A bit more than a year ago I started a new job and in the beginning I had a real rough patch with some other women on the floor. My boss introduced me to Mona, who does admin work like me, but on the "other" coast. Since then she has been a mentor, inspiration and release valve.
I love how inspiration happens sometimes. After a conversation we had that morphed somehow into what would happen if we came into the office wearing a crown, (I admitted I would get questions, but would be left alone otherwise; while my friend boasted that no one would dare ask her why or comment on her wearing a crown to work.), came the thought to make her a crown. It bounced around in my head for a while and I toyed with several different ideas (mixed media, beads, office supplies) until I remembered a card a dear friend gave me many years ago. On the front it said, "You are the Queen of Everything." Perfect! Despite my interest in exploring other mediums, in the end I fell back on my first love..embroidery.
The crown is heavy cotton fabric painted with watercolors, embroidered onto felt to give it the stiffness it needed to stand on it's own. The design is my own and each symbol has it's own significance.
Front 1 - The crown reads "Queen of Everything" in the center, with a paperclip chain running across the bottom. Here you can see the "rays" radiating from the center of the crown. For the energy that my friend puts off at work. I added some bi-cone crystals in light yellow and aurora clear to give it some "sparkle."
Front 2 - More of the "rays" and paperclip chain. The rays were embroidered onto a double layer of felt. It gives the front a bit of a "quilted" look and helps keep it standing tall. Yes. She *is* the queen of everything...on her coast. On my coast it's definitely my title.
Side 1 - On this side you can see a hen perching on one paperclip, denoting her "mothering" attitude towards me, the butterflies floating above a symbol of her wonderful spirit. The CG emblem had to be there somewhere, as we both work for the CG and she is a CG spouse.
Side 2 - On this side I put the most common "rates" we work with and support.
Inside view - I picked the paisley cotton to back the crown with because of the rich colors and "regal" look to it.
Over the course of about two months I put in about 20 plus hours of work into this, including design and execution.
Mona comes into town next week and we finally get to meet in person for the first time. I can't wait to give her the crown!