Because it's Easter time, I'll lead off with an artistic edible: Devil Chix. Their beaks are bits of carrot and their eyes are peppercorn halves. They are somewhat more work than regular deviled eggs, but well worth the reaction you get from your guests!
Next is a series of quilling project I've done over the course of the last few months. My latest piece de la resistance is a pot of orchids I made for a friend's Easter gift. I eagerly used the pattern and ideas of Alli Bartkowski in her new book Quilled Flowers: A Garden of 35 Paper Projects. And I tweaked it a little, too. The coffee mug in the photo is for scale.
Detail of the flowers:
Here's a posey I made with Alli's original pattern for the orchid bloom:
In keeping with the Easter theme, here's a bunny:
and what I call the GoonyBird (based on a card I saw on Stephanie's Designs blog by someone named Anita):
I started to make a 3D snowflake out of 3/8" paper, but it began to droop terribly. I stopped with only this much, but the droop turned into a pleasing effect:
A little angel based on something I saw at Aquamarine Crafts blog:
A very dark blue snowflake that looks black based on a design by Stephanie Sanchez - I saw the pattern on Ann Martin's allthingspaper blog:
A colorful butterfly emulating one by Celia Louie of Crafting Creatures:
Dragonfly like ones I saw at Quilled Inspirations:
Here is a string of fish I made for some friends who own a restaurant in Germany well known for its local catches. I based the designs on those of my quilling guru Ann Martin of the All Things Paper blog:
A flower thingy based on something I saw by Charlotte Canup on The Art of Quilling blog:
A bunch of grapes based on some I saw at Elizabeth's Creations Studio - these make great gifties for wine lovers:
I love the way this Monarch turned out. It's based on one I saw on Inna's Creations blog. I will probably never make another. It was so detailed and had so many teeny, tiny parts. I added a tail of folded roses to bring attention to it.
I made this as a Mother's Day gift. The recipient used it for a corsage for the afternoon!
I dig this peacock based on a card I saw on Inna's Creations blog:
Another design I borrowed from Ann Martin. She designed this pear tree for a holiday card:
A weird scrolly thing:
Please note that I troll Internet images for ideas and designs to use. I try to attribute the source where I can, but I don't always remember where I got them. I thank the makers nonetheless! There are so many talented quillers out there. Do your own image search just for a pleasant pasttime the next time you have a few minutes. I hope you've enjoyed my creations!