Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Crazy Daisy Striped Cane



I was fiddling with stripes and patchwork and decided to add stripes into some of my flowers. Here is a quickie tutorial for creating a striped cane.

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Take any blend for your petal – for this one, I used a pale coral to a dark coral with a stripe of white within. It was a bit of an experiment that went sideways. :)

Slice the cane into parts from the top down.

Select a contrasting color for your stripes and outer wrap.

Lay each piece of the sliced cane down on the contrast and cut the piece to fit, so you have a filler between each slice of the cane.  I set the thickness on my contrast sheet fairly thin since you want to create thin stripes for your finished cane after you reduce it down.



After you have put the cane back together and firmed it up, cut  diagonally from the other stripes to add your checker board. Repeat the step where you lay the slices on the contrasting clay.

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After you have all the slices back together, add a thin wrap around the petal with the remaining contrasting clay.


I rolled this out 12 inches and cut the petals into two inch segments for a six petal flower.


I reassembled the cane with a spiral white and matching contrasting center.


Here is an example of my cane in a teal blue flower.


Have fun!

Julie and Blu

Tutorial property of Blue Morning Expressions ©2013 jcleveland

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pens for Charity – Flowers are Blooming Everywhere


I wanted to show you how one of my cane buyers has creatively used my flower canes to design pens for charity.

While not bearing my canes, these lovely pens will make great gifts for that someone special.

The following charities have been helped through PensForCharityLLC :

The Breast Cancer Society Inc.

Bodine School

Humane Society of Pulaski County

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Wounded Warriors

… and more

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pens, or you would like more information, contact PensForCharityLLC Bryan Maxwell through

These pens will make an awesome graduation gift for the recent MBA recipient, or mom would love one for Mother’s Day. Father’s Day is coming up in June and they make a great gift just for yourself. These are one of a kind pens, so if you like one, you better grab it now!

Enjoy all of the pens and the pretty flowers :)

Julie and Blu

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Spring Bracelets and New Flowers

It is a simple show and tell today:

These bracelets are all available at Simply Montana in the Gallatin Valley Mall in Bozeman, Montana.

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I have plans to start doing regular cane posts, but until I can get myself organized, here are some pretty beads and flowers. :)

Julie and Blu