So, I had a long, ugly week at work this week. To add to it, the weather was grey and rainy and dark. A round of hail took out all of my flowers that were just starting to bounce back after the last two previous bad hailstorms. There was snow on the mountain tops and, to top it all off, there are some trees that have started to show a bit of autumn yellowing. <head shake>
The challenge for this week on the Frilly and Funkie blog is designed to pay homage to the flowers of the season – aptly named a Floral Infatuation. If you look at the flowers in my yard, however, they look like something out of a scary movie. It’s been a tough year on the old flower garden. The challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
When it came time to play in my craft room it was late, I wasn’t in a great mood, and it seemed like every project I started got pushed off to the side with a deep, heavy sigh. I almost gave up when I thought I would start working on a chipboard project and that project turned into a hat. On my list of things to try was “make a hat” so I think I can now check that off the list. To be honest though I didn’t know where to start. Nothing like winging it I suppose. Since I wanted a Mad Hatter type of hat but a little more feminine, I had a couple of restarts for the “cylinder” part so I could get the back higher than the front and still be able to have it sit evenly on the brim. I was working on it at the kitchen counter while waiting for my dinner to cook.
Once I had the pieces, I covered them in the new Materialize Tim Holtz paper, glued it together, and then pulled out my flower die cuts and went digging around in my bin of embellishments. By the time I was done I had turned down my first ever path of using gears and industrial type stuff. The finished project is a hat full of flowers, bones, skeleton hands, gears, spiders, and skulls. I know it’s the latter part of summer but clearly autumn is where my crafting brain is. And, what’s left of my garden! I even used the bones for the center of the flowers!
As we shift from August to September, the crispness in the air will be more pronounced and the days will be noticeably shorter. Soon it will be time for all of the little neighborhood ghosts and goblins to come trick-or-treating. And now I have a hat to wear when they come a-knocking asking for candy… (Yes, I have a headband piece to attach to my hat that’s wrapped in Tim Holtz design tape!)