Paper Waterlily

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The next flower I made out of crepe paper is this waterlily!  I was super excited to try this one – I finally got a set of floral tape in botanical hues so that I don’t have an unnaturally green stem ; )  I used tissue wrapped around the stem wires to make them thicker – like the fleshy stems on real waterlilies.

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One of my favorite things to see besides the flowers themselves, are the buds just beginning to open!  So, I created this bud with the sepals just starting to pop – revealing the white petals inside!  I can hardly wait till these fragrant flowers are blooming in my own bathtub water garden this summer!

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The Nymphea odorata is native to New England.  It’s a lovely, fragrant, water lily.  The leaves and flowers float on the water from long stems rooted at the bottom of the ponds.  (I’m lucky enough to have one for my bathtub water garden!)

 

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Paper Pitcher Plant

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Firstly, these leaves are totally awesome and I had so much fun figuring out how to make them!  I saw this plant in the wild when we were camping here in Maine one year.  I used that plant for the size/shape of the leaves.  When I looked up Sarracenia purpurea on the internet I saw other sizes and a range of greens and red coloring…so I went with the leaves I’d seen in the wild myself.

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The flower was also fun to figure out.  It has a large style that’s all one flat piece on top of the ovary…then the row of 5 petals is sometimes not present, but there are always 5 sepals…the one I saw in the wild had both.  The pitcher plant was my most exciting wildflower sighting ever.  It was a beautiful specimen and so exotic looking – and it makes a great crepe paper flower!

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Paper Clintonia

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So, while I think this came out well enough for a crepe paper flower, I do not think it looks like a clintonia borealis – the proportions/flowers aren’t quite how I want them…I’ll have to try this flower again when I’ve aquired more skill with crepe paper!  I’ll have a chance to look at the real flowers this spring when they bloom – maybe I can take my crepe paper out to the woods and try again ; )

Paper Bunchberry

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My next crepe paper flower is the native bunchberry.  I have these growing here and there in the wooded parts of our property.  Cornus canadensis, also known as creeping dogwood, flowers in late spring early summer.  The red berries come later in summer, are edible and have an apple like flavor with cruchy seeds.  They are a lovely plant to look at all summer long with the deep green leaves and red fruit.

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Paper May Apple

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Here is my next creation out of crepe paper!  May Apple is a spring flowering native here in Maine.  I planted a couple on the edge of our woods, hoping they would naturalize…not sure they’re happy there.  Wild flowers are so particular sometimes!  I just love those big beautiful leaves!  They always surprise me when they come up in the spring ; )

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Paper Trillium

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The next flower I made out of crepe paper is this red trillium – ‘wake robin’  – grows wild in the wooded, partly shaded gullies of this area.  It’s one of my favorite spring flowering natives and one I’d love to have naturalize in my shade garden!

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Paper Foxglove Template

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I’m missing my garden flowers…it’s going to be a long winter if I’m already missing my flowers and it hasn’t even properly snowed yet!  I tried making this stem of paper foxglove – this is just the practice run.  I’m working on a template to make more foxglove flowers ; )

Paper Flowers

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I felt more like cutting paper instead of painting on it today!  It’s an idea for an illustration I want to do…but instead of sketching it out, I thought I’d play around with it this way!

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Jute Porch Rug

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I started a new project: a rope rug!  I’m just coiling and whip stitching it with rug thread  – it’s so easy!  I wanted to have an area rug for the porch this summer.  It needed to be cheap and easy to make (I don’t finish projects that get too complicated!)  So, this is the beginning of my rug…I’ll update you on my progress as I go!

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I’m hoping it will be something like THIS HERE by the time summer gets here!

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