2.14.2012

Mrs. Skeen Loves a Theme!

Janie Kathryn was invited to an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party. When told the guests could dress up, I immediately started searching my mental inventory of appropriate attire. Her Dorothy costume could be converted into Alice easily enough, but the birthday girl would be Alice. Then I remembered a haggard old dress in her dress-up box that would be perfect for the role of Queen of Hearts!

So, a few hours before the party, I got to work. I had to hastily sew up several obvious tears. Next I stapled, yes stapled, several playing cards to the inner layer of the dress. Always save your incomplete sets of playing cards, you never know when you might be able to use them! Happy that I found a reason to use my red staples, I also stapled several felt heart-shaped ornaments to the dress -75% off Christmas Clearance find.

Then I used felt Valentine heart stickers, stuck to the inside of a gossamer. The sheer outer-skirt protected the accoutrements while obscuring my make-shift, no-sew fastening job. With the addition of one more felt ornament to the front of the gown, the Queen of Hearts began to take shape.  It was time to move on to hair and make-up. Both are important parts to a successful off-with-their-heads kind of look.


The easy peasy crown was fashioned from half sheet of 12x12, red, glittery scrapbook paper, stapled of course, and finished with a few felt heart stickers and the pièce de résistance- The Queen herself. The heart-shaped lipstick, a heart on the cheek, and a little bit of eyes brought the look full circle.

"Who's been painting my roses red? Who dares to taint, 
with vulgar paint, the royal flower bed? 
For painting my roses red, someone will lose his head!" 

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