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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mad Hatter with Teapot Purse on: November 01, 2009 05:48:57 PM

The Full Costume


Close up of Hat details

I was sort of inspired by the upcoming Alice in wonderland movie to finally get around to dressing as the Mad Hatter.  I was part of a group costume (Alice, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen) but while I helped make parts of those costumes this is the only one I can really take credit for and am entering.  (Plus our group pics didn't come out good  - we are thinking of dressing up to go see the movie so hopefully we'll get better ones then)  

What I made:
The dress and shrug - simplicity 9247 (it's an oldish pattern)
The purse - my own pattern

What I altered -
The hat
The stockings (I cut them up but it's hard to see in the photo)
The necklace - I put a tiny china teacup on a chain - again hard to see.

What I had already -
the gloves
the shoes
the earrings
hat pin

What I bought:
the crinoline

I had a blast in the costume and despite the poofyness it wasn't hard to sit in.  Lots of people loved the  costumes.  Even the lady who asked us where the Tin Man was.  Does that make me the cowardly lion?
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Love for Sale - Cole Porter on: March 05, 2009 07:10:45 PM
I confess this isn't my very favorite song ever but I like it a lot and it's the one I had an idea for.  I originally imagined this as a series of hearts representing all the kinds of love but after reading through the lyrics again I came up with the idea of a late night cafe.



(Sorry the image isn't great but my camera's battery died shortly afterward)

Going from left to right, top to bottom the panels represent lines from the song:
1. When the only sound on the empty street
is the heavy tread of the heavy feet
that belong to a lonesome cop
I open shop
2.The moon so long has been gazing down . . .
my smile becomes a smirk
3. appetizing young love for sale (that's today's specials)
4.who's prepared to pay the price (there's a roll of money on the table)
5.let the poets pipe of love
6.the thrill of love
7.old love (it's symbolic - you know a flame about to sputter out)
8.new love (that first glance . . . )
9.if you want to buy my wares follow me and climb the stairs

This was fun but not quite what I hoped.  I really wanted to illustrate "every love but true love" but couldn't come up with anything that really worked.  I was inspired by Eric Drooker who did "Illuminated Poems" an amazing volume that illustrates some of Allen Ginsberg's poems. 

I enjoyed doing this and looking at all the other cool projects.  Now maybe I can tackle some of my other favorites like "Our Hearts will beat as One", "What I'm looking for", "Under African Skies", "Satisfied Mind". . .

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