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Newspaper Flowers

18 Jan

One of my closest friends is expecting a baby boy in early March, and we are hosting a baby shower for her in a few weeks.

The theme for the baby shower is “newsies.” As in the little newspaper boys who would yell “Extra Extra!” on the street corners. The plan is to recreate the style with the vintage look of those newsies, using fabric, a fun color scheme, and newspaper decor.

In case you were wondering, yes, this is probably the first newsie shower in the history of baby showers. How do I know this? Because there is little information on the Internet of how to construct a shower theme like this – and we all know that if it isn’t on Facebook or Pinterest, posted by super-stay-at-home-moms-who-can-plan-and-design-amazing-parties-for-babies-who-will-never-remember-them, then it might as well not exist.

Left to my own devices, some aggressive research, and a trusty tutorial (have to give credit where credit is due!), I discovered “newspaper flowers.” So, here we have something newspaper-ish (check), and something baby shower-y (florals, check). Here’s how you do it.


Step 1: Find printed paper. Or a discarded book.


Step 2: Deface book. Sorry Mom!


Step 3: Cut pages into petals – I did a mixture of 5 different sizes of petals (you will use about 3-4 of each size for an individual flower, and 1 of the smallest size).


Step 4: Curl the ends of the petals.



Step 5: Cut out your stems. I used paper wrapped wire.

Step 6: Glue the smallest petal to the wire, wrapping it around to look like a bud.


Step 7: Glue more petals, starting with the smaller ones and going out to the larger ones. I used about 3-4 of each petals.


Step 8: Arrange petals and create a bouquet. So fragrant. 


Refurbish Your Rubbish

15 Jun

I’ll admit. I still have a few carry-overs of furniture from my folks in my home. And lucky me, since I am a child of the 1980s, those items are almost all some variation of oak.

Oak, any time past 1986, is ugly. It’s big, overbearing with a dark syrupy stain that is a visual eye-drain.

Even something on a smaller scale falls victim to this.

I don’t know why it never dawned upon me to paint this dull little piece of furniture. It clearly serves a purpose (the books on these shelves give me some weird validation to my college degree), but is an eye-sore nonetheless.

So after a jaunt to my local hardware store, I came away with some stellar gray paint to give this little bookcase some new life. Or so I thought.

I sanded down the bookcase (just enough to give some texture for the paint to stick to), and got down to business.

As I painted, the  color was becoming less “chic charcoaly gray” and more “my parents exterior house color circa 1992.”

I followed through with painting and hoped the color would grow on me. I moved the piece inside to “get used to it.”

When husband came come and said, “Cool. The bookcase looks like a newly commissioned Navy boat,” I knew it was time to go back to the drawing board.

All aboard the USS Ugly-Pants.

Back to the hardware store I went, and this time found a gray that fit my vision much better than the Cold War-esque relic above.

Now with this satin facelift, I think this bookcase has a few more years left in it, none of which will be spent as a outdated, tacky holder of all written things Dickens and Austen.

What you need

1. Paint (I used a paint and primer enamel, in a satin finish)

2. A paint brush – no more than 3 inches wide

3. Drop cloth or towels to protect your floor/garage/backyard from paint drip

4. Sand paper (no more than two sheets)

5. Gloves  (if you want to protect your hands while sanding and painting)


Lightly sand down your piece of furniture (no need to fully take the paint or stain off, just create a rough surface for the paint to stick)

Paint one coat.

Allow to dry. Calm down, exercise some patience. This shouldn’t take any more than a few hours.

Paint a second coat and allow to dry.

‘t paint when it’s wet or raining out. The paint won’t set right – worst case scenario the paint will bubble from moisture being caught under it. Whether it is 25 or 85 degrees outside, wait for a sunny day.

Wedding Project Round-Up – A Retrospective

18 May

As of tomorrow, I will officially have been married for 14 days. That means I am 20% of the way to beating out Kim Kardashian’s stellar marital record of 72 days.

Many of my projects, crafts and sewing efforts over the past 6-8 months have been wedding focused. And most of those projects were featured here on this blog. That being said, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and see how these crafts looked in action.


For a few months I labored over sewing more than 150 napkins, which you can see the final blog about it here. Of course, I only ended up using about 116 napkins – but the extra 39 napkins were still worth the labor of love.

At the reception the napkins really added the final colorful touch to each place setting.

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow

Another way the napkins were used – as fabric swatches under the floral and decor arrangements.

(c) Ken Kienow


The centerpieces were some of the items I was most proud of. You can see some of my progress here on an old blog post.

I intend to frame the one I made for our table. I matched our hair colors and color scheme as best as I could.

This tendency to have a red-headed girl goes back to childhood when nothing for kids had red hair (except for Barbie’s dull friend Midge and various villains on Saturday morning cartoons). I felt some pathetic, ill-placed form of discrimination (that is also what happens to you when you grow up in a town of 3000 people). So everything I could draw, color or make, I gave it (cat, person, flower, golf cart) red hair. The tradition continues. And per usual, I digress.

(c) Ken Kienow

The Lucha Libre centerpiece for the groomsmen was the most popular amongst the guests – the photographer snapped about 4 or 5 photos of this one alone.

(c) Ken Kienow

Table Number Flags and Cake Toppers

In making the pennant flag table numbers, which can be seen here, I didn’t really think about how they would be attached or included with the centerpieces. Ends up my florist took care of that worry for me.

