paper flowers! everyone under the sun has made these, so no points for originality here but wow did we have some rainy day fun making them. sticking to my attack of minimalism (no new stuff), i made myself work with what i had: coffee filters, liquid watercolors, crayons, papertowels, ribbon and bamboo skewers. why i had bamboo skewers on hand is anyone's guess, but they were perfect for the job.
i almost caved and went out to buy eyedroppers to apply the watercolor, but i realized that the chance of having a bottle of expired kiddie tylenol was pretty good. sure enough i found august 2008 in the medicine cabinet, tossed the drug and had my eyedropper. with layers of aluminum foil and papertowels underneath to catch the overflow, i scribbled on the filters with crayons, splotched on the watercolors (slightly diluted), let them dry, scrunched two filters together, skewered them with the sticks and secured them with ribbon. they look like 4-H fair prizes to me.
the dyed papertowels were a nice by-product - no revelation there, as i'm probably the last to try that too! but we'll enjoy using those bits for collage.
here's our dirty porch. the glass vases are from IKEA - i decoupaged them with tissue paper, painted and sealed them. fun and easy.
and here's birdiegirl, my little flower helper. i had horror visions of her dumping liquid (permanent) watercolor all over the kitchen but she kept a steady hand with the dropper while i was the one who turned the floor into the blue grotto. right now we're watching an old chiquita banana commercial and waiting for the drain guy to rescue our basement from last night's thunderstorms. happy weekend to you!