Monday, 25 June 2012

Penny blossoms

Do you know The Big Bang Theory? I am a huge fan of that show and can relate to most of the characters one or the other way. I often feel like Penny, trying to achieve something great, or trying to realize your dreams. I wish I had been so popular with the guys as she is, though :D
Anyway, there is this one episode I've seen some time after the wedding where she wants to start her own business making flower hair pins. It shows how great your crafting idea is but how little you can actually earn with it.
But this episode reminded me of the flower hair pins I made for my wedding. I still had some leaves left over and I made myself another, less bridal, hair pin and a head band (and here I remember that I didn't take pictures of any of them!). I also ordered a package of coloured leaves, called "Bollywood package", in order to make hair pins in all sorts of colours. Luckily I remembered to take pictures of those. And here they are! I think they are pretty cute and can be worn with any outfit, no matter if summer of winter. I love them all!

Neko ears

Another creation during my time of being sick but feeling better are these cute fluffy neko ears! They are made of white teddy bear cloth and pink felt. I think the bow with the strawberry button and the earring are some cute additions to the look!

More Top Hats!

Being sick sucks, I think we all can agree on that. But when you start feeling better and not like a rotten apple any more, you're looking for something to occupy yourself with until you're completely recovered. After having finished the wedding top hats, I wanted to make more. Especially because I still needed one for myself for the upcoming Cosday in Frankfurt.
I got this beautiful Scottish tartan and I immediately knew I wanted to turn this cloth into an elegant top hat. And I am more than pleased with the result. I love how it all comes together: the tartan, the black satin, the feathers, the cameo, the chain. It's cute and adorable and I love how the feathers bounce up and down when walking.

After that I was caught in the hat making fever! I had some felt left over. It wasn't enough to make another large version, so I made several tiny and super tiny versions. I think they are all cute and adorable and I want to keep and wear them all, but I am pretty sure my husband wouldn't approve of our apartment becoming a storage room for hats. So I will take them to the Cosday with me and see if anyone wants to buy them. And I still have the pictures, so I can always make myself one, too! :D

Friday, 15 June 2012

Tophat Mania!

As mentioned in my last post, I was asked to make some tiny tophats for my friend's wedding. It took a while to finish them, because the shipping of some of the items I needed took quite long. But now I am proud to present you the results of that work!

As basic material I chose satin. It looks expensive and just right for a wedding. The colour of the bridesmaids' dresses is teal, so I wanted to work that colour into the hats. I didn't want them to be all teal, that would have been an overkill, I guess. So I went for black with a teal ribbon. The bridal hat is in a very pretty ivory with a teal ribbon. That way the bride still stands out but has a connection to the other hats.

To play some more with the teal I definitely wanted to use peacock feathers. So, as you can see, the majority of feathers matches the basic colour of the hat and a big peackock feather gives the hat a nice "swush!". There is another tiny peacock feather at the front of the hat. I chose those because of the very pretty glimmer they have. Lots of tull frames a flower cameo in a silver setting. The silver can be found on the other side of the hat again in a very pretty chain. It's a Louisiana wedding, so I am glad that the bridesmaids chose to go with the fleur de lis charm. I think it completes the hat.
To pin the hat to your hair I've attached a thin comb to the bottom of the hat. I hope you like the result and I hope the bride and bridesmaids will love them!!!

While I was working on these hats, a friend told me that she likes teal. As we're going to a Cosplay event next month, I decided to make her a hat, too. It's smaller than the bridal ones, the feather choice as well as the cameo and the ribbon are different, too, nevertheless I think it turned out to be a pretty neat top hat that will be an eye catcher at the CosDay! Now I just need to make one for myself. I already have an idea in my mind, so expect another tophat post soon!