DIY Metal Flower Brooch

August 30, 2012 | DIY

I found some embossing foil at the craft store the other day and bought some without any specific project in mind.. but then I came across this tutorial for making paper flowers, and thought they might also be cute if they were done in metal :)

Here’s what you’ll need

- Embossing foil (something like this. The metal I used was approx. 0.1mm thick)
- Hot glue gun
- Circle punch (mine is about 1″ or 27mm diameter)
- Brooch clasp, or two strong magnets that are attracted (the idea is so you don’t damage your clothes)
- Old scissors

*For more thorough instructions, visit Wedding Chicks blog for the paper version. Other than making them in metal, the only other thing I did differently was to leave 3 circles flat for the bottom layer.

Step 1.
Punch out 10 circles from the foil using your circle punch. Put 3 aside. With the remaining 7, cut a straight line from the edge into the centre of the circle.

Step 2.
Doing one circle at a time, put a dot of hot glue on one side of the cut and bring the other side over the glue and stick it down (should look like a cone). I did 3 circles as fairly shallow cones, 3 as deeper cones, and 1 (for the middle) as a tight cone.

Step 3.
Overlap the 3 flat circles, using a dot of hot glue to stick each together. They’ll be the base. On top of that, overlap and glue the 3 shallow cones, followed by the 3 deeper cones. Finish it off by gluing the tight cone in the centre.

Step 4.
On the back, glue either your brooch clasp, or one of the two magnets (make sure it’s the magnetised side up). Once the glue has dried, you’re ready to wear!

*As an alternative, I left the tight cone out of one of my flowers and instead filled it with craft glue and glitter to give it some sparkle. You could also add a button, or beads.. :)

Workspace Wednesday 48.

August 29, 2012 | Workspace Wednesday

Good morning! I just wanted to start off today by saying how completely blown away I am by the response I’ve received on the 1 year post! You guys are so incredibly kind, and it makes me so happy to hear all the different things you enjoy about the blog. Big virtual hugs from me to you!

Now, back to Workspace Wednesday… I’ve been busy putting together a little DIY for you, coming up tomorrow!

1 Year, and 1 Giveaway!

August 28, 2012 | Miscellaneous

One year ago today, I nervously hit ‘publish’ on my first post for Fellow Fellow, not knowing where it might take me. It’s a bit surreal to look back now and see how much this little blog has grown in a relatively short period of time! Thanks to you, dear readers, we’ve now had over 625,000 visitors, and over a million pageviews. Can you believe it?! What started out as a side hobby to my shop has taken on a life of it’s own :)

I wanted to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone out there who’s been so supportive of Fellow Fellow in the last year. For always leaving lovely comments, sending such kind emails, featuring me or my work.. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

I can try and show you how much I appreciate it though.. how about a GIVEAWAY??

**Please note that this giveaway is now CLOSED**

**Please note that this giveaway is now CLOSED**

Some of you may remember this piece of art I created for one of my ‘Words‘ posts… and now I’d like to give one away to a lucky reader! Here’s the deal…

Prize: One A3 size ‘Want Less Appreciate More’ paper cutout/collage by Fellow Fellow (Shipping included, frame not included)

How to Enter: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about Fellow Fellow blog, and what you’d like to see more of :)

Entries Close: 4th September, 2012 at 11:00pm Singapore time.

Who can Enter?: Anyone! The prize can be shipped internationally.

Rules: One entry per email address only. Please be sure to supply a valid email address when commenting, otherwise I have no way to contact you if you win! The winner will be chosen using random.org, and will be announced on the blog (and via email) on Wednesday 5th September.

Good luck!

**Please note that this giveaway is now CLOSED**

The Wedding Part 2

August 27, 2012 | Personal, Wedding

Well, I’m back with the second half of our wedding photos today, I hope you weren’t wedding’d out from the last lot!

These photos are all about the ceremony and reception. We held the ceremony at a little old railway station called Spring Bluff, on a beautifully green patch of lawn just metres away from the track. There was a train scheduled to go through the station 10 minutes into the ceremony (which had me sliiiightly worried), but the driver *bless his heart* instead stopped around the other side of the mountain until he was sure the ceremony would be over. What a nice guy! He then put on a show for us all by driving through and tooting his horn while we were all eating cake and chatting. Couldn’t have worked out better :)

After the ceremony, family photos, cutting the cake (we decided on cutting it early while people were hungry and enjoying a cup of tea), and more photos in a beautiful field with the setting sun, we headed back to my parent’s house for the reception (held in their backyard). Something I hadn’t expected though, was that our 80 guests had been waiting to welcome us, lining the path, armed with confetti they were all too happy to throw at us. It was honestly one of my most favourite parts of the day because it was a surprise from my Mum, and I had no idea it was coming. On a day that you plan for months and months, meticulously, down to every detail.. it was so special that there could still be some surprises!

Anyway, enough talking.. I’m sure you can get the idea from the photos :)

Photographer: Bec Johnson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Spring Bluff Railway Station
Reception Venue: My parent’s backyard, Toowoomba.
Bridal Gown: Made by my wonderful Mum
Bridesmaid Gown: Also made by my wonderful Mum
Cake: Made by my wonderful sister (as was the gelati dessert)
Bouquets & Buttonholes: AD Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Kylie Nolan