Thursday, 14 March 2013

coils and curls

Speaking of which, (though we weren't), have I ever told you I recently discovered I have curly hair?  It's the sort of thing you usually know about yourself, but not in my case.  I've straightened my hair for years, in my teens and 20s it was wavy, but messy wavy with some straight bits and others not.  One day late last year, my GHDs died.  A few days later, my straightening hairdryer died.  I couldn't afford replacements, so I let my hair be.  And it's curly!  I'd always wanted curly hair...

Just thought I'd share.

I've been threatening to do some quilling for ages and it finally happened last Friday evening, after I'd been off work ill all day.  I'd been hanging around on Pinterest and decided to blatantly copy a design I found there.  Now, I hope it's alright that I stole the design - I'm not planning on selling it, or anything made from it, it was in fact for just one Mother's Day card for my mum. 


I'm also not claiming to have designed it, it was designed by a Russian lady who's blog you can find here.  That link will take you directly to her magnolia card.  These are magnolias aren't they?


I used to quill a lot as a child but haven't since and it took me a while to get back in the rhythm of it.  I think I was too frugal and used too short strips so my coils aren't as full as I'd like.  The on-edge paper stem was really tricky!  That will take some practise.  There are some amazing on-edge designs out there.  If you're interested, check out my Quilling Pinterest Board.

 
I added the glass butterfly magnet myself.  I didn't make it.   Obviously.  Not too shabby for a first attempt.  The quilling papers are still in the living room so I might just have to try my hand at a few more designs.

12 comments:

Samantha said...

I love it!

My nan used to do quilling and made the most gorgeous intricate cards for us! Not saying you're like my nan...but if you were you'd be super cool :)

Anna said...

Vraiment superbement fait !
Bonne journée !
Anna

JoJo said...

Your card came out beautifully. Now that I know you quill, HELP ME!!!! lol I dabbled in it a little bit a few years ago, but I can't seem to find a decent way to adhere the quilled pieces to the paper! They get all squished or they don't stick. What glue did you use? The other reason I didn't pursue it is that it seemed to take forever to make all the little pieces that would finally be assembled and I ended up with glue all over my fingers and the quilled bits too.

Stacey S said...

This is so pretty! :) I think it's totally fine to be inspired by other people, as long as you give credit - which you have! That's what Pinterest is for, isn't it? xx

say it said...

Wow, this is beautiful. I had a go at quilling again this week too and remembered why I don't do it very often - gosh is it fiddly! I hope your mum liked her card.

Jane Galley said...

I always intend to try quilling, but never got around to it. You've done a lovely job with this, I am sure your mum enjoyed it

Katherine said...

Beautiful!

You're kidding that this is your first attempt, right?!?

Jillayne said...

It's gorgeous! I have never tried quilling but it does look like fun - how do you get them to stay put? Must be some kind of glue but I am sure I'd be stuck to the ceiling...

Carrie P. said...

lovely! never tried that craft before but I like the looks.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Oh I love it! Beautiful card! I tried quilling a long time ago but never made anything this impressive!

Celtic Thistle said...

Impressive, I have never tried this so will have to have a go sometime.

Thanks for linking up to New to Me in 2013 too.

made by ChrissieD said...

Gorgeous card Wendy, bet your Mum loved it :)