A Compromise & Flower Adorned Antlers Tutorial

Marriage is all about compromise...amen?

So, when my husband (an amazing hunter and sportsman) asks me to hang any of his prized antlers in our living room and I repeatedly say, "how about we hang them in the closet?" Probably not so fair...?

My husband is incredible at putting my needs ahead of his own, but we still are so, so different and often times...a compromise is what we need to make this whole thang work. Compromise needs to be strong and functional like a deer's antlers, but also nurtured like a flower to bloom beautifully.

Well this weekend when my man was working hard prepping the fishing boat in the garage for spring and I came across this gem...I decided it was only fair to compromise and hang his antlers...but with a touch of bloom!

Of course, I have never crafted with carcass before, so perhaps this seems fairly odd? But please bear with me (or perhaps "deer" with me)? 

Recently I was inspired by this incredible mama's graphic art and my girl Ruthie's nursery for her sweet baby Lucy Joy - due in 5 days!!

Here is what you need to re-create at home. {If you don't have your husbands extra antlers lying around, you can always purchase faux ones....like these!). 

1. I found these stunning blooms at Harvest Home in our home town. Truly, I will take any chance I can get to support small business! {I just hated cutting up such lovely stems}.

2. The most important part of this process for me was adding tissue paper as a barrier so that I would not get any hot glue on my husband's deer. Especially if he ever decides to mount them (sans flowers) some day.

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3. When cutting blooms, the best thing to do is cut the stem a bit far away from the base. If you cut too close, your flower can fall apart...depending on its structure.

4. Arrange your blooms and hot glue right onto the tissue. At first I didn't want to add any greenery, but after the flowers were added, it needed a something extra. I added some to the front and longer stems to the back.

5. Finally, I added a bit of sturdy fabric (you can also use felt) to the back to prevent scratching on your wall and to hold your greens in place.

What do you think? I adore how it gives this space just a pop of the color it needed. And it is the perfect combination of my adoration for bloom and my husband's incredible skill as a huntsman. It is also a great reminder, hanging right there on my wall to see daily, that compromise, love and nurturing one another is what we need.

Please share photos if you try this at home!! I would LOVE to see your creations!

Happy Blooming {and compromising} ;)

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How to Make An Easy Embroidery Hoop!

Creating unique and personalized art for our babe's room was a something I so desired to do.

I wanted the nursery to be vintage and feminine, but not too frilly, so creating embroidery hoops for her walls seemed like just the right touch.

Creating the Hot Air Balloon Hoop in this tutorial, I fell in love all over again with this past time of mine from when I was a young girl and inspired several others (pictured below) for family and those very dear to my heart.

(If you are interested in purchasing a custom-made hoop, feel free to contact me at: BloomPrintsStudio@gmail.com)

If you would like to make one for yourself, I'd love to invite you to take a peek at the tutorial below!

Have Fun!!

Step 1:

Decide what imagery you want for your hoop. I adore the whimsy of the hot air balloon so I chose that for one of our babe's hoops.

Step 2:

I folded in half a piece of paper and drew along the folded edge what I thought a hot air balloon would look like (think the shape of a standard light bulb).

I unfolded it and cut the insides into uneven balloon stripes and cut the bottom off to be my basket shape eventually.

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Step 3:

Decide what colors you fancy.

My favorites are a bunch of mis-matched florals and contemporary designs -- a few vintage, a few modern, a few baby-like.

Step 4:

Trace out your pattern with a pencil onto your fabric

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Step 5:

Heres a little secret...to make it easy on yourself, use an iron-on product that will allow you to easily stitch your fabric onto your stretched hoop. (Something like this).

Cut your piece of plastic iron on paper and place underneath your fabric, making sure all parts of fabric needed are lined up with plastic paper.

Step 6:

You guessed it! Iron it on!

Step 7:

Remove excess fabric carefully with a rolling cutter to ensure a nice, clean edge.

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Step 8:

Lay out your pieces to see how they fit.

I would encourage you to not cut all your fabrics until you are certain you like the composition and how the colors mesh.

(Notice below the rest of the image at this point is my original template).

Step 9:

Cut out any other other shapes. I wanted clouds for this one, and I was drawn to giving the clouds a flat edge as opposed to fluffy all the way around. Your call!

Step 10:

Once you have all your pieces cut, lay them out once more to ensure you are happy with the color arrangement.

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Step 11:

Peel off the back of the iron on paper, and iron on all pieces to your fabric!

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Step 12:

Now that all pieces are ironed on, place fabric tightly over your hoop

and fasten the screw.

Its not time to begin sewing!

Step 13:

Pull the tapestry floss through the eye of the needle only a few inches and hold onto that loose tail as you sew. Don't forget to tie a knot at the other end!

Step 14:

Choose the stitch that best suits you! You can google types of embroidery stitches here!

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Note: I did not add fabric to the clouds. I thought they looked best with a white outline since my fabric was already white.

Finally, add whatever lettering you like!

I pre-wrote mine with pencil and stitched over the top.

Just a little sneak peek of our nursery and the fininshed hoop!

Cannot wait to share our babe's finished nursery soon!!!!

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Have fun friends!

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