Has it really been that long since my last post? If I wasn't so busy and if I had better manners I'd be ashamed! LOL!
While working in the gardens, I often wondered how my Blog friends were doing. I hope this post finds you in good health and good humor! I have missed you!
The Spring and Summer literally flew by! We accomplished more than I expected but we still have not finished the gardens. We also have two new family members! Daniel, a cat from one of the pet transports we did, he is 14 years old and FIV positive but he has come so far! We also have a new canine love, Wilberforce the English Bulldog! Wilber is 11 years old and is missing an eye. He was a puppy mill stud. He is so beautiful! More details soon...
I would like to introduce you to our newest Autumn/Harvest garden addition...
I could not place just any scarecrow in my boxwood parterre, now could I? I had been planning my Marie Antoinette scarecrow for the past two years. She is finally complete!
I did a great deal of research into historic gowns...
Inspiration: robe a la polonaise, ca 1780.
Robe a la Francais
Robe a la polonaise, ca 1780
I didn't want her gown to be too fussy, nor too rustic. I really wanted it to be as elegant as possible.
Her gown is made from burlap, her hair of raffia, her Autumn toile train is a tablecloth, her lacey oak sleeves are actually table runners!
She wears a necklace of acorns...
Her stomacher is trimmed in pheasant feathers!
Detail of gown...
Detail of sleeve with pheasant feathers and earth toned lace oak leaves...
Her hair was created with raffia. It has a texture similar to my own hair, so it was easy to work with! Her head is a wicker hat stand.
Detail of necklace...
Detail of train...
Detail, gown back...
I found the pheasant feathers on a walk around the lake. I think a coyote had pheasant for lunch. :(
I found a mannequin on Craigslist. It was very thin! It needed a bit of padding! The gown is my size. I considered wearing it on Halloween to scare the neighborhood children! Too itchy, though!
Itch O' Rama!
Detail of shoe...
I had to fasten the head to the mannequin, ironically.
The panniers are actually packages of quilt batting...still in the plastic, tied in place.
I think she needs a mask for Halloween! What do you think?
This project was too much fun! It is tempting to do something like this for each Season!
As the weather turns more brisk, I will finally have the time to catch up with my dear blog friends! Please tell me what you have been up to!
I am linking up with Sherry, at No Minimalist Here Open House Party!
Kim, at Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdays!