I enjoy creative jobs and have held many, many of them throughout the years. I fleetingly mention some of them on my about me page, but I don't really think that I have ever discussed my theater gig, in any detail.
For the past decade, I have been costuming children, in one capacity or another, for a small theater group and it has been one of my greatest pleasures. I started out as a volunteer, stitching a few patches or pom poms on items, but as the theater group grew, so did my responsibilities. While I did not make clothes, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the director, helping her vision come to life. We would buy costume pieces and I would alter or refashion them to fit the character and the kid. I loved it. It fed my need to be creative and let me work with children, something I had missed since leaving the classroom.
I shopped, I sewed, I laughed and designed my way through ten years worth of shows! Nothing beat the feeling of watching that curtain go up, kids transformed by costume and craft, knowing that I had a tiny part in the magic.
Unfortunately, now there are so many other responsibilities vying for my time, I have had to step away from the stage. However, from time to time, I do help out and this fairy headpiece is one such example.
The director needed a few floral garlands to fit woodland sprites. They were less expensive to make than to buy, they would be the exact colors needed and provide the perfect fit...so I got to work.
I started with a circle made from floral wire and wrapped it with a pretty ribbon.
Then I glued the flowers onto the ribbon.
To complete it, I added a simple bow to the back, with long streaming ribbons to give it a whimsical feel. I used the Bowdabra Bow Maker for my bow. It was very easy. Honestly, I whipped two of them up in less than 30 minutes.
If you alter the colors of the flowers, the same headdress can be used for bridal parties or communions.
Of course, if like me, you are less into fashion and more into home décor, you could always use it to dress up a lampshade!
My daughter thinks it looks best on her head. The decorator in me thinks that's debatable!
Where do you like it best?
*At the time of this post, I was a Designer for the Bowdabra Blog. They provided me with some of the materials that I used to make this pretty project. All opinions are my own.*