Woodland Queen

Woodland Queen, cocktail dresses, the artyologist

I own approximately six evening / cocktail dresses. (I didn’t actually get up and check because I am feeling lazy right now, but I can remember six off the top of my head) I attend approximately zero cocktail parties each year. Thus, I have a lot of dresses that don’t get worn that often ever, so every time I find even half of an excuse to wear one, I take it! Last weekend was the Christmas party we have every year on my mom’s side of the family, and though it isn’t a dressy party by any means, I jumped at the chance to dress up in a “Christmas” ensemble with one of the neglected cocktail dresses.

I picked this dress up at the thrift store last year, and though it isn’t something I would normally gravitate to, as it is made out of some kind of parachute material and knitted polyester, it is a surprisingly versatile dress to have. It is true that you should never underestimate the power of an LBD! The first time I wore this dress, was to a swing dance with a theme of “Dancing Under the Stars”. When I wore it that time, I quickly grabbed some gold star garland and fashioned a crown so my outfit would fit the theme of “stars”. I quite liked that outfit, so when I was thinking of what to wear to this party, I decided another crown of stars would be just the thing. I cut out some stars from faux leather, painted them gold and then glued them to a headband. It turned out nicely and is a much more permanent, and slightly fancier, alternative to a tinsel crown 🙂 I think that the stars  are just the sort of thing that a flapper would have worn in the twenties, or maybe something a sprite would wear while flitting about the winter woods.

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Anyways, I have nothing else much to say about this outfit, so I’ll stop typing now 🙂

Happy First day of Winter to you all!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Thrifted

Shoes: Miz Mooz

Necklace: Ten Thousand Villages

Headband: Made by me

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Five Headbands to Wear for the Holidays (Or Anytime)

5 Headbands to Wear for the Holidays (Or Any TIme), the artyologist

Headbands and hair accessories are a great way to dress up any outfit with a festive flair which is perfect for the Christmas season.(But, really, who am I kidding? These are great to wear any time of the year! See Tuesday’s outfit for proof. Or this one.) Anyways, at this festive season of the year, we do tend to like making things at bit more fancy, and hair accessories are such a quick and easy way to do so. Put on a dress and you look nice, but add a hair accessory and you have an ensemble, right?

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Here is a dress, but not an ensemble. What hair accessories to add?

Here are five headbands to wear for any and every occasion you might find yourself at this holiday season.

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1. Occasion: Holiday Baking Day.

A bow is a super sweet addition for a day spent baking sweets and decking the halls with Christmas cheer. And it isn’t too fancy for daytime wear either. Pair with a cozy sweater, some plaid, and an appropriately festooned Christmas apron, and your ready to bake up enough sweets to last you until. . .  the end of the week.

 

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2. Occasion: A Christmas Luncheon

A large pom-pom flower made out of chiffon with a centre of pearls is perfect for daytime. (Pearls for daytime, diamonds for evening, remember?) The shape of the flower is reminiscent of a small hat, and is the perfect stand-in for a real hat, when out with the “ladies who lunch”. Add some luscious red velvet for a look that Mrs. Claus will most definitely be jealous of.

 

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3. Occasion: Christmas Day

Christmas calls for a very simple, yet elegant style. On the most wonderful day of the year, you certainly don’t want to be fussing with your outfit, because you will be too busy eating Christmas dinner, all manner of sweets, and spending time with those whom you love. A simple strand of pearls is classic and sweet, but goes with everything (including your favourite cozy pajamas if need be). Pair with a cozy sweater and any and all Christmas themed garments you own.

 

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4. Occasion: Christmas Cocktail Party

Christmas can be the most dressed down time of year, but also the most dressed up, when the occasion calls for it. For a work party, or any other Christmas cocktail party, a feathered headband is the perfect accessory. Reminiscent of a fascinator, feathers and gems create an elegant evening ensemble. Wear your loveliest Little Black Dress and let the feathers take centre stage.

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5. Occasion: New Years Eve Party

Of course, the holidays are not finished without a New Years Eve celebration. Whether you are taking part in a dressed-up New Year’s Countdown party at midnight, or spending the evening in, a crown of stars is the perfect addition. Gold stars of all shapes and sizes will look festive and go with the any ensemble, regardless of whether it is an evening dress, or simply jeans and a shirt. Add all the sparkly jewelry you can find, and you are all set to ring in the New Year with style.

