Saturday, September 29, 2012

Black and Silver Hair Beauties

In follow-up to last week's post, Gossamer Tangles floral hair ornaments can now be purchased  through stylist, Pam, at Haircut House in Southland Mall, Taylor, MI!  She will be selling my flower combs/clips through October.  Pam does gorgeous updos and the flower combs look beautiful when incorporated into her work.

In my last post, I showed a few of the floral combs I was taking to Haircut House.  This week, I created a couple more -- one in silver with crystal accents, and a black and silver trillium.

Took these over to Pam this morning. :)

I did make one other flower comb before taking them over to show Pam last week.  Unfortunately, I was in a hurry and did not get a very good photo, but this gives you an idea:

Time to start making new items for the holiday shows that I have coming up!  Gossamer Tangles creations will be on display and for sale at these locations:

  • The Lindbergh Holiday Boutique at Lindbergh Elementary School in Dearborn, MI on November 10, 2012.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Creativity/Productivity - Viper Girl and Fall Formal Flowers

With the big wedding now behind us, creativity and productivity were up in our house this week! I started a new hair ornament creative project and my son, Tony, finished his second book.  Not a bad week!

In my April 13th blog post, I talked about Tony's first ebook, Viper Girl vs. The Poltergeist Pirate Oppossum of Plundering Peril.  This week he published the second book in the Viper Girl series, Viper Girl's Killer Cake and Cookie Catastrophe.

The second book is published in both ebook and print format, and he also published the first book in the series in print format.  Tony tried some new things with the second Viper Girl book.  It's in full color and he used a different digital art style for the illustrations.  He's back in classes at Eastern Michigan University, but he is already at work on Viper Girl #3!  If you're interested in Viper Girl updates, you can check out (and maybe even become a fan of) the Viper Girl Facebook Page. :)

As for me, the floral comb that I created for Betsy to wear in her hair for the wedding created some stir around the hair salon and I've been asked to create some sample flower combs that might be of interest to girls preparing to attend Homecoming dances, or other Fall formals, for possible sale in the salon .  I hope to have a selection of floral combs in a variety of colors and styles, as well as providing a custom order option.  I plan to take some samples over to the salon in a few days, and we'll see where things go from there!  Here are some photos of the three combs I made this week:

They all utilize a combination of wire and fiber, which makes them easy to manipulate, bend, and pin into hair.  They also stay in the desired shape.

These are photos of the teal flower comb I'm currently finishing up.  The flower components are done.  I just need to sew them together, create the leaf (silver I think!), and wire them to the comb.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Little Something for Myself: Handmade Mother-of-the-Bride Accessories

Last Saturday we celebrated the wedding of my daughter, Betsy, to the love-of-her-life, Matt.  As those of you who've read my blog posts over the last few months know, that event has consumed much of my time and creative efforts.   In fact, it was all the wedding activity over the week leading up to the wedding that forced me to forego my weekly blog post last week.  Priorities, you know!

This week I've been playing catch-up -- trying to do the many things I put on hold to engage in wedding preparations.  I think it's going to take me a while to actually get back into a normal rhythm.

Before leaving the topic of the wedding entirely, I thought I would just share some photos of a couple of items that I made for myself to wear at the wedding.  I crocheted a shawl and a necklace to match my mother-of-the-bride dress.

The shawl was crocheted from the Celebrity Look-A- Like Shawl pattern designed by Jennifer Hansen for Stitch Diva Studios.  I decided not to add the fringe shown in the pattern because, once I finished the body of the shawl, I really liked the way the edge design looked and the way it draped.

 The yarn I used to create the shawl is made of plied silk embellished with sequins.  It is Tilli Tomas' Disco Lights in dusty purple.

The necklace I made was very simple.  It consisted of five chains crocheted in  a mauvy shade of purple mercerized cotton thread embellished at intervals with loops of a bead mix I put together using various glass seed beads, bugle beads, and faceted crystal beads in purple, lavender, smoke, and topaz shades.

 I had a wonderful experience creating all the various accessories and jewelry for Betsy's wedding.  It was challenging but rewarding.  Being able to channel my energy into doing something creative also had the added benefit of relieving the stress inherent in helping to plan a wedding.  To be able to sit down and work with beautiful beads, fibers and wire was very soothing.