Bouquets & Boutonnieres (Part II)

22 Jun

I’m finally following up with part 2 of the Bouquets & Boutonnieres post from January!  Hilary and Matt were married in October of 2014. Hilary isn’t into flowers.  I think that she likes them when they are in the ground and wants them to stay that way.*  But Hilary does like bouquets, so we decided to use faux billy buttons (felted balls about 1″ in diameter) alongside various cones and dried lotus pods in place of traditional flowers. By using these materials, the bouquet should stay intact well beyond their golden anniversary.  As they say, pine cones are forever.

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It was quite a challenge to put this thing together!  I ended up sewing everything through a four inch styrofoam ball, using jewelry wire and a long embroidery needle.  To make sure the bouquet was strong enough to withstand the test of time, I shored up every nook and cranny with gobs of hot glue.  The glue gun also came in handy for attaching the fragile white skeleton leaves peppered throughout the bouquet.

Next up was the bouquet for Hilary’s sister Melissa, the maid of honor.  As you can see, this one is simpler.

felted bouquet

This bouquet is composed of larger felted billy buttons (1.5″ diameter felt balls), fake lamb’s ear leaves and white skeleton leaves.  As with Hilary’s bouquet, the stems were crafted by wrapping wooden skewers and aluminum wire with green floral tape.  Before this project, I had never worked with floral tape and quickly learned to love it. Floral tape is amazing and essential when working with real and fake flowers.

Melissa later told me that she was able to stash a few tissues in her bouquet in case they were needed during the ceremony.  I’m pretty sure they were needed!

Hilary and Melissa with bouquets

And last but not least, the spiral cone boutonierres. For these little guys, the bride and groom came over to my apartment and we made them together.  To brighten up the boutonnieres (and bouquets), we brushed gold paint onto the spiral cones, matching perfectly with Matt’s bow tie.


Before finding its way to a groomsmen, this lone boutonniere made for a great ring holder.

boutonniere ring holder

And here is the lovely couple en route to getting married!

Hillary and Matt Wedding Photo

under Grand Army Plaza’s arch (Brooklyn, NY)

* Side note: Hilary and Matt live on one of the greenest blocks in Brooklyn.  I know this because their block won 3rd Place in last year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest organized by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  This is no small feat– placing in this contest requires not only interaction but also collaboration among neighbors (a rare phenomenon in NYC), incessant litter patrol, and early morning waterings. The banner totally calls it… “Greening Takes a Village.”

greenest block kbrooklyn

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I think Matt actually built this bench. It’s a good bench.

Coincidentally, Sean and I live exactly one block away from Hilary and Matt on the very same street. Our sidewalks look quite different.  My favorite plant is this 15 foot tall weed.  As you can see, it gets a lot of good light. I’m expecting big things from it…Greenest Block in Brooklyn might be moving one block west this summer!

my favorite street weed

Bouquets & Boutonnieres (Part I)

28 Jan

I had always assumed wedding bouquets were difficult to make, but I recently learned this is not so! In November, I had the honor and opportunity to make bridal bouquets for two weddings. After giving me a basic description of what they had in mind, each bride set me loose in New York City’s Flower District and were willing to accept whatever I would create… for better or worse.

The first bride wanted something with a simple color scheme, delicate and timeless- think BHLDN, the wedding wing of Anthropologie. Nervous about working with (real) flowers for the first time and intimidated by the overwhelming options in the flower district, a test run was in order. I scoured the DIY blogosphere for hours, trying to figure out which flowers to buy, what supplies I needed and how I should put everything together.  Then I went for it. I was super happy with the results and sent this photo over to the bride for feedback.

the trial run

the trial run

The verdict was that the overall look and feel was spot on, but the dahlias were a little too dark– she wanted softer colors.  Keeping that in mind, I returned to the flower district the day before the wedding and came back with these stunning flowers.


flowers in the tub

Which turned into this bouquet…

diy bridal bouquet (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

(Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


and this boutonniere!

Paul boutenierre closeup (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

(Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


me attaching Paul's boutonniere in Central Park (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

me attaching Paul’s boutonniere in Central Park (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)

Here is the lovely couple together. Nicole and Paul, you guys are the best!


Nicole & Paul (Photo credit: Robert Caplin)


I’ll show you the other bouquet in my next post.  Stay tuned!


2nd needle felting class @ Brooklyn Brainery

20 Aug

It seems like this blog is being overrun by needle felting posts. I’ve been obsessed with this craft… Bear with me, I have a few different projects in the works that I’ll be sharing. These photos are from my second needle felting class at the Brooklyn Brainery.

Needle Felting at Brooklyn Brainery

Summer Craft Clearance at Brooklyn Craft Co.

22 Jul

Attention NYC crafters! Join me this Thursday at the amazing Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint, BK for an evening of summer crafting. There will be eight other DIY stations. And of course, I’ll be at the needle felting table.

Brooklyn Craft Company

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Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Cost: $45  <<Includes crafts & materials>>


UPDATE: Photos from the event!

Brooklyn Company Craft Night

Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Craft Co.

Felting at the Brooklyn Brainery

29 May

Yup, more needle felting! This past Tuesday, I taught a three hour needle-felting class at the Brooklyn Brainery. The students came up with these adorable creations.

needle felted panda

dog hamster

cute creature

needle felted creatures

needle felted manatee & ladybug

needle felted penguin & mouse

needle felted hamster


needle felting party!

19 Mar

Thanks to everyone who came out to the needle felting craft bash on March 2nd! Check out some of the amazing little creatures that came into being.

needle felted rabbit

by nicole

needle felted creature

by paul

needle felted dog and chick

by lauren (left) & sean (right)

needle felted cheeseburger

by frannie

needle felted chick

by sean

needle felted creatures

group photo

crocheted basket

2 Feb

crochet basket

I made this basket a few months ago at an open crafts night at the Kollabora headquarters in Soho, but I just got around to placing it in my apartment.  It’s the perfect holder for the roving wool that I’ve been working with lately.

crochet bowl1

To make: use thick yarn and single crochet a never-ending spiral.



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