Two makeovers (neither of them are me)

After her makeover.  She feels like a new goddess!
After her makeover. She feels like a new goddess!

Have you ever created something that didn’t come out quite the way you wanted it to? It happens to me often, but sometimes if I leave them alone for a while, they seem better later.  And sometimes not.

The wild and wooly goddess of wonder first appeared in this blog a while ago.  She has been hanging around my house, but she didn’t seem really happy or inspiring, so I finally got out my felting needle and sewing needle and gave her a makeover. She got a new hairstyle, some makeup (wool, of course) and got her hemline raised so she won’t trip over it anymore. She is much happier now and seemed to really enjoy her garden photo shoot.

Here she is before.
Here she is before–she was much blurrier then.

The jacket was a joint project I did with my mom many years ago. I painted the fabric and she sewed.


It as been hanging out in my closet for a long time. It was too bright for me to wear anymore, although I used to.  But I did not get rid of it when I KonMari’d my closet.  It still brought me joy, just hanging there for me to look at every once in a while.  But my room mate, Tish, (happy birthday!) was dying some curtains for school in a magenta dye pot in the backyard and had a lot of dye left, so she asked me if I had anything I wanted to dye.  I threw in some natural colored yarn I had spun and wandered around looking for anything else I wanted to pinken up.  I used to have a lot of pink clothes, but my daughters, aka my fashion consultants, told me I wore too much pink and not to buy any more pink clothes.  So I didn’t.  But when I looked in my happy closet, I saw this jacket.  I had thought about overdying it but had never gotten around to it, so I took a deep breath, removed the (hand made by mom) shoulder pads,

hand made shoulder pads!
hand made shoulder pads!

doused it with water and dumped it in–whew! that was a very deep breath!.

I am very pleased with the result, although not as pleased with my photo shoot of myself–it is hard to do fashion show selfies, at least for me.

Front selfie with jacket
Back selfie--is that a thing?
Back selfie–is that a thing?

Now let’s see if I’ll wear it.  Maybe I’ll need more pink clothes to wear with it.  Hmmm…….


The goddess in the garden


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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