Handmade Flowers (a giveaway times ten)

The last time I was visiting my home city, my amazingly talented and ever-creative friend Lindsay (who, incidentally, has started a fancy new blog and Etsy shop for your online viewing pleasure {and what a pleasure it is}) taught me how to make several different varieties of fabric flowers.

Sitting on pins and needles during the craft lesson, I was the most willing and anxious of students, and I tried to remember as much as possible about her techniques.

Unfortunately, after a few minutes, I was forced to excuse myself to Lindsay’s (adorable) restroom, where I stayed for approximately ten minutes as I talked myself out of throwing up violently.

I had taken ill, you see.

When I went back to the lesson, I apologised to Lindsay and made a hasty retreat back to my parents’ house, because I knew the vomit was only minutes away from surfacing. I don’t know why I caught a little barf bug that particular night, but I did. Within 24 hours it was gone.

I was so embarrassed by my rude exit, but Lindsay said she understood. Luckily, I figured I had been coherent enough during her lesson that I could make all the flowers she taught me when I got back to Canada. Before I started the drive back across the country, I bought all the craft supplies I would need to imitate Lindsay’s fabric flowers, which I intended to do the very moment George Jettson and I rolled into our driveway in Mayberry.

And I meant to, I really did.

Only I got sidetracked with houseguests, and summer school, and BlogHer, and a general life-swallowing laziness the likes of which I won’t get to enjoy for at least another eight months now that fall semester is under way.

It was not until many weeks (lie: months) later that some unexplainable (and altogether unfamiliar) feeling of ambition came over me, driving me into the basement where I had long since tucked those underutilised crafty supplies.

Lugging them all up to the light of my kitchen counter, I proceeded to make some fabric flowers.

I had just one problem: of the four different (and unique) flower-making methods that Lindsay taught me, I could only remember one.

No matter, I decided. I’ll just make a bunch of that one kind. I mean, you can never have too many flowers, right?

Umm, right.

I ended up with twenty-five of them.

Some are white and pink.

Some are pink and brown.

Some are navy blue and striped.

And some are just plain white. (I confess that these are my favourites.)

Some have buttons in the centre, some have gems, some have lace. Some boast singed edges, some do not. They are all different, and I think that’s why I like them so much.

Like them or not, however, it only took me about ten seconds after I finished my marathon to realise that it would be ridiculous to keep all twenty-five flowers.

So I’m going to give ten of them away.

Now, lest you think there is nothing you could possibly do with a handmade-by-Camille flower, just you look:

You can clip it to any blouse to pretend like it came that way.


You can clip it in your hair to turn even the sloppiest of ponytails into a masterpiece.

You can add it to a dollar store headband to make it look like you paid a lot of money for it.

You can add three of them to a dollar store headband for the same effect.

AND, if you’re being really trendy, you can move that headband across your forehead, Rambo-style, because everyone knows that it will turn you cool in, like, less than a second:

Just kidding. I know that would be ridiculous.

It’s too much…

…all you need is one well-placed statement headband to make your style really shine:

But don’t ask me, I just made the dang things one night when Poor Kyle was late coming home from work and I needed to channel my marital frustrations. And now I want them out of my house so they can finally quit reminding me of that dreadful night when I made love to my hot glue gun on the kitchen counter till 3 a.m.

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So here’s how this will work:

If you think you might could get the image of me making love to a glue gun out of your head, and still want a flower, comment on this post for one entry.

Blog about this post for an extra entry (then comment to tell me you’ve blogged).

Tweet this post for an extra entry (then comment to tell me you’ve tweeted).

Facebook it for an extra entry (then comment to tell me you facebooked).

Email it to your entire contact list (or just your Great Aunt Hazel, if you think she’d be interested) for an extra entry (then comment to tell me you emailed).

Shipping will be on me. All flowers will come already attached to a clip. Note that these are not professionally finished (i.e. you can see the hot glue I used underneath). Also, you don’t get to pick your colour—I don’t have time for that—so if you think you can’t handle such a disgrace, take your entries elsewhere.

You get what you pay for.

Giveaway will remain open until Sunday, September 18, at 11:59 p.m.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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40 Responses to Handmade Flowers (a giveaway times ten)

  1. Liz says:

    Camille, those flowers are so pretty! I want, I want!!

