.

I've just entered my third trimester of pregnancy.  We will be welcoming another boy in early April to our house.  I've found out that when I'm pregnant my creative energy quickly slows down.  I'm less interested in creating flowers and jewelry and more interested in decorating kid's rooms and making quilts.  Instead of fighting these hormones, I'm going with the flow.  So while I had a pretty successful December at Crymson Flower and the etsy shop is still very much active.  I'm not promoting it or adding to it like I was this summer.  Instead I have been spending the last 6 weeks planning, designing, and creating two new quilts. 
A simple baby blanket for the new one.  I found a fabric that was too lush and soft to pass up.  I'm pairing it with a crazy Kaffe Fassett fabric and doing some simple quilting myself.  So far I'm learning the ups and downs of quilting a knit fabric....the hard way.  And a dinosaur quilt for R, to go with his new big bro dinosaur room.  I'm using mostly Kona's and Kaffe fabrics and appliqueing the dinos and then hand embroidering details on them.  I've been wanting to experiment with embroidery and have been very much enjoying it.  But I've also learned that it's going to be an occasional project for me.  I'm starting to get stitched out.  It's a good thing I only have 3 dinos left!

Strangely enough on Tuesday I had a jolt of inspiration.  Creative inspiration.  Beads and metalwork!  I had a lot of fun this summer playing around with wire and experimenting with think gauges.  My brain even started to speak jewelry in a way it never had before.  I was experimenting and attempting to find my own style and voice in that medium.  Tuesday a vision popped into my head for an idea for a brooch.  Which led to a google search b/c my skills aren't quite up to what my vision required.  Which led to a few more ideas and thoughts and then lists. 

Pregnancy does strange things to my already sometimes easily excitable brain.  So a quick inspiration list turned into a 2014 list which then broke down into pre and post baby lists.  Lists that had to do with the baby, lists of what my plans were for the shop, and probably most importantly a list of what my goals, plans, and dreams are after baby.  While it might be most important it is also the list most apt to change.  But for now it feels good to listen to what my heart wants, and I've finally figured out that it is coming from my heart b/c it is the same wants that keep creeping up for years and getting pushed down for financial, special, or time commitment reasons.  I want to explore that.