They were the perfect touch of shabby chic that each table needed.

(c) Ken Kienow

(c) Ken Kienow


The programs ended up being a surprise hit of the ceremony!

Cutting out and gluing mini pennant flag garlands to each program was worth the effort and we received a multitude of compliments on them.

A tip of the hat to my Matron of Honor for sitting there next to me for three days the week of the wedding to make this possible.

(c) Ken Kienow

I will post a how-to guide retroactively on this project. Look for it sometime next week.

Pennant Flags

(c) Ken Kienow

When I made my variety of pennant flag garlands – I wasn’t sure exactly how they would be utilized. Ends up, the groom and groomsmen came up with a great solution. Not only is our ceremony nicely framed, but you’d never see how poorly I painted those letters on each fabric flag. The original project is in this Weekend Round-Up.

Flowergirl Dress

Knowing how much of a mover and dancer our flowergirl would be, I created loops on her dress to hold her satiny ribbon sash in place. You can check out the handiwork here.

And look at her motor.

(c) Ken Kienow

She danced and worked that party like a grown-up. I’m proud to say, the dress and sash kept up nicely.

Bean Bags for Corn Hole Game

During the cocktail hour, many of our guests employed the bar, the restrooms, the appetizer station, the bar some more, and the corn hole game. My father made the boards and I sewed the bags – which was mentioned in this post.

(c) Ken Kienow

Various items of decor

I came up with little accents to various items throughout the reception.

Adding some ribbon and signs to a bird cage turned it into a card bin.

(c) Ken Kienow

Creating miniature pennant flag garlands to drape behind the place card frame added some nice dimension.

Using a hot glue gun to glue knots of ribbon to the place cards, as well as using a paper punch gave the place cards a more high-end feel. Who know that buying the Avery Template for business cards would double nicely as place cards for a reception?

(c) Ken Kienow

All the work, the projects, stops by Beverly’s Fabrics, shopping fabric swatches online at Esty, broken sewing machine needles, pricks on the thumb from stitching for hours on end, hot glue gun burns, inhaling spray adhesive and nursing blisters from crafting scissors made for right-handed people – it was all worth it. I hope you enjoyed that chapter of my crafting life as much as I did! On to new projects and adventures!

(c) Ken Kienow

Weekend Round-up

6 Mar

I wish I had a picture of me with a lasso – because that is the image I conjure up when I think about this blog title. Not that I can lasso anything. Most likely, if given a long piece of rope to lasso with, I would accidentally whip the back of my head and end up in tears.

I thought this might be a fun, new segment for Teal and Tulle. “Weekend Round-up.” We’ll see if it sticks – lasso or no lasso.

This weekend was full of work and play. Well, mostly play. Ok, ok. ALL play. Geez.

Between date night on Friday and wine tasting on Sunday, I worked on some mini pennant flag garlands for our wedding:


Personalized pennant flag cake toppers for our small cake to cut at the reception:

Baked some fresh spinach and cheese morning muffins (recipe later this week):

And we bought a new head-board/bed-frame for our guest room.


Those who are regular visitors to Teal and Tulle will appreciate this – this bed, from Cost Plus, is called the Erin Cute as a Button Bed (no joke!). And the button details on the head-board are each covered in a different fabric. Fiance inquired if I have been issuing my own furniture line without telling him, as it is something I would totally create, and it actually has my name on it. Alas, I am not secretly a gingery Ethan Allen, much to the disappointment of the both of us.

Show Your Pride with Pennant Flags!

2 Mar

It’s said that when a door closes, a window opens. The same could be said about wedding projects, but it’s more like “when a door closes, five windows open, and they all need attention.”

Anyway, one of the projects I’ve been working on over the past few weeks has been the table number pennant flags. While the actual project was easy, I was figuring out as I went along, so that caused a lot of start and stops while I ran through scenarios and hypotheticals (no one wants to replace yards of fabric and time spent on the project over poor execution).

This says a lot of my growing patience. Because patience is not my middle name. My middle name is “Oh-My-God-I-Want-This-Done-Now-What’s-The-Best-Short-Cut-Can-I-Eat-This-Cookie-Too?”

Anyway, I got fiance in the mix this time around. Using some light card-stock, he cut out the pennant flag templates for me to use.

I took the extra fabric from the centerpieces and cut them out into rough triangle shapes.

Using spray glue (thanks Gram for this tip!), I sprayed the card-stock and stuck the fabric over it.

Then I cut off the excess fabric to create a fabric-covered pennant flag.

Now it was time to pizzazz and decorate the flags. First was painting on the numbers, using stencils from Martha Stewart Crafts (I found them at Michael’s) and salmon paint from Beverly’s.

Next was assembling the straws (found at a local wine shop – Pithy Little Wine Co) that would serve as the rods of the flags.

Using my Annie-Get-Your-Glue-Gun, I glued one straw into another and reinforced them with lollipop sticks inside.

Next was adhering the flags to the straw-rods.

Last, since I did put two straws together, you could see the seam where they were glued together. Using some coordinating ribbon from Michael’s, I tied a little decorative knot where the seam was to disguise it and add some flair.

Ta da! Now people will know where to sit. If the straw-rods don’t buckle under the pressure. Fingers crossed.

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