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Are you planning on attending any Christmas or New Year’s Festivities? Do you like to wear headbands? Would you wear any of the these looks?

By the way, I used to hate wearing headbands because they always pressed behind my ears and gave me headaches after a while. Have you had that problem before? I recently discovered that if the band is narrow enough, or it is elastic (like so many you can find nowadays), you can push the headband farther back so it doesn’t sit right behind your ears, but it is still hidden by your hair. I wear headbands in this way all day and it usually doesn’t bother me anymore. That being said, for some reason, some days my head just doesn’t like them, and I can’t wear a headband that day. Anyways, I just thought I’d pass on the info, in case it can be of any use to you 🙂

Leave a Little Sparkle . . .

Leave a Little Sparkle, Holiday Outfit, the Artyologist
. . .  wherever you go. It’s a bit sappy of a quote- but a great one where holidays and festive outfits are concerned! I love sparkly things- as this outfit, which I wore to the craft sales, clearly shows. I chose to wear this outfit for the Christmas craft sales, because it felt festive to me, with the beaded cardigan, and also because I really wanted to wear one of my headbands in order to “promote” my products 🙂 I don’t know if it really worked, but I ended up quite liking how this outfit turned out, so there’s that. Actually I did get quite a few comments on the sparkly headband, so I am thinking that next time I will focus more on deco inspired headbands, as they are fairly trendy right now, and also just plain fun to wear.

I chose to wear my trousers (yes, my only trousers) because I wanted to wear boots (as I was going to be standing a fair bit) and then the cardigan just seemed to “go”. This cardigan is one of the very few good items I have ever gotten in a clothing swap. (Maybe that is because I don’t know anyone who has a style similar to my own? Or maybe because people only ever seem to get rid of ugly things?) Anyways, I got this lovely cardigan, and shortly after, I was speaking to the girl who had gotten rid of it and discovered that the only reason she parted with it is because some of the beads were coming off, and she didn’t know how to sew them back on 🙁 Well, isn’t that just the pits? It was sad for her, that she got rid of this sweater, but great for me! (BTW she didn’t want it back, she was just telling me why. At least I hope she didn’t want it back. . . ) So, I sewed the few beads that were coming loose and it was perfectly fine. Actually if you look closely at the beading on the front, you can see that some of the beads are missing, and as I don’t have the right colour to match them I haven’t replaced them. The pattern is so detailed you can’t even tell, but I am thinking that at some point I may take them off and sew different silver beads (which I do have) on instead. In the meantime though, it doesn’t really bother me too much.

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The last piece of this outfit I would like to mention, is the necklace. I may have gone to the craft sales in order to sell, but I most definitely did some shopping for myself. This is the only piece I bought, and I absolutely love it. Everyone needs a kraken, right? The lady who was selling these was two tables down from us, and she had come by a few times just to say hi, and she actually ended up buying some things from me too. Then a while later, when I decided to wander around and browse, I looked at her jewelry, and saw a kraken necklace. As I was looking at it, she mentioned that she had another one with a pearl on it, and asked whether I wanted to see it. I most definitely did- and I bought it too! You just can’t say no to a kraken with a freshwater pearl.

So there is my slightly festive, but not really, Winter/Christmas casual outfit. 🙂 Have you been dressing up “festively” for the Christmas season? Do you like to dress in sparkle and bling? And, have you ever gotten anything good in a clothing swap?

Outfit Details:

Cardigan: Clothing Swap

Necklace: Euphoria. Needful. Things.

Headband: Made by me

Trousers: Made by me, Burda 7122

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Craft Sale Recap

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Whew! As fun as that was, I am glad that the craft sale madness is over! Saturday (Dec. 3rd) was the last sale I was taking part in and I’m not too sorry, as I needed a little break from thinking, obsessing about it. I am definitely a “details” person, and I tend to be over-prepared for things, as being under-prepared stresses me out. But then being prepared stresses me too. . . there is no winning 😉 I spent a lot of time during the months of October and November crafting, and creating, and ordering, and planning and working out all the little details I needed to put in order for the craft sales. It was a great experience, but now I can put it to the side now, in order to focus on other things. . . like Christmas! I cannot believe that Christmas is less than three weeks away. By focusing on the sales, I kind of forgot that Christmas is almost here (despite the fact that they were Christmas craft sales!) I’ve also not posted here for a while as I’ve been so busy, (and am getting sick again now. Noo!! I just got over being sick)

I have shared a few pictures of the sale on instagram, but for those of you who don’t follow me there, here are some more pictures of the table set up. It was kind of hard to get a picture of the entire table, as both times there were other tables in the background, so I mostly have pictures of just the table top. My sister and I had a lot of fun coming up with our display, though we did end up changing it between the two sales.

