August 14, 2011

Butterflies Are Free...

so, in my usual wanderings i happened upon this
butterfly wreath...
very cute with all those little butterflies made of
beautiful calligraphy and and vintage ads!
but $25?
nope...not going to spend $25 on something that i'm
not quite sure i will adore...
but i had a plan!
{lazy girls always have a plan! usually it involves
lying on the couch...but what do you think they are
doing whilst lying on said couch...planning! The
nuances of this will all be explained in chapter 371 of
The Lazy Girl's Guide To Crafting Crafting From Your Couch
entitled Planning A Plan...While Prone.}




scary, i know. but even though i have a Michael's gift card
i couldn't just run over there and buy a wreath...my roots are
gnarly and i really feel like i need a tummy tuck...so leaving
the house was out of the question! i lopped these off another
wreath...a wreath that every time i look at it i think,
'why are all those freaky little things sticking out all over??!!'




those "freaky little things" became my wreath!
straightened them a little, glued them end to end...
voila!
a n0-makeup-necessary-embarrassment-free-wreath!
is there a better kind? i think not!


now for the butterflies...
like many of you, i am certain, i don't have a ready
collection of fabulous vintage parchment butterflies
of various shapes and sizes...i know...how weird is that?




easily solved! "google" butterfly pattern!
no, i am not just a hat rack, my friends!
i laid the paper right on my screen and ever so
lightly traced...ever, ever so!



next stop, of course, a visit to The Graphics Fairy ...the "go to" headquarters for all your image needs!
and i found some doozies!



then i began to cut out my patterns...
after i had done a couple i had a "u-duh!" moment...
WHY am i cutting out this little wing only to
retrace it on my cool Spencerian script...then
cut it out again??? did i fall on my head?
this project was already nearing my ultimate
lazy girl activity threshold...my brow was near
glistening...i knew i was truly on the verge of
**GASP**exertion! ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!


necessity is the mother of invention...
i am the mother of all laziness!
and if i can knock a step or two of any project
{like, say, only applying mascara to the outer
corners of my eyes to appear well rested...
ok, ok, to appear alive!} i surely will!
so, i went back an traced the butterfly patterns
DIRECTLY on the backs of my already printed
images...my laptop screen is a pretty kickin'
lightboard and makes tracing cinchy as pie!
although, i'm pretty sure it's not recommended by
the manufacturer...am i correct, Mr. Gates? ;}
i only traced one wing since i knew i could just
fold the paper in half then cut once to get a whole
butterfly...ahhhhhhh, can you feel it? the harmonic
convergence of lazy and smart!





and...after all the falderal! i had these...not bad, eh?

next step, glue gun...and since this is a family friendly
blog...i'll leave that part out! much potty mouth and
gnashing of teeth ensued! i'll NEVER be able to use one
without touching that hot, hot glue!








the original wreath had butterflies with reddish-national
geographic-realistic looking bodies...ACK! i prefer my
bugs to have a more Disney-esqe look!




so, i used wine corks.
hmmm...come to think of it...not so Disney, eh? ;}
{although, who among you has not benefited from
a niiiiiice BIG snoot-full of Merlot after a LONG-HOT-
SHOES-MELTED-TO-THE-ASPHALT-WAITING-IN-
LINE-FOR-SPACE-MOUNTAIN-SUMMER day at
Disneyland??!! ;}

and...
the finished product.
might be lacking a bit of the polish that the original has...




but it does have the lazy girl panache!




and lest we forget...free! ;}

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62 comments:

  1. Oh if only my gnarly roots could inspire me to such great accomplishments! Beautiful!!

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  2. I love going on these journeys of imagination with you! My fancy takes flight with your ingenious touch to all your projects and your butterfly wreath is no exception. Guess I will have to start the wine drinking if I want any BODY PARTS! xo Diana

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  3. This is really a neat idea. I may just have to try this!

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  4. Very cleverly done! It looks great. I would never know you didn't have parchment butterflies on hand.

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  5. You are the coolest, smartest, hardest thinking lazy girl I know! That turned out just awesome!

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  6. absolutely fabulous! just fell upon your blog and now it will be a "must see".

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  7. Why am I not following your blog?I'm going to fix that right away.

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  8. I LOVE the lazy girl version best!!! LOVE IT!!!!
    When your book comes out, will you sign my copy????
    sending hugs...

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  9. This is just beautiful. It looks fantastic-don't you love it when it all the hard work pays off. Lynda

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  10. ooooh, I love the way you think and create. this is fabulous, just started a new pin board with your creation!!!! xoxo Debra

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  11. OH my! I think you did a wonderful job at creating your own butterfly wreath. A big round of applause to the coolest Lazy girl I know.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  12. Very nice, you are a creative girl. Well done! I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  13. So delightful, I will have to try this little project myself!

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  14. I just want to let you know that I love the way you write. I can almost hear you talking whilst reading, I am always thrilled to see when you have a new post. Your buterfly wreath is amazing - really, really pretty, I also want one - wine corks and all.

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  15. Well done!!! You are so very talented and the wreath is beautiful!!! Cathy

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  16. What a great project, its amazing what our lazy brains can come up with when called upon to save a few $$$ on something we want. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Hello,


    Such a fabulous project!


    Gabriela

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  18. This is one of the prettiest wreaths I have ever seen. I might copy if that"s OK...stop by when you have some time I am having my first giveaway...

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  19. You are so funny! Smart, lazy, and funny! You Go Girl!!!!

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  20. I like the way you think. This freebee looks anything but. Too bad I don't have any of those weird looking thingies laying around or I'd try making one of these.

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  21. You are the Queen of Creative, the McGuyver of all "Marthas", there's no stoppin' you girl!!

