Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Product - Fantasy Fairy Crowns

I still have fairies on the brain...and now fairies on the head!  Ever since I made my first batch of fairy wings I've been sketching wildflower fairy crowns.  They're actually a sturdy wire circlet covered in moss-colored or white wool felt and festooned with felt flowers, leaves, and ribbon.

I am in love, love, love with these!  They are approximately 22 inches in circumference (hey, math!) and fit more properly on a child's head - that is to say, they sit lower down, just across the forehead, whereas on adults they sit farther back on the head.  

The white crowns are more summery - lots of pink, teal, and gold and the moss green crowns have a more autumnal feel with fall leaves and daisies, and even a wee acorn!

Anyhoo, take a gander at them.  I think I'll debut them at some fall art/craft festivals first before listing on Etsy, so come by my tent at Art Outside (Schlafly's alternative art fair on Sept 7-9), Kirkwood GreenTree Festival, and Strange Folk Festival (all in September).          

Friday, August 10, 2012

New at RileyCo - Fairy Wings!

Something new I've been working on that's really different from the plushies...fairy wings!  
A couple of months ago, I added custom fairy wings to a pixie for a really sweet customer, and now I have fairies on the brain.  I wanted to make wearable larger versions of the little wings.  

The tricky part is building a structure for the wings that is lightweight but sturdy.  There are lots of DIY coat-hanger-and-pantyhose tutorials on the interwebs, but I wanted something better quality, hence my foray into the world of galvanized steel wire and wire clippers.  They turned out beautifully, with a nice sturdy center and still light and wearable.  

As usual, nothing I make is complete until it is covered in fabric flowers and leaves :) - each pair has a nice fat hand-sewn rose and wool leaves in the center.  They attach by way of ribbon straps that tie over each arm, so they work for a variety of body shapes and sizes.  

    I'm debuting these, along with the amazing custom displays created by the REAL Riley Construction (my dad), at Schlafly's Art Outside art fair on Sept. 7-9. Come see me!

Goin' on a SlothAbout

Well, hello there.  I think it's high time I share the photos from my SlothAbout with my good friend Kelly (there she is below, isn't she cute?)  We took Hector the Sloth on a trip to Whole Foods.  He likes to try all of the samples.     

Oh, Hector.  Silly sloth.