Sunday, October 24, 2010

I Never Claimed I was a Milliner

My hat making skills leave much to be desired. I am working on a costume for a masquerade ball that is happening at the end of this month. I decided to add a hat to my costume. I visited the local costumer and looked for a hat to decorate. Unfortunately for me, I have a VERY small head. Nothing fit. So I had this bright idea of making my own. When I worked for the Civic Theater in the costume department, many years ago, I was asked to create some very simple, clip in the hair, hats. It should be easy, right. Not really. I put pencil to paper and drew up some plans. After many stops and starts, this is what I created. My mother would call this a 20 pacer. Good thing the ball is being held in a darkened room.

The basic hat construction is out of poster board. The velvet came from a second hand skirt and the feathers were pilfered from a feather duster. I think the overall look turned out well, just don’t get to close.

Originally I was going to add two large bird wings to each side of the hat, but at the last minute I changed my mind. I thought they might be too heavy and would collapse the hat.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pile O’ Goddesses

Paper making is one of my many other hobbies. These goddesses are made from paper pulp. I whipped these up for a craft faire I am attending at the end of the month.

Venus of Willendorf

Sprial Goddess

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Wreath Fit for Any Door

I have been asked to create a “Halloween” item for a basket that is being raffled off at the end of this month. Because my time is so valuable right now (neck deep in costume making) I fell back on old talents. In another life I was a full time florist, for 10 years as a matter of fact. Wreaths are one of those rare things I can put together while, balancing the checkbook, planning dinner, chasing after Neil, talking to my mother on the phone and running a load through the washer.  It’s been more than 11 years since I work in a flower shop yet, I still dream about flowers and the crazy ladies I worked with.   

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Earrings

These are for a friends birthday.

Fairy Dreams

By the light of the moon a child dreams of a magical place. The song of silver bells and laughter rings out through the ancient majestic trees. Fairies dance in light of the shinning face of the sister, and the child dreams on.
Hint of Spice

Market air shimmers with the scent of exotic spices, unfamiliar music and the sense of adventure around every corner.

I made these for a cousin in Walla Walla

Earrings are my new muse.