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facebook-craftedtobloom-paper-floral-workshop-notice-paperflower-workshop-craftedtobloomGood morning!

It is waaay too early (or late?) for me to be awake, but for some reason I couldn’t sleep. After putting Baby T to bed and crawling ever so slowly (i.e. quietly) into bed, my mind is still swirling with thoughts. We have started Baby T on soft solids and I have been thinking a lot about how to make the new foods palatable to him. I’m probably overthinking it and maybe going a bit overboard since we haven’t even let him try all the “basic” foods yet. Anyways, the commencement of solids means that it’s another thing to do for Baby T, so frankly it’s further reduced my time and focus on making paper flowers.

Anyhoo, I still very much enjoy teaching OTHER people how to make paper flowers, so I’ve partnered up with the Aurora Cultural Centre (ACC) to instruct a paper floral workshop at their location in a beautifully-restored 1886 schoolhouse on Saturday April 29th. The ACC is a non-profit, registered charity that delivers a range of diverse art, music, and heritage programs to the community.

The paper floral workshop will be a 3-hour (10 am to 1 pm) beginner’s workshop and we will be making peonies. I haven’t decided quite yet what type of peonies as it depends on the type of crepe paper I can obtain, but they’re going to be bright, colourful, and cheery to reflect the season.

There is a fee of $48.50 + HST payable to the ACC. Registration is over the phone or in person (a registration form can be downloaded here from the ACC’s website). There is also a material fee of $15 payable to me at the beginning of the class. I promise that I’m trying very hard to stretch that $15 to cover the glue, vase, and a variety of crepe paper in different colours, enough for you to take some home so you can continue to make more paper flowers AND to make this paper floral workshop worthwhile and memorable.

You can check out the Paper Floral Arrangement Workshop course description on the ACC website for more details.

And with that, it’s time for me to go to bed.

~ Jessie

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peaches-and-cream-in-pailI know, I know! It’s been a while since I last posted my thoughts on my blog, but I swear I haven’t been MIA. Well, not really. I continue to strive to remain active (i.e. relevant LOL) on Instagram, posting images of what I have been working on, and of course, updates on my little guy’s monthly milestones. I really can’t believe that he is 4 months old now! Wow, how time flies.

I have been preoccupied with a few projects on the go, from designing a custom wedding bouquet, arranging for upcoming workshops, updating my business cards (they’re square!), and moving my website to a new domain. Yup, that’s right – I’m moving this website to a new URL domain. This has been my intention all along since I re-focused my energies on Crafted to Bloom, but the logistics of it was always going to be tricky. In early January, my domain host suggested that I retain “www.craftedsophistication.com” until the domain hosting package expired. Following their advice, I asked them to duplicate the “www.craftedsophistication.com” website to “www.craftedtobloom.com,” so that there would be 2 operating websites with the same content. Apparently this would maximize the SEO for “www.craftedsophistication.com.” Now that my domain hosting for “www.craftedsophistication.com” is coming to an end, I have decided to focus all my energies on “www.craftedtobloom.com” and to terminate “www.craftedsophistication.com.” I think the new URL is more appropriate, don’t you think?

The tricky part is that all you wonderful followers will now have to update your bookmarks to www.craftedtobloom.com! I say tricky because I know that I’ve followed blogs that have changed their domain names and even with the MULTIPLE reminders from the bloggers, I always think that I’ll do it “later”. Inevitably, “later” turns out to be “never”. Then one day I hit my bookmarked page and the blog is not there anymore! That’s when I curse and go to Google to try to find the website again. Believe me, it’s quite difficult to think of the right search terms (like the name of the blog, duh!) when I have brain fart (which is EXTREMELY common these days – scary I know).

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So in order to minimize the damage, I’ve decided to retain the URL domain name “www.craftedsophistication.com” and utilize domain forwarding instead. Simply put, if you go to “www.craftedsophistication.com”, you will be redirected to “www.craftedtobloom.com.” Once you are redirected to “www.craftedtobloom.com,” you can renew your bookmark 🙂

The other complicated issue I had to consider is Pinterest. Updating the website URL on a particular Pin does not update all the subsequent Pins. This means that the Pin will forever be associated with the URL domain or description at the time the Pin was pinned. So this is another reason why I decided to use domain forwarding – at least for the time being.

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With that, I have to sign off. Some of you have been asking for a tutorial on leaf construction (you all know how much I adore greenery and foliage in an arrangement), so I’m hoping that I can shoot some photos this long weekend for a tutorial.

I’ve also got some news on a workshop I’ll be hosting in April with enrolment commencing in late February.

Happy Hump Day!

~ Jessie

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Sometimes it amazes me how one paper flower can have such an impact. For example, one single stem red rose from a lover. Or a gorgeous over-the-top gigantic flower as a backdrop. Or a simple head band for a baby girl – like the one I made for a baby girl named Scarlett Willow. Her beautiful name immediately brought to mind a vibrant reddish pink, which was perfect as I had been dying to experiment with this colour.

Such a flower would also would make a perfect easy flower corsage!

To realize my vision for this baby headband and easy flower corsage, I decided to use double-sided crepe in Fuchsia/Maroon from The Paper Place; Dip dyed in water, the colours bled into each other to create this vibrant, deep reddish pink colour with dark red edges. Absolutely beautiful!!

I chose to use a dahlia as the focus flower because they come in many shapes and sizes, however, their intricacy and orderly character remain the same. Glued on a stretchy lace elastic, it made a very neat and tidy corsage.dahlia-headband-styled-v2-in-hand-craftedtobloom-paperflowers

It is soooo easy to make and can very easily be made to match a bridal bouquet!

I also experimented with a Rose/Salmon double-sided crepe (without dip dying with). It turned out to be a vibrant coral/apricot dahlia paper flower headband, that I dubbed “Ella” for another beautiful baby girl:ella-headband-paperflowers-craftedtobloom-dahlia

As I was shooting my photos for this easy flower corsage, I simply couldn’t resist putting it onto my little monkey’s head. He was such a chump!dahlia-headband-styled-v2-open-eyes-craftedtobloom-paperflowers

This dahlia headband would make a wonderful Christmas gift for any baby girl. In fact, I’ve been commissioned to make yet another one of these gorgeous dahlia baby headbands for a special little girl. Come Christmas, there will be a very happy little girl indeed!

~ Jessie

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  • SueDecember 22, 2016 - 5:48 pm

    Hi Jessie, I have been searching everywhere for a dahlia!!!!! Wow, that’s gorgeous! Can you show me where the tutorial  and template is? I can’t find it.  Your little guy is precious 🙂ReplyCancel

    • JessieDecember 25, 2016 - 2:01 pm

      Hi Sue! Merry Christmas! I haven’t done a tutorial for this dahlia yet, although it’s on my list of to-dos. Stay tuned! =)ReplyCancel

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