  2. Liz says:

    Also, I added it to Facebook. PS- Are you on Facebook? I’d love to be friends! Since, you know, Facebook makes it official. :D

  3. Tisha says:

    I love them!!! I was definitely coveting the one you were wearing in church on Sunday!

  4. Megan Walter says:

    What an awesome giveaway!
    I love the photos! :p
    -Megan

  5. I am way too lazy to do any of those things for extra entries but I think they are cute so this is my hope to win based on one comment!

  6. Anonymous says:

    They turned out very pretty. I’m impressed. When you come for Christmas can you ask Lindsey to show you her tutorial again so you can learn the other 3 ways? Well, re-learn? And can I be annoying and tag along? You don’t have to enter me into the contest; I think I would feel silly wearing one. They’re the kind of cute, trendy thing that looks awesome on other people, but I think it would just look silly on me.

  7. Camille. Did you know that I read your blog? Well, I read your blog. I am coming out of my no commenting policy to tell you that those last two pictures just made my day. So, thank you.

  8. Geevz says:

    I laughed out loud at the rambo headband line with pictures.

    The white ones are my fav too. Not that I will win, nor will your take color preference into consideration. I just want to validate your opinion :)

  9. Karli says:

    Such a cute idea! I want one!

  10. Ros says:

    Love, love, love!
    I have also tweeted and facebooked about this!

    Ros xxx

  11. Ros says:

    I tweeted! xxx

  12. Ros says:

    I facebooked! xxx (I just realised that you probably wanted us to tell you in separate comments! Oops!)

  13. Kristen says:

    Love these, they are so cute! Now if I only I could get over my fear of a hot glue gun….

  14. irene says:

    they look really nice, even if they’re not professional. if you like doing that, keep on and do more giveaways!! ;)

  15. irene says:

    I don’t have twitter but I do have FB! so here it its:
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611555429
    you can add if you want! :P

  16. irene says:

    i e-mailed some of my friends about it so they can participate too ;) xoxo

  17. Jordan says:

    I love the flowers! And since I won a headband with flowers on it from you, but then my dog ate it (stupid dog!) I think it only right that you should replace the flowers I so sadly lost by letting me win this giveaway! ThankYouVeryMuch!

  18. Bambi says:

    Liz Facebooked you and now here I am, I want one too! So Ima Facebook you and maybe email you as well! I’ll let you know once I have!

  19. Niki says:

    You should post a tutorial about how to make these bad-boys! Super cute!

  20. Kelly says:

    Those flowers are super cute! It’s always fun to add something “jazzy” (did I just use the term jazzy?) to a solid sweater or hair band.

  21. Steph says:

    Cute! They are so pretty.

  22. jami says:

    I want one, by the way. Your flower in your hair in the below post is cute…but I was talking about your HAIR! I thought it was cute

  23. Molly says:

    Blogged, FB’d about the blog, and am commenting… so that makes 3 entries?! Here’s hoping you rig it so I can win. :)

  24. Molly says:

    Plurk is like Twitter, only better, if I plurk it does that count as a 4th entry? plurking it now.

  25. julie P. says:

    I love the flowers! Love the flower on the previous post :) They came out awesome Camille! I hope I can get one ;)

  26. Leah R says:

    i’d love to win one, the flowers are super cute!
    plus, shipping is super cheap within the province, think about THAT!

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  28. jacque says:

    i blogged about this give away :)

  29. jacque says:

    tweeted it as well

  30. Leah says:

    I want one! So cute!!!

  31. Leah says:

    And I tweeted it!!!

  32. Granmama says:

    I want one (or more of thoseO I have a brown shirt they would look great on.
    MA

  33. Maple says:

    I would love a flower! :)

  34. Molly says:

    I realized I email my posts to people automatically so theres a 5th entry! Whew! just in time! I’m thinking my odds are getting pretty good on this one!!

  35. Christal says:

    um
    I missed the deadline but maybe it will be okay ;) love all the cute pictures of you and I did notice the cute brown in your hair on sunday!! So would love one 2!! great posts as always I need to comment again I suck!!!

  36. Bambi says:

    I facebooked it!

  37. Bambi says:

    emailed it too…. YAY!

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  39. trez says:

    Hey those are very cool flower… i like the different ways u can accessorize with them… makes or breaks and outfit…. very trendy these days… well keep up the great work… have a most fab day…. (((Hugs ))) T

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