This Is How I Know It’s Spring

My very first face-painting gig of the year.  It was outdoors and sunny.  It was a multi-birthday party Easter celebration in Kankakee, and I was very impressed with the level of the enthusiasm I encountered.  I always fully expect to be bombarded by the under-10-year-olds.  And I was, up until a certain point of the evening, when confetti filled eggs took precedence.  Then, I was bombarded by the 13-16 year olds who fell in love with the novelty of face and body painting, realizing how long it had been since they let themselves indulge in such a “childish” activity.

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The usual designs like tigers and fairy makeup were about, and then two of the older girls wanted cheetah faces and that was the trend of the day.  I find it amusing how these trends take form, and what they are each time.  Butterfly faces or tigers or dragons.

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The eyes on the eyelids is also a popular trick, which can be amusing and startling all at once.

 

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I have begun putting together a completely new fairy outfit.  The wings are not the ones I want to use – I’m still deciding on a set for myself.

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And my personal favorite of the day:

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Now, I look forward at the upcoming season, wondering what adventures await me with the warm weather.

And The Winner Is…

The drawing for the fairy wings.
Drumroll please!

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Congratulations, Whitney!

One More Day to Enter the Giveaway!

Don’t forget about the beautiful wing giveaway I have for this month.  The winner will be picked at random tomorrow, but you have to follow certain instructions to be entered.

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This is a charming set of wings that I want to send out into the world to show my appreciation for all of the wonderful people in my life (including you, reader!)  They are made of a heavy silk-ish fabric with purple chiffon/organza peeking through.  A purple spiral wire accentuates the center of these wings.

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They flutter and flap as you move and breeze captures them.  The tie comfortably around your shoulders or by sliding down the back of a dress/bodice for a strapless appearance.

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This is the important part!  To enter the competition:

I am giving you three chances to make them yours. Each action is an additional entry into the random drawing.

1) Follow this blog

2) Reblog this post

3) Share this post via a social media site (Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.)

Then, leave me a comment on the original post saying that you did one (or all) of these entry requirements and your name will be added to the hat.

If you are already following the blog and would like to be included, leave me a comment letting me know!

Thanks and good luck!

Hey – Remember the Giveaway!

As a Karmic balancing for the strength that has been given to me during a rather difficult period in my life, I want to give away a pair of wings.  We are about halfway through the “competition” at this point – you have until the 28th of February to enter this randomized drawing to win this fabulous set of wings:

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If you haven’t entered yet, you definitely should.  Once again, here are the ways of being entered; you can do one or all of the options for additional chances:

1) Follow this blog

2) Reblog this post

3) Share this post via a social media site (Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.)

It is important that, once you complete something – LEAVE A COMMENT!  I noticed there were some facebook shares that weren’t recorded.  If you have done something but don’t tell me, I have no way of knowing!  If you are already following this blog and would like to be entered, leave a comment in the original blog post (follow that link).

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I don’t know how many times I have linked the original post, but you should definitely do something and leave a comment there to be entered!

Seriosuly, handmade deep blue fairy wings with purple organza and ribbon galore.  You know you want them!

Learning to Fly Giveaway

So, things have been a little dark around here.  Literally, figuratively, metaphorically.  All of my energy has been going into taking care of my family and trying to keep a smile on my face.  Let me be perfectly honest, it’s hard.  It’s really, really hard.

But, there have been a number of people – friends, family, and readers, that have put out a hand for me – no questions asked – and done what they could to help.  And to show my gratitude, I would like to give a pair of wings.

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These wings are called Callypso, and they were an early fabric pair for me.  I love the way the purple chiffon shows through and is picked up by the purple ribbon-wrapped spirals in the center.

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The fabric is heavy, so it flutters nicely but won’t end up in odd positions as you move through the crowd.  They are light and comfy, yet eye-catching and versatile.

I am giving you three chances to make them yours.  Each action is an additional entry into the random drawing.

1) Follow this blog

2) Reblog this post

3) Share this post via a social media site (Facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc.)

Then, leave me a comment saying that you did one (or all) of these entry requirements and your name will be added to the hat.

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Drawing will be held on February 28th.  Good luck!

Unrelated

Completely unrelated to the yarny endeavours of late, I have been cleaning up the studio area in preparation for people moving in.  This means I have been organizing, cataloging, photographing, and uploading fairy wings.

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Not your typical, store-bought wings – these are individually handcrafted, one-of-a-kind creations by yours truly.  They use different mediums, from fabrics to papers to other weird things like monofilament and ribbon and moss.

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They are lightweight and durable, with heavy gauge wire threaded through key parts of the wings to offer firm structure while still allowing the wings to flutter beautiful as you move. 

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The paper ones are made from recycled materials, are then hand-painted and coated with a polymer resin to make them water and UV resistant.

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They are now on Etsy for purchase, along with a slow progression of more as the week continues.

Want to make them yours?  Follow this link!

Time to Catch Up

I didn’t have the clarity to photograph the knitted gifts on most of the recipients.  Rest assured that they were loved and worn.  Except for the owl socks, which were loved and did fit, but were one short of a pair.  That is the last of the holiday knitting I have to complete, and I just haven’t had the motivation to work on something so small.  Wait – it’s a new year, I should work on that thing called honesty.  IhavenothadthemotivationtoworkonitbecauseIambusymakingasparklypurplescarfformydaughter.  There, I said it.

Despite that, I do have photographs of three items to show you.

The first is the Black Prince Hood from Annie Modisett.  The pattern was a little bit confusing for me in the beginning and end.  Once I got the hang of it, the middle was just fine.  It was well received.  The yarn is Berrocco Vintage – which I find myself using for a lot of projects.  Soft, durable, washable – I can forgive the 50% acrylic content because it is such a beautiful, versatile yarn.

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Ellette wore the hood during a game.  She has been giving me the sullen kid looks lately.  It worries me only a little.

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I made Calvin’s new baby sister, and my goddaughter, a couple of burp clothes.  You can never have enough of those.  The pattern is Flower Power and it was a wonderfully quick knit.

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The last thing I have to show you had been my biggest worry – the custom knit cape for Ellette.  The end saw some design changes, and I was right about it being too small around the shoulders, but she loves it nonetheless.

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One and a half skeins of Cascade Eco+ and less than one skein each of Cascade 128 in Forest and Cream.

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I was terrified doing the steek, and must have zigged over the stitches a million times before starting the single crochet edging.  I used a white knot closure instead of the buttons because it was faster.

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She has been wearing the cape non-stop, which is a good sign.  I want to tweak the sizing a bit and write up the pattern, but that may take awhile.  Ellette also received a castle for the holidays, and became a fairy princess for the remainder of the week.

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Our active week was followed by a restive snow, and I have been working hard at starting off on the right foot this year.

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2013 is going to be good – I know it.

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