Quilled Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla Planifolia)

Quilled Vanilla Orchid with Real Vanilla Pods.

The project that I want to share today is one full of delicious fragrance and aroma: a quilled vanilla orchid to which I’ve attached real vanilla pods!

Quilled Vanilla Orchid in a Shadowbox Frame

Quilled Vanilla Orchid in a Shadowbox Frame

The Vanilla genus is part of the orchid family and consists of approximately 110 species. Of all these, the most widely known is the Vanilla Planifolia – the Flat-leaved Vanilla, or even shorter, plain Vanilla. Native to Central America and called tlilxochitl by the Aztecs, it was introduced to Hernan Cortes by Montezuma in 1520 and from there found its way to Europe. Today, it is cultivated and exported mainly from Madagascar, Reunion, Mexico and Indonesia. Continue reading →

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie – A Book Review

Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie – A Book Review

I have been admiring Cecelia Louie‘s modern approach to quilling for a long time and I was always impressed by her simple, yet effective and expressive designs. Her one of a kind, unique, out of the ordinary projects make her style immediately recognizable. Needless to say, I was so happy when I found out that she wrote and published a book with paper quilling tutorials, Pretty Quilled Cards,  to share with us some of her secrets and techniques!

They say “never judge a book by its covers”, but this time I can assure you that the beautiful picture with quilled cherry blossoms is a great indication for the other wonderful projects inside it.

Pretty Quilled Cards - Book Cover

I find that the title is a little bit misleading, as there are some layouts who fall outside the card category, like the cupcake toppers, wine glass charms, gift tags and a framed name plaque. Over 25 creative designs for all occasions await paper enthusiasts to try their hand on them and learn new things in the process. I absolutely love the fact that even the border for the contents page is quilled! Continue reading →

Quilled Clematis Flowers

Quilled Clematis with Purple Flowers on a White Picket Fence.

The project that I want to share with you today is a quilled clematis with purple flowers on a white picket fence. I started working on it last week, but because I had a few custom orders pending, I only managed to finish it yesterday evening.

Quilled Clematis Flowers - Side View

It was hard to decide what variety of clematis to quill because their flowers come in so many beautiful colors and shapes. I probably spent an entire day looking at pictures and only after I pulled on my desk all the purple/pink papers that I have, I decided to go for this gorgeous, rich purple shade. Continue reading →

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