    Yours is better than the original anyway!

    I'm gonna have a craft post this Sat 8-20, my own McGuyver thing. Come see if your not at the beach.

    Hugs, Sherry (humbled by your creativity)

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  22. Love your sense of humor about standing in line at DL. Of course that is still my FAVORITE was to spend a summer (or winter) day. Your butterflies are more fun as they don't all look the same. I like the less restrained look that gives the wreath. I am even lazier-I would have used my Cricut to cut the butterflies out, but then they probably wouldn't have been as fancy.

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  23. Your version is absolutely beautiful, and full of character. Nicely done.

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  24. I kinda like yours better. Not sooooo ordinary.

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  25. This is a stunning wreath!! Thanks for sharing the steps with us. I may use your butterfly idea on a branch that I have hanging in the guest bedroom. How clever you are!

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  26. Marconi's macaroni, where have you been all my life? Love the wreath, and the gnarly roots AND the tummy angst. I'm blog stalking you now.

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  27. Hi Most Sparkly! I love your wreath! You are amazing to have made that sqiggly looking twig into a wreath! Your little butterflies are darling and I'm sure the reason your tiny brow was glistening - it was glitter! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  28. How gorgeous! These butterflies are lovely! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

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  29. BRAVO "lazy" girl! But wasn't cutting the corks into those tiny pieces dangerously close to real work?

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  30. Really Very Very nice idea, I am surely going to try it, thanks for sharing:)

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  31. You are funny and talented...thanks for a great idea and the laughs along the way:o)
    Carrie

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  32. Hmmm...Lazy? I think not.

    I am impressed however. I think I would have just paid the $25 (really not so much when you think about it for such a happy moment) and called it a day.

    I LOVE yours though. Want to sell it to me for $25? LOL!

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  33. That turned out so cute! I feel like every time I visit you, you inspire me in same way or another. Well...you did it again! marcia

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  34. Very pretty and FREE! I'm so happy to have found a kindred "lazy-girl" spirit!!

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  35. What a pretty little wreath. I love yours. very creative of you and thanks for showing us your process.

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  36. I LOVE this. Love it. I think this is my favorite project you've done yet. I need to get me one of them there butterfly wreaths, like, STAT.

    Rummage, rummage, rummage (that's me digging through my vast collection of crap... er... crafting supplies to find the stuff I need).

    ~Angela~

    P.S. Your box of goodies is sitting here waiting to be mailed. STILL. So sorry!!!

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  37. thanks for the tutorial its so beautiful xx

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  38. Oh my goodness this is so creative and cleverly done. You just amaze me..Wow! I want one .......
    You were so funny I don't think you are lazy at all.
    I with you on the gnarly roots and needing a tummy tuck LOL
    I have enjoyed catching up with you today.
    Big hugs, Elizabeth

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  39. Love this post! You had me laughing and then "aahing" at your butterfly wreath - which turned out nicer than the original! True that! :)

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  40. I visited your blog today - I saw you on Bella Rosa Antiques. Your photos are so pretty and BIG!! I loved all the pink treaures....the pink birdcage, pink tea saucer, and pink decor. PINK has always been a favorite color of mine, and we actually did a post about it. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your wonderful creative ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  41. Oh this is so cute and you're sooo funny!!I adore the way you explain your how-to-do!! Lazy, smart girl!
    Hugs from Rome.
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  42. The way you write just cracks me up! I love it and would read even if you didn't have such great pictures!
    Your butterfly wreath is just as cute as the $25 counterpart.

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  43. This is lovely :-) What a great job you've done-and for a fraction of the original price! Well done :-)

    Pop on over to my blog when you get a chance :-)

    Emily
    emilysummers-designer.blogspot.com

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  44. Very creatively made.
    Butterflies are free indeed.


    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

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  45. I love butterflies.....and your wreath is absolutely beautiful...hope you don't mind if I try this one for myself....ciao Alison ( I am adding you on my blog....)

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  46. Wow, these are amazing! You are so very creative!

    I am hosting a fun giveaway & would love to have you check it out--

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/uprinting-giveaway.html

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  47. Great Post! I love it when I read posts that make me smile and amazed at the same time! Your verison is so much better- it looks like a million, and i love your super resourceful nature. there is power in that!

    http://mel-designs.typepad.com/my-blog/2011/08/altered-metal-flowers-from-your-scrapbooking-stash.html

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  48. This is such a cute idea!
    xo E + J

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  49. You're my new hero(ess)! I love your blog. You have a new follower. I just can't help myself..LOL. Awesome wreath!

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  50. Just beautiful! You did such an awesome job of making your own version of the original!

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  51. What also might work... Tea dye some newspaper and cut the butterflies out of that. They'd need a little stiffener, but there's the good old flour-and-water mixture for that.

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  52. Wonderfull. I´l prepare mine...thanks

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  53. I Love the way yours turned out!! You know I did carry this product in my store, and they did fly out the door. They are really pretty and the manufacturer's Image doesn't show their color either, which is very deceiving. I would sell yours in my store too!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  54. Love this tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing! I also LOVE your music!!!!

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  55. Beautiful, I love the way you describe the project, Very entertaining. Love it.

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  56. Gee, and I thought I was the only one that cut corners!! A toast to lazy crafters everywhere!! You did mention wine in one of your posts...didn't you? LOL
    Very awesome! I would love to try this with....whatelse..dragonflys :)
    *hugs*deb

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  57. I know this is an older post but you caught my attention and made my day. You describe me to a T, I love it. As I am sitting her folding flowers for my daughters Shabby Chic wedding I read your post I thought I can do this too Yeah !! All from my recliner.

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  58. Hi just found this post ! Amazing ! Keep it up :-)

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