Monday, December 27, 2010

Do I fascinate you?

I guess now that Christmas is over the big countdown to New Years Eve has begun.  There was a time in my life when New Years Eve was a pretty big deal.  For several years in a row I made sure I was someplace amazing and memorable at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.

I've mentioned before that I was at the foot of the pyramids in Egypt for the millennium new year, and then in Times Square, New York the following year.  I was also at the bow of a huge cruise ship one year, just me the stars, and the water below, sailing into the future.  Another was spent at a Buddhist Temple in Japan, ringing a gigantic bell, sending my New Years wishes out to the universe.

Not too long after that I moved back to Saskatchewan.  And although I do love my country and my province, I have to say that since my return, New Years eve celebrations have been a little less than fascinating.

I usually look forward to a comfy night at home, on the couch, with lots of junk food, and lots of reruns of some TV show.

This year, I'll probably end up doing the same thing, but I thought why not do it in style?  So I made a fascinator.

If you want to add a little extra ooompf to your party dress here's what you'll need:

1) Remove any embellishments from your headband.

My head band also had some ribbon covering the ends.  I only removed the front part because I wanted to glue this back on afterwards.  I thought it might help make it more comfortable on my head.

Also, don't worry if you're left with a bit of a mess.  It's all going to be covered up in the end and no one will even see this.

2) Lay your pretty ribbon across your headband to measure how much you'll need and then cut.  Next, use a hot glue gun to glue ribbon to the head band.  Re-glue or add the ribbon to the ends if you want a softer fit.

3) Once your ribbon is on you can glue on some pretty feathers.  ( I looked for understated and classy black or brown feathers but all I could find were crazy neon colours so I made it work~)

I wasn't sure this was going to work because the feathers were so stiff and the head band so rounded, but the hot glue did the trick.  I did end up snipping off the bottom pieces a little bit though.

4) Remove the clasp from an old or inexpensive brooch and glue it on top of the feathers.

I thought I was done here but I still wasn't happy with it.  So I added some little gems that were left over from my Pretty Tacky project.

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Much better!
Let everything dry, go get pretty, and top it all off with your fascinator!

Now, even if your New Years Eve isn't fascinating, at least you will be!

Have a wonderful 2011!

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Teri said...

It's beautiful, Tamara! I've never worn a gorgeous "hairpiece" (ok, that makes it sounds like a toupee!) like that one, but I've always wanted to...maybe I should make my own! :)

mousee23 said...

So very pretty

Rachel said...

This is just lovely. The step by step pictures are quite helpful!

Unknown said...

wow! really fascinating!

would love for you to link up at our saturday linky party.

Mandy Beyeler said...

Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy,

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! Would love for you to share this at my Gettin' Krafty With It party.

Catherine @ Cat on a Limb said...

How beautiful! I've been thinking about making something like this for a while. Thank you for the inspiration!

Nikki said...

Thats GORGEOUS! Thanks for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!!! :)

seven thirty three said...

I love it and I know my oldest daughter would have a blast if we each made one!

Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

Lu Gomes Bijoux e Acessórios said...

Que Linda Tiara, Amiga!!
Parabéns pela criatividade e Feliz Ano Novo!
Muita Saúde, Paz, Fraternidade, Prosperidade e muito Amor!



AllieMakes! said...

LOVE it! Purple is the PERFECT color!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

AllieMakes! said...

Just swinging back to tell you I'm featuring this as one of the Making It With Allie Features this week! Come on by and grab a button!


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