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Polkadot Door Blog Hop!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I almost hated to press the 'publish' button on this post...Please forgive all the extra empty spaces throughout it--I cannot seem to correct it!! :(








So very glad to see you today!! On behalf of Rebecca and Sarah of Polkadot Door Designs...WELCOME to the very first Polka Dot Door Blog Hop. Excuse me while I wish them a Happy 1st Birthday!! To celebrate, they've planned a very inspiring Hop for us all to join in on and they plan on making this a monthly tradition!! I know they've worked so hard and are excited to see this day finally here! I'm so very honored they asked me to do what I can to help make it special! Thanks so much, Rebecca and Sarah!!


Take a look at the fun inspiration challenge for this very first hop...


Notice the 3 elements?... (1)the "smile" sentiment, (2) the crocheted flowers, and (3) the photo itself. I thought the multi-element idea was a fun one! The rest of the Guest Design Team and I were challenged to come up with our own projects with those 3 elements in mind. While I didn't initially plan on it, I've also used Teacher Appreciation Week as a source of inspiration, as I was in need of some small tokens of appreciation for several teachers and assistants. I thought the pinwheels would be a sweet reminder that summer break is just around the corner for some weary teachers!
I first HAD to try my hand at those cheery pinwheels-n-pots. I used some of my favorite, cheery papers from My Mind's Eye and used the crocheted flowers and buttons for the centers...


I made 3 little pots...
I used a Papertrey sentiment to stamp "smile" on the ends of some wide ribbon...




These truly did bring smiles to faces today...The teachers seemed delighted!!



I wanted to try one that would be more of a keepsake, in a little more "classic teacher" style, so I came up with this...



I had some double sided Cosmo Cricket paper that had "teacher" written all over it...almost literally!...


I really liked the big crocheted flower I was able to use on this one...put a vintage style button in the center. The head of the pinwheel is kind of simple, but I was able to dress things up around the base...


After filling the pot with styrofoam, I cut a solid red circle and then placed a doily on top. Perfect fit!! I wrapped the dowel with seam binding and then made a pretty bow with it, too. Dressed it out further with wider ribbon, buttons, another flower, a trinket pin and some paper leaves cut with a Spellbinder die. I wanted the back to be pretty, too, in case it wound up on a desk, so I dressed out the back with a Papertrey Doily die cut and another crocheted flower and button.




There's a handmade chiffon flower and button at the base.


And finally, the card. I worked the Book Fair everyday this week at our elementary school and saw the CUTEST little die cuts on a poster. Thank goodness I have connections since I previously taught there, and I was able to take my paper in to get my own little cuties! This little guy was hooked together with four other cute boys and girls and was intended to be a border die cut. He was on the end, though, so I just snipped him away from the cute little girl he was holding hands with (so much for THAT romance! They were too young anyway!) to make him the focal point of this card. Look how excited he is to be taking his teacher a treat...




I had ONE crocheted flower left and used it to embellish the card (THANK YOU, Kathryn, for the flowers!!)...



You can see that I stamped the little Papertrey 'smile' sentiment along the ribbon I used.


The tiny pinwheel head looks a little distorted in this photo...it was made with a 1" square. I think that's about as tiny as I would want to work with!!


Believe it or not...I think that's everything from me. Hope I didn't keep you too long, because you have more stops to make! Be sure to comment here on my post, and then visit the rest of the designers below (and comment!) for a chance to win 2 different prizes. There is also a chance to share your own take on this inspiration challenge by linking your project at the Polkadot Door. Winners will be chosen from those who've participated in the challenge, and additional prizes will be awarded, along with the chance to be a guest designer for the June Blog Hop. You can find each and every detail at The Polkadot Door! I hope you'll all join in to make this first hop a lot of fun and a huge success for Rebecca and Sarah.























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Thanks so much for stopping!! Have fun!!


Geri

30 comments:

  1. These are so cool! What teacher wouldn't love them? I've made pinwheels like this before but never thought to put a crochet flower in the centre, it looks so perfect. Love the 'smile' ribbon too. x

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  2. I love your pinwheels!There color is so
    cute!

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  3. These look lovely! What a great gift idea! :)

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  4. What a lovely gift idea. I love how you put the crocheted flowers on the pinwheels, and the little boy die cut is too cute. Thank you so much for being part of our little blog hop.

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  5. Oh my- this is just incredibly cute!

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  6. They are all amazing. What a riot of colours!I,m sure you had lotsa fun making these.

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  7. Fun idea! I am falling in love with pinwheels during this bloghop. :)

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  8. So very cute......lucky teachers!!!!!

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  9. Great idea!! I am sure the teachers were thrilled with them.

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  10. What a great project! I love the pinwheels and it will truly bring a smile to the teacher receiving it!

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  11. Super cute! What greta gift ideas!

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  12. Awesome ideas! Love the pinwheel with the handwritten script on the back and the red with white polka dots on the front - the card is beautiful too! Great gifts!

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  13. I love what you did with the inspiration image(s). The pinwheels are such super gift ideas! Thank you so much for participating in our hop!

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  14. These are so pretty - love your take on the inspiration!

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  15. these are sooooo fun. LOVE LOVE LOVE

    xx

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  16. Your projects just made me smile out loud with delight! FABULOUS!

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  17. What a cute gift! That paper is perfect and that die cut is great. Excellent job!

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  18. these are adorable and i just love love that card!!!

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  19. Such clever ideas. Definitely a smiley gift.

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  20. clever! I love the card most - it's really outstanding work! :)
    xoxo, Stacy

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  21. What fun and pretty teacher gifts. I bet they loved them!

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  22. Super cute pinwheels. Love the crochet flowers!

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  23. Wow Girl! These projects are beautiful! I really like your card with the silhouette of the boy. (reminds me of the funnies boy Calvin - cute, mischievous and lovable).

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  24. I just love love love that card so cute!

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  25. Love love love this as a teacher's gift!! What a cute idea!!

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  26. I luv the potted plants! Such a cute idea for a teacher.

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  27. I love your idea to "pot" the pinwheels!

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  28. What a beautiful project and card! Bookmarking your blog : ) Such beautiful creations.
    Hugs
    Amber

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  29. What a beautiful post. I am little by little catching up from computer problems, blogger's day mess and loss of my dashboard.
    This would have been a fun bloghop, but I may go around and just see all the fun things even though I'm late.
    I just a made a Patriotic Pinwheel for the up coming holiday. Was going to use it on a card for a challenge but it was way too big and didn't have time to mess around making it smaller! Another time.

    Spring has arrived in Iowa!!! Lots to do outside so enjoy and thanks for another fun post.

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