Nativities and Snowflakes

I tried something new this Christmas and offered just two quilled items for sale: 3-piece mini nativities fixed to a base and snowflakes. Both were popular, though the nativities were much more popular than the snowflakes. I ended up selling over 30 sets in about a 3-week window. I am currently thinking about what I want to offer for Spring/Easter quilled items. I used to be able to take on elaborate custom quilling orders, but find these simple offerings to be about the best I can do in this season of my life (maybe once the puppy and the toddler are a little older, I will get back to taking orders like I used to). I deeply enjoy being a small part of your celebrations, still getting to quill, and making a little bit of income all at the same time. Thank you SO much for all who placed orders or got the word out about Twirled Peace over the Christmas season. :)

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Texas

This is another order I completed almost a year ago (my poor, neglected blog!) and I really like how it turned out. I was challenged by this one. Creating the outline of Texas took some time and I had to figure out the best way to go about it, but filling it in went went quickly and the embellishment at the end with the heart and swirls (the heart was by request of the customer, the swirls were just for fun) came about naturally. The customer for this one just happens to be a very cool person I know through my sister and I was thrilled to do this for her.

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Fairy and Unicorn

This order was so much fun to compose. I love the flower embellishments around the unicorn’s neck and the affection between the two creatures was a delight to create. The request was made by a little girl who wanted “a purple and pink fairy with sparkly wings–she is a fairy that takes care of unicorns with flowers.” I love her imagination! The little girl’s mom loved it and gave me what I think is one of the best reactions I have ever received by a customer, which made me very happy. I completed this order back in November (2013) and am just now posting about it. I have not done a lot of quilling since then, but I have noticed that my quilling time comes in waves and I hope to be catching another quilling wave very soon. :)

50 Hearts

My Mother’s Day wish was to have just a bit of time to quill. So my husband took the baby while I made this card for someone very close to me who recently turned 50. Card-making is NOT my strength, but I enjoyed the quilling part of it. There are 50 little hearts here, of course, each one representing one year of this wonderful person’s life so far. She liked the card and I enjoyed making it for her even if I wasn’t thrilled with the look of the card over all. 

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Quilled Baby Gift

We brought our baby girl home last August and this is the first piece I have quilled since before her birth. I’ve turned down a couple orders over these months, but couldn’t resist doing this one as I got to quill a tree and bluebirds! It was fun to put together, but I think this may be the only one I do again for awhile. Perhaps the quilling will come out again this summer when things slow down a bit…

I’ve removed the last name and birthdate (day) for privacy; I’m sharing that so it is not assumed that the red bird is randomly floating in the air. The fox was a first for me and the dog in the grass is based on a photo of the family’s dog. Of course, the 3 bluebirds in the tree represent the happy family. :)

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I haven’t quilled since Christmas, so I was really looking forward to making something for my niece.  She is the sweetest baby and, while I would’ve liked to make something a bit more timeless for her to display forever, I couldn’t resist going with more of a “baby” look on this on this one.  The main focus is a blooming heart flower thingy, which is symbolic of my adoration of this darling girl and for the delight she brings to the world around her.

I discovered that not quilling for four months has made me a bit rusty so this piece has also inspired me to try to get quilling time in more often, even when life seems too busy for this lovely hobby of mine.

Snow

I spent Christmas in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was so inspired by the beautiful snow there that I just had to quill some snowflake ornaments.  I gave most of them away as gifts, but kept a couple behind to hang on my windows here at home (where we have no snow).  2 of the snowflakes were quilled using 1/8″ wide paper strips and the rest were quilled using 1/4″ strips (which is my preference for appearance and strength)… all were quilled in the color “bright white.”  I wish I had gotten better photos, but these will have to do––click on the photos to see them up close.