As the Christmas season approaches, what to my wandering eyes should appear... but my glue gun!
In our little town, which saw it's heyday in the 1800s, every December have a weekend called "Victorian Christmas."
Crafts fairs, horse and buggy rides, community concerts, gingerbread house contests, homes tours, breakfast with Santa, and the like. And all with top hats, and bonnets, and capes. It fits the tenor of the town which has lots of large old Victorian homes, a reasonably healthy B&B community, and a fair prescence from the Historical and Cultural Association.
A friend is in charge of the "entertainment" (which includes everything from breakfast with Santa, to performances by the local folk choir...) has been trying to pull off roaming carolers for a couple of years, and for reasons various hasn't managed it until this year. I helped her cut out some velvet capes and skirts a while back, and she had some questionable help in the seamstress department getting them sewn. Then the budget got pre-empted by some unauthorized purchases... so she ended up with some fairly dreadful felt bonnets for the women carolers.
Well. I couldn't be having that. So a quick trip out in the icy weather yesterday to wal-mart for silk flowers and ribbons, and I was ready to go last night. I got half of them done. The velvet they are supposed to match is red, blue, brown, purple, and burgundy. Let me just say brown and purple are NOT the most Christmasy of colors. But the purple hats are great, even if I do say it myself.
I did two red, two purple, and two brown ones last night. More to come tonight. While anyone really serious about historical reenactment would die a thousand deaths over them (and the aforementioned hot glue gun)... for outside caroling for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, I think they will do just fine. I'm just happy that the girls won't look like displaced pilgrims.
Examples of each color