Bring on the holidays! Here's the Flower Pinwheel project that is featured in the December 2008 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, which is on news stands now. The Creating Keepsakes team did an amazing job with the article. There are a ton of projects featured and they did an impeccable job bringing it all together -- it's really beautiful.
I'm thrilled with how this pinwheel design turned out. I had originally planned the poinsettia pinwheel as a holiday decoration -- without concern for functionality. However, as I perfected the flower wheel design, my fascination with the science behind the spin grew. Isaac insisted that I couldn't just make a pretty-looking pinwheel. It had to function.
This is where a stash of supplies comes in handy. I rummaged through my studio for eyelets, wire, beads, pliers, etc. and soon had elevated my pinwheel project from pretty-to-look-at to pretty-to-look-at & dang-fun-to-play-with.
These pinwheels spin like crazy.
With red cardstock and yellow centers, I made poinsettia pinwheels for the holidays. With floral prints and glittered papers, I made pinwheels straight out of Candyland or Santa's Workshop. This project is surprisingly easy and remarkably inexpensive -- especially if you're a scrapbooker with a bevy of tools and supplies already at hand.
Thank you for your patience if you've been watching for this pattern. I had originally scheduled to complete the pattern by the end of this week and have it available by next Monday. However, the December issue of Creating Keepsakes shipped out to subscribers far earlier than I had expected.
I was happy to work overtime this last week to design and post this download for you as quickly as possible. I had to squeeze it into an already-packed design and family schedule. I love this pattern and am equally excited to have it posted a week before originally planned (with the natural side benefit of having more pie-making time for next week, right? Isaac's family tradition involves one pie per guest - well, practically).
Anyhow, go make some lollipoppish pinwheels and some twinkly family memories while you're at it. Have a happy kick-start to your holidays this year. For the Flower Pinwheel download page, follow the link in my sidebar under 'Free Patterns' or click here.
Happy Holidays everyone -- enjoy!
**free Gift Card Box pattern also coming this week. And, we've posted our new holiday promotions and freebies for the store as well -- follow the 'Happy Holidays' badge in sidebar**