Happy New Year! I feel like I haven’t blogged in a month – because I haven’t. It has been exactly 30 days since I put my thoughts down on virtual paper. Part of the reason I have been so distant is I had to finish up this massive project for The Banker’s Suite in Oregon. I kept putting it off and in the end I realized that I budgeted way too few hours; and with the holiday, well, I ended up working through it.
I also had/still have my kids home from college. I love spending time with them just hanging out. It’s funny; I am getting to know them as adults now and when they come home we are not worried about homework, curfews etc. I am finding I really like who they are becoming.
So, since they come first every spare moment I had was spent getting my Christmas orders out and finishing these circuses. I finally delivered them Saturday morning and received the final payment, Yipee! My husband commented that by the time I finished I may as well be working in China for $2.00 an hour; that’s how much time I spent on this. I had never made anything this large before so structurally it was a challenge for me.
The center stage ended up being almost 50” high and about 33” wide. The two smaller circuses where 36” high and 28” wide. WOW! In the end, when the last image was glued on and the final glittered clown was positioned perfectly in his place, I breathed a sigh of relief and said never again. Of course now I think I could definitely try it again!
Want a peek?
Center Stage – 50” tall. “The Lion Tamer” The image behind the curtain actually is a box that extends 8” off the back and has a vintage image of a traveling circus on the back. I hand painted the sky and road on the top and bottom of the box to match that of the poster.
Two other flyers are perched above the tent.
Another calls down to them to make way and prepare for her arrival.
Our high wire walker is the most daring of all.
The second small circus, “The Clodoche Troupe”
One kicker on each side.
For the big top, I got the idea of covering a lamp shade with ribbon from the talented Deb Kennedy of Retreat Design. She is a wiz at it!
Details make this piece.
The columns are covered in vintage wallpaper given to me by Tiffany, of Shabbyscraps. Thanks Tiffany!
There you have it,, what has occupied my last couple of months. It was totally worth it! I would love to make another one of these for myself, the difference is it would be a storybook stage where I could switch out the backdrop and characters. Everything from Alice in Wonderland to Marie Antoinette.
What I love most about these three stages is that they are definitely “Over the Top” and, at least, to me, a “Pretty Little Thing”, now go out and create your own!
P.S. Stay tuned for my new Valentines Boxes.