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One thing we learned at the first craft sale, is that people tend to look right at the top of your table and they don’t really look “up”. For the first table, we had placed my dress mannequin on the end of the table to display jewelry, but people didn’t notice it, as it was white, and it was vertical rather than horizontal. So, for the second sale, we used the suitcase, which was red and black and at eye level. That way people noticed it, and it showed off the jewelry rather nicely, while still giving us some vertical display space. Also, for some reason, people didn’t notice the things we had scattered in trays, so for the second sale, almost everything was placed simply on the table. Not as creative, but people noticed it and really that is all that mattered!

Also, we found it was really nice to have a variety of products. We were selling hair accessories, jewelry and artwork. We got a lot of men stopping by to look through my photography, and because of that a lot of their wives, daughters etc. would stop by too, to look at the jewelry, or vice versa. If we had been selling only the jewelry and hair stuff, we wouldn’t have had so many people stopping by 😉  I don’t know as though it made a different sales wise, but it was still great to meet so many people.

I was so glad that my sister first enquired about having a table at the local farmer’s market back in August. She asked me, after that first sale, whether I wanted to share a table with her, and so that is how I ended up selling at the market too. I have thought about selling at farmer’s markets and craft sales before, but for various reasons never ended up doing it. I was so glad that she decided to, as it was just the push that I needed! I was also really glad that she was there selling too, as it would be a loooong day by oneself. (Set was up at 8:30am and take down was at 4:00pm for the one sale) It wasn’t the best sales wise, but it was a lovely community event and we met so many people. Also, we spoke with a few people who expressed interest in us showing our work in April at the art show. I didn’t even know there was a local art show!  Getting such good feedback on our work was such an encouragement, and now I am really looking forward to the new year and perhaps exhibiting at a few art shows. It will be a different audience (of people looking for artwork, not baking!) so I think that it may go better.

So, there are my few thoughts on what it was like to be a part of the sales. It was definitely a learning experience, but I really enjoyed it, and I think that I am going to actively start looking out for more local shows in the future as well. Do you like to shop at Christmas sales? Have you ever sold at a craft sale before? If you have sold at a craft sale before, do you have any clever display ideas?

Ps. I would also like to say “Hello and Welcome” to anyone who has found my blog from the sales last week! I’m so glad you are here! 

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On the Edge of Winter: The Rime Frost

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Sometimes, when you get up and look out the window as you start a new day, you just think “Wow” and quickly grab a coat and your camera and run out the door to take pictures. Sometimes you are even in such a rush that you don’t grab a touque or gloves, and once you get out the door you realize just how cold that wind is too. But, the sacrifices one must make, are totally worth it on days like this. 😉 These photos are from a week ago, when we had such an incredibly beautiful few days of frost. I recently discovered the differences between “hoar frost’ and “rime frost”, and all these years what I thought was hoar frost, is actually rime frost. Rime frost is when water droplets, usually from a heavy fog, freeze to the outer surfaces of objects creating a white hard ice. It is often blown in with a wind and sometimes creates bizarre ice formations. Hoar frost is when frost grains grow larger than a regular frost, and is common around open areas of water.

The pictures I got on this day are of a heavy rime frost, when the world was white and beautiful. The fog was still in close too, and it created such a soft, quiet and eerie atmosphere. The frost has since melted off, as soon as the sunshine came out the next day, but it was amazing to see for the few days it was here.

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Here you can see how the wind blew the fog in from one direction, creating the horizontal ice formations.

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It’s Narnia! Ok, it’s not a lamppost, but close. . .

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Here you can see that the pine tree was not completely covered in ice higher up, as the fog must have not swirled in that direction.

Have you ever seen a rime frost? Or a hoar frost?

Ps. You may have noticed that I have not been as active on here lately, or on the internet in general. I have been pretty overwhelmed, stressed, driven insane, busy getting ready for the Christmas craft sales I mentioned I would be in a few months ago, but with one down, and only one more to go (this Saturday), I am hoping that life will be back to “normal” soon. Although, then we’ll be right into Christmas time and so perhaps things won’t slow down at all. . . . 😉