So guys, I NEED to introduce you to this lovely lady, Jodi. She owns a shop called Mia and Mackie in the Mirror. She makes lovely hair clips and flower headbands perfect for newborns and little girls! She also has ADORABLE Baby Cakes Gift Baskets for new little boys too! She also raises money for the Danny Did Foundation by selling these precious bottle cap necklaces made by her daughters and nieces. Read more about it here.
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Hi, my name is Jodi and I am a wife to a handsome and hard working husband Matthew, a mother to two very intelligent little girls, both with very strong personalities, Mia (6) and Makenna (3) and an artist. I create unique, one-of-a-kind hair candy for all ages, hand painted furniture, and a lot of other fun personalized gifts.
While growing up I was always drawn to arts and crafts. I was surrounded by artists, from my mother, to my grandfather, brothers and cousins, everyone had their own niche in the art world. To this day my cousins are still heavy involved in the art community, my mother is still a brilliant painter and poet, and my grandfather's sculptures carry his legacy.
After I had my first little girl Mia, in December of 2005, I found that all the headbands I put on her head would leave indentations on her fragile skin and all the clips were too heavy for her fine hair. I started by dissecting store bought bows and attaching them to soft cotton headbands, and soon after I bought my own ribbon and fabric and got to work. And thus, my company was born but still unnamed, until one day I was brainstorming with my mom, and baby Mia crawled over to her mirror and started to kiss herself as she so often did, it was a no brainer, Mia in the Mirror it was!.
Shortly before Mia was eight months old, I met with a hip baby boutique in one of the trendiest areas of Chicago, and was pleasantly surprised when they placed an order and put my products up for sale in their store. And it didn't stop there, I went to a few boutiques around the North Suburbs where I'm from and they too took orders and put my products in their store as well. Since then I have done dozens of art shows, charity events and had my products selling in boutique's and hair salons across the Chicagoland area.
In 2009 baby Makenna graced us with her presence and of course she needed to be added to the name of my company, Mia and Mackie in the Mirror. I love having two girls to dress up, and for the time being, they love it too.
My company is not just a business, it is a passion. I put great effort into each piece I create, it takes time to make things just right. My motto is that every princess deserves to be the fairest of all, therefore every piece I create should be fit for a princess.
*Something Circular to trace (cup, vase, or in this case the cardboard used to protect the icing in a cinnamon roll package...yumm!)
*glue gun/ glue stick
*around 4.5 inches of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
*alligator clip (any beauty supply store will have them and if you buy a big box you will save yourself $)
STEP ONE: Start by folding your felt so that you can fit your circle three times across. You want six circles when you are done cutting. **Trick, if you press down hard enough with your circle you will get an indentation that you can easily trace your scissors with, no need to draw on your felt!
STEP TWO : Cut your circles, you will need five for your petals and one to use as a base.
STEP THREE: Take one circle and fold it in half
STEP FOUR: Fold the circle in half again, but before you do put a dab of glue down
STEP FIVE: Do this with five of your cut out circles, remembering to leave one just the way it is.
STEP SIX: Put a dab of glue in the middle of your "left alone" circle and place one of your fortune cookies down like so
STEP SEVEN: Continue to do it with three more fortune cookies. It should look something like this.
Now to line that alligator clip!
Cut your ribbon around 4.5 inches, it should be good, I am going to let you all in on a little secret --- I never measure anything, Yep that's right, I craft without measuring!
I always slide my ribbon in place before I glue, like so. Once it is all lined up place a small line of glue on the ribbon that is in between the prongs of the clip.
Bring up the ribbon around the glue and press for a few seconds.
Finish gluing the ribbon down along the rest of the clip
Add a little glue the top portion of the clip, place your flower down and you have yourself an easy DIY felt flower hair pretty!
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It's time to give this beautiful headband/clip set away along with two other prizes: a $15 shop credit and a 50% off voucher for any (